Reach out to the world

Inalco began teaching languages and culture studies in 1795. Ever since, the Institute has cultivated its role in understanding a living heritage outside of any Western references.
 
Reach out to the world

“lnalco began teaching languages and culture studies in 1795. Ever since, the Institute has cultivated its role in understanding a living heritage outside of any Western references. Inalco promotes the discovery of the world as it is, in all its wealth and diversity, with a desire to become immersed in another way of thinking. Through the quality of our courses and research, we strive to disseminate the knowledge and skills essential for people to understand and engage meaningfully with each other, culturally and socially as well as professionally. Inalco’s humanist values are evident in all our teaching choices, research policy, and cultural programming.”
 

Our commitments

To advance knowledge of worlds and civilizations
Since our beginnings, we have studied and sought to understand all societies, their languages and their cultures.

To provide unique expertise on the contemporary world
The subtleties and understanding of a changing world are our core concern.

To celebrate difference
We are a hub for the most diverse cultures, a melting pot, a community forged on cultural inquiry.
 

Inalco in France and in the World

AN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE
Thanks to over 200 partnership agreements, Inalco conducts research projects in over one hundred countries and offers joint programs with foreign universities.
This allows Inalco students and the students of our international partners to complement their studies with an immersion experience. Inalco offers distance courses via videoconferencing and online learning content: Inuktitut (Inuit language), Estonian, and soon Swahili (African language).

FOUNDING MEMBER OF SORBONNE PARIS CITÉ
Inalco is an active member of Sorbonne Paris Cité, a major player in higher education and research worldwide with 120,000 students, 8,500 faculty members, and 6,000 technical and administrative staff. Branches have been opened in Singapore, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

INALCO FOUNDATION – LANGUES O’
The preservation, study, transmission, development and interaction of languages and cultures are Inalco’s core concerns. Our foundation strives to develop these dimensions in France and around the world with projects involving the Institute’s expertise: education, research, advancing knowledge and skills in a globalized world.

A VIBRANT CULTURAL CENTER
With our 120 nationalities and more than 3,000 classes, the commingling of cultures is a tangible feature of Inalco. The Institute, along with its teachers, students and partners, organizes over a hundred cultural events a year. Inalco also participates in several international film festivals and makes every effort to share its knowledge and expertise with society.