& 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.
Art & Music Ateliers
Companies in Artistic Residence
History of the
Fondation des États-Unis
Mabel Gage’s Legacy.
Founders Dr. Homer Gage and Mrs. Mabel Knowles Gage.
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.
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.
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.
Construction begins on the FEU, designed by the architect Pierre Leprince-Ringuet. It is one of the first houses to be built.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- The Ambassador to the United States of America in France
President – Academy of Paris / Founding Member
- American Ambassador in France, Jamie McCourt
(rep. Jessica Banuls, Manager of Cultural Affairs)
- President of the Cité International universitaire de Paris, Jean-Marc Sauvé,
(rep. Laurence Marion, managing director of the CiuP)
- Minister of Higher Education, head of the Department of Student Aid, Research, and Innovation, Olivier Blanchard
- Elected Resident, President of the Residents’ Committee at the FEU
- Yann Toma, Université Panthéon Sorbonne
- Lee Samuelson, retired from the OCDE (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
- Samuel Cohen Solal, Director at Sweetwood Capital
- Judith Graves Miller, professor at New York University
- James A. Kiernan III, retired from Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
- Jennifer Flock, partner Heidrick & Struggles
- Antoine Kirry, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
The FEU Team
Dr. Joan Divol
Franco-American and a specialist in intellectual property, fashion and ethical issues, Joan Divol has studied and lived in France and in the United States. Professor of Law at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne for the past 20 years, she held positions related to the management of international relations, the integration of foreign students and the establishment of partnerships on several continents. From a family of artists, she enjoys the creative world of entertainment and arts.
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!
Artistic & Cultural Manager & 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 and an MA in Creativity, Literature & Film, Noëmi worked in the film industry before joining the FEU in 2015.
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.
Benjamin works at reception. After 20 years in the catering and luxury hotel industries, he decided to go back to school and devote more time to music, one of his passions. Working at the FEU allows him to work and study at the same time.
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.
Upon leaving Nigeria, Abiola lived in several countries, including Italy and England, before settling down in France. He has been working at the Fondation for more than 25 years. Very meticulous, he works with Jean on all aspects of maintenance. He is also in charge of cleaning the Foyer and the BBQ area.
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