The university has been engaged in the education and socio-professional integration of refugees since 2018.
In 2020, this resulted in a new university diploma or DU called “Passerelle- Etudiant(e)s en exil” (Bridge - Students in Exile). The program, which receives support from the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Bienvenue en France, and the BNP, will allow the University to become meet its goals in a key area of its social responsibility policy.
The University Diploma is designed to offer refresher training in French for non-Francophones with asylum seeker, refugee, or subsidiary protection status so that they can pursue higher education in France.
Most of the class content focuses on fluency in written and oral French, which are essential to pursuing third-level study in France.
The diploma includes university methods courses, refresher courses, orientation and professional integration workshops, and cultural activities. Dauphine-PSL faculty members offer tutoring to participants to help them in their journey back to education. The program also features student peer membership thanks to a partnership with “Fleur de Bitume,” a student organization.
On September 21, 2020 we welcomed 19 refugees or asylum seekers for an academic year. The cohort included seven women, and its members had an average age of 26 and came from Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, Bangladesh, India, Palestine, Egypt, and Mongolia. 11 of them have an undergraduate or Master’s degree.
The program aims to be a collaborative University project that calls on all the entire Dauphine community. Each year, about 100 people, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and professionals, are involved in the program.