French University Partners

“I found it to be incredibly refreshing. The quality of the philosophy classes was amazing. It was such an honor to become part of the philosophic tradition at the Sorbonne. I enjoyed the large lecture class style. The professors really prepared. The students respectfully listened to the professors, giving them space to really share what they feel the next generation of thinkers needs to know.”
– Oliver Okun, Oberlin College

CUPA has long-standing partnerships with many of Paris’ most prestigious academic institutions. For students who qualify, under our guidance and in keeping with their home-university requirements, students have the freedom to curate their curriculum my choosing their courses from a variety of institutions and academic departments.

In addition to the institutions listed below, students have taken courses at the following institutions :
ENS – École Normale Supérieure | EHESS – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales | ENSAPLV – École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture – Paris La Villette | Institut Catholique de Paris | PCA – Paris College of Art | Atelier Foranim – Arts plastiques | Atelier La Miroiterie – Arts plastiques | Atelier Terre et Feu – Arts plastiques | Académie Européenne de Théâtre Corporel – Studio Magénia | Centre de Danse du Marais | Studio Harmonic – Danse | Studio Vermès – Photographie | Conservatoire Municipal Camille Saint-Saëns | Conservatoire Municipal Georges Bizet | CRR – Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris – Private instruction | CNSMDP – Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – Private instruction

French Universities & Institutes

Paris Sorbonne

Sorbonne Université - Faculté des Lettres

Sorbonne Université – Faculté des Lettres, is the world’s second oldest academic institution, founded in the 12th century. It offers a full range of courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences, art history and music. The main edifice is located on the original medieval foundations in the Latin Quarter, with numerous other sites throughout the city.

Main Departments

French and Comparative Literature | Linguistics | Classics | History | Art History |
Philosophy | Sociology | Music Studies | Geography | Languages (English, Arabic, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian)

Library at the Université de Paris 3

Université de Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle

Located in the 5th arrondissement, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle offers majors in the fields of languages and literature with substantial offerings in comparative literature, theater, cinema, media studies, communication, and European Studies. It also hosts specialized institutes for Latin American Studies (IHEAL) and Applied Linguistics (ILPGA).

Main Departments

French Literature and Linguistics | Comparative Literature | Cinema | Theater | Applied Linguistics | Communication | Media Studies | European Studies | Latin-American Studies | Languages (English, Arabic, Italian, German, Spanish)

Université de Paris 8

Université de Paris 8 - Saint Denis

Founded after Mai 1968 and originally located in Vincennes, Paris 8 offers courses in the liberal arts, humanities, social sciences, and innovative fields such as psychoanalysis, geopolitics and gender studies. The philosophy department was founded by Foucault. Cixous, Lacan, Deleuze and Chomsky, among others, have taught at Saint-Denis. Paris 8 strives to promote diversity and student/teacher interaction.

Main Departments

French Literature | Comparative Literature | Gender Studies | Linguistics | History | Psychology | Philosophy | Sociology | Political Science | European Studies | Geography | Economics | Mathematics | Computer Science | Communication | Cinema | Theater | Music | Fine Arts and Art Theory | Education | Languages (English, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian…)

Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense

Université de Paris Nanterre

Located near La Défense, a major business district, Paris Nanterre now one of the largest campuses in France. Historically, the university was at the center of the May 1968 student movements. The presence of cultural and athletic facilities on the Nanterre campus make it an exception among Parisian universities. Among other well-known thinkers, Lévinas, Ricœur, Balibar and Baudrillard all taught at Nanterre.

Main Departments

French Literature | Classics | Linguistics | Philosophy | Cinema & Theater | Studies | Art History | Economics | Political Science | History | Geography | Sociology | Psychology | Mathematics | Computer Science | Communication | Music | Education | Language (English, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian)

Université Paris-Dauphine

Université de Paris-Dauphine

Dauphine is a world-renowned institution in the fields of economics, social sciences, computer science and applied mathematics. Advanced students in these fields with a good background in algebra may take specialized courses at Dauphine. Dauphine boasts a strong sense of community among its students. It was granted the status of grand établissement 
in 2004.



The Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) offers majors in African, Asian, Eastern European, Oceanian, and Native American languages and civilizations. Ninety-three languages are taught at INALCO, from beginner-level classes to post-graduate studies.


Sorbonne Université - Faculté des Sciences

Formerly known as “UPMC”, Sorbonne Université – Faculté des Sciences is the largest scientific complex in France, with most of its laboratories are associated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). It is located on the Jussieu Campus in the Latin Quarter. It offers curricula 
in all scientific fields, including physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and mathematics. Upon early request, science majors may enroll at Sorbonne Université – Faculté des Sciences for one or two science courses per semester.

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