Université d'Orléans

I would like to participate in an exchange programme


International students:  here you can find all of the practical information to prepare for your stay in Orleans.

Whether you are coming within the framework of the Erasmus programme, through an extra-EU exchange programme, a double degree or a special programme, certain steps must be followed

Step 1:

Verify whether your university has signed an agreement with the University of Orleans.

Step 2:

Visit your university’s International Relations Office.  They will guide you in your plans and assist you with your enrolment in an exchange programme.  Please note that you should begin the application process one year in advance because a pre-selection is usually held.

Take a look at the  "International student welcome guide" to get informations on Orleans daily life.

Step 3:

Take a look at the procedures to follow before your departure for the University of Orleans.  All of the steps – from application to your arrival – are covered below:  

  • Online application portal 2017/18 (soon)

Step 4:

Arrival at the University of Orleans

Every year, the international relations staff members gather to welcome incoming exchange students.

In order to make your stay in Orleans a successful one, you will be guided and assisted from the moment of your arrival until your return to your home university.

  • Finding a place to stay
    As an exchange student selected to study in Orleans, you have the opportunity to book a residence hall room or live with a host family (through the International Head Office). Once the necessary documents have been received, you will then be notified of your acceptance and will be guaranteed to have a place to stay upon your arrival.

  • Pick-up at the train station and transport to the University of Orleans.
  • Welcome and administrative registration
    Over the course of several days, the entire international relations staff, assisted by bilingual (English, Spanish, Japanese) mediators and the  ESN association, will welcome you over a cup of coffee.  During this meeting, you will be given a welcome pack containing maps and other useful information, your documents for registration will be checked and you will be taken to your residence hall.  In addition, the CROUS (Regional Student Services Office) organises its own individualised reception for incoming exchange students with foreign-language speaking staff members.
  • BUDDY SYSTEM
    A very well made matching system will help you find the best buddy with whom you'll match. Your hobbies, passions, what you want to do in the future, everything is included for the best matching. Apply online!
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  • Assistance with administrative procedures
    We will help you to open a bank account, to put together your OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration) dossier (for non-EU students), and to subscribe to Internet or mobile phone services.
  • French classes
    Your status as an exchange student grants you access to free French classes at the French Institute which will help you to quickly improve your French skills ( 50 EUROS per semester).

  • Induction week
    In order to facilitate your integration into the university, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the induction week  organised by the D.R.I. (International Relations Head Office) and the B.R.I. (International Relations Offices).  The activities include :  

    - welcome drinks at the university President’s office

    - informative meetings

    - campus tours

    - guided tours of the town

    - cultural trips

    - a student party

    Check the schedules for 2016-2017 welcome days!

  • Happy Campus Day
    To celebrate the beginning of the academic year on september, an induction day is organised by the university of Orléans to welcome all the new students and staff.

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  • JANE (Welcome party for new students)
    At the beginning of each academic year, the town hall, in conjunction with the University and the CROUS, organises a one day event for new students to discover the city and enjoy a pop/rock concert.  Do not hesitate to join in !
    Please check last year poster below :
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  • Organisation of activities for foreign students throughout the year

    - cultural trips (Châteaux of the Loire Valley, Chartres Cathedral)
    - sharing of the “galette des rois” (King cake)
    - photography contest:  “My Erasmus in Orléans”
    - Other events (such as international meals) are organised within each faculty

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