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
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Study economics and math in English in Paris
  • No French proficiency required if studying in English
  • Students with advanced French proficiency (TEF, TCF, or DELF/DALF score of at least B2) can study a wider variety of courses offered in French

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. Paris 1 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. Welcoming thousands of international students every year, Paris I is at the forefront of research and teaching across its 3 disciplinary areas: economics and management, arts and humanities, and law and political science.

Each semester starts with a 2 week orientation called Welcome Days. This provides international students an opportunity to take an intensive French language course, be introduced to the different campus services, get involved in campus clubs, and meet local students. 

Students have the opportunity to take courses in English in the areas of Economics and Math. Students with advanced French language (level B2 or higher on the DELF/DALF, TEF or TCF) will be able to take courses from across the universities departments including Philosophy, Art History, Law, Management, Geography, and more! The university offers optional intensive French language courses to exchange students prior to the start of each semester during Welcome Days orientation.

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.

Housing will need to be found by the student independently. Paris 1 does have some housing options within the university residence halls, but spaces are very limited. Paris 1's Accommodation in Paris webpage provides more information about housing options, partner housing organizations, and contact for their housing department.

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 or Math 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 B2 is mandatory.

Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne website for exchange students will provide you with more details about the application process and available courses, while the Join Paris 1 page shares more general information about the institution including their International Student Welcome Guide.