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Who We Are

Student Residence
& Cultural Center

At the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CiuP)

Located across from the Parc Montsouris in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, the campus of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CiuP) is an architectural treasure. The CiuP welcomes students from 130 different countries, encouraging cultural and linguistic exchanges.
Opened in 1930, the Fondation des États-Unis is a Recognized Public Utility Foundation (FRUP). It offers 274 student rooms, including a floor of art ateliers and music rooms, allocated based on application. The Franco-American cultural program is the fruit of projects lead by alumni, Harriet Hale Woolley scholars, and artists-in-residence. Concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and performances are all open to the general public.

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History of the
Fondation des États-Unis

Mabel Gage’s Legacy.

Founders Dr. Homer Gage and Mrs. Mabel Knowles Gage.

1920.

The CiuP, created after World War I by André Honnorat, minister of Public Education, offers students a campus dedicated to higher education in Paris while also promoting peace and understanding between countries.

1920-1937.

The first phase of construction: 19 houses of different nationalities were erected, along with the Maison Internationale, a generous gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr., housing student and administrative services.

1927.

American couple Mabel Knowles Gage and Homer Gage begin collecting funds to build the FEU, including part of the fortune Mrs. Gage had inherited from her father who worked in the textile industry.

1928.

Construction begins on the FEU, designed by the architect Pierre Leprince-Ringuet. It is one of the first houses to be built.

1930.

The opening ceremony of the FEU takes place the 28th of April, 1930 in the presence of its founders, the American couple Mabel Knowles Gage and Homer Gage, Walter E. Edge, Ambassador to the United States of America, Gaston Doumergue, President of France, and Sebastien Charléty, Rector of the Academy of Paris.

1933.

The first class of Harriet Hale Woolley Scholars, who live in the ateliers on the 5th floor, are chosen in art, music, and psychiatry.

2007.

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Chicago and the CiuP, the first large renovation project creates 40 comfort rooms in the West Wing of the building.

2010.

The FEU becomes a Recognized Public Utility Foundation (FRUP): created by patrons, it functions as a non-profit institution under private law, who’s cultural and housing missions are consistent with the missions of public service.

2011.

The inauguration of the renovation of the frescoes in the Grand Salon by a team of experts from the Louvre, made possible by patrons. Created by the Franco-American painter Robert La Montagne Saint-Hubert, the frescoes are now classified as a historic monument. Learn more.

2017.

Renovation of the windows and the heating systems of the Grand Salon, made possible by a crowdfunding campaign.

2019.

East Side Story: the transformation of 75 classic rooms into comfort rooms and studios, the renovation of the Residents’ Lounge and the creation of a classroom, an activity room and 2 music studios.

2020.

The FEU celebrates its 90th anniversary and is planning the renovation of the 5th floor, the restoration of its façade, and other occasional renovations in keeping with the Art-Deco style of its interior architecture.

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The Board of Directors

When the Fondation des États-Unis was created, its founders, Homer and Mabel Gage, wished for the Board of Directors to be presided by the Rector of the Academy of Paris, then Sébastien Charléty. This decision anchored the Fondation in the Universities of Paris and invited projects and collaborations between American students residing in Paris and French students. The FEU is therefore presided by the Rector of the Academy of Paris.

Since 2010, the FEU is amongst hundreds of Recognized Public Utility Foundation (FRUP) in France, a dozen of which are at the CiuP. Its board is made of Ex-officio Members (appointed because of their position) and Qualified Members (appointed based on their skills and specific knowledge).

Honorary President

  • The Ambassador to the United States of America in France

President – Academy of Paris / Founding Member

Ex-officio Members

Qualified Members

The FEU Team

Dr. Sophie Vasset

Director

Sophie Vasset is an Associate Professor at Université Paris-Diderot, focusing on 18th c. medicine and literature. She was a Fulbright scholar at UCLA and, in return, hopes to contribute to making American students feel welcome in France. At the FEU, she loves to: have coffee with residents and take breaks with the staff, get tips on how to use her computer, and listen to the musicians work on Sunday afternoons.

Dr. Sophie Vasset
Dr. Anne Cremieux

Director

Having partly grown up and studied in the US, Anne feels right at home on the multicultural campus of the Cité Internationale and the FEU. She is a Professor at the University of Paris-8 St-Denis. When she is done dealing with suppliers and security regulations, she delights in organizing ciné-concerts and art exhibits.

Dr. Anne Cremieux
Noëmi Haire-Sievers

Culture & International Relations Manager

Noëmi is in charge of cultural programming at the FEU (events, Harriet Hale Woolley Scholars, communication...) and also manages the study abroad groups and rentals. With a BA in Language & Cultural Studies, Noëmi worked in the film industry before joining the FEU in 2015.

Noëmi Haire-Sievers
Katarzyna Criou

Admissions & Reception

Katarzyna joined the FEU team in 2018 and is in charge of reception and admissions. Originally from Poland, Katarzyna lived in London before coming to France to study languages (specializing in English). She has worked in student residences for 15 years.

Katarzyna Criou
Razika Redouane

Administrator

Razika has been working at the Fondation for 25 years. She is responsible for admissions, rent payments and also manages the cleaning and maintenance team. While Razika will chase after you if you don’t pay your rent on time, she is also there to help resolve issues and always has a listening ear. Speak to her in French, it’s good practice during your stay in Paris!

Razika Redouane
Jean Andelson

Maintenance

Jean is originally from Haiti. He arrived in France as a teenager and worked for two other houses at the Cité before joining the FEU: Deutsch de la Meurthe and Maison des Etudiants Canadiens. Jean is in charge of maintenance and luggage storage.

Jean Andelson
Waibi Abiola

Maintenance

Jean is originally from Haiti. He arrived in France as a teenager and worked for two other houses at the Cité before joining the FEU: Deutsch de la Meurthe and Maison des Etudiants Canadiens. Jean is in charge of maintenance and luggage storage.

Waibi Abiola

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