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Recognized Excellence in Higher Education and Research

Sorbonne University, whose campuses are in the heart of Paris, covers all major disciplinary fields and offers new transversal academic and research programs. In 2018, the merger of Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre et Marie Curie universities will transform Sorbonne University into a fully-fledged university with three autonomous faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Medicine.

Sorbonne University is working with Université de Technologie de Compiègne to define a framework for their integration as the future Engineering School. In the future, Université Panthéon-Assas  may also rejoin us as the future Law School. In the coming years, INSEAD, the Museum of Natural History and our other members will be associated ever more closely to Sorbonne University.

By bringing together the best talent in a wide array of disciplines, Sorbonne University offers transversal academic and research programs.


  • Paris-Sorbonne University - Humanities, literature and civilizations

The largest institution in France dedicated to the study of literature, languages, civilizations, arts, humanities and social sciences, Paris-Sorbonne is located on its original medieval foundations with other locations in the Latin Quarter and other areas of Paris. Learn more

  • UPMC: Pierre et Marie Curie University -Excellence in science and medicine

The top ranked French university, UPMC encompasses all major sciences, including mathematics (5th in the world); chemistry; physics; electronics; computer science; mechanics; Earth, marine and environmental sciences; life sciences; and medicine. Learn more 

  • UTC: Compiègne University of Technology  -An Engineering University 

UTC is a multidisciplinary university and engineering school. UTC educates engineers and scientists to be forward thinking in technology while controlling the environmental, economic and societal impact. Learn more

  • INSEAD, business school - The Business School For The World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of research and teaching. Learn more

  • MNHN: National Museum of Natural History - Earth, Nature and Humans

At the crossroads of the Earth, life and human sciences, the National Museum of Natural History (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle) has devoted its resources to the study of nature for close to 400 years. Learn more

  • PSPBB: Pôle Supérieur d’Enseignement Artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt - High eduction in Music, Drama and Dance

The PSPBB (Pôle Supérieur Paris  Boulogne-Billancourt) is a higher education institution. It delivers professional degrees in Music, Drama and Jazz Dance. Learn more

  • CIEP: Centre international d’études pédagogiques

The Ciep is recognized both in France and abroad for its skills with regard to expert evaluation, training, assessment, and management of international projects. Learn more

  •  CNRS: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 

With 11,200 researchers, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is at the forefront of international research and is the world’s top producer of scientific research papers. It has been home to no fewer than 20 Nobel prize laureates and 12 Fields medal winners. Learn more

  • INSERM: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale 

The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is a public scientific and technological institute under the joint authority of the Ministries of Health and Research. It is one of the top European institutes for biomedical and health research. Learn more


  • IRD: Institut de recherche pour le Développement 

The IRD (Research Institute for Development) is a French research organization operating internationally. Based on interdisciplinary approach, its 840 researchers handle crucial issues, including: tropical diseases and diseases of civilization, food security, climate change, water resources, biodiversity, social inequality and vulnerability, and migration. Learn more


  • INRIA: Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

The French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes scientific excellence for technology transfer and society. Made up of graduates from the world’s top universities, Inria’s 2,700 employees rise to the challenges of digital sciences. Learn more

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The best programs in a wide array of disciplines

The university cluster provides higher education and research in humanities, science, medicine, technology, business and administration, and economics.


In Paris, the countryside, or abroad

The campus is located in the heart of the historic Latin Quarter of Paris and the two others campuses, Compiègne and Fontainebleau are only 40 minutes by train.

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Groundbreaking research at Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University has built its research on deep fundamental questions in each domain coupled with interdisciplinary approaches that bring a broad and holistic perspective to complex issues.

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