Exchange Students

This section is intended for international students who wish to study at Inalco as part of an exchange program.
An exchange program is an agreement between two universities that allows students from each institution to study at the partner university for one or two consecutive semesters. Students on exchange validate ECTS credits, which may be recognized by their home institution.
To find out if your university has an exchange agreement with Inalco, we advise you to contact the International Relations Department of your home institution.


  • Exchange Student Nomination is the first step for students from exchange partner institutions wishing to study at Inalco. The partner university pre-selects the students it wishes to nominate and communicates this information to Inalco.
  • Inalco then contacts sending the nominated students an application form to be completed online, which must be accompanied by the following documents:
                    1. Photocopy of an identity document
                    2. Passport photo
                    3. Certificate of French Language Proficiency
                    4. Transcripts from your home university 

For students wishing to follow specialty courses, the following additional documents must be included in the application:
- CV (French or English)
- Letter of motivation (French)
- English language proficiency certificate
  • Inalco will consider the dossiers submitted and transmit a Letter of Acceptance to students selected for admission.
  • Students with an admission offer can then begin to prepare for their study period in France (visa, accommodation search, course enrollment, etc.). The Inalco Office of International Affairs provides assistance with this.

Courses at Inalco

Inalco offers different types of courses: Each type of course has different admission requirements. You must ensure that you meet the prerequisites for your chosen courses. If you choose a course for which you do not meet the prerequisites, you will be refused enrollment.
Among all the courses offered and for which you meet the prerequisites, you can take as many courses as you like, with a maximum of 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Language prerequisites

Prerequisites have been established to ensure that each student has a level of language proficiency that is sufficient for them to be able to benefit from the courses they have chosen.

Compliance with the language prerequisites is mandatory: exceptions cannot be made.
  • French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses: minimum level A2
  • Languages and Civilizations courses: minimum level B1
  • Professional Track courses: minimum level C1 in English and B2 in French.

Some specialty courses have specific requirements, please consult the following document for more information: Specialty courses - Language prerequisites

University calendar

  • Orientation Session*: Between September 7 and September 11, 2020
  • First day of classes: September 14, 2020
  • Last day of classes: December 19, 2020
  • Examination period: January 4, 2021 to January 16, 2021

  • Orientation session*: Between January 18 and January 22, 2021
  • First day of classes: January 25, 2021
  • Last day of classes: May 15, 2021
  • Examination period: May 17, 2020 to June 27, 2021
  • Catch-up sessions: June 14, 2021 to June 29, 2021

*The orientation session marks the beginning of your exchange program: these two days are organized to provide you with all the information you need for your time on exchange at Inalco. On the itinerary: information meetings, a boat cruise on the Seine, distribution of student cards, French food tasting, a workshop on choosing your courses, etc.


Finding accommodation in Paris can be extremely complicated. Inalco offers exchange students several accommodation options:
  • CROUS Residences
Inalco reserves a limited number of places in some of the CROUS residences located near the main Inalco campus:
- Résidence Louise Bourgeois
- Résidence Cîteaux
- Résidence Lepaute

If you apply for the Inalco exchange program, you are eligible to apply for a room in a CROUS residence.
  • The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris - CIUP
The CIUP is a group of university residences situated on a historic campus in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. The CIUP was founded in 1925, and now hosts the largest number of foreign students and researchers in the Paris Region.
As with the CROUS residences, Inalco reserves a limited number of single rooms in the CIUP exclusively for exchange students.
By applying to the Inalco exchange program you are eligible to apply for a room in the CIUP.
Studapart is an accommodation service affiliated with Inalco.
Their mission? To provide a large number of private accommodation options on a central online booking platform, including: student residences, shared flats, individual studios, host families, etc. All you need to do is create an account on You will then be asked for the code HOUSINGINALCO to benefit from all the services offered by STUDAPART, which can act as a garantor for international students.
  • Campus France can help
Campus France, the agency that welcomes international students staying in France, also offers some accommodation options:

This site has lots of helpful information about the different types of accommodation and how to find and secure a place to live in France.

Contact informations

Direction des Relations internationales

    • Andréa Sammartino
    • Gestion des Mobilités Entrantes Erasmus
    • +33 (0)1 81 70 11 19
    • Office 3.39
    • Elsa Haincourt
    • Gestion des Mobilités Entrantes hors-Erasmus
    • +33 (0)1 81 70 11 24
    • Office 3.39
65 rue des Grands Moulins
75013 Paris