Sorbonne University fact sheet

Sorbonne University

Paris, France

Fall semester 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22

Application due to OIA by March 1, 2021

University: Sorbonne University (SU)

Student body: 55,600

International students at university: 10,200


Academic units:

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits (30 ECTS per semester)

Course catalog: 

Language of instruction: French

Students should have sufficient oral and written skills in French. SU recommends the B2 (intermediate high) level on the CEFRL. A student who has successfully completed at least one 300-level class is likely to be at this level. A C1 level is encouraged for students taking classes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Note: Some master’s level classes are conducted in English. Students may consider these on a case-by-case basis and must consult with their academic advisors.

Grades + Transcripts: SU uses number grades based on a 20-point grading scale, with 10 being the passing point. SU will provide transcripts for students taking part in the exchange. At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Fall semester: Early September – mid-January
[Academic Year: Early September to late May]

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Traveling to & living in France

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Student visa information: Every student, with the exception of EU citizens, is required to have a student visa. You will use a long-stay student visa (visa D) for a visit longer than 3 months.

Helpful visa information: 

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once SU has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from OIA.

Nearest international airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Housing: SU has a variety of accommodations reserved for foreign students in different residences in Paris. 

Housing information

 The SU accommodations platform

Pre-departure orientation: The College OIA staff will provide an orientation the prior semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details: Students will have an orientation session with the Sorbonne University Office of International Relations. Students may also meet individually with academic advisors in preparation for the exchange program.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing: $1,800-$2,900
  • Food: $1,000
  • Transportation, books, and incidentals: $735-$950
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Due date for applications to OIA: March 1, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit
  • Complete the application form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • OIA staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • OIA will nominate finalists to SU. Upon acceptance, SU will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at

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