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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.
The mission of the France-UT Institute is to:
-Make visible the already dynamic and ongoing relationships between France and UT.
-Foster existing exchanges between UT and French institutions and develop new ones for faculty and students.
-Help organize seminars and conferences with both French and American scholars which explore topics which cut across disciplinary boundaries.
-Facilitate visits by French scholars, writers, and researchers to UT.
-Facilitate visits to France for UT professors and students.
-Organize regular gatherings with informal talks on various aspects of contemporary France by visiting scholars from France, French individuals residing in Austin, visiting French Professors and researchers
from various departments on campus, and UT faculty.
-Open lines of communication between faculty in different disciplines.
-Make known the activities of the institute to the Austin community, including French companies with offices in the city and state.
-Raise money for scholarships for students and additional funds for faculty research.