Exchange Students

This section is intended for international students who wish to study at Inalco as part of an exchange program.
A university exchange is a scheme that allows students from one institution to study at a partner university for one or two semesters. During this exchange, students validate ECTS that can be recognised by their home university.
To find out if your university has a bilateral agreement with Inalco, we advise you to contact the International Office from your home institution.

Courses and language prerequisites

Exchange students can select courses from three different categories, according to their individual needs and French proficiency levels. Please note that all courses are taught in French. You will find all necessary information in the document "Inalco - Course directory 2023/2024" at the bottom of the page.

  1. Language and Civilisation courses – French B1 level achieved

  2. ​French Language courses (Inal’FLE) – no minimum, full beginners accepted

    Inalco offers French as a Foreign Language courses. All proficiency levels are available from A1 (full beginner) to C1 (advanced) 

    Please note that a French language test will be sent to incoming students before their arrival at Inalco. Its results will determine the group level to which the student will be registered at Inalco, regardless of other results from DELF/DALF exams.   

  3. Professional Track courses – French C1 level achieved 

    + Minimum B2 level in English for the "International Relations" course

    ​Please note that access to Inalco’s Professional Track courses is competitive and subject to final approval from an admission committee.


To be noted:

  • Students will have to ensure that they respect the language prerequisites for all chosen courses: otherwise, they will not be registered for the chosen courses. 
  • Students will have to respect a limit of 30 ECTS per semester. 
  • In 2023/2024, due to the high number of applicants, courses from the Korean department will not be accessible to exchange students. If you have any question about the courses offered by Inalco, please do not hesitate to contact our incoming mobility office.


Step 1: The partner university pre-selects the students it wishes to nominate and communicates this information to Inalco.

Step 2: Nominated students will directly receive by e-mail instructions on how to apply. They will be asked to submit an online application form with an ID photo, a photocopy of their passport/national ID and a French language test (DELF/DALF) or certificate from their home university. 
Additional documents for students interested in taking courses from Inalco’s Professional Tracks:

  • CV (written in French or in English)
  • Cover Letter (written in French)
  • English language test or certificate (minimum B2) - only for the "International Relations" courses

Step 3: Inalco will consider the forms and documents submitted and transmit a Letter of Acceptance to students selected for admission.

Step 4: Students with an admission offer can then begin to prepare for their study period in France (visa, accommodation search, course enrollment, etc.). Inalco's International Office will provide all the necessary assistance.

University calendar


Academic year 2023/2024

  • Orientation Session*: September 14, 2023
  • First day of classes: September 18, 2023
  • Last day of classes: December 24, 2023
  • Examination period: December 2023 - January 2024
  • Resit session: June 24 - July 9, 2024

  • Orientation session*: January 26, 2024
  • First day of classes: January 29, 2024
  • Last day of classes: May 19, 2024
  • Examination period: May - June, 2024
  • Resit session: June 24 - July 9, 2024

*The orientation session is compulsory and marks the beginning of your exchange program. 


Inalco is generally able to provide exchange students with student housing in external residences (CIUP, CROUS, ALJT), just a short distance away from Inalco. Please note that housing cannot be guaranteed, however. 

Prices range from €400 to €620.

Students wishing to apply for one of these residences must include this information in their online application form.  

Contact informations

Direction des Relations internationales

65 rue des Grands Moulins
75013 Paris
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