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International relations

Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is determined to pursue a dynamic and proactive international policy, and has established an International Relations Office with a mission to promote the European and international dimension of AMU’s teaching and research activities. The office reports to the President and the Vice President for International Relations, and is primarily responsible for developing cooperation with foreign universities and managing student and faculty mobility, as part of interuniversity agreements and exchange programs.

A large, multidisciplinary university with nearly 71,000 students, AMU belongs to an appropriately vast network of partners (over 420 in Europe and over 300 outside Europe), from whose expertise it benefits while in turn showcasing its own fields of excellence. Its involvement in consortia (CREPUQ, ISEP, etc.) gives students the opportunity to study and/or undertake internships in any part of the world.

With nearly 15% of the student body made up of international students, Aix-Marseille University further strengthens its appeal by encouraging participation in official exchange programs. To give its international students every chance for success and integration into the university community, AMU offers various support services including classes in French language and culture. 

Its top-class, targeted, and long-term partnerships and its membership in prestigious European and international networks ensure that Aix-Marseille University will maintain and build its cultural and academic reputation.

International Relations Office

The International Relations Office's primary mission is to coordinate cooperation measures and programs. Its responsibilities include the reception of foreign students within the framework of academic exchange programs (Erasmus, ISEP, Crepuq, or inter-university agreements), study abroad programs (hosting agreements for North American, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean students, etc.), joint programs, Erasmus Mundus, and double or triple degrees.
International relations are centrally managed by an office located on the Aix-en-Provence campus (Schuman site). To increase efficiency, the office has branches on each university site for the students and faculty of that site, and representatives (professors, staff) in the academic departments.


Main missions

  • Management of the international strategy outlined in the university contract
  • Management and monitoring of international cooperation agreements
  • Management of joint supervision PhD agreements
  • Management of international research agreements
  • Management of student mobility
  • Management of mobility grants and funding
  • Management of faculty and staff mobility as part of the ERASMUS program, and of the university contract’s international cooperation measures



Ariane Bliek  - Director
Maryse Lemaire - Secretary of the International Relations Office  
Phone : +33 (0)4 42 17 14 20
Fax : +33 (0)4 42 17 10 93


The Tethys consortium

The TETHYS Consortium of Euro-Mediterranean Universities, established in January 2000, is a network that currently includes over 50 universities from the 13 countries around the Mediterranean. It represents a potential for cooperation with more than 500 faculties, schools, and institutes covering all disciplines of study and research. At Aix-Marseille University, this consortium is coordinated and managed by an office dedicated specifically to cooperation in the Mediterranean. Tethys’s activities aim to broaden the scope of academic and scientific exchanges, while working towards knowledge sharing, the harmonization of knowledge, and cultural exchange between all Mediterranean countries. In concrete terms, this means directly encouraging and promoting interuniversity cooperation across the Mediterranean, both in terms of teaching and research, on topics of common interest.

Its activities include:

  • the establishment of international joint academic programs including an ICT in education component (with the objective of multiple qualifications)
  • building networks between laboratories (joint research projects and joint PhD supervision)
  • strategic measures in support of South-Mediterranean universities in terms of governance, education, research, and innovation 
  • mobility programs for students, faculty, and staff
  • the joint organization of topic-based seminars to discuss academic concerns and university best practice

This partnership also makes it possible to undertake initiatives in large networks with the support of national and European programs such as ARCUS, Eumedis, Tempus, Interreg, MED, Politique de Voisinage et de Partenariat, Erasmus Mundus, INCO-SSA, INCO-Net, INCO-Bilat, RegPot, and more, in response to calls for proposals. All this helps to promote an active policy of international cooperation, essential in securing AMU’s reputation in Europe and worldwide. Tethys, the Consortium of Euro-Mediterranean universities, provides the Aix-Marseille University community with a significant platform for engagement and influence in the Mediterranean area. It is a space for exchange and sharing, for the warm relations that we must preserve for a sustainable future in the Mediterranean. Through its activities and commitment, Tethys Consortium contributes to building the Euro-Mediterranean Space for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation.


M. Pierre Fuentes, Professor, President
M. Michel Autric, Professor, Director
M. Michel Kasbarian, Professor, Honorary President 
Mme Marie Tortel, Administrator
Phone : +33(0)4 91 11 38 86
Fax: +33(0)4 91 11 38 58
Project Manager - Phone : +33(0) 4 91 11 38 87/88/89

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