Studying at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) offers you the unique opportunity to earn a prestigious University of London degree while studying in the heart of Paris.
French Studies and International Politics are at the heart of their curated collection of undergraduate degrees. You can opt for single honours or major/minor programmes.
Alongside French Studies, for which many courses are delivered in French, you can also study business, history or international relations. Studying French in France with ULIP allows you to graduate in just three years rather than four, while speaking the language at a near-native level.
The International Politics programme, delivered in English, can be taken with a minor in French for students who have a French A Level or equivalent. Optional beginners’ French classes are available even if you don’t study French as part of your degree.
Unlike most universities, the University of London Institute in Paris allows you to gain invaluable international experience during the three years of your degree, a distinct advantage for future endeavours.
You’ll have free access to the Careers and Enterprise team at Queen Mary University of London, which is delivered by Careers Group, the largest university careers service in Europe.
You’ll be able to access a wealth of online resources, from application and interview guidance, industry guides and live-streamed careers presentations. That’s not all though, as a dedicated careers advisor will be on campus several times during the academic year to give face-to-face support and talk you through your options.
When it comes to gaining practical experience ahead of graduation, as a member of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ULIP students have the opportunity to gain internships in high-profile French businesses and attend exclusive networking events.
Plus, when you graduate, you’ll become part of ULIP’s alumni network, which gives you continued access to dedicated careers counselling and the opportunity to find jobs and work experience through your university contacts.
You’ll find bilingual lecturers at ULIP and undergraduate degrees taught in both English and French, with the only exception being the single honours International Politics programme, which is taught exclusively in English.
All programmes feature teaching in small groups, offering you one-on-one support.
Lecturers are experts in their fields, yet always friendly, approachable and supportive.
The University of London Institute in Paris’ Students’ Union is there to enrich your learning experience and help you to make the most out of your time in Paris.
ULIP has a small but thriving student community and the Students’ Union is very active in response, organising frequent events and encouraging participation.
There are plenty of societies to join, as well as the student committee, who stand up for your rights on campus. Drop into the SU on any given day and you may find a quiet study session or people having tea and a chat as part of the University’s welfare efforts. There’s always something going on!
Students will have various options when it comes to finding accommodation in Paris. The University works in partnership with private residence halls with easy access to the university to provide students with a fully furnished flat with private kitchen and bathroom, with priority given to new undergraduate students.
If you’d prefer to investigate a private rental, you’ll find affordable studio flats and shared properties, and the University can act as your guarantor for your landlord. Whichever option you choose, the Student Services team and the Students’ Union will be there to support you.
You’ll also have a variety of online resources to aid you in your search, including an accommodation guide on the University’s website. On average, students’ budget is about 700 Euros a month for accommodation, but this can vary – some students live rent free in exchange for working for a landlord or host family, and all students are eligible to apply for French housing benefit.
The University is based in a grand 19th Century building, but you’ll also benefit from thoroughly modern facilities. The library features many physical and digital resources, as well as silent study areas, rooms for group work, a computer area and scanning, copying and printing facilities. You’ll also have access to the online library of Queen Mary University of London.
Computing facilities throughout the University include PC workstations, points for plugging in laptops, scanners, printers and photocopiers. There’s also free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Both inside and outside the building, you’ll benefit from the University’s innovative Virtual Learning Environment, a resource for students featuring study support and course management tools.
Where better to be a student than Paris? The French capital has topped the QS Best Student Cities rankings twice and never fallen below the top 10, for good reason.
Home to one of Europe’s largest concentrations of elite universities, you’ll find plenty of students here, and plenty of activities catering to student tastes.
You’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s most famous cultural attractions, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, but even if you get tired of Paris’ plethora of art galleries, museums and monuments, you’ll never get bored being within easy reach of some of the world’s best cuisine! And that’s not mentioning award-winning wine.
Paris also has shopping opportunities aplenty, from the high-end shops along the world-famous Champs-Élysées, to bargains piled high at Saint-Ouen Flea Market. You can relax after a long day of retail therapy in one of the city’s many beautiful parks and green spaces, like the famous Jardin Du Luxembourg and hidden gems such as Jardin de l'Atlantique and Square Boucicaut.
After dark, head to the Oberkampf neighbourhood to find one of Paris’ most buzzing centres of student nightlife, with plenty of cheap bars and clubs. Le Perchoir is a rooftop bar with beautiful views that’s ideal for balmy summer nights; on one of France’s rare rainy days, check out Lavomatic, an achingly cool secret bar hidden behind a seemingly normal laundromat.
Looking for entertainment further afield? Paris is ideal for international travel, whether that’s hopping on the Eurostar for a night out in London, or crossing the border to head to hip Berlin, or historic Rome.
Whatever your interests, chances are ULIP has a society for you! From cultural societies to political organisations, here are just some of the clubs you could join:
If you encounter any problems during your time at ULIP, there will be plenty of places to turn for support.
First and foremost, every student is assigned a Personal Adviser, whose role is to help you with anything at all that may be bothering you. They can offer academic support, helping you with study plans and learning advice, help you with homesickness, offer careers guidance, or just lend an ear when you need someone to talk to.
If you need more support the SU website is full of handy guidance on welfare and mental health and help you to arrange counselling if you need it. You can also access help and support with the practicalities of registering with the French health service.
ULIP works with Queen Mary University of London's Disability and Dyslexia Service to provide equal opportunities and support to students with physical and mental disabilities. The service can help you with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance, with assistance on campus and with arranging examinations.
For the University to provide you with the best possible support, you should let them know if any disabilities or special requirements you have when you apply.
Undergraduate fees are on a par with many other UK universities, at £9,250 a year for UK and EU students and £18,000 a year for international students.
UK and EU students are eligible for the government’s standard tuition fee and maintenance loans: tuition fee loans are not means tested, although how much maintenance you can receive will vary according to your family’s income.
The University itself also offers two bursaries; £1,700 a year for students who come from a household with income totalling £20,000 a year or less, and £100 a year for students whose family income is up to £35,000 a year. You don’t need to apply for a bursary, as you’ll be automatically considered when you apply for your student finance.
Students who experience financial hardship during their degree will also be able to apply to the University’s Hardship Fund.
ULIP’s boutique undergraduate offering focuses on French Studies and International Politics, regardless of the option you select, you will find this once-in-a-lifetime experience enriching in all aspects, allowing you to gain more confidence and cultural awareness, critical in today’s globalised world.
Entry requirements are ABB across all undergraduate programmes, with a B in French at A-Level if you are studying French as part of your degree. Entry requirements are on the higher side to ensure students are able to meet the demands of the course but applicants’ overall profile is taken into account.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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