International Welcome Desk

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International Welcome Desk

Currently, the International Office helps foreign students and researchers to settle at the University.

A dedicated staff

  • accompanies them with administrative formalities
  • proposes leads for accommodations
  • facilitates their linguistic integration
  • familiarizes them with their new surroundings: the University campus and the city of Pau and introduces them to all the region has to offer.

More specifically, before the beginning of each academic year, the International Office, in partnership with the Institute of French Studies for Foreign Students (IEFE), organizes a two-week orientation program, which is greatly appreciated by students.

The UPPA now plans to expand the services provided by the International Office with the creation of the International Welcome Desk, which will accompany arriving undergraduate students, but its role will focus on graduate students and researchers.

Particular attention will be given to:

  • Facilitating the integration of the researcher and his or her family: language courses, cultural activities, childcare and schools;
  • Helping with residence documents, hosting agreements and visa formalities;
  • Providing resources to help find appropriate accomodations;
  • Dealing with administrative formalities: opening a bank account, enrolment in French healthcare, requesting French government subsidies for family support and housing, insurance, taxes, etc.


Further information is available on the International Welcome Desk website