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La Sorbonne University was since the 12th century the University of Paris. As the number of students skyrocketed, it was split into 13 separate universities. Some of them kept Sorbonne as part of their name. Many typically French Grandes Ecoles coexist with the universities. Some of them are very prestigious. There is an ongoing plan to rationalize this complex organization and to create world level universities merging universities and Grandes Ecoles. Paris facts.

Paris University history

Founded in the 12th century, La Sorbonne is one of the oldest and best universities in Europe. In 1971, in the aftermath of the May 68 Sorbonne riots, it was split into 13 universities, numbered from 1 to 13. A number of these universities retain the word Sorbonne as part of their name. Paris 1, Paris 4 occupy most of the original building of Sorbonne University in Quartier Latin near Le Pantheon. Sorbonne plan. 350 000 students study today at the university. Many of these universities are regrouping themselves into bigger multidisciplinary universities of worldwide level. Paris Sorbonne University and Université Sorbonne Paris Cité are already prominent French universities. Today, the university coexists with the typically French Grandes Ecoles, dominant in the fields of engineering (Ecole Polytechnique, Centrale, Mines) and business administration (HEC, Essec, ESCP).

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Paris University: the famous Sorbonne Chapel

La Sorbonne history

During the Middle Ages, the Sorbonne was very famous. It attracted students and professors of law, theology, medicine and philosophy from all over Europe. A few of the Colleges where they stayed are visible close to Pantheon and Luxembourg Gardens. Paris history.

College des Bernardins, 18, rue de Poissy (map)
Hotel de Cluny, 6, Place Paul Painleve (map)
College Sainte Barbe, 4, rue Valette (map)
College d'Harcourt, 44 Boulevard Saint-Michel (map)
Cordeliers, 21, Rue Ecole de Medecine (map)


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Universities in downtown

The first 7 Universities, numbered 1 to 7, have campuses in downtown. The remaining 8 to 13 universities have campuses around the city. The downtown faculties cover all possible subjects at the highest level. Admission is done per University. Refer to their web site.

Paris 1 is called Panthéon Sorbonne.
Paris 2 is called Panthéon Assas.
Paris 3 is called Sorbonne Nouvelle. It is now part of Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.
Paris 4, called Paris Sorbonne, is now part of Sorbonne Université.
Paris 5 is called Université Paris Descartes. It is now part of Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.
Paris 6, called UPMC, is now part of Sorbonne Université.
Paris 7, called Paris Diderot, is now part of Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.

The most famous student residence in downtown is Cite Universitaire, a magnificent series of independent country pavilions set in a beautiful park. Web site. Crous manages 6750 student rooms and apartments in downtown.

The Assas Campus
The Assas Campus

Paris Sorbonne University

The Sorbonne University (Sorbonne Université in French) is the merger on January 1st 2018 of UPMC and Paris 4 Sorbonne. Sorbonne University will be one of the most complete and most important universities, in France and in the world, in the field of Arts, Languages, Letters, Humanities and Social Sciences. 21,000 students in initial training and 2,615 in continuing education 2,059 staff including 1,237 teachers, research professors and researchers and 822 support staff, 92 degrees offered, 18 training and research units, 2 schools: Celsa and Espé, 16 sites in the region, 7 doctoral schools.

The main campus of Sorbonne University is Jussieu on the Seine river banks, the former and modern campus of UMPC.

1, rue Victor Cousin
Paris 75005 France

Atrium of Jussieu campus
Atrium of Jussieu campus

Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

10 300 academics, 42 % for Life and Health Sciences, 23 % for Exact Sciences and Technology 17 % for Humanities, Arts, Literature and Languages, 18 % for Social Sciences. 251 research units. 5 500 technical and administrative staff. 1100 theses every year (40% international PhDs). 113 000 students. 42 % in the Humanities, Arts, Literature and Languages Department, 27 % in the Life Sciences and Medicine Department, 17 % in the Social Sciences and Public Policy Department 14 % in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Department, 15 % of international students : 33 % from Africa, 26 % from North America, 19 % from Europe, 16 % from Asia, 5 % from South America, 1 % from Oceania. High-quality research. USPC accounts for 25% of science researchers in the region. It is the n°1 community in France in the fields of culture, languages and civilisations, and is also a leading institution in terms of health and life sciences and social sciences and humanities, as well as mathematics, earth sciences and astronomy.

100-104, avenue de France
Paris 75013 France

Sorbonne Paris Cité Tolbiac campus
Sorbonne Paris Cité Tolbiac campus

Cité Universitaire de Paris

It is not very easy to find student housing in Paris. The Crous centralizes all available rooms. A notable exception is the Cité Internationale Universitaire. It is located in a 34 hectares park south of Paris, 10 minutes by metro from the left Bank and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Cité Universitaire offers up to 6,000 seats and welcomes approximately 12,000 students each year from over 130 different nationalities. The students are housed in 37 pavilions built between 1925 and 1969 and managed independently from the University of Paris. Many of them are architectural treasures.

The Cité Universitaire is really a good place to live in Paris. There are many applicants, but you can apply to different houses. An intense sportive and social life, encounters with young people from all over the world will be the reward.

Cité Universitaire de Paris
Cité Universitaire de Paris