Becoming a member of an organisation can be a great way to meet new people and discover the Region. Université Paris-Saclay encourages students and researchers to actively engage in organisations and activities on campus. Getting together with other people is key to a successful integration. Discover the activities, events and organisations of Université Paris-Saclay and the Paris-Saclay Region. Read also about the resources that have been implemented to help you improve French language skills.
Accueil des Villes Françaises (AVF) Bures-Gif-Orsay (French Host Cities) is an organisation that welcomes, assists and informs people who have recently arrived from other towns or countries in the Essonne department alone or accompanied by their family.
The organisation will help you to:
- Get to know the Region from the moment you arrive,
- Make your initial contacts in a new environment more enjoyable,
- Build new friendships by encouraging meetings with other residents and newcomers.
Numerous events take place throughout the year (Paris visits, dance lessons, dinner, cinema, museum visits, hiking, cycling, reading sessions, cooking classes, discussions in French, English, German and Spanish…). Moreover, AVF has a S.N.A service that helps newcomers to settle in easier. S.N.A organises events and meetings over a coffee that will allow you to meet new people.
Visit the AVF helpdesks during their opening hours in one of these three communes:
- Gif: Every Thursday and 1 Saturday per month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Salle de l’Orangerie, square de la Mairie (see the map),
- Bures and Orsay: every second Thursday afternoon in Centre Marcel Pagnol Rue Descartes in Bures-sur-Yvettes (see the map) from 2:15 p.m to 4 p.m. and every other Thursday afternoon in Centre André Malraux, 71 rue de Paris in Orsay (see the map) from 2:15 p.m to 4 p.m.
You can find their opening hours and locations by clicking here.
Enrollment fee is 28€ per year.
Visit their website: avf-bgo.com
There are a number of student and scholar organisations where diverse communities can connect with each other and the whole University Paris-Saclay community. They aim to provide many sporting opportunities and an enriching cultural and educational experience in the field of art, film, politics or music.
You are a student
There are many active student organisations in Université Paris-Saclay offering endless opportunities and planning a broad range of events all year round: integration weekends, film screenings, sport tournaments, sport classes, trips, speech contests, conferences, etc.
Visit your higher education institution’s website to find out all the organisation’s activities and how to get involved. You can also refer to our section “Student life” that lists some organisations of Université Paris-Saclay.
Join Université Paris-Saclay student life Facebook group: Groupe étudiants UPSaclay to see all the events held by student organisations.
Few examples of international student organisations:
- AEFC : Association des Etudiants Franco Chinois de Paris-Sud (Franco-Chinese student group)
- ERASMOUV’ : ERASmus en MOUVement (Erasmus student group)
- Air’asmus : Association consacrée à l’intégration des étudiants Erasmus de l’IUT (Erasmus student group)
You are a PhD student or researcher
Visit our section “Associations of doctoral candidates and doctors”. These organisations aim to welcome and represent all PhD students, to facilitate contact between PhD students and different institutions (universities, government, etc.) and to help participants with their work and professional insertion.
Contact the specialised welcome service Science Accueil which aim is to help foreign researchers and PhD students to find accommodation and to undertake different administrative formalities.
You have a scholarship
Join the “Curies of Saclay community” by filling in the online form. This community brings together PhD students and post-doctoral laureates who have been awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie scholarship. It aims to facilitate their integration in France.
Athletics and sports
Stay active by taking advantage of the Université Paris-Sud SUAP service (Service Universitaire des Activités Physiques et Sportives) that provides many sport facilities, such as soccer/football fields at Plaine des Sports, a university equestrian centre, dance studios, a dojo, fitness rooms, a gym, a swimming pool and tennis fields.
Sign up and pay online by visiting the website portail sport.
After signing up and paying online, please note that you must go to the SUAP office to get your membership card. It is valid for one year and is non-refundable.
SUAP office address: 225 Rue André Ampère, 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette
Be informed of the different events and classes throughout the year by joining their Facebook page SUAPS PARIS SUD.
Visit our section “Languages and cultures” to access the modules and tools that will help you improve your French language skills, discover France’s education system and culture through literature and films, and learn French academic methodology.
Join the ALFAP organisation to improve your French and learn about its culture. ALFAP provides a progressive and methodical learning framework from October to June in Bures-sur-Yvette and in Orsay.
In addition, ALFAP can also help you with:
- Passing and preparing the TCF (Test de connaissance du français) and the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française),
- Discovering the French culture through different workshops, cooking classes and outdoor activities,
- Discovering the region and Paris.