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The University of Paris Ouest Nanterre


The University of Paris Ouest Nanterre is one of the largest (more than 30,000 students) and most prestigious universities in France. It is located in Nanterre, a 10 minutes RER train ride from the Arc de Triomphe, a 20 minutes RER train ride from the center Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles. An RER train station is located on campus and trains run every 10 minutes between Paris and University from 5 to 1am. All international students have access to on campus sports facilities free of charge.

Program Duration: Academic Year or Spring Semester

Eligibility Requirements

Any URI student in good standing may apply provided the following:

  • A minimum of four semesters of college French (FRN 104 at URI) or equivalent for French courses for foreign students and a minimum of 3 credits of French at the 300 level or above for other courses;
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (3.0 cumulative GPA for students taking courses with French students)

Tuition and Expenses

  • Tuition and fees: URI in-state tuition and fees
  • Room and board: variable
  • Off-campus fee: $406
  • Administrative fee $350
  • Insurance: $1,181**

Not included in tuition:

  • Room and board
  • Trans-atlantic transportation
  • Local public transportation (approximately 50 euros per month for RER train/subway pass)
  • Optional intensive French language program (approximately 200 euros)
  • Travel in Europe
  • Health insurance (approximately 150 euros)
  • Visa
  • Books and incidentals

Fees are subject to change

**May be waived with proof of own insurance and completion of waiver form

Room and Board
The University of Paris Ouest reserves up to three dorm rooms (Saint Cloud Residence Hall) for URI students per academic year. A two month security deposit + first month rent (total of 1,275.00 euros) is due by July 1st for academic year and by September 15th for spring semester. Students who are not selected for a dorm room as well as students who prefer to rent a studio or apartment are responsible for researching and finding their own accommodations. The Office of International Relations at the University of Paris Ouest maintains a list of rental links. The University cafeteria serves lunch and dinner daily. Cost: approximately 3 euros per meal. Contact the program director for more information.

URI students may take French language, culture, and literature courses for foreigners offered at all levels or they may take undergraduate courses along with the French students at any level and in any discipline. The University of Paris Ouest offers courses in the following disciplines: American and English Literatures, Art History and Archeology, Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia, Classics, Comparative Literature, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, Ethnology, Film Studies, French Literature, German, History, Italian, Law (American, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish), Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Publishing and Library Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theater, and Tourism.

There is an optional 2 weeks intensive French language program (no credits) that students may take before the start of each semester. It costs approximately 200 euros. Highly recommended for students taking courses along with French students.

Program Application

Contact the Office of International Education (OIE) for an appointment: 401-874-5546.

Get a copy of the application form at the Office of International Education, International Center, 37 Lower College Road.

Application Deadline

Academic Year: March 15

Spring Semester: March 15