UPEC - Knowledge knows no border

Published on March 13, 2015 Updated on January 13, 2021

Since its foundation in 1970, Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) has established itself as both a locally grounded institution and a globally connected university.

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UPEC is one of the major multidisciplinary and vocational universities within the Paris area.
With 19 sites and its main campus only 20 minutes from the heart of the French capital by subway, its serves a population of over 38,000 students.

A public university, UPEC enjoys governmental and European support. Its diverse partnerships with business organizations enhance its local presence while favoring career opportunities for its students.
In direct contact with its socioeconomic environment, UPEC successfully combines academic and scientific excellence in a spirit of openness.

Comprehensive Academic programs and State-of-the-art research

A major player in the dissemination of academic, scientific and technological culture, UPEC offers over 350 training programs in all disciplines, from technical degrees to doctorates (PhD), including a series of degree programs entirely taught in English. The university is home to 7 faculties, 8 schools and institutes, 33 research centers and an Observatory of Sciences of the Universe.

Internationally oriented

Boasting a diverse community of more than 130 nationalities, UPEC is highly invested in encouraging international exchanges and increasing the mobility of students, staff and faculty members. Each year, the university welcomes over 3,700 foreign students and about 50 international guest lecturers and researchers. To help with their arrival and settling in France, the university provides information and support from the application process to everyday life on and off campus. International students can benefit from special services such as adapted French courses, easy access to healthcare, and support for administrative procedures and in finding an accommodation or a job.

Socially committed and active

UPEC is committed to building knowledge and actively responding to the challenges of social and environmental transformation by promoting excellence and greater social justice. Its strategic plan is built around five pillars of interdisciplinary development, training and research:
  • Health, Society, Environment
  • Social transformations, Inequalities, Resistances
  • Francophonies and Multilingualism
  • Knowledge and practices in education and training
  • Digital Science and Practice