Hosting students and scientists in exile

Welcoming students and researchers in exile at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3

You will find below the following paragraphs:

  • Students in exile (Learning french to resume university studies)
  • Researchers in exile (Pause Programme)

Students in exile


The UPVM3 has long been involved in the personalised reception of refugee students, particularly within its University Institute for Teaching French as a Foreign Language (IEFE). From around ten students with a secondary school diploma and a university project enrolled in September 2015, to almost sixty students in 2018-2019, the IEFE contributes to their university integration in France.

The UPVM, an active member of the MEnS network, has made a major contribution to the development of the "DU passerelle - Étudiants en exil" (Bridge course for students in exile), which offers training in French as a foreign language and specific support for refugee students wishing to resume a university course in France.

Students in exile registered at the IEFE validate a University Diploma of French Studies (DUEF) from level A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In this programme, particular attention is also paid to intercultural knowledge and skills with complementary seminars led by teachers-researchers from different disciplinary fields: history, geography, psychology, arts, etc.

Researchers in exile

The UPVM has been hosting researchers in exile since 2017 as part of the PAUSE programme.

Officially launched in January 2017, when an agreement was signed between the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Collège de France and the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, the Programme national d'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE) brings together the major institutions of the higher education and research community (CPU, CDEFI, CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA, CNOUS) as well as the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Following an evaluation process, the programme provides incentive funding to French higher education institutions and research organisations that commit to recruiting scientists at risk and supporting them in their professional and personal integration. Beyond the ethical duty to help foreign scientists in emergency situations, solidarity with them is a resource of knowledge of major interest for the academic world and scientific research and, beyond, for society as a whole.

More information on the PAUSE Programme.


Last updated : 02/03/2022