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Institute in Paris

10 reasons to study with us in Paris

Discover what makes the University of London Institute in Paris unique, and why you should study with us.

1. Paris is our campus

The moveable feast of Paris needs no introduction. It's a city that you need to discover and experience for yourself; a cosmopolitan and multifaceted place where anyone can find their niche. 

With cafes, parks, museums, restaurants, nightlife, and well, endless things to do, there’s never a dull moment in the capital. Paris has something for everyone, especially students with its financial support and its many student discounts. 

Also, if you’ve caught the travel bug, this influential European capital is a great springboard for your European adventures. Thanks to France's central location, you will be within 2 hours by plane or train of some of the major European capitals, allowing you to discover the rich culture of the Continent. 

Our central location on the Left Bank’s Esplanade des Invalides places the University of London Institute in Paris at the heart of the city’s historic centre and offers a prestigious and quintessentially Parisian setting for your studies. 

2. Join a bigger world

Developing greater cultural understanding and gaining international experience is an essential part of studying at the University of London Institute in Paris. Living in a diverse city and a different culture, you will absorb all the skills and sensitivities that come from global living. 

Just around the corner from France’s Assemblée Nationale and a stone’s throw from international organisations such as the OECD and UNESCO, as a University of London Institute in Paris student, you can watch global politics play out first-hand in one of the key centres for European diplomacy. 

Our student community is diverse, with students from all around the world, and our courses equip graduates for truly global careers. 

3. An unparalleled learning experience

Studying at the University of London Institute in Paris combines the advantages of a small, friendly academic community with the resources and capabilities of a top UK university. While our Paris academic staff provide core teaching and pastoral support, our partnership with Queen Mary University of London, a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group Universities, means that our students benefit from the wide-ranging resources and academic expertise of a university that constantly appears in world rankings. 

4. High quality teaching from experts in their field

Our academics are all experts in their fields, whose teaching draws on “internationally excellent” research (REF 2021). The majority of our teaching takes place in small interactive groups, allowing students to receive significant individual attention and regular feedback: this enables each University of London Institute in Paris student to reach their full academic potential. 

5. Study abroad with the assurance of a prestigious University of London degree

Everyone – potential employers included – agrees on the advantages of studying and living abroad. As a University of London Institute in Paris student you can benefit from all these international opportunities, whilst still gaining a University of London degree: qualifications that are respected and recognized the world over. Check our Benefits of Studying abroad infographic.

6. Benefit from a small and supportive UK university environment

Our undergraduate degrees typically have a combined cohort of 80 students or fewer, while postgraduate degrees have cohorts of 25 or fewer, meaning that you are never lost in the crowd at the University of London Institute in Paris.  As a student with us, you will benefit from the same high level of academic, pastoral and financial support that you would expect from a leading UK university, while living and studying abroad for the duration of your degree. 

All Student Services staff are bilingual and have expert knowledge of both the UK and French student, health, and administrative systems.

7. Immerse yourself in the French language and culture

As a student at University of London Institute in Paris, you will have a wealth of different opportunities to practice your French language and cultural skills. 

Whatever course you choose to study, you will have the opportunity to study French either formally, as part of your degree, or informally, in non-credit bearing classes. 

The opportunity to learn both inside and outside the classroom means that all our students gain valuable language skills over the course of their degree.

8. Learn in French or English

As a student at the University of London Institute in Paris, you will have the flexibility to choose to learn and study in French, with many of our BA options for those minoring or majoring in French Studies taught in French, or in English, with our minors and majors in International Politics, Business, and all our postgraduate courses taught in English. This means that, whatever your linguistics skills, there’s a place for you at the Institute.

9. Enhanced career development and employability training

Career development training and support is provided by Queen Mary's Careers and Enterprise. Additional resources are available from The Careers Group, one of the largest university careers services in Europe. As well as compulsory CV development and interview practice in the classroom, our students have a wide range of opportunities to hone their skills in a professional environment through fieldwork, internships and part-time employment here in Paris. 

10. Complete a BA in three years or a MA in one or two years

Our courses allow optimal use of your time and study costs: our BA degrees can be completed in three years, and our MA degrees typically take one year to complete. In order to make our programmes accessible to a wide range of students, our tuition fees for European and overseas students are lower than many UK universities.