Students Welcome Desk

Students Welcome Desk

In a context of strong increase of the fragility of the students and more particularly of the international students welcomed on our territory, the SWD participates fully to improve the reception and facilitate the integration of the international students. The SWD, Students Welcome Desk aims to improve the welcome and facilitate the integration of international students, while giving them the opportunity to discover the richness and values of Saint-Etienne and its metropolis, and of Roanne. The SWD operation is coordinated for higher education institutions by the COMUE Université de Lyon and piloted locally by the UJM's International Mobility Office. The Saint-Etienne SWD is run collectively by the UJM, EMSE, ENISE, ESADSE, ENSASE, EN3S, EM Lyon de Saint-Etienne, the City of Saint Etienne and Saint Etienne Métropole.
Information sessions in French and English to inform, guide and accompany international students on issues of health, housing, daily life, residence permits, etc. are scheduled at La Comète from August 26 to October 7, 2021:

Espace Info Jeunes, La Comète, on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm

There will also be a permanent presence in the institutions involved.
Integration activities will be offered to international students in September and throughout the year to help them discover the area of Saint-Etienne. In particular, the following activities are planned for September
- A welcome evening at La Comète on September 10th from 6 to 8 pm to meet the associations locally invested in welcoming international students and also the Buddy System and Young Ambassadors sponsorship systems.
- A sightseeting tour of Saint-Etienne is offered to international students by local people (students or staff of Saint-Etienne’s higher education institutions)
- An outdoor activity to the Hautes Chaumes to discover nature and cheese
- An match to the Chaudron to watch an ASSE/NICE
- Four “Cafés langues” in several bars in Saint-Etienne

This year, the Students Welcome Desk will continue to offer activities all year long. After the activities organized by Saint-Etienne Accueille Ses Etudiants (SASE) in October, there will be a complementary program in November-December: a discovery of Roanne for international students from Saint-Etienne and a discovery of Saint-Etienne for international students from Roanne, intercultural workshops, conferences on French and local culture, etc. Some of these activities will also be repeated in January-February.

For more information and to ask your questions :
On facebook @SWDsaint-etienne
By email : welcome-student @
Call the hotline at 04 37 28 07 07 (from 6/09 to 29/10 from 9am to 4:30pm without interruption)

Look on Student Welcome Desk website