Sorbonne University fact sheet

Sorbonne University

Paris, France

Spring Semester 2022

Application due to the College International Office by September 15, 2021

University: Sorbonne University (SU)

Student body: 55,600

International students at university: 10,200


Academic units:

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering

Students may take some classes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (includes social sciences)

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 Faculty of Sciences requires a minimum of B1 (intermediate) on the CEFRL. A student who has successfully completed at least one 300-level class is likely to be at a B1 or B2 level and must provide a letter from a French language instructor attesting to this. A C1 level is encouraged for students taking any 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. French language courses are available for credit (3 ECTS)

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:

Spring semester: January 17 – May 23, 2022
Exams in June 2022

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Traveling to & living in France

Coronavirus update

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: Accommodations reserved for foreign students in different residences in Paris. 

Housing information


Pre-departure orientation: College International staff will provide an orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs. Nominated students will also be invited to enroll in the one-credit “GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go” for the second eight weeks term.

Arrival information:  Sorbonne University does not provide a formal orientation for second semester arrivals, but students may meet with the international office in the relevant Faculty for guidance.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing: $3,000
  • Food: $1,500
  • Transportation, books, and incidentals: $1,000
  • 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

Students must be nominated by the College International Office.

Due date for applications to OIA: September 15, 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.
  • College International 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.
  • College International 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 International Office at