2021 Applicant Open Day

Bienvenue! Our Online Applicant Open Day (otherwise known as JDR) took place on Monday 3rd May. On this page you can find a range of resources covering the academic team, course information and student life, as well as a recording of the Q&A session as well as general applicant FAQs.

2021 Applicant Open Day

Bienvenue! Our Online Applicant Open Day (otherwise known as JDR) took place on Monday 3rd May. On this page you can find a range of resources covering the academic team, course information and student life, as well as a recording of the Q&A session as well as general applicant FAQs.

1. Academic Presentations - videos

Get to know the ULIP faculty, their fields of expertise and the modules they teach, as well as further information about how the various academic programmes are structured to give students a choice of elective modules.
 

Academic Presentations Videos

International Politics Academic Presentation

Would you like to find out more about the International Politics programmes offered at the University of London Institute in Paris? Watch Dr Eugene Brennan's video providing detailed information about our programmes.

Click here to watch the video. You will be redirected to our Ivent online event platform.

French Studies Academic Presentation

Would you like to find out more about the French Studies programmes offered at the University of London Institute in Paris? Watch Dr Charlotte Legg's video providing detailed information about our programmes.

Click here to watch the video. You will be redirected to our Ivent online event platform.

Meet the academic team

Meet our academic team members and find out more about their research interests.

Click here to watch the video. You will be redirected to our YouTube channel.

"Attending the JDR helped me to decide that making ULIP my firm choice was definitely the right decision"

2. Courses Documents

You will find further details about our undergraduate programmes and course structures. You can also access/download the PowerPoint presentations from the academic programme presentations videos above. Please click on PDF to view and download our written resources. 

International Politics Leaflet PDF 910.69 KB
International Politics Course Outline PDF 1.56 MB
International Politics Programmes Presentation PDF 1.86 MB
French Studies Leaflet PDF 786.46 KB
French Studies Course Outline PDF 1.22 MB
French Studies Programmes Presentation PDF 2.4 MB

3. Student Life - videos 

Watch our latest videos. Our video resources include a Living in Paris video, which presents the various housing options for ULIP students and some practical advice, Student Housing Panel video, where some of our current students share their personal experiences of finding accommodation and living in Paris, and last but not least, Brexit video where you'll find out more about how Brexit will affect UK students moving to France in 2021.

Student Life Videos

Living in Paris

Watch our Head of Student Services present the various housing options for ULIP students and share some practical advice.

 

Student housing panel

Find out what current students Harry, Jess and Marika have to say about their experience of finding accommodation and living in Paris.

 

Brexit

Check how Brexit will affect UK students moving to France in 2021.

Please note that the visa process for UK students has slightly changed since we recorded this video. Click here to view the latest information.

 

Living in Paris - 2021 JDR

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Living in Paris

Watch our Head of Student Services present the various housing options for ULIP students and share some practical advice.

Student Housing Panel - 2021 JDR

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Student housing panel

Find out what current students Harry, Jess and Marika have to say about their experience of finding accommodation and living in Paris.

Brexit - 2021 JDR

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Brexit

Check how Brexit will affect UK students moving to France in 2021. Please note that the visa process for UK students has slightly changed since we recorded this video. Please view the Moving to Paris guide for the latest visa information.

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A tour of ULIP

Can't visit us in Paris in person? Take of tour of the ULIP building and its surroundings.

4. Student Life - documents

Read and download our latest Accommodation guide, where you'll find a plethora of resources to help you make an informed decision and guide you through the process of finding accommodation in Paris, as well as our Moving to Paris Guide, where you'll find a variety of practical information on Student Loans, Visa, Healthcare and more. Please click on PDF to view and download our written resources.  

Accommodation Guide PDF 2.65 MB
Moving to Paris Guide PDF 716.32 KB

5. Online Applicant Open Day & FAQs

On the 3rd of May, we held two live online events. It started with our Student Café, where applicants were able to interact with current students and fellow peers, shortly followed by a Q&A session with our staff and students. Please find below the recording of our Q&A session as well as FAQs based on common questions from applicants.

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Missed the Q&A session? Or simply want to review some of the information covered during the event? Watch the recording of our event that took place 3rd of May.

FAQs

How many students are on each programme?

The most recent intake in September 2021 included 35 students studying French Studies as their major (of which half studied IR as their minor), and just under 30 students studied International Politics as their major (of which 12 chose the French minor).

Module-specific reading suggestions are normally sent in early summer. 

Meanwhile, we can recommend the following preparatory reading: 

French Language

If you are going to be studying French as part of your course, any reading in French will be useful, as it will help you be more at ease with the language. Engage with French media and press, such as Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro just to name a few, and read the sections of the press that interests you. Getting to grips with news and current affairs is always a good preparation.   

You can also watch French TV news channel like France 24 to prepare your ear. You can also check RFI’s website where you either expand your knowledge of French culture and/or learn French at the same time by selecting a topic (may it be Culture, History, Environment or more), an objective and/or a content type. 

You can also improve your French vocabulary by switching your Language preferences to French on your devices! 


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French Literature

Project Gutenberg gives you access to thousands of works of fiction in French. Here are just a few suggestions from different time periods: 

  • Madame de Lafayette, La Princesse de Montpensier (17th century) 
  • Guy de Maupassant, Apparition et autres contes de l’étrange (19th century) 
  • Romain Gary, Les trésors de la mer rouge (mid-twentieth century) 
  • Pierre Péju, L’idiot de Shanghai et autres nouvelles (contemporary) 

Authors whose works will be studied in our modules include Voltaire, Maupassant, Marguerite Duras, Jen Genet, Annie Ernaux, Mehdi Charef to name a few.  

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International Politics

The E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS website, edited by Stephen McGlinchey, is a great resource. It includes a collection of free online articles which introduce key concepts and core themes studied in the International Politics programmes.   

To name a few of the Postcolonial theorists from the Francophone world that will be explored during the programme, and more specifically to understand the dynamics of colonialism and anti-colonialism political struggle, there is Orientalism by Edward Said and The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon. Other examples of authors you can explore include Aimé Césaire, Achille Mbembe and Andreas Malm. Many readings are available in English and/ French.  

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How are students assessed?

International Politics

For the International Politics core modules, there are no exams, they are assessed by continuous assessment, which means a mixture of research essays and different types of assignments such as field reports, book reviews and class group presentations.  Field reports are a way to invite you to explore various spaces in the city of Paris, what we call sites of international politics and think about the international politics and relations dynamics of these spaces in the city.  

One of the unique aspects of the International Politics programmes is that there is a big emphasis on research, which is quite unique for an undergraduate programme. 

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French Studies

The French language modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework,  translation exercises, oral assignments such as mock interviews and group presentations, as well as formal exams. 

The French content modules and elective modules are assessed through a variety of assignments such as oral presentations, commentaries, source analyses, essays and formal exams. 

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What is the difference between international politics and international relations?

International Relations can be used as a descriptive term to describe the relationships between nation-states and the international order. When it is used with capital letters (IR), it is referring to this specific academic discipline that dates back to the earlier 20th century and which became the dominant way of studying politics in academia. In IR the primary actors are the nation-state and how they interact with one another.  

The reason we called the programme “International Politics” is because we want to foster a broader conception of what political action is, it encompasses much more than just state actors. In International Politics, the big focus is on non-state actors, which encompasses everything from religious groups, terrorist organisations, democratic social movements, indigenous actors, climate and youth movements, all of which don’t really fit in the centric nation-state paradigm. This doesn’t mean we ignore International Relations discipline, as we have some IR modules, but the focus is expanded to different sites of political movements today.  

When should students apply for their visa?

Unless they have an EU passport or have settled in France before 31 December 2020, then International Students, including UK students, will need to apply for a student visa.  

Students can apply for a long-term student visa three months before the planned travel date.   

The Moving to Paris guide describes the various steps and supporting documentation you can start to put together in advance of this, and there is also a video on Brexit covering this question for UK students 

Timescales for booking an appointment at the visa centre will vary from location to location so we recommend that you consider completing your application form 2 to 3 months before planned travel so that you can book your appointment at the visa application centre no later than 3 to 4 weeks before travelling. 

Students with conditional offers applying from the UK should note that the visa fees are non-reimbursable so they may decide to book their appointment at the TLS Contact visa application centre for after the publication of the results. 

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When should we organise our accommodation?

You can check some of our resources posted here, such as our accommodation guide which provides an overview of the various housing options, as well as the Living in Paris video presentation.   

For students interested in the Nexity halls of residence, a link to the booking form will be emailed to applicants later this month.  

Students who book a flat at Nexity will be asked to pay a £347 deposit in July but this will be reimbursed for Conditional offer holders whose place is not confirmed in August.   

If you are looking for a flatshare or independent studio, you can start looking now, but landlords may want to rent out as soon as over the summer if you book it now. Contact current students via the Facebook group and ask for their advice/opinion.  

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What will happen during Freshers’ weeks and what are the Term dates?

Student Induction and Freshers’ Week will be the week starting 20th September. Teaching will start on Monday 27th September.   

The Students’ Union are currently planning in-person Freshers’ events or a mix of online and in-person in the event that some are unable to make it in person. We do hope to hold Freshers’ events in person, but naturally, we will have to adjust depending on the situation and government restrictions at the time.  

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How will teaching be organised in September?

We’re hopeful that we will be able to do on-site teaching as of September, as France’s vaccine drive has picked up speed in recent weeks even if social distancing is still in place in September. This past year has prepared us to adapt to a variety of scenarios and we have been able to provide a substantial amount of on-site teaching within a safe environment compared to other bigger institutions. We offered a mixture of lecture recordings, with a combination of on-site and online teaching. The building remained open to students to use the library and study spaces throughout the Paris lockdowns.

For the next academic year, what we can ensure at this point is that regardless of the situation, we will be able to provide the full amount of teaching.  

For those who might not be unable to come in Paris physically by September, we will make sure we have the measures in place to provide access to the teaching remotely for the start of the academic year and as long as travel restrictions last.

Is it difficult to find work experience in Paris as a foreign student?

There is no compulsory internship or work experience as part of the programme but we do encourage students to explore work opportunities during their studies and a number of our students do carry out internships during the year or the summer (in that case we can sign an internship agreement/Convention de stage). 

Queen Mary’s Careers and Entreprise service provides a variety of resources such as links, international databases, one-on-one appointments, CV developments and interview practice which ULIP students have access to. ULIP also partnered with WeAreOne, which is a coaching collective, where students can be selected to take part in mentoring sessions over the course of the semester and meet different students and networks to help find work after graduation.  

For casual work, many opportunities are posted on the Facebook group, particularly English-teaching opportunities. Nannying opportunities are also easy to find.

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