A university abroad: The University of London Institute in Paris
The University of London Institute in Paris, resides majestically on the south bank of the river Seine and is a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and neighbors the luscious gardens of the Esplanade des Invalides. The Institute has to be one of the most romantic campuses in the world and the Graduate Guide gives you a flavor of what it would be like to study abroad in this wonderful institution.
How do Postgraduate students go about applying to study at your University? Is it similar to here in the UK?
How would you describe your University to anyone considering studying abroad?
Our university is completely unique. We are a central part of the University of London but based in the heart of Paris. Students benefit from being immersed in their field of study whilst retaining all of the services, high quality teaching and world-class research of the University of London.
Which courses are the most popular?
We are a very small Institute offering one undergraduate course (BA in French Studies) and one postgraduate taught programe (MA in Paris Studies: History and Culture) as well as postgraduate research degrees. The biggest cohort is that of the BA.
Are the semesters the same as in the UK?
Yes, we are in a partnership with the University of London Colleges Royal Holloway and Queen Mary. We follow the same term dates as Royal Holloway.
What is campus life like for students?
Paris is our campus! Life at ULIP is unlike that at any UK university. Our campus is located in the centre of Paris and has a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower. Students can immediately relate what they have learnt in the classroom to their surroundings. As ULIP is a small institution, students form a close and supportive community and there are many different societies and activities students can get involved in from sport through to gastronomy. But most importantly, our students benefit from all that Paris has to offer.
What are your facilities and resources like?
We are a small Institute but well-equipped. We have a Learning Resources Centre, IT rooms, café area and student common room. ULIP students also have access to a number of Parisian libraries including the Sorbonne library and the American Library in Paris, and they can choose to become members of the magnificent Bibliothèque nationale de France as well as consulting specialist libraries and archives. They also have access to the sports facilities on offer all over Paris in every discipline imaginable.
Does the university provide a wide range of accommodation?
The ULIP Student Services team provides comprehensive advice and assistance to students seeking accommodation in Paris. We do not have University accommodation but we do have partnerships with local providers, student residences and specialist student letting agencies. For privately rented apartments ULIP can act as a guarantor for its students. Students from European Union member states may also be eligible to claim housing benefit while studying in Paris.
Why do you think students should choose your university over others in France?
We are the only British University where you can complete all of your studies on-site in the heart of Paris. Our students graduate with a University of London degree – a highly reputed, internationally recognized qualification – whilst benefiting from our superb location. ULIP helps students feel at home away from home.
How are students helped in terms of being prepared for life after their Postgraduate studies?
Our students graduate with highly-developed critical, analytical and research skills, and a high level of cultural and historical knowledge. Most graduates also leave us with radically improved French thus fine-tuning their communication skills in both English and French. Fluency in the French language and studying abroad opens up graduates’ opportunities to the global marketplace.