Jun 9, 2010

The Cité Internationale Universitaire is a huge residential campus, spread over 34 hectares of wooded grounds. Located at 24, Boulevard Jourdan, 14 th arrondissement. The diversity of the residents’ nationalities, languages and faces are all proof that we can live together. When I walked through the campus, my gaze wanders from the arcaded loggias of the Maison d’Italie to the monastery inspired design of the Maison Arménienne, from the pagoda-shaped roofs of the Maison du Japon to the columns and façades reminiscent of Ancient Greece of the Fondation Hellénique.

While each hall of residence houses its own nationals, it must also, for the sake of tolerance and cultural openness, accept at least 30% of its residents from other countries. The Collège Franco-Britannique, for instance, houses 254 people from 59 different countries. The majority of periods of residence are from six months to two years, but a researcher who comes to Paris for a short assignment can also be accommodated at the Cité for a few days.

Station on Paris metro: Cité Universitaire