MUNDUS ACP II A partnership of 20 Higher Education Institutions from the European Union and the ACP Countries

Institutions - Additional information

 Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

Administrative support

The welcoming of foreign exchange students at all levels of studies (Undergraduate, Master, Doctoral) that come under the mobility programmes or specific projects is managed both at University and at Faculty levels. The University has a central International Office responsible for the general coordination of all aspects regarding international cooperation and mobility implementation and each of the 14 Faculties of the University have also a Cooperation Office responsible for the local management of international activities and initiatives.

Benefiting from its 20 years experience in international cooperation programmes, the International Office (IO) of UPorto provides the necessary services and support for incoming and outgoing students and staff as well as the practical arrangements for the welcoming of incoming foreign students and staff. In this IO there are 3 people exclusively in charge for the incoming students and staff, and also 3 different people for supporting the outgoing students and staff.

The Cooperation Offices at the Faculties are responsible for the local management of all application processes of exchange incoming and outgoing students and staff and for the internal process of selection of the exchange students and the approval of the study plans (learning agreements), in close collaboration with the teachers responsible for the mobility students at each Department and the central IO.

Housing facilities

The UPorto will endeavour all efforts so as to support Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders to find a suitable accommodation in Porto. The University of Porto has University halls of residence with single and double rooms available for international students and staff at very low prices. U.Porto also provides international students and staff with information on accommodation available in private houses, all over the city. To this end, an up-to-date database is maintained online providing contact details of flats, houses and rooms available for rent that may be given to students or staff interested in finding the accommodation that suit them most, by establishing direct contact with the owners. The mobility students and staff are responsible for the selection and conditions agreed with the owners in this type of accommodation.

Activities aiming at social integration

The UP has a specific group to support the integration of foreign students in the University: ESN/Porto (Erasmus Student Network). This group is composed mainly (but not only) by former Erasmus students, who know the experience. They organize several cultural, social and sport activities during the academic year. The University offers sport facilities and sport activities to the students, for a symbolic price, such as: hip-hop, capoeira, swimming, hydro-gymnastic, taekwondo, kung-fu, yoga, dances, aerobic, volleyball, rugby, football, squash, tennis and athletics.

Extra curricular activities: Student Unions, choir groups, theatre, ethnography and folk culture group, regional dance groups, musical groups and sports. All Erasmus Mundus students will be invited to join the ESN activities and initiatives, so as to ease their full integration in the Portuguese social and cultural dimension.

Each Faculty also host other students’ organizations that support the integration of foreign students at school level, as is the case of Student Unions from each of the Faculties. Besides organizing many cultural, social and sport activities during the year, these groups also provide a list of private accommodation near the Faculty and help the foreign students in finding a suitable apartment/room from that list. These associations also allow European students to become more internationally minded, by reaching a better understanding of other cultures and developing capacities to work on an international basis.

Coaching and counselling

The International Office of UP welcomes exchange students and staff and provides all information needed, namely about the University infrastructures, accommodation possibilities, medical services, sports facilities as well as other services of the University available. There is a Student Ombudsman, who is a Professor of the U.Porto, appointed by the Rector. The Ombudsman has the ability to intervene, proposing specific solutions. Her main task is to support the integration of students, aiming at promoting the students success; to receive, analyse and propose solutions to eventual complaints that may be submitted. It's also her duty to contribute to the preparation of a code of rights and duties to be implemented at the U.Porto, which is supposed to be respected by all those concerned.

The Office for School Integration and Social Assistance of the U.Porto (GIEAS) also provides support to University students, teachers and staff. This Office is responsible for the medical support to the University staff and mobility students and staff:

  • Psychological Assistance: pedagogical orientation; psychological support; assistance to disabled students; research.
  • Social Assistance: reception and monitoring of the students of the U.Porto, regarding their social and school integration; complementary social support (especially of students from Portuguese speaking countries); specific support to disabled students; research; activities regarding interfacing with other services and institutions; information to students and their integration in the job market.
  • GIEAS also promotes the integration of disabled students in the U.Porto. The SOS line is aimed at supporting University community and seeks to provide specific support to people in crisis or despair, who are in urgent need. This service is provided by staff with adequate technical and scientific training. This service is completely free of charge.

Language courses

UPorto provides both regular and intensive courses tailored for students and staff in a variety of languages. It also offers specific Portuguese language courses: (i) two intensive courses for beginners in September and in February; (ii) a summer course of Portuguese language and culture in July; and (iii) an annual course of Portuguese language and culture from October to June.

Support for VISA/residence permit

U.Porto informs and advises students, staff and families before arrival of the required visa procedures. The IO and the website are a detailed source of information in this matter. If necessary, students and staff are put into contact with the consulates or embassies of their home countries. U.Porto also contacts the Foreigner and Border Department (SEF) in order to facilitate and spped up the process of visa request. UP also provides support upon arrival on specific and difficult administrative procedures for obtaining residence permit for student/teacher families.

Welfare and health services

Erasmus Mundus students and staff will benefit from a very wide health insurance. IO provides support to clearing any doubts, questions or problems regarding the use of such insurance. U.Porto also organizes a Welcome Day/reception meeting for all students in collaboration with student networks and organizations. U.Porto provides medical support to all their students at the Medical Services of the university. To request for an appointment (free of charge), foreign students must contact the IO previously.

Other support measures

The U.Porto offers extensive IT and bibliographic services. All 14 Faculties have computers connected to the Internet, which can be used by foreign students. There is also free wireless Internet in all university facilities. All Faculties have central or departmental libraries, with a vast collection of documents, mainly in hard copy and digital media. On-line bibliographic databases access is available. A virtual library/GABUP, is also available.

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 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

K.U.Leuven offers more than sixty international study programmes. As a comprehensive university, we offer 3-year Bachelor’s and 1 or 2-year Master’s programmes in almost all disciplines. The Leuven doctoral schools organise the international PhD tracks of over 4000 doctoral students.

Leuven is a safe, pleasant and multicultural town, with a vibrant student community, only a short train journey from Brussels, Paris and London.


Admissions Unit
This Unit forms the integral administrative body of the University’s policy for all its international students. Thus to a large extent, the first contact between inter - national students and K.U.Leuven happens via this Unit.
Its responsibilities include the administration of applications for enrolment from international applicants for all University programmes including exchange programmes. It also takes charge of the administration regarding study grants awarded in the framework of development co-operation, exchange agreements or research activities, and the administration of the payments of these study grants. Finally, this Unit is responsible for the reception of international students and guests, working in close co-ordination with other services within the University.

Policy Unit
This Unit co-ordinates and supports the different forms of international co-operation in which K.U.Leuven is involved. In general, these take the form of bilateral contacts and formal agreements with universities abroad, and K.U.Leuven’s membership in multilateral organisations and international networks of universities. Moreover, its regular contacts with international organisations ensure a close follow-up of new developments in the field of the internationalisation of higher education.

Development Co-operation Unit
K.U.Leuven implements numerous co-operation programmes and development projects involving partner universities all over the world. Apart from this, members of the university community are regularly called upon to play an active part in regional, national and international development organizations.

A K.U.Leuven Mission Statement on university development co-operation has been developed by the Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation (IRO). Basically, IRO is an advisory board, consisting of representatives from all faculties. It has a limited budget to support a series of well-defined IRO initiatives, such as doctoral scholarships.

In Flanders, University (Development) Co-operation is  managed by VLIR, the Flemish Inter-university Council, of which K.U.Leuven is a member. K.U.Leuven actively participates in the VLIR’s university co-operation programmes.


Before departure to Leuven all international students/guests should reserve guesthousing for a few nights since it is not possible to move into a permanent room immediately upon arrival.
The price of a guestroom can vary from a low budget room with basic comfort in a youth hostel or in a university guesthouse, to a more expensive room in a hotel or B&B accommodation.
International students/guests should make a reservation themselves in advance.
Once in Leuven and settled in a temporary guestroom, international students should go immediately to the Housing Service where they will be given information and guided through the procedure to find permanent housing.
The room hunt will take a few days but most international students will find their new home in Leuven within about a week.


This Service provides general information on the various sorts of student accommodations within the University and in the private sector. Each year, a database of available student rooms, studios and apartments is compiled and made available on the internet. Likewise, this Service offers advice regarding rent contracts and the guarantee, fire insurance, your rights and duties as a tenant, and other legalities regarding rentals.

If need be, this Service can mediate for you before the landlord on matters of the signing of the contract and of contractual conflicts.


This Service is mainly concerned with helping international students integrate themselves with ease within Belgian society during the course of their studies. It therefore provides assistance with regard to their questions on all sorts of practical matters including health insurance, third-party liability insurance, child-support, and on legislation in Belgium with regard to foreigners. For instance, inter national students can obtain some assistance from this Service in case of unexpected financial problems. A special feature of their service involves volunteers among the Belgian students who help their international counterparts with practical problems.


Do you have an auditory, visual, motor or psychiatric impairment, a chronic illness or a learning disability? As a special needs student or staff member of the university, you may consult the Service for Students with Disabilities for answers to all your questions concerning education and examination facilities, physical and digital accessibility, resources, etc., as well as general support related to your studies and student life.


For the new students, Orientation Days are organised by the International Office in co-ordination with the social and central services of the University. Two Orientation Days sessions are offered yearly: during the week before the beginning of the First Semester in September and before the beginning of the Second Semester in February. The academic year formally opens on the last Monday of September.


As a new international student or scholar at K.U.Leuven, you will be faced with a multitude of changes, decisions and adjustments. Perhaps the most exciting of these challenges will be your on-going adjustment to life in Belgium.

To help you find your way around the university, Leuven and Belgium, you can request a personal buddy,  a K.U.Leuven student  (a Flemish student or another international student) who will answer all your practical questions. Most of the your buddies will also introduce you to Belgian habits and customs, and some even to their own family.


K.U.Leuven International admissions
Coming to Leuven as a newcomer
Weekly E-newsletter (English)

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 Mälmo University (Sweden)

Every year Malmö University welcomes more than 300 Exchange students and about 800 international students from all over the world. Malmö University offers 6 bachelor degree programs and 12 master degree programs taught in English. For international students Arrival Days are organized. On Arrival Day students gain access to their accommodation and receive a Welcome Package with useful information on Malmö University and Malmö city. Staff from the university, student mentors, representatives from the landlord and a housing insurance company will be present to welcome the students.

Academic and administrative staff and researchers are welcomed in similar ways. Malmö University organizes help with accommodation, facilitates a work station and introduces the visiting staff to their host department.

The Introduction Program for international students starts the day after the Arrival Day. The Introduction Program consists of Swedish language classes, lectures on Swedish culture and society, excursions and social events. Part of the program is directed towards exchange students and corresponds to 4,5 ECTS.  The course has a total of approximately 40-50 classroom hours. In August, the Introduction Program is also offered as an Erasmus Intensive Language Course (EILC) for Erasmus students only. The Introduction Program is organized by the International Office and ESN Malmö (Erasmus Student Network Malmö) - the Student Union's international association. ESN Malmö is organizing a mentor system to help all incoming students to settle in Malmö, bond with Swedish students and make the most of their time in Sweden. 

Regarding accommondation the International Office can offer a limited number of student dormitory rooms. Priority is given to students within the exchange program.

Malmö University offers all students equal conditions to learn in a study-friendly environment. Students with disabilities, who can provide an appropriate proof of disability, will be offered support during their studies on the basis of individual needs. Malmö University aims to provide accessibility to premises, studies and examination for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. We offer disability-related support to students accepted to study at Malmö University.

All Malmö University Student Services can be found in one building, the Student Centre. The Student Services include the Carees Advisoras and the Admissions Office, the International Office, the Student Health Service and the University Chaplains. At the Student Centre both current and prospective students can find support, guidance and counseling in various issues:

The Careers Advisors guide students through the educational opportunities offered at Malmö University and answer questions regarding applications, study options, course and program details, etc.

The International Office is responsible for providing advice about issues affecting international students, including immigration questions, visa issues, and assisting students with practical details such as the acquiring of a social security number, bank account, and identity card. The International Office runs the Introduction Program for new international students, and a departure program for students preparing to leave the University to return home, or to work in Sweden after their studies. If you would like to contact the International Office, please visit

All students at Malmö University you have access to The Student Health Services. The Student Health Servies provide counseling and support, medical advice and testing, as well as information about additional alternatives and referrals. The Student Health Services is composed of counselors, a nurse and a public health planner. All staff at the Student Health Services is governed by professional secrecy and all our services are free of charge. Information about the student Health Services can be found on

The University Chaplains organize a number of different activities, such as discussion groups, services and weekend retreats each semester and they are also available for personal counseling.

Malmö University has five school and faculty areas, all of which are multi-disciplinary: The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Health and Society, The Faculty of Culture and Society, the School of Technology and the Faculty of Odontology. Multi- disciplinary means that several sciences meet under one roof, each one enriching the other. It also means that our courses and programs give graduates a wider outlook, as they prepare for their imminent professional working careers. There are four libraries at the university. The main library can be found in the Faculty of Education, three smaller libraries are situated at the School of Technology, the Faculty of Health & Society and the Faculty of Odontology. The library enables students to borrow books, films and there are plenty of computers at the libraries for the students to use.

Cost of Living

Living expenses vary depending on personal needs. However an estimated cost of living per month for a student in Sweden could be:

Food: SEK 1500
Accommodation: SEK 3300
Telephone, Internet: SEK 300
Local travel: SEK 200
Mdical care, hygiene: SEK 200
Clothing, leisure: SEK 1500
Course literature: SEK 300

Total SEK 7300*

* Please note that to be able to get a Residence permit for studies, financial proof of no less than SEK 6300/month must be enclosed with the application.


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 Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

The TUD has considerable experience with incoming international students and staff. After the application and admission, all students receive information with all needed details concerning the preparation of their stay and study/work in Dresden. After arrival several administrative tasks are taken care of at the International Office and information and help is provided  regarding health insurance, how to open a bank account, campus life, registration with the city administration as well as student’s registration at the university. One DAAD-funded project also organizes special counseling, assistance and support services for international doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.


The TU Dresden is in the very favourable position of being able to accommodate almost all international bachelor- and master-level students in student halls of residence. There is an International Guesthouse where visiting doctoral students, postdocs and academic staff can stay for up to three months.  In case their stay is longer than three months, they are assisted in finding an accommodation on the private market.

Special needs

We also have some specific services for disabled students. Services are disability specific, e.g., for visually impaired students at TUD; their integration will depend on a match between the specific disabled students’ needs and the respective capacity of the department where the students want to do research at.

Social integration activities and Cultural life

There is a very well-equipped student services body (Studentenwerk Dresden) that offers a wide variety of services for students such as accommodation, catering, and cultural activities as well as counseling in social, psychological and legal issues.

The International Office of the TU Dresden itself offers a wide range of excursions, city guided-tours, short trips in Saxony or the neighbouring countries, 'International Evenings' (where a different country is featured each time) and many things more. Different languages can be practiced with Café Lingua and a buddy-system trying to establish contacts between an international student and a German student has been running for years. Most of the cultural events are organized by the International Office ( or the student initiative Erasmusinitiative TU Dresden ( There are also student clubs in many of the residence halls etc.

The City of Dresden also has a rich cultural offer (opera house, concert halls, theaters, museums, cinemas), many bars especially in the «Neustadt» district; during summer many cultural open air festivals, famous Christmas market «Striezelmarkt».

Health services

Dresden (as Germany in general) has a very elaborate healthcare system. Students have to register for a German statutory health insurance upon arrival in Dresden. For academic staff, counseling is given by the International Office and/or Personal Department upon arrival.

Other facilities (Libraries, access to computers, Wi-Fi, sports, etc)

The Saxonian State and University library (SLUB) is located on the campus of the University. It is a very modern, state of the art library with services for all academic disciplines. The SLUB has more than eight million media constituting the largest centre of scientific literature and information in the region of Saxony.
Access to computers is very easy; Wi-Fi is available on the campus.

The University Sports Centre (Hochschulsportzentrum) is open to all members of TU Dresden and offers courses at very low costs.  The Centre offers a number of sport programmes and facilities such as gyms, fitness rooms, weights room, a pool, a beach sports area, football field, running track and tennis courts.

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 Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

UCM website:

The International Relations Office

With more than 20 years of experience, the International Relations Office at UCM is in charge of the incoming and outgoing mobility flows within different International Programmes, among them the Erasmus Mundus Programme. It gives students and staff administrative and practical advice, including visa and residence permit support. This Office also coordinates the necessary procedures with other UCM Services involved in the mobility schemes. For these purposes, the Office has the help of the local Erasmus Offices established in each Faculty. 

Regarding the MUNDUS ACP Project, the International Office organises a specific Welcome meeting where the participants are informed about all the specific administrative matters and given practical information.  

Web resources for students and staff:

  • UCMnet: on-line site where the students can consult their student record as well as other administrative issues.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Virtual Campus: on-line academic site shared with other students and professors

Language courses

  • The “Centro Complutense para la Enseñanza del Español” has a wide offer of Spanish courses for international students. This Centre has been accredited by the “Instituto Cervantes” (National Organisation responsible for the dissemination of the Spanish language). Each Academic Year it organises a free intensive Spanish course for all Erasmus students.
  • The Centre for Modern Languages (CSIM) provides its students with an effective tool to help them master modern languages within the University itself.
    Students can choose from 31 different languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Modern Greek, Hindi, Hungarian,   Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish Sign Language , Swahili, Swedish, Turkish and Yiddish, which are taught in different faculties and halls of residence associated with the UCM, in the form of low-cost annual, four-monthly or intensive summer courses.
    The CSIM courses meet the European Council guidelines on language levels and testing in the European Reference Framework. This ensures that the certification offered by the CSIM is officially recognised throughout Europe.


The UCM Accommodation Service offers rooms in flats shared exclusively with other UCM students. Apart from this, they give proper information and assess the students who prefer other kind of accommodation.

Concerning staff, UCM has residences on Campus offering accommodation for short stays.

Cultural and Social Activities

  • The ESN (European Student’s Network) holds different social and cultural activities throughout the year, helping the students to integrate in the everyday life both on Campus and in Madrid City. They have different programmes such as “Tutor” and “Tandem” the international students can sign up to know more about the academic life in the Faculties or to practice Spanish.
  • The Student House is part of the Complutense University’s commitment to students. The House is a permanent centre for students and their associations, for different aspects of their academic, professional and personal lives.
    The House offers a wide range of monthly activities, initiatives and events designed to enrich the cultural and social life of UCM students, both national and international.


The Complutense University campus has five large sports centres, four on the Moncloa campus and one in Somosaguas. These have pitches for football, indoor football and rugby, tennis courts, paddle tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball, covered playing fields and swimming pools.

The sports facilities at the Complutense offer members of the university community the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of activities, whether physical/sporting, recreational, competitive or simple pastimes.

The Library

The Complutense University Library (BUC) is a support service for learning, teaching, research and all other activities related to the institutional objectives of the University. It is made up of bibliographic and documentary collections regardless of their media, the location where materials are stored, the cost of obtaining them or the way in which they were acquired.

The BUC is an associate member of the Spanish University Library Network (REBIUN), and is a member of the “Consorcio Madroño”, formed by all the libraries of the public universities in the Community of Madrid and the UNED. It takes part in other national and international associations, in projects such as Google Book Search, and has agreements with institutions all over the world, especially in Latin America.

It is structured as a single library decentralised into Centre libraries and co-ordinated through the Library Management.

The Complutense Library holds several important historic collections, including the outstanding “Los libros del saber de Astronomía” by Alfonso X el Sabio, the “Biblia Políglota Complutense” and its valuable collection of engravings as well as its modern and electronic collections, a map collection and audio and video libraries. Its services include consultation using the CISNE catalogue (the Complutense Library’s own catalogue), reading rooms, lending service, the digital library, etc. Access to electronic resources is facilitated on site at the library and from home for a large number of library members. The Complutense Library also has its own comprehensive web site.

Other Services:

  • Office for the integration of disabled people: Its primary functions are: to provide attention, information, and guidance in personal, professional and social spheres; to carry out awareness-raising activities within the University to ensure that everyone who is a part of the UCM community receives equal treatment.
  • Office of Gender Equity: The overall aim of the Office for Gender Equality (OIG) is to ensure the development of gender awareness and equal opportunities for men and women throughout the university community and in all areas of activity within the scope of the University.
  • Welfare and Health: Due to the specific characteristics of the Spanish Health System and the fact that UCM main Campus is in the very heart of the City of Madrid, the Erasmus Mundus participants holding the Health Insurance provided by the Project have available plenty of medical centres, both private and public, in case they need it.

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 Université de Liège (Belgium)

International Office

At the University of Liège, our international office has broad opening hours, it counts 10 people among which 4 main staff members, who are used to help foreign students in their domestic and logistic needs. Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Polish.

They provide information about formalities such as permits of stay and welfare services, but also social and cultural activities (i.e. welcome days, thematic evenings, visit of the city but also of famous cities in Belgium as well as abroad (Maastricht), parties, etc.) contributing to the integration of students. For more details:

We take part in four Erasmus Mundus master programme, in one Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral School and in 2 Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window programmes (Maghreb and Brazil).

Housing facilities

At the University of Liege, there is one university residence for “short periods” (3 to 6 months), but it’s also easy to found a private accommodation, either in the private student residence (City living) or in individual rooms. We have an Accommodation Office which collect all offers in town and list all addresses on a data base on the internet, and helps students to find the more appropriate room, considering the place they want to stay and the price they can put on it.

Coaching and counselling

We have a student’s tutoring system, helping new in-coming students to find their bearings.

Welfare services - Visa

We provide information on all administrative formalities that have to be accomplished (health care, opening a bank account, administrative formalities at the City hall, etc.).

The International Office is used to contact Embassies and Consulates in order to facilitate visa procedure (official letters, calls, emails).

Social and cultural integration

We propose activities to foreign students during their spare time, such as trips (museums, monuments), we organise two welcome days (one for each semester), we regularly invite students to participate to events: parties, organised visits of the city, mini trips to the neighbour country (Maastricht by bicycle, etc.).

Language courses

We provide the opportunity to learn foreign languages at the Institut des langues vivantes ( French courses are organised throughout the year (even during the summer) and are free for our exchange students. Moreover, the Student Associations organises "conversation tables" open to everybody, giving the foreign students the opportunity to practice French or any other language and meet other students.

Special needs students facilities

The ULg has an office providing support for handicapped students. It helps and supports them, upon their request, with their integration into the university, by helping them organize human and material help to meet their needs, in collaboration with the appropriate services and all people involved.

Networking - E-learning and web portal

Once registered, foreign students, either "non degree" students or regular students, have the same rights and duties as local students.  They all have access to "myULg" our students web portal, where they can have information concerning the courses they're following, download material posted by the Professor, etc.

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 Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)

Every year Sapienza hosts over 1000 foreign exchange students through various funding programmes (Erasmus Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows, Bilateral agreements to name but a few). Exchange students benefit of a wide range of services such as: International Relations Office staff (support in administrative issues, information on accommodation, visa and residence permits, scholarship payments, student mentoring service, information on how to open bank account, etc.), dedicated English web pages, Welcome days upon arrival, Italian language courses (80 hours per semester on 4 levels from beginners to advanced, preparing for the Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language), students associations, mentoring services, sports facilities, university choir, university canteen at reduced prices (full lunch about 4€). Other facilities are offered on an equal basis to all students (access to computer rooms, registration to wi fi connection, access to libraries, etc.).

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 Université de Lille (France)

The University of Lille is willing to help some universities in the world to implement good practices for the management of activities. This subject concerns the setting up of degrees in Africa (pedagogical methodology), relations between the economic world in Maghreb area, implementation of an hospital (Egypt, Morocco), organizing the Life Long Learning activities in Europe. A lot of projects have been financed by the French University Association (AUF), the European Commission (Tempus and Socrates-transversal activities) and the French Embassies.

Services offered

For students

The International students arriving in Lille through international projects or bilateral agreements, are fully integrated at the university from “A to Z”. By chronology, all students can get: Information brochures with cost of living, visa assistance, accommodation prepared in advance, integration week before each semester, help to get the residence permit and all administrative tasks at the beginning (enrolment, banks, social security),  language preparation during the summer or during the year, cultural visits organised twice a year, Regional welcome by local authorities, visits of some enterprises, pedagogical tutorials for the first semester, regular orientation sessions. Please find in the “information sheet” details on some organisation and costs for such services.

In addition to this specific assistance by the International centre, the international students get the same facilities as the other students: free access to the library and internet access, the university restaurants, the sports and cultural activities, health and social assistance, integration to the local Unions, general information and counselling desk, work placement assistance, etc….

For researchers

The Lille Mobility Centre (Euraxess Centre) offers tailored assistance to “visiting researchers” (PhD, post. Doc and academic staff), helping them to organise their stay and that of their family. The Centre helps them deal with all the paperwork and other difficulties they may be confronted with (housing, banking, children’s schooling, etc.)

French Language courses are organized for international PhD students with specific competences to be achieved. It is free of charge. For visiting researchers and their partners, other French language courses are offered.

Once a month, activities are organised: a tourist visit, a concert, a museum visit.

A Local research is appointed for each visitors arriving. They are integrated in the lab, with a room and a computer access. They are introduced to their colleagues and they leave on the campus with the same rules, same facilities than the others.


The 3 campuses in Lille:

Campus of Lille 1 :
Campus of Lille 2 :
Campus of Lille 3 :

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 Universidade Agostinho Neto (Angola)

The University has a university hospital that provides medical assistance.

UAN has libraries and study rooms that support study and research. An internet centre is also available at the Faculty of Medicine of UAN.

It has a residence hall with room for 40 male and 40 female students, as well as canteens.

It is necessary to have a visa to enter the country. UAN provides assistance in the visa issue process.

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 Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo has available an apartment specifically for invited researchers and a Rectorate House with two full equipped bedrooms.

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 Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (East Timor)

The UNTL was founded about 10 years ago and is still facing many difficulties. It has elementary structures in the administrative and social assistance to students and staff.

International cooperation through GOs and NGOs, as well as funds and programmes of cooperating countries, provides support on health, libraries, residence halls, to foreign students and staff who work in the country and cooperate with UNTL.

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 Universidade de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)

The UNICV was recently created and is nowadays doing efforts to provide its academic community with food courts, health services, cultural and sport activities, which are gradually being implemented.

It has a hall of residence for students at the island of S. Vicente.


Working language at UNICV is Portuguese. The Business School incorporates Spanish and English as well, and places emphasis on foreign language training.

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 Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal)

The University has free-access libraries service to all students and staff registered at UCAD. It also has a residence hall, located in Mermoz Fenêtre. This residence has ensuite bedrooms, restaurant and cyber space. UCAD also provides internet access in the whole campus.

The University has a sports centre (INSEPS).

There is a health insurance within the framework of Mutuelle de L’enseignement Superieure of UCAD that covers hospital and pharmacy expenses. It has a monthly cost of 6120 F for teaching staff and 4320 F for administrative staff.

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 Universidade Pedagógica de Moçambique (Mozambique)

The University has an IO that provides assistance in the administrative processes for application and mobility of students/teaching staff from partner universities. The IO provides technical assistance to international cooperation activities.

The Social Services Department takes care of the accommodation and the Language Centre offers language courses.

Visas are required to enter the country. The University gives support in obtaining visas. The Central Hospital of Maputo, in articulation with UPM and the Faculty of Medicine of UEM, provides medical assistance.

The University has also sports facilities at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, as well as free-access  libraries.

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 Université de Yaoundé 1 (Cameroon)

Many services are offered at UYI for students, academic and administrative staff. International students have the same facilities as nationals: free access to the main library (Central Library…), the university restaurants, sports and cultural activities, club membership, general information and counselling desk. Medical and Social Centre and University Teaching hospital provide medical and social assistance. UYI has also two Halls of Residence for students. The University Computer Center of Technology and Information (CUTI) provides internet facilities all over the campus. We also have internet access points within the campus provided by a partner.

The Services of the Vice Rector in Charge of cooperation takes care of the reception of academic and administrative staff, offering them support to find suitable accommodation. These facilities can be offered also at the level of the Faculties and Schools. These Schools have available apartments or Houses for lodging of specific invited lecturers or researchers.

It is necessary to have a visa to enter the country. UYI provides assistance in obtaining the visa.

The working languages at UYI are French and English.

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 Université d’Antananarivo (Madagascar)

The University of Antananarivo offers of training is in 85% of academical trainings and in 15% professional trainings.

There are  : + two campuses at UA : * one at Ambohitsaina which hosts 4 faculties as Faculty of Law, Economics, Management and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine and  2 specific schools:, High School for Science and Agronomy Agriculture and High Normal School.

* and another one at Vontovorona which hosts High Polytechnical School

+ 7  research centers: Institute of Civilization, Museum of Art and Archeology, Institute for Energy Mastering, Institute of Astro-High-Energy Physics – Madagascar, Laboratory for Radioisotopes, Institute and Observatory of Geophysics of Antananarivo, Charles Merieux  Infectiology Institute , Confucius Institute.


Working language at UA is French.

Services offered

* Access to libraries that support study and research : Universitary Library as central library, libraries at faculties and high schools.

* Access to Francophone Digital Campuse (“Campus Numerique Francophone”) which is helpful for students  by internet access (cyber space): fruit of cooperation between AUF Indian Ocean Office and UA

* Sports : sports centre, sports activities, sport facilities

* Videoconferencing project in progress by cooperation with France Embassy in Madagascar, Department of Cultural Action and French Cooperation (SCAC), MADES project.

Given budgetary constraints, the Université d’Antananarivo is not yet able to satisfy all housing needs of academic and administrative staff, despite the efforts already deployed. However, the central and faculty HR Departments of the university are dedicated to provide administrative support.

The Université d’Antananarivo, through its Malagasy, French and English Departments will be ready to organize language courses for academic and administrative staff and, of course, also for students.

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 University of Nairobi (Kenya)


University of Nairobi will facilitate identification of suitable premises.


English is the media of instruction. Swahili is the national language used by most people in the street and tailor made short course can be made for incoming students/staff

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 Université Marien Ngouabi (Republic of Congo)

The University Cooperation Department takes care of the reception of academic and administrative staff, offering them support to find suitable accommodation.

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 The University of the West Indies (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago)

The UWI has limited facilities for accommodating visiting academic and administrative staff which can be made available to visiting consortium partners on the basis of availability.  The UWI has significant experience in hosting visiting staff and has various systems, processes and resources designated for this purpose.

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 The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

The Laucala Campus Student Services Centre offers a range of services for prospective and continuing students, enabling you to make the most of the opportunities available at the University of the South Pacific. USP Laucala Campus has been host to thousands of local, regional and international students for the past forty years. The University has developed an exceptional Student Services team who understand students needs and are dedicated to assisting with your enquiries. The Centre provides services on behalf of Student Academic Services, Student Finance, the Provost’s Office and Halls of Residence. We can assist you with all administrative enquiries including: Admission, Enrolment, Campus transfers, Scholarships, Halls of Residence enquiries.


USP requires all degree level students to sit for an English proficiency test, the English Language Skills Assessment (ELSA). Students identified by ELSA as requiring further English language support will be enroled in the course EL001: English Language Skills. ELSA and EL001 are facilitated by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)


The Fiji Immigration Department in 2007 changed the requirements regarding student and staff permits. The following documents must now be presented when applying for students/staff permits: 1. Completed Fiji Immigration Department Application for Study Permit; 2. Copy of Offer letter from USP; 3. Copy of Birth Certificate; 4. Medical Certificate; 5. Police Report; 6. Two passport photographs; 7. Copy of sponsorship letter.

Although USP continues to help students and staff with their study permits, it is ultimately the students/staff responsibility to ensure they have the correct documents and submit their applications on time.

Exchange Schemes

USP has a number of student exchange schemes that are available to degree level students throughout the region. USP will meet the cost of the air fares and, depend ing on availability of funds, assist towards living allowance.

Credit Recognition

There are corresponding entitlements at the overseas host universities.


To make your experience at the Laucala Campus, convenient, hassle-free and a secure one, USP provides to all staff and students the option of excellent lodges for staff and students AND one to three bedroom houses (for staff only) at very affordable rates.


Campus Libraries have been established in all the twelve USP member countries. There are also eight Centre Libraries.

Cultural Activities and Sport

The University of the South Pacific boasts a large number of cultural groups due to the great array of students from countries within the Pacific region and beyond. As such, the USPSA has helped organize these students into the various cultural and cross-cultural groups that exist today. The list begins with the Banaban Student Association through to the International Student Association and provides every student with a comfortable niche in which to socialise, network and have fun. Students have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of sporting events using first-class facilities including the University’s sporting fields, gymnasium, tennis and squash courts and pool.

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