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Semaine des partenaires internationaux

  • Post last modified:27 avril 2022
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Each year, the University of Caen Normandie dedicates a whole week to its global partners, giving the opportunity to discover our institution and the unique historical heritage of the Normandy region.
Through workshops, faculty meetings and presentations, we will share best practices and exchange on common issues and objectives related to international education.

The 2022 edition of our International Partner Week will be held on May 11-17, on UNICAEN main campus located in downtown Caen.


All day – Walk-in welcome day

Noon: Lunch at the campus 1 restaurant for participants present at lunch time

7 pm – City tour (presentations and tour)
Guided tour of our historical city.

9:30 am – About UNICAEN (presentations and tour)
Mission statement, academics, research, student support, international outreach: a walking overview of what UNICAEN is all about.

Noon – Lunch at the campus 1 restaurant

1 pm – About our territory (site visits)
Welcome to Caen Normandy, a modern territory with international ambitions, interconnected with UNICAEN.

7 pm – Partner dinner
Social time around the Norman cuisine.

9 am – Connect & Share (job shadowing)
Individual or group meetings based on common activities and/or projects.

Noon – Lunch at University restaurant

2 am – Beyond classrooms (site visits)
Immersive VR room, joint research units, real-time trading room…. Exploring the academic and scientific diversity of a multi-site University.

9 am – The D-Day and the Battle of Normandy (excursion)
Discover the sites of the D-Day landings, prelude to the Battle of Normandy (detailed program below).

Caen-la-Mer on your own
The Sunday Farmers’ Market, the mediaval Castle and Abbeys, the museums, the seaside… enjoy a day in the Caen-le-Mer urban area.

Extand you stay to learn more
Additional faculty and staff meetings can be scheduled to explore further our cooperation.

Registration and program fee

This get-to-know-each-others week is opened to faculty and staff from any of our partner institutions worldwilde.
A 50 euro flat fee will be charged upon registration.
Registration covers three lunches at University restaurant, the partner dinner and the Saturday excursion.

Register online before April 29th, 2022.


Here are a few suggestions of hotels, all at a15 minute walking distance to Campus 1 and all located in the Caen downtown area:

A few minutes away north of the campus, but further away from the historical downtown area:

Close to the train station (20 minutes from campus by tramway, 30/35 by foot):

3 options: 

  • By plane

The Caen-Carpiquet airport has daily flight in and out of Lyon, hub to many European destinations. City bus will take you from the airport to Caen downtown area (Twisto line 3).
More information at

  • By train

Caen has a direct train line in and out of Paris Saint-Lazare station, with a dozen daily rides.
Information & ticketing:

  • By car

Trust your GPS!
If you are planning to use your own vehicle to get to Caen, please let us know so we can guarantee access to the secured campus 1 parking zone.

Once in Caen…

Departure downtown Caen around 9 am

Returning to Caen around 5 pm

The castle of Caen is one of the largest castles in Europe. Founded around 1060 by William the Conqueror, it is the fortified complex of the old city center of Caen. Located between the Saint-Pierre church and the campus 1 of the University of Caen Normandy, its high walls offer a breathtaking view of the city center.
Learn more about the history of the castle of Caen:

Founded around 1060 by William the Conqueror, it offers a very beautiful architectural ensemble. During the Second World War, this abbey church was occupied by the Red Cross, which allowed it to escape the Allied bombing of Caen.
Classified as a historical monument, it is a burrial site of William the Conqueror and hosts the City Hall of Caen.
Learn more about the Abbaye-aux-Hommes:

Founded in 1060 by Matilda of Flanders and William the Conqueror, it is classified as a historical monument and is the burrial site of Queen Mathilde.
In June 1944, during the Allied landings and the battle of Caen, the abbey was relatively untouched by bombing.
In 1983, the Abbey was bought by the Regional Council of Lower Normandy, which moved in in 1986 after a period of restoration.
Learn more about the Abbaye-aux-Dames:

The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial in Caen, Normandy, France commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. More generally, the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focused on the fragility of peace. Its intention is “pay a tribute to the martyred city of the liberation” but also to tell “what was the terrible story of the 20th century in a spirit of reconciliation”. [source Wikipedia]
Learn more about the Caen Memorial: