The nature of the Institute facilitates this personal relationship with our students and the tutorial system: far from the cold, dehumanizing surroundings of traditional university establishments, we have chosen to model the Institute on the best American postgraduate seminars, welcoming in a homely environment redolent both of the classroom and the private drawing-room. An enclosed garden makes the space particularly attractive and agreeable.
We work in tandem with most great Paris universities. We are therefore in a position to offer our students informed guidance towards further studies, advice on particular courses, and help through the administrative labyrinth. Such help can be invaluable for foreign students who do not know which door to knock at.
We plan to listen not only to foreign students’ requirements in respect of further study, but also to their concerns with any aspect of student life: accommodations, leisure activities, shopping discounts, and all other services. We are in a position to give guidance through the maze of student life in Paris.
Solving problems of student life
Small group classes
Our teaching methods are based on the tried and tested practice of tutorials. Small group classes allow a genuine sharing of knowledge. We also intend the tutorials offered to students to function as a constant means of listening to their requirements and, outside class, we make ourselves available to them for teaching and administrative guidance of all kinds.
The objective of high-quality personalized teaching based on the tutorial cannot be attained other than in small groups. Each of our classes comprises 10 students, and is limited at the time of enrolment at the beginning of the session to groups of a similar level. In this way, we propose a course adapted to the individual needs of each student.
This lies at the heart of IFUPE’s mission. We start from the observation that French universities have so far not adapted to the specific requirements of foreign students, each student having particular needs which in consequence require, at the very least, personal teaching practice. For us, this requirement implies not only small group classes, with an emphasis on tutorial contact, but also personal guidance towards further university studies, a preparedness to listen, and advice on various aspects of student life.