University orientation

In order to make you feel at home as quickly and smoothly as possible, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne has many services available to assist you in settling in and diving into your studies and life in Paris: orientation week, French classes, sports and cultural activities, etc.

Orientation week

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

Orientation week 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 this week. Students may also attend university methodology classes for each discipline as well as research method classes offered by the library in order to support students with using the online resources.

At the start of the orientation week there is an introductory meeting at which representatives give information about various university services, such as the International Relations Department, the Languages Department, sports services, the Student Life Service, and health services. The International Students Association of Paris 1 / ISAP1 is also invited to participate in running activities during the week, helping international students to become better integrated into the university and life in Paris.

The orientation week finishes with a cocktail reception which is a chance for students to meet and get to know each other. If you would like to participate in Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne’s orientation week then you must fill out an application form online that will be sent to you prior to your arrival as places are limited. Your offer to study at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne does not guarantee a place on the orientation week. Participating in all sessions during the orientation week does not lead to the obtention of credits (ECTS).


French classes

In addition to the intensive courses offered during the orientation week, the university offers specific language courses to help you perfect your French, throughout the year.

As a foreign student, you can take a French as a Foreign Language (FLE) course during one or two semesters of the academic year. To enrol, you must first of all proceed with your administrative and academic registrations. If you have not taken part in the orientation week, you must take an online test which will allow you, once you have obtained your results, to choose a course corresponding to your level on Reservalang.

More information about the Languages Department



Culture and sports

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne has many student societies, including cultural
societies, subject and union societies, as well as sports. There is a huge choice if
you are interested in getting involved in the university’s student clubs and societies.

Various workshops are organised by the cultural activities service with something
on offer for theatre lovers, as well as those interested in music, writing and radio.
This service also promotes other events organised by the university's student societies.

There are also many sporting activities at the university that you can participate
in as part of your university studies or independently in your own time, either with the UEFAPS or the Paris 1 Sports Association (AS Paris 1).