Student life

Studying at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne means becoming part of a university community of 45,000 students and having the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities and projects. Although the university is first and foremost a place of study and work, your timetable will allow you to take part in the dynamic activities of thousands of students in search of culture, community life and sport.


welcome daysEvery year leading up to the start of semester one in September and the start of the second semester in January, Welcome Days are held for incoming exchange students. These weeks are a chance for students to become better acquainted with the university. 

During these events, participants have the opportunity to improve their skills in French as a foreign language (FLE). Students are grouped based on an online language placement test they take at the beginning of the Welcome Days. 

At the start of the Welcome Days there is an introductory meeting at which representatives give information about various university associations and services, such as the International Relations Department, the sports services and the Student Life Service.

The Welcome Days finish with a cocktail reception which is a chance for exchange students to meet and get to know each other.

If you would like to participate in Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne’s Welcome Days then you must fill out an application form online that will be sent to you prior to your arrival as places are limited. 

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Societies and cultural activities

Student lifeWhen you arrive at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, you join a university community of over 45,000 students. It is a great opportunity to enjoy an active campus life alongside your studies, and to get involved in community life. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne has many student societies, including cultural societies, sports and subject societies, and union societies. There is a huge choice if you are interested in getting involved in the university’s student clubs and societies.

Societies are an excellent way of meeting other students and gaining experience in a variety of fields. If you are interested in student societies you can stay updated with their news and join if you wish.

Some student societies help international students become more integrated at the university by running a buddy system with regular activities organised for participants, including many cultural visits. You are welcome to attend these events all throughout the year, whether or not you are an exchange student, staying for a semester, a year, or more.

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journée d'intégration oui siThere are many sporting activities at the university that you can participate in for free as part of your university studies or independently in your own time.

Sport plays an essential role at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Sports activities are organised throughout the year by the Physical and Sports Activities Teaching and Training Unit (UEFAPS), which offers the student community more than 60 different sports to practice. The university also shines beyond its walls, in national and European competitions, thanks to its many top-level athletes (AHN). 

The teaching team offers more than 60 different activities from beginner to advanced level. You can consult the full list of activities, timetables, and practical information on the UEFAPS website. The activities take place in nearly 20 sports facilities in Paris and its suburbs, easily accessible by public transport.

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Taking care of your health

healthWithin the university, a Student Health Service (SSE) advises students and offers them individual consultations for prevention and information on health, contraception and diet.

The Student Health Service and the Disability Unit provide support for students with recognised disabilities throughout their studies.

Psychologists are available by appointment. Students can discuss their personal problems in one-off or repeated sessions.
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