All partner institutions have wide experience of hosting foreign students/scholars. High level support and assistance will provide the best possible learning environment and accommodation arrangements. In particular, all partners have adapted building infrastructure for people with special needs. And support is provided to individuals with disabilities and any student who has a health problem that might affect his or her education.
A list of facilities is provided in the table below:
At all partners, a bilingual (including English) pedagogical secretary helps EPOG students, scholars and families in relation to the challenge of mobility and the course support (time-tabling, hard-copies of course material…).
The induction programme starts before arrival so that students arrive “ready to study” and to ensure general well-being and confidence. It relies on:
- The information booklet. It will be sent to students/scholars as soon as they are formally accepted for the course.
- The ability of each pedagogical secretary (i) to respond by email and telephone to students/scholars questions relating to their period of residence and the organisation of the programme; (ii) to provide consulates with the documents needed for visas for students/scholars from third world countries (and anticipates the procedure in order to host students in due time).
- The preparation in advance all paperwork needed to assist the work of the appropriate services in each of the hosting institutions when the students/scholars have arrived.
- The help for EPOG students’ hosting. University of Paris 13 hosts the complete cohort of students in new and comfortable residences. In the partners’ countries where rooms are not guaranteed for all students, staff will help to find suitable, safe and affordable room.
- The buddy programme (see below).
After students have been welcomed in the partner institutions, the programme and information in the booklet is explained. Students are helped with the various university services (international relations, campus life, etc.) and with external institutions (banks, insurance companies, regional administrative and police services etc.). Information about all practical aspects of daily life (transport, external medical care, telecoms issues, etc.) are also provided. And each student meets his/her academic tutor and buddy.
Note also that at the beginning of Semester 3 there will be an “induction month”.
Finally, the consortium coordinator, on behalf o the students, organises insurance cover. The students will have appropriate insurance covering European countries and third countries. The cost is included in the tuition fees.