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Information for International Students

Are you a current or prospective international student? 

Whether studying on exchange or seeking a full degree at Sorbonne University, access essential contact information, resources for learning French and a glimpse into student life. 


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In Arts and Humanities, Medicine, and Science and Engineering

Choosing Sorbonne University means joining a world-renowned higher education and research institution. By joining our community of 55,000 students and 360,000 alumni worldwide, you'll be giving your all to a rigorous academic program and receiving the best in multidisciplinary teaching. 

Research and Innovation

Sorbonne University promotes excellence at the core of each of its disciplines and develops numerous interdisciplinary programs capable of meeting the major challenges of the 21st century.

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Participate in the great adventure of learning, succeed in high-level studies and prepare to create the future.

Parismus is the international student association of Sorbonne University


Parismus is the international student association of Sorbonne University.

Bringing together 10 institutions that offer studies in literature, medicine, science, engineering, technology and management, our alliance fosters a global approach to teaching and research, promoting access to knowledge for all.

Alliance 4EU+

The 4EU+ Alliance

In a changing world, Sorbonne University has joined forces with seven universities: Charles University in Prague, the University of Warsaw, Heidelberg University, the University of Milan, the University of Geneva, Paris Pantheon-Assas University and the University of Copenhagen to create the 4EU+ Alliance.

With an innovative model of the European university, eight large research-intensive universities are working together to respond to the educational and research challenges facing Europe today.

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How to get prepared for the new academic year 2023-2024

Discover our step-by-step guide to get ready for the start of the new academic year. Learn everything there is to know from the application process to the beginning of the first term.

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Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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One of our riches is the diversity of students and their backgrounds. Sorbonne University is committed to the success of each of its students and offers them a wide range of training as well as support adapted to their profile and their project.

Associative life

One of our riches is the diversity of students and their backgrounds. Sorbonne University is committed to the success of each of its students.

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Commitments to open science

Sorbonne University is committed to open science and free open access to scientific publications. Its researchers are encouraged to file their publications in the Sorbonne University HAL open archive as soon as they are published.

To support research staff, the Sorbonne University Library answers questions relating to the publication of their work and its open access dissemination. It also offers training and awareness-raising activities on the issues, tools and best open science practices.

Training for research staff can include drafting of a data management plan (DMP) and best practices for managing data throughout a reserach projet. This can also extend to support in managing and disseminating research data.


The University's commitments to open access to scientific publications and open data

By mutual agreement, Sorbonne University, its research staff and doctoral students agree to respect a policy concerning open access to publications. By depositing the full text of an article in the open archive HAL at Sorbonne University as soon as it’s published and then referencing the author’s other types of publications, research staff and PhD students contribute to the open access dissemination of their publications. Sorbonne University supports them by facilitating the depositing of publications, by ensuring their long-term archiving and by training the University community in the best practices of open access.

Sorbonne University, its research staff and doctoral students have agreed to respect a policy concerning open access to publications. By depositing complete articles in the open archive HAL, all research staff and PhD students can access these published articles which then reference the author’s other types of publications. This actively contributes to the open access dissemination. Sorbonne University supports them by facilitating this process, by ensuring their long-term archiving and by training the University community in the best practices of open access.

The Sorbonne University Policy on open access provides the following:

  • An awareness of the academic community of the societal and scientific issues of open access and open science 
  • Local transposition of national policies for the implementation of open access and the facilitation of the depositing and reporting of publications in the Sorbonne University HAL
  • Supporting research staff and doctoral students in the publication process.
  • The promotion of "bibliodiversity" in the spirit of the Jussieu Call. 

The research staff and doctoral students of Sorbonne University commit to:

  • Act in favour of open science and open access to publications in the exercise of their various responsibilities 
  • Check the adequacy of publishing contracts with the Sorbonne University's policy on open access.
  • Privilege open access over a hybrid publication when an article is subject to publication charges (Article Processing Charges)
  • Create and use IdHAL and ORCID identifiers that allow them to unambiguously identify themselves as authors of their publications and promote the visibility of their scientific production. 

Download the open access policy document, voted in the Research Commission of the Academic Council on 28 March 2019 

  • Open research data policy within the Sorbonne University Alliance

Since its creation, the Sorbonne University Alliance has chosen to be fully involved in the open science movement, allowing access to knowledge for all. With this in mind, it is committed to opening up the results of the research produced within its institutions and promoting their dissemination, in order to share with citizens the fruits of their contribution to public research and to develop a trustworthy science.

Download the text presented to the Research Commission on June 24, 2021

  • The Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights

The International Research Data Rights Summit, was held at Sorbonne University on Monday, January 27, 2020. This initiative brought together intensive research universities from nine major networks in major regions of the world. It was an opportunity to sign the "Sorbonne Declaration" on research data rights. This text energetically affirms the universities' willingness to share their data while firmly calling on governments to adopt a clear legal framework to regulate this sharing and to provide the means to put it in place.

Co-organized by Sorbonne University, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the University College of London (UCL), this data summit is unprecedented in its scale: nine networks representing more than 160 of the main research-intensive universities in the world. The signing of the “Sorbonne Declaration” is an ambitious message to the international scientific community and to research funding bodies and governments. This framework document, intended to promote the sharing and proper use of data, calls on the public and private research communities to join this commitment. It also confronts governments and research funders with their responsibilities of providing universities with the financial means and the appropriate legal framework to open data.

This is an essential issue for the quality and transparency of research. It is also a crucial economic issue: funded largely by public money, research data represents tens of billions of euros worldwide. The objective is therefore to make these data accessible in order to accelerate scientific discoveries and economic development. For example, in Europe, according to a PwC1 report produced by the European Commission, sharing and better managing research data would save 10.2 billion euros per year in Europe, with an additional potential of 16 billion euros of added value by the innovation generated.

The Participants are driving this change by proposing concrete solutions to restore confidence in public research and accelerate the development of knowledge and the economy.

[1] Cost of not having FAIR research data, PwC EU Services, March 2018

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Download the Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights.


Sorbonne University is committed to enhancing the content and intrinsic quality of the open scientific production of Sorbonne University research staff and doctoral students in accordance with the principles set out in the Sorbonne University Policy for Open Access to Publications.

Download the text presented to the Research Commission on February 4, 2021


San Francisco Declaration on research Assessment (DORA)

As an extension of this policy, Sorbonne University is also a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and is committed to applying its principles to improve methods for assessing the results of scientific research.

Read the San Francisco Declaration


Agreement on the reform of research evaluation

In 2022, Sorbonne University signed the agreement on the reform of research evaluation which lists ten commitments to establish a common policy bringing together universities, research centres and institutes, evaluation agencies as well as public and private research funders.

Read Coalition for advancing research assessment (COARA) reform agreement approved in July 2022

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Training for researchers and academic researchers

The Sorbonne University Library, in partnership with the Staff Training Department, offers support on the principles, tools and practices of open science.
If you are wondering what open science is, how to meet the requirements of funders, how to make a data management plan, how to share and archive your data and source codes, or how to manage your academic digital identifiers, the library team is at your disposal to accompany you.

Whether you are an academic researcher or research support staff, don't hesitate to register!

Doctoral competencies framework : Research Ethics, Scientific Integrity and Open Science

Sorbonne University'sOpen Science Monitor

Open science is one of Sorbonne University's four strategic axes highlighted in its 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. As part of this proactive policy, the establishment adopted a charter in 2019 for open access to publications in which the institution undertakes to "locally transpose the national policies for implementing open access and facilitate the deposit and reporting of publications in the HAL open archive" and in which satff undertake to deposit their articles and conference proceedings in full text in the same open archive.

In order to measure the effects of this policy, the establishment has chosen to apply the Open Science Monitor (BSO) , implemented by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), at local level. Its aim is to measure the evolution of open access and publication practices within the research community.

Your contacts


Advisor  for Open Science, Academic Publishing and Heritage:

Anne Catherin Fritzinger, Director of the Sorbonne University Libray : Anne-Catherine Fritzinger

BSU  Publications & Open Access Department:

Research Data and Digital Humanities Team:

The team can help you draw up your data management plans. They can also advise you on how to manage and share your data: :data-bsu@sorbonne-universite.fr

Archives and records Department:


Scientific and Heritage Collections Department:

Stéphane Jouve, Head of Geosciences Collections at the Scientific and Heritage Collections Department: Stéphane Jouve