Practical information


The venue for this residential school is the famous Cite International Universitaire de Paris (3 left pictures), a site with a rich history twinned with an outstanding natural and architectural heritage.

The Cité Internationale was set up in the early 1920s as part of the inter-war pacifist movement. Its founders, driven by a humanist ideal, sought to create “a school of human relations to promote peace” with a view to fostering harmony between different nations by furthering friendship between students, researchers and artists from all over the world.

The Cité Internationale is a veritable exhibition of 20th century architecture, with its 40 houses. The founders of each house were free to choose their own architecture, leading to an eclectic mix of styles that reflects a fusion of national symbols and contemporary trends. While the site includes a diverse range of building styles and sizes, the landscaping, which is well designed and well maintained, ties all the buildings together and creates a harmonious setting. The Cité’s park spans 34 hectares, one of the largest landscaped gardens in Paris.

CIUP welcomes some 10,000 residents a year, including students, researchers, visiting professors, artists and sportsmen from over 140 countries.


Housing in double occupancy dormitory rooms with bathroom and kitchen on floor is available from Sunday 6 July arrival (16:00) through Thursday 10 July departure (9:00).

Participants who wish to arrive before or stay after the period must arrange for other lodging at CIUP or at other place on their own.

Address: 17 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Getting there

– RER B: Cité Universitaire
– Metro: Porte d’Orléans
– Tram T3
– Bus 21, 88, 67
– Ring road: porte d’Orléans or porte de Gentilly exits (Charlety public car park located nearby)
– Velib station in front of the Cité Internationale



All foreign nationals entering and staying on French territory must be in possession of a valid entry and stay visa, unless you are exempt from this requirement. The information below applies to foreign nationals who hold an ordinary passport.

Visa application for France

Contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Invitation letter

An invitation letter is sometimes needed for your visa application if you are coming to France. Invitation letters can be sent only to persons having already registered for the ISGS Summer School 2014. The letter will be sent upon receipt of all necessary information. All participants who require a visa to travel to France are requested to apply as soon as possible. Ask us a letter of invitation ( in providing the relevant information. But note that this letter does not guarantee that a visa will be issued.