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The France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies has been recognized as one of fourteen interdisciplinary centers (centres pluridisciplinaires) located in prestigious universities in the United States. (For further information on the interdisciplinary centers in the United States, see the website of the French embassy.) The France-University of Texas Institute is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, the Consulate General of France in Houston, and the University of Texas.

UT-Austin was chosen for its strong and on-going relationships with several French universities and research centers, including Paris III, Paris X, Lyon-III, Institut des Sciences Politiques, Université Paul Valéry, Université Jules Verne, MICEFA, CNRS, EPHESS, ESCP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, INRA, and INA. Many professors and researchers from French universities and the University of Texas collaborate on various projects, and many students in Architecture, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering take advantage of the ties UT has with France.