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Studying in France

The University-Placement co-ordinator for the Department of French is:

Dr Herdman
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463651

The Department of French has exchange arrangements with the following institutions:

Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne
Université de Perpignan-Via Domitia
Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

More details about each institution are given below, with a list of the main subjects usually offered. Please note that subjects are susceptible to change, and that Joint Honours students will also need to confirm the availability of their subject(s) with the respective Year Abroad co-ordinators of other Schools.

Studying in France: The undergraduate degree in France, the licence, is three years in duration. Admission to a university is not selective, and any student in possession of the baccalauréat may enrol. Consequently, the higher education sector is much larger than in the UK, though there is also a high drop-out rate after the first or second year of study. Because of the large number of students, and the strain on resources which this imposes, contacts with tutors and the administration are likely to be much more anonymous than in a British university. Nevertheless, a period of study at a French university can be enormously beneficial in terms of linguistic, cultural and personal development.

Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne

Postal address: Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne
1, rue Victor Cousin
75005 Paris
Tel: 00 33 (0)1 40 46 33 87 - Fax: 00 33 (0)1 40 46 33 77

Web address:

N° of places available: 3 full-year or 6 semester places

Subjects available: Art History, English, History (Ancient, Medieval & Modern), French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish.

Description: The Sorbonne was founded in 1257 and is possibly the most famous university in France. It is located right in the centre of Paris, just off the Boulevard St Michel. It is a large institution, specializing in the Arts and Humanities.

Université de Perpignan-Via Domitia

Postal address: Université de Perpignan
52, avenue de Villeneuve
66860 Perpignan Cedex.
Tel: (0)4 68 66 20 00 - Fax : (0)4 68 66 17 49

Web address:

N° of places available: 1 full-year or 2 semester places

Subjects available: English, French, Spanish

Description: The University of Perpignan is a very small and friendly university, located on the edge of a city whose population is just over 100,000. It is close to the sea and just a short distance from the Spanish border.

Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail

Postal address: Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail,
5, allées Antonio Machado,
31058 Toulouse Cedex,
Tel: +33 (0)5 61 50 42 50

Web address -

N° of places available: 4 full-year or 8 semester places

Subjects available: English, History (Ancient, Medieval & Modern), French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish

Description: Toulouse-Le Mirail is a large university situated on a modern campus which is just a short tram ride from the city centre. Toulouse itself is a beautiful city which offers both a wide range of cultural activities and easy access to the surrounding region, including the Pyrenees.

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Postal address: Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
27, rue Saint-Guillaume,
75337 Paris Cedex 07
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 49 50 50- Fax: +33 (0)1 42 22 31 26

Web address:

N° of places available: 4 full-year or 8 semester places

Subjects available: International Relations, in combination with French, Spanish, Italian.

Description: Sciences Po is a very prestigious institution for the study of Political Science, to which entry, for the French, is very competitive. It is located in the centre of Paris, just off the Boulevard Saint-Germain.


For Joint Honours students of French and History, the School of History has an exchange programme with Strasbourg: please contact the Year Abroad co-ordinator in the School of History for further information.

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Country specific information

All French students
This is a French-language MOOC designed to support students
coming to France to study abroad.

Paris IV students

Related links

Teaching English as a Foreign Language: An Introductory Course (PDF, 765 KB)

First-year briefing 2018 (PowerPoint, 6,246 KB)

Pre-departure meeting 2018 (PowerPoint, 1,519 KB)

Year Abroad Intentions meeting 2018 (PowerPoint, 3,449 KB)