Study Abroad at The Sorbonne
Studying at the University of Paris, Sorbonne
HISTORY: The University of Paris, Sorbonne (Paris IV) was one of the first universities to be established in the world. The old Sorbonne started in 1253 as a school of theology. Located in the Latin Quarter in Paris, this university focuses on Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Its website states, “The Sorbonne incites its students to think freely, to construct their own judgment, so that they can become responsible and inventive citizens who can promote dignity and peace culture.”
The University of Paris, Sorbonne has:
- Over 24,800 students and 1,500 faculty and staff personnel
- Hosts approx. 5,000 international students annually
COURSES: Study French Language and Culture at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. The courses are open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. More than 150,000 students have participated in this program. A certificate of completion (transcript) is available on request. All courses are taught in French.
With French language courses, placement tests are given to determine level of ability. Cultural activities are included for high intermediate and advanced students taught in French. Course topics include: history, politics, literature, philosophy, sociology, music, art and geography. Elective course descriptions are available when you arrive. All courses are taught by French Professors from the University of Paris Sorbonne. If using financial aid, please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement”. We do not offer any scholarships or financial aid.
Some local excursions and cultural activities are scheduled during the year. Students should check with the student office at the University of Paris, Sorbonne for destinations, schedule, and prices. These are optional and incur additional costs. Many students organize their own excursions and field trips with classmates.
ACCOMMODATION: There are no residence halls at the Sorbonne. All students have to arrange their own housing. We provide an extensive list of Paris student housing links when you successfully apply for a course. Many students stay in residence halls nearby (Foyers), in student flats, and hostels. We can also arrange for you to stay in host family housing. Accommodation in Paris is generally expensive.
PASSPORT: A valid passport is required. You don’t need a Visa if staying for less than three months on a tourist visa. If staying for more than three months, you’ll need a visa before arriving in France. A ‘letter of admission’ is available from us when you register and pay. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for a Visa at the nearest French Consulate. Visa fee approx. $60.
ARRIVAL: It’s suggested you arrive in Paris one week before the course begins. The level test needs to be taken before classes begin.
CAMPUS LIFE AT SORBONNE: French universities mostly focus on studying rather than campus life. University of Paris, Sorbonne has a Cultural Department (“Le Service Culturel de l’Université”, “SCDE”). It offers traditional art workshops, reading out loud, classical chorus and theater, poetic and narrative writing workshops. It also offers more than 300 free tickets to students each year in exchange for reviews. The best ones are shown on the University’s web site.
Every year, Paris-Sorbonne’s cultural activities include:
- More than one hundred cultural events, with a public of about 100,000 people, mainly students,
- 7 workshops (about 150 students)
- 3 festivals (“Printemps des Poètes”, « Ici et Demain » with the Townhall of Paris, “Dionysies” with the “Association Démocodos”)
- 2 institutional days : « Fête de l’Université », « Fête des Relations Internationales »
- 3 cultural agendas
- 2 books from the writing workshops : “Prose en Sorbonne” and “Poésie en Sorbonne”,
- 2 international competitions : poetry and “à l’est de l’Europe”,
- More than a hundred maps for the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay
- The “Choeur et Orchestre de Paris-Sorbonne” » (Paris-Sorbonne’s Choir and Orchestra)
SHOULD YOU GO? University of Paris, Sorbonne is one of the oldest universities in the world with great cache. Who doesn’t want to be able to say “I studied at the Sorbonne”? Your neighborhood is the vibrant Latin Quarter with French life right at your doorstep. You learn from top French professors and create memories to last a lifetime.
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