Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I)

Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)

Paris, France
Site: Founded: 1968 year Type of University:Public StudyQA ranking: 2624 pts. No. Students: 43700 Frgn. Students: 7821 No. Staff: 1430 Languages: French Phone: +330144077703
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Pantheon-Sorbonne University (French: Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), also known as Paris 1, is a public research university in Paris, France. It was established in 1971 as one of the main inheritors of the historical University of Paris (La Sorbonne), after the division of the world's second oldest academic institution. Following that tradition, it is one of the largest French universities and remains an important center of research and training in France.

Pantheon-Sorbonne's headquarters is located on the Place du Panthéon in the Latin Quarter, an area in the 5th and the 6tharrondissements of Paris. The university occupies part of the Sorbonne and over 25 buildings in Paris, such as the Centre Pierre Mendès France and the Maison des Sciences Économiques. It is a founding member of the alliance called Hautes Études-Sorbonne-Arts et Métiers.

The university's focus is multidisciplinary, and has three main domains: Economic and Management Sciences, Human Sciences, and Legal and Political Sciences; comprising several subjects such as: Economics, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Humanities, Cinema, Plastic arts, Art history, Political science, Mathematics, Management, and Social sciences.

After the student protests of May and June 1968, thirteen universities succeeded to the University of Paris (Sorbonne University), which ceased to exist. While Paris-Sorbonne University succeeded the faculty of humanities of Sorbonne University, Panthéon-Assas University the faculty of law and economics and Pierre and Marie Curie University the faculty of sciences, Panthéon-Sorbonne University was founded on a wish for interdisciplinarity by bringing together disciplines.

Indeed, most of the law professors of the faculty of law and economics of the University of Paris wished only to restructure their faculty into a university. However, most of the faculty's economists and political scientists and some public law professors sought to create a university which would extend beyond the disciplinary compartmentalisation; they hurried ahead of their colleagues and established Paris I—which would later be called "Panthéon-Sorbonne"—with professors of humanities. The name of the university show this interdisciplinarity: the Sorbonne building is the traditional seat of the Humanities studies in Paris (hence it is also used by Paris III and University Paris-Sorbonne), and the Panthéon building is, with the Assas building, the traditional seat of the law studies (hence it is also used by Panthéon-Assas University).


Panthéon-Sorbonne has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents. These exchanges revolve around international networks such as Europaeum which bring together Oxford, London, Bologna, Bonn, Geneva, Helsinki, Leiden and Prague. The University of Paris I also heads a number of consortia which bring together French universities and professional organisations. The consortia are responsible for major international projects in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Istanbul (Galatasaray), and Moscow.

Every year some 130 academics from foreign universities come to teach and do research at the University of Paris I. Many researchers and members of faculty take part in major international research programs abroad; the University also hosts many annual international conferences. Six thousand international students, mainly from Europe, come to study as part of the SOCRATES or TEMPUS programmes. African students are joined by increasing numbers from Asia and America, and take part in specific programs organised in conjunction with universities across the world.

Dual and double degree programs

At Panthéon-Sorbonne, students can apply for admission to one of the dual degree or double degree programs designed in conjunction with partner universities in France and abroad. Double degree programs confer two degrees to students, whereas dual degrees confer a degree from the host university only.

Pantheon-Sorbonne was globally ranked:

  • In the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings: 228th (9th of France)
  • In the Times Higher Education 2016/17 ranking: 401-500th (24th of France).

By area, it was ranked:

  • In the 2017 QS World University Rankings
    • Arts and Humanities: 61th (2nd in France)
    • Social Sciences & Management: 67th (4th in France)
  • In the 2016/17 Times Higher Education:
    • Arts and Humanities: 34th (2nd in France)
    • Social Sciences: not ranked

By subject, it was ranked in the 2016 QS World University Rankings:

  • Archaeology: 12th (1st in France)
  • History: 18th (1st in France)
  • Law & Legal Studies: 20th (1st in France)
  • Philosophy: 23rd (1st in France)
  • Geography: 35th (1st in France)
  • Development Studies: 51-100 (1st ex aequo in France)
  • Anthropology: 51-100 (1st ex aequo in France)
  • Politics & International Studies: 51-100 (2nd in France)
  • Modern Languages: 51-100 (2nd ex aequo in France)
  • Social Policy & Administration: 51-100 (2nd in France)
  • Art & Design: 51-100 (1st ex aequo in France)
  • Accounting & Finance: 51-100 (3rd ex aequo in France)
  • Economics & Econometrics: 51-100 (1st ex aequo in France)
  • Business & Management Studies: 101-150 (4th ex aequo in France)
  • Communication & Media Studies: 151-200 (2nd ex aequo in France)
  • Computer Science & Information Systems: 301-350 (5th ex aequo in France)
  • Mathematics: 301-400 (10th ex aequo in France)

By academic reputation, it was ranked globally 91-100 (3rd ex aequo of France) by the Times Higher Education in 2016.

Although university residence accommodation is available, many students prefer to immerse themselves more fully in Parisian culture by renting an apartment, or a room from a French host.

There are over ten university restaurants around Paris where a three-course meal can be bought for as little as 2,85 Euros.

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