University of Paris Partnerships

Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris 4)Photo: © Olivier Jacquet. Université Paris – Sorbonne.

To ensure an academically exceptional experience, we partner with some of the most reputable universities in Paris, such as the Université Paris Dauphine, which is top-ranked for economics, and Paris Nanterre, known for its academic excellence in liberal arts. All the universities are conveniently located and easily accessible via public transportation.

As part of our program, you have the same enrollment status as your French counterparts. This means you get a university student card, which gives you plenty of perks such as student restaurants, and discounted prices for plays, movies, and museums. We also provide you with a "Navigo" public transportation card, which provides free and unlimited travel throughout the entire Paris metropolitan area.

Discover our full list of university partners

Université Paris Nanterre

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Université Paris Nanterre

The University of Paris Nanterre offers its community a rare exception in Paris: a big campus, located a few steps from the business district, La Defense, and it’s easily accessible via public transport. One of the 13 successor universities of the University of Paris, the university is commonly referred to as Nanterre.

Most classes have a similar teacher-to-student ratio as a U.S. liberal arts college as they seek to ensure that all classes are of a smaller size. Nanterre is seen as a place of life and culture, modeled after the US-style campus with its swimming pool, parks, and theater. The University is also universally known for its research in various fields, including acting, anthropology, art history, cinema, economics, history, geography, law, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and theater studies.

Notable alumni include former President Nicolas Sarkozy, former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, DJ David Guetta (Bachelor of Law), Head of IMF and Former Trade Minister, Christine Lagarde. Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who sparked “the French May” 1968 revolution as a student, is a notable administrator there. Over the years, Paris 10 has had famous names among its faculty, most notably sociologists Alain Touraine and Paul Ricoeur, as well as constitutional-law specialist Guy Caracassonne.

Université Paris - Sorbonne (Paris 4)

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Photo: © Olivier Jacquet. Université Paris – Sorbonne.

Université Paris - Sorbonne (Paris 4)

Known worldwide as “the Sorbonne” , the university is one of the inheritors of the former arts, languages, and humanities faculties of the University of Paris. The French cultural revolution of 1968, commonly known as “the French May,” resulted in the division of the world’s second oldest academic institution, the University of Paris, into 13 autonomous universities.

It is known for some of its more prestigious departments, such as Art History, History and Musicology. The agreement between APA Paris and the Université Paris-Sorbonne allows access to only students with majors and minors in history, art history and musicology.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) (Paris 6)

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Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) (Paris 6)

The Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) is the largest scientific and medical complex in France. Several university rankings have regularly put UPMC at 1st place in France, and it has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world.

Active in many fields of research, UPMC regularly wins awards at the highest level and maintains many international partnerships across all continents. It currently has more than 125 laboratories and has hosted and educated over 18 Nobel prize winners in the sciences, including Pierre and Marie Curie and their daughter Irène Joliot-Curie. UPMC is best known for biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.

Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis

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Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Paris 8 Saint-Denis has become a major teaching and research center. With its focus on humanities, human sciences, arts and social sciences, the university's main objective has always been to give students a better understanding of the modern world while enabling them to achieve long-term integration into society.

The innovative nature of the research undertaken at Paris 8 Saint-Denis can be traced back to their pioneering work in fields such as psychoanalysis, urban planning, geopolitics, cinema, plastic arts, and gender studies; disciplines which at the time, had not yet found a place in other French universities. To this day, Paris 8 Saint-Denis still insists on maintaining a strong link between research and teaching, adapting teaching methods to different kinds of audiences, and providing education for everyone, at every stage of life.

Over the years, Paris 8 Saint-Denis has had famous names among its faculty, most notably Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Noam Chomsky and Michel Serres.

Université Paris - Dauphine

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Université Paris - Dauphine

Founded in 1968, Dauphine has specialized in decision and organizational sciences including management, economics, law, political science, sociology, applied mathematics, management information systems, and languages. Dauphine is nationally ranked No.1 in economics, business, and management.

Though public and open to all, Dauphine is a rather selective university. Similar to a U.S. institution, Dauphine has a self-contained campus on which students find all they need to learn, grow, study, carry out research and build a well-rounded academic and personal life. Libraries, sports facilities, and cafeteria services are all available on-site.

Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)


Université Paris Diderot

Named after the great philosopher of the Enlightenment, Paris Diderot was established in 1971. Situated along the Left Bank next to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, this premier research institution boats 100+ laboratories and 7 university hospitals working some of the country's top research bodies such as CNRS, INSERM, CEA, INRIA, Institut Pasteur, and IRD.

In addition, Diderot is home to the city's largest library, spanning five floors of the Grand Moulins building. APA offers courses at Diderot in STEM, computer science, health sciences, history, Asian studies, and English and American studies.

L’Institut Catholique de Paris


L’Institut Catholique de Paris

Catholic University of Paris is a private, multidisciplinary university steps away from Paris’ Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, and St. Germain des Prés. The university is particularly recognized for its Institute of Science and Theology of Religions whose mission is to advance the scientific study of philosophy and theology of religions in general, as well as the different forms of atheism.

INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations


(Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales)

INALCO is considered the most challenging place to learn oriental languages in France. Students seek out courses here in African, Middle Eastern, and East Asian civilizations. Ninety-three languages are taught at the INALCO, covering Asian, African, Eastern European, South Pacific, Finno-Ugric, and Native American languages.

The institute offers beginner classes as well as Master and PhD courses with a mission to teach living oriental languages “of recognized utility for politics and commerce.”

L’École du Louvre

L’École du Louvre

The École du Louvre is a French “grande école” located in the Aile de Flore of the Musée du Louvre and is dedicated to the study of archaeology, art history, anthropology, and epigraphy.

Admission is usually based on a competitive entrance exam after high school. However, APA Paris can apply for year-long students who have taken the needed prerequisite courses and are majoring in art history.

Conservatoires municipaux de la Ville de Paris


Conservatoires de la Ville de Paris

The Conservatory provides specialized, high-quality instruction for musicians, dancers, and theater arts majors. Their role is to help students prepare for a future career in these fields. All professors are accomplished performers in their field and are certified and respected for their knowledge in their subject.

For Music students, all instruments are taught (a musical repertoire is requested.) In the past, APA Paris students have studied the organ, violin, piano, and percussion. Many go on to perform in either the symphony of the Sorbonne or municipal symphonies while studying in Paris.

ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)

Photo: © ENSAD / Laurance Sudre

ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)

The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs played a major role in the development of the Art Deco design movement in the 1920s and in the creation of new design concepts. The school has an international reputation for its teaching in the fields of animation, photography, scenography, industrial design, communication design, interactive design, video, interior design, fashion, textile, sculpture, painting, and engraving.

It is a public university of art and design and is one of the most prestigious French “grandes écoles” (ENSAD is one of only three “grandes écoles” in art and is directly tied to the Ministry of Culture).

Entrance to ENSAD is based on a portfolio for qualified APA Paris students and by a stringent competitive exam for French nationals.

Studio Art Ateliers


Studio Art Ateliers

Partial fees are covered for most studio art courses.

Studio Vermès: Photography

From beginners to advanced photographers, courses at Studio Vermès use the city as its inspiration. Various techniques and formats will be taught, including a black and white lab.

Advanced photographers are asked to submit a portfolio.

Atelier Terre et Feu: Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Mosaics

This workshop is the former studio of the artist Henri Matisse. Located across the street from the APA student center, the beautiful Art Deco and Art Nouveau façades cannot be missed!

Along with drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and mosaics, students have the option to sign up for drawing or sculpture classes with a live model.



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