As part of  the “Bienvenue en France/Choose France” call for projects dedicated to the reception of international students, the SMILE project (Supporting Mobility trough Intercultural Learning and Exchanges) of EHESP School of Public Health has been selected by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI). Funding granted for this project will allow international students entering the EHESP Master of Public Health to receive a specific reception and support during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The “Choose France/ Bienvenue en France” plan launched by the French government at the end of 2018 aims to make France more attractive to international students and to increase the visibility of the French higher education system abroad. It is designed to improve the reception of international students in French higher education institutions. The main component of the “Choose France/ Bienvenue en France” is the certification of higher education institutions in order to promote reception programmes for the international students. Since April 2019, EHESP School of Public Health has engaged in the “Choose France/ Bienvenue en France” certification process which made possible its participation in the SMILE call for projects. The Supporting Mobility trough Intercultural Learning and Exchanges initiative is designed to facilitate the reception and integration of students entering the 1st year of the Master of Public Health by setting up workshops to share intercultural experiences in training and in their daily life. The SMILE funding will allow EHESP School of Public Health to better respond to the following issues pertaining to the arrival in France of international students:

  • adaptation to the university system, teaching and French daily life
  • collaboration and cultural sharing with other foreign students


Laurence HOUARI
International ingoing mobility manager – International relations department – T. +33 (0)2 99 02 26 93

Published on 27 August 2019