University of French Polynesia - Tahiti

Welcoming International Students

The International Relations Office is responsible for welcoming international students coming to the University of French Polynesia (UPF) as part of an exchange programme or specific training course, as well as students individually enrolled.

International Exchange Programmes

The University of French Polynesia has been welcoming students from partner universities in Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Spain and United States for example for over fifteen years.

The International Relations Office assists students during their stay at UPF (accommodation, information, reception).

Partner universities are in charge of selecting students and forwarding their full application forms to UPF International Relations Office.

Training Courses and International Programmes

French as a Foreign Language courses and specific training courses may be set up for groups of international students or teachers.

Study Abroad Program

UPF has received several groups of students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa as part of the Study Abroad Program. Students undertake courses in Environment and Polynesian Languages & Culture.

Hawaiian students have come and study at UPF for several years.

UPF organizes regularly programs for students from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and those registered at Simpson College (USA).

French as a Foreign Language Training Course

UPF offers French as a Foreign Language training courses such as for New Zealand teachers who come to UPF within the framework of a partnership with the French Embassy in New Zealand.

New Zealand trainee teachers in September 2007.

International Collaboration Programme

As part of the collaboration with the National University of Samoa and in partnership with the French Embassy in New Zealand, for the fifth time, the University of French Polynesia has received Samoan students for one month.

Samoan students undertake a training course, in pairs with doctoral students from UPF Land and Ocean Biodiversity laboratory, as well as a 15 hour French as a Foreign Language course and several classes in Polynesian Languages.

Phila and Katia supervise four Samoan students (January 2009).

Friendly Visits

UPF occasionally receives students stopping over in Tahiti as part of a ‘discovery’ or ‘learning French’ field trip. Students – from Wisconsin, Florida, Switzerland, Japan, etc. – bring an international touch to UPF through visits of the campus and meetings with local students.

Japanese students with the previous President of the University.