Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Paris, France — Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: French
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students from all majors interested in the arts, languages, literature, social sciences, and humanities
  • Language Requirements: Completion of at least two, 200-level French courses required
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credit: Minimum Credit Requirements

Application and IPD study abroad fellowship application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: September - December
  • Full Year: September - May
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: January - May

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $29,613

Full Year 2017-2018: $74,889

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $38,321

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, the leading French institution in modern humanities. Students take classes with local and other international students on the Paris 3 campus, located in central Paris in the heart of the Latin Quarter.

The program is targeted to students in the arts, languages, literature, social sciences, and humanities who have strong French language skills and are seeking to take all of their courses in French at a top French university. Students must have at least an intermediate level of French (B1 in the Common European Framework for Languages) to be eligible for the program.

The Fall Semester takes place from September to December, and the Spring Semester takes place from January to May. Prior to the start of classes, students will participate in an orientation program for exchange students, which includes French language courses, an overview of methodology in the French classroom, and cultural activities. Throughout the semester, additional activities are organized for exchange students, including historical tours to various neighborhoods of Paris.

Host Institution

Founded in 1970, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 evolved from the former Faculty of Arts of the University of Paris and is now a leading French institution in the arts and humanities. With approximately 400 international agreements, the Sorbonne Nouvelle has a strong commitment to international cooperation, with almost 1,500 incoming and outgoing exchange students per year.

Housing & Meals

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, since Paris 3 does not offer university housing.

Students have the option to stay in a homestay, apartment, or private student residence halls, and accommodations choices will largely depend upon students' goals and budget. The Accommodations section of the Paris 3 website gives some advice about possibilities, as well as a guide with information and advice. Meal plans will depend upon the accommodation type selected.


Students will have access to courses in all faculties and departments, which include: Comparative Literature, French as a Foreign Language, Modern Languages (German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Arabic, Indian and Iranian Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies), Applied Linguistics, Cinema and Audiovisual Studies, Theatre Studies, Cultural & Creative Industries, International and European Studies, and Information and Communication. Refer to the Paris 3 course brochures by department for listings.

Most students take four to six classes, depending on the subjects. Courses in the English department are taught in English, so students may choose to combine courses in French and English.

Students choose and enroll directly in their courses at Paris 3. Isabelle Alfandary, Professor of English Literature at Paris 3, will be available as a resource and academic liaison for Northwestern students at Paris 3, and all exchange students will also be assigned a zone coordinator for academic advising, based on their country of origin.

Students will receive a transcript issued by Paris 3, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for infromation on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.