Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne


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Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne is one of the largest universities in France with approximately 40,000 students and is one of the few descendants of the Sorbonne, one of the earliest universities in the world.
Location: Paris, France
Language of Instruction: EnglishFrench
Academic Disciplines: EconomicsMath
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year

  • Study economics, math, finance, business and law in English in Paris
  • Students with advanced French proficiency (TEF, TCF, or DELF/DALF score of at least C1) can study social sciences and humanities, which are only offered in French
  • No French proficiency required if studying in English

NOTE: Students must schedule an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Program Coordinator before beginning the KU application process for this program.

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne is one of the largest universities in France with approximately 40,000 students and is one of the few descendants of the Sorbonne, one of the earliest universities in the world. At the cross-roads of tradition and modernity, it aims to be a major pole of research and learning in Europe in the 21st century. Paris I is at the forefront of research and teaching in the fields of (i) economics, management, and applied mathematics to social sciences, (ii) Law and political sciences, and (iii) human sciences.

Students have the opportunity to take courses in English in the areas of Economics, Math, Finance, and Business. These courses are intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers which necessitate competency in economic theory, macroeconomics and financial forecasting, financial engineering and risk management, quantitative asset management, computational economics, quantitative trading, and applied and theoretical research.

Courses in Economics, Math, Finance and Business are offered in English. Students with sufficient proficiency in French (a score of at least C1 on the DELF/DALF, TEF or TCF) can take courses in Law, Political Science, History, Art History, Geography, Philosophy, Visual Arts and Archaeology.  The university offers optional intensive French language courses to exchange students prior to the start of each semester during "integration week".
Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Undergraduate and Graduate Economics and Mathematics students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Bernard Cornet in the KU Department of Economics to discuss their academic plan for their semester abroad at Paris 1.  Dr. Cornet can advise on course selection, equivalent credits at KU, the academic environment abroad, and many other aspects of studying at Paris 1.  Dr. Cornet can be contacted at cornet@ku.edu.

The host institution will assist students in finding housing.  Read more about the housing options on the Paris I website.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

For students wishing to study Economics, Math, Finance, or Business in English, a minimum 2.5 GPA and junior status is required. French proficiency is not required.

For students who would like to study in French, a minimum 2.5 GPA and a TEF, TCF or DELF/DALF score of at least C1 is mandatory.