Studying at the Institute of Psychology

Students at one of our partner universities who wish to study at the Institute of Psychology for 1 or 2 semesters.


Administrative Director for International Exchange Programs
01 76 53 30 66
Academic Coordinator for the IRO:
Cristina Aelenei

© Université Paris Cité

Process to follow

Eligibility criteria

To study at the Institute of Psychology, you must :

  • be a registered student at one of our partner universities
  • be nominated by your sending university
  • have a French language certificate to take classes taught in French (B2 for bachelor’s, C1 for master’s)


Before applying, students must be nominated by their sending university.
Please contact the International Relations Office of your sending university for information on the selection procedure.
All nominations must be sent by e-mail to:

Deadlines :

  • For exchange programs in the 1st semester or an entire academic year: May 15
  • For exchange programs in the 2nd semester: October 31


Once nominated by their sending universities, students will receive information relating to the application procedure and the necessary documents by e-mail. List of necessary documents

Applications must be sent by post to the following address:

  • Bureau des Relations Internationales
    Institut de Psychologie – Centre Henri Piéron
    Université Paris Descartes/Université Paris Cité
    71, avenue Edouard Vaillant
    92774 Boulogne-Billancourt Cedex

Deadlines :

  • For exchange programs in the 1st semester or an entire academic year: May 31
  • For exchange programs in the 2nd semester: November 15
Courses Open to Exchange Students

Choice of Undergraduate Classes

Download the Course Descriptions for the Bachelor’s in Psychology

Students may choose from among all the classes offered (L1, L2, L3) except the following courses, which are not open to exchange students:

  • L1: APR1 and ORAC (1st semester); APR2 (2nd semester)
  • L2: APR3 and PIX (1st semester); APR4 and PIX (2nd semester)
  • L3: TER1 (1st semester); TER2 and STAGE (Internship) (2nd semester)

There are also some limitations for courses :

  • 2 free electives maximum per semester (L3)
  • 1 additional course (UE) maximum per semester
  • 1 UEL course maximum
  • 1 PERS course maximum (L2, 2nd semester)
  • 1 Renforcement special course maximum per semester (L3)

Download the list of undergraduate courses open to exchange students (in English)

Brochures with the schedules for each course for the different semesters are available here

Choice of Master’s Classes

Brochures with master’s programs are available here

Please note :

  • Students may choose courses from two different master’s specialties at the most.
  • Some specific courses such as internship courses are not allowed.
  • Students may also choose from among undergraduate courses.
University Calendar

For more information, see the university calendar page of the Institute of Psychology.

Welcoming Students

Welcoming Students

Many events are organized each year to welcome new students to the Institute :

Information Session

An information session is organized at the beginning of each semester. The academic coordinator presents the different aspects of campus life at the Institute (university calendar, modes of evaluation, grading system, etc.).

Orientation for L1 Students

Exchange students are invited to participate in the orientation days for first-year undergraduate students, which are organized at the beginning of each academic year.

On the agenda :

  • Tours with student mentors
  • Information session on library resources
  • Presentation of the online student portal (environnement numérique de travail, ENT)
  • Presentation of the student associations and services at the University
  • Meeting with student mentors
  • etc.

Intensive Course in French Language and Civilization (Stage Intensif en Langue et Civilisation française, SILC)

This one-week course entails French classes in the mornings and visits and cultural activities in the afternoons. The course generally takes place on the week before the start of classes each semester.

Space is limited and interested people must therefore apply in advance. (See section below about French classes)

International Relations Office (IRO):
Office 1051, 1nd floor

Opening hours

Mondays, Wednesdays: 09:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesdays : 09:30pm – 12:00 pm / 13:30 pm– 16:30 pm
Thursdays : 13:30 pm – 16:30 pm
Fridays : closed
A mailbox is available to deposit documents.