Paris-Sorbonne University is the main inheritor of the old Sorbonne, which dates back to the 13th century. It was one of the first universities in the world. The largest institution in France dedicated to the study of literature, languages, civilizations, arts, humanities and social sciences is located on the original medieval foundations, and now extends to the Latin Quarter and to over a dozen campuses in and around Paris. Students have access to a wide curriculum in the university system, including courses in French classics and modern literature, history, art history, archaeology, architecture, musicology and philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris IV).
The Boston College in Paris program consists of approximately 30 students across six schools. Academic and cultural support are provided by the BC resident director and the exchange coordinator at the university abroad.
BC Resident Director - BC in Paris
1 rue Victor Cousin
Academics & Support
All courses are taught in French. Courses are available in History, Literature, Sociology, Philosophy, French, FLE (French as a Foreign Language) and Art History. Art History courses taught at La Sorbonne are intended only for Art History majors. If a student is interested in taking Literature courses, it is strongly suggested he/she have taken FRE3305 and/or FRE3306 before they leave. More information on courses is here.
Students enroll in courses at the University upon arrival in Paris, although course guides will be available prior to arrival. Students should be prepared with a list of first, second and third choice courses. Students are required to take the Early Start intensive French course (one credit/2 ECTS) and the BC Art History course (3 BC credits/6 ECTS) both taught by the BC resident director. The remaining credits (12 BC credits/22 ECTS) will be taken at the Sorbonne.
Please note that each of you will finish your exams on a different date. Final exam dates will depend on individual courses. Exams will run during the months of December and January/May and June depending on courses.
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
Students are required to live with a French host family during their first semester in Paris. Students studying in Paris for the full academic year may choose to live in an apartment during their second semester, if students choose this option they are responsible for finding their own apartment.
Housing is arranged by a housing agency in Paris. The housing agency reviews students’ housing questionnaires and notifies students of their host family placements approximately one month prior to departure for Paris. Each host family lives close to public transportation. It is very common for students to walk 10-15 minutes from their homestay to the closest Metro stop and then take the Metro 30-40 minutes to the host university.
A one month security deposit is required immediately after students submit the housing questionnaire and full payment will be due prior to the start of the semester, all housing payments are made directly to the housing agency not to Boston College. Cost estimates are available here. Cost varies depending on the number of dinners students have each week with their host family. Students are provided breakfast every morning and may choose to have from1-5 dinners per week with their family. Students purchase their own lunch each day.
In addition, tenant Insurance is required under French law, students will make this payment directly to the housing agency, the cost is approximately 110 Euros.
The French government requires foreign students to enroll in social security regardless of any health insurance they already have. This regulation means that while studying in France, BC students are required to maintain their domestic insurance, the GeoBlue insurance purchased through BC and to enroll in French social security. This coverage is required as each individual insurance covers different things. For example, French social security only covers you while you are in France, which means that if you travel outside of France you would not be covered. GeoBlue covers you worldwide for existing conditions as well as repatriation, two things most domestic insurance does not cover. The cost to enroll in French Social Security is 200-220 Euros.
In addition to university-sponsored events, clubs, and sports, BC students may participate in some activities organized by the BC resident director. Activities may include museum visits, dance, theater, opera and weekend excursions to the country side. Your BC resident director will inform you of your option upon arrival.
The University’s Cultural Department (“Le Service Culturel de l’Université”, “SCDE”), competes in different ways to make the Sorbonne a cultural centre in Paris. Thus, more than a hundred events (concerts, representations, meetings and debates, exhibitions, projections), are planned every three months for a public that is growing in number each year. Visit this site
for more details.