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Paris, France: SUNY at la Sorbonne

This study abroad program is co-sponsored by SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Binghamton, and allows students to take courses in French language, literature, culture, and history at La Sorbonne in Paris.

Fast Facts


Program Type Study Abroad
Term/Duration: Semester or Academic Year
Program Dates Spring 2015: January 26 - May 27, 2015
Credits: Full-time
Application Fee: Please see SUNY Oswego's Study Abroad Website for Cost Details
Program Fees: Please see SUNY Oswego's Study Abroad Website for Cost Details
Fall/Academic Year Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Application Deadline: October 1



The Program

This program is one of the oldest Study Abroad programs in the SUNY system.  Geneseo has joined with Oswego and Binghamton in a partnership to make this program more widely available.  Students follow a curriculum at the Sorbonne called the Cours de Civilisation Française on the basis of their preparation in French, their interests, and the results of evaluation tests that are given on arrival in Paris.  All classes are taught in French but are intended specifically for non-native speakers.  Students can choose courses from: French History, French Literature, Social and Economic Geography of France, French Politics, and French Art History.

Particularly popular is the Program Director's course on French culture that turns all of Paris into a classroom.  Students visit the historical quarters of Paris and study on-site Paris's wealth of architectural and fine art treasures.  A program of cultural activities, field trips, ballet and opera is also offered as an option.  Tickets/entry fees are subsidized, enabling students to attend events at greatly reduced costs.  The SUNY Oswego-Binghamton-Geneseo Paris Program's resident director, Céline Garelli, assists students in selecting courses, organizing orientation and special excursions, and assigning housing.  She is one of the several reasons why this program is superior to most other Paris study abroad programs.

The Country and City

Paris is one of the world's great capitals.  Founded before the Romans invaded, Paris has a wonderful history.  The architecture of Paris is a tribute to its rich and glorious history, from the medieval cathedral of Notre Dame to the more modern testaments to French creativity, the pyramid outside the Louvre Museum and the Centre Pompidou.  Great boulevards, like the Boulevard Hausmann, were created as defensive measures against revolutionaries.  It is a city of 10,000 restaurants, over 200 art galleries, and a vivid nightlife.  An efficient public transportation system makes exploring this magnificent city quite easy.  Safe, reliable, and inexpensive rail, road, and air systems put Paris within a few hours' reach of all Western European countries.

The College

The world-famous Sorbonne is part of the University of Paris.  Founded in 1170, it is the second oldest university in Europe.  Around 1257, Robert de Sorbon established a college that bears his name.  Over time the Sorbonne name was applied to the university as a whole.  The old Sorbonne buildings, where our students will take most of their courses, are located in the city's Latin Quarter.  Students walk along the Boulevard St. Michel, read and sip drinks at the cafés of the Place de la Sorbonne, and absorb the intellectual, cultural, and social atmosphere of the legendary Left Bank.


  • La Sorbonne
  • church
  • street view
  • Eiffel Tower
  • church


Students will be placed in student apartments or dorm-style accommodation with the help of the program's Paris-based coordinator.


Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and have at least beginners-level proficiency in French language and/or literature.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings should alert the Study Abroad Office.


One-day pre-departure information sessions are held on the Oswego campus in late April and November (if students cannot make it to the Oswego campus, a similar pre-departure session will be held at Geneseo).  At least 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, all study abroad students should arrive in Paris to attend orientation (more concrete information about this will be given to you upon your acceptance into the program).  Students will be given general information on everyday life in Paris.  Guided walking tours and museum trips will also be offered, and students will meet daily for two hours of intensive French lessons.

Application Process

SUNY Geneseo students should submit all application materials to the Study Abroad Office at Geneseo.  Our office selects the Geneseo program participants and then prompts students to create an account with Oswego Study Abroad.  After you have created your Oswego Study Abroad account we will forward all your application materials to SUNY Oswego.  SUNY Oswego Study Abroad makes all travel and payment arrangements and administers the program in Paris.  Tuition will still be paid to SUNY Geneseo, but all other program fees will be paid to SUNY Oswego.  Questions about housing, excursions, courses, etc. are best answered by the Oswego Office of International Programs.  Geneseo students should plan on attending the pre-departure information session at the Oswego campus.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester/Academic Year: April 1

Spring Semester: October 1