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Paris-Sorbonne University

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.


Paris-Sorbonne, a traditionally secular and humanist institution, is internationally renowned for its specialization in literature and the humanities. Its departments include: art and archeology; music and musicology; studies in Arabic and Hebrew, English, Germanic and Nordic countries, Iberian and Latin American, Italian, Slavonic; applied foreign languages, Greek, French Language, Latin, French; Comparative literature, geography and regional development, history, the Institute of Research on Modern Western Civilizations, philosophy, sociology and applied computer science for the humanities.


Our research policy has three wide-ranging fields: Literature and the Humanities (from classic to contemporary studies), Languages and Civilizations, and the application of IT methods to the Humanities, including Languages Sciences.

Investing for the Future

Three original research projects were awarded funding through this national initiative:

  • EHNE: Writing a New History of Europe;
  • OBVIL: An Observatory of Literary Life;
  • RESMED: Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean World.

The Paris-Sorbonne University Press (PUPS)

The PUPS publishes the personal and collective work of the University’s scientific community and establishes general rules on editing, in accordance with the University’s research policy.


International exchanges and partnerships

Education: Paris-Sorbonne welcomes 3600 foreign students. The academic staff on the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi campus are faculty members and offer the same courses as in Paris. The University also has international partnerships, for example in China (Institut franco-chinois of Suzhou), Singapore and Brazil.

Research: Promoting international exchanges in the research field is one of Paris-Sorbonne’s priorities (collaborating on archaeological digs, contributing internationally to the PUPS publications, and receiving visiting professor-researchers).

At a Glance

  • 18 departments and 2 schools
  • 21,500 students
  • 2,200 doctoral students
  • 1,200 professor-researchers
  • 12 Campuses in Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine and Abu Dhabi