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Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 Exchange

Paris, France

Paris, France

Program sponsor: Northwestern

View of Eiffel Tower between trees, Paris, France
View of Eiffel Tower between trees, Paris, France

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.

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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 in French, 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.

Program Requirements


Open to Northwestern students from all majors interested in the arts, languages, literature, social sciences and humanities.


Completion of at least two, 200-level French courses required.


After students are approved by Northwestern and are nominated to the exchange program partner, they must submit a program application.

  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Interview for your program

    An interview with a GLO adviser for this program and the French Department are required.

    • For the interview, please be prepared to:
      • Discuss your specific motivations for study abroad and reasons for selecting this program
      • Explain how the program and coursework aligns with your personal, academic, and/or professional interests, and
      • Ask informed follow-up questions about program details that you have reviewed on the program website
  3. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. This application will not be accessible until you are nominated by Northwestern to participate in the exchange. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

3 to 8 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.

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 information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.


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.

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.

2019 Program Handbook

Browse the program handbook for more detailed information about excursions, courses, and identity-based considerations. Note: This is the previous year's handbook and should be used for informational purposes only. Do not make any travel plans based off of the dates or information provided here. 

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2020: $29,999*

Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.

*Budget sheets for exchange programs were last updated on September 14, 2020. All international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020-21, and Full Year 2020-21 exchange programs, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Billed by Northwestern
  • Program fee: $19,409

Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board: $7,000
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Visa fees: $290
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Local transportation: $400
  • Personal expenses: $1,200

Total: $10,590

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:

  • 1 quarter for fall quarter or spring quarter exchange programs
  • 1.5 quarters for fall-winter or winter-spring exchange programs
  • 3 quarters for full-year exchange programs

The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.

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