University of London Institute in Paris
Welcome to University of London Institute in Paris
What better way to study French than in France itself? The University of London Institute in Paris has been the calling for intrepid French scholars for more than 100 years and offers two specialised courses: an MA in Paris Studies and a BA in French Studies.
In addition to the two taught courses, ULIP also offers research degrees related to French Studies and is home to a research centre which specialises in the study of European and North African relations.
Situated in the heart of Paris, you'll be studying in one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world, surrounded by a rich history and culture to inspire you on your studies.
Courses and fees
For entry to the undergraduate course you will need an ABB in A Levels, with at least a B in French. The MA requires that you have a good upper second class degree, and there is no French language requirement, but encouraged.
The single honours French Studies programme is mostly taught in French, so being a confident French speaker is a must. The course consists of compulsory and optional modules which are designed to improve your French in five key areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking conversationally, and giving oral presentations. The course also includes modules on French history and culture to give you a broad understanding of the country.
The unique masters course allows you to explore the history and culture of Paris from within the city itself. You'll benefit from being immersed in the culture of Paris as soon as you arrive in the city, and the course will cover all aspects of the history and culture of the capital from its films, art, literature, music and politics. There are also two research centres based at ULIP: the Centre for the Study of Migrant Writers in Paris and the Centre for the Study of European and North African Relations
The fees for undergraduates in 2013/14 were £9,000 per year for UK and EU students, and £12,600 for overseas students.
The postgraduate fees were £5,775 for UK and EU students and £12,600 for overseas students studying on taught courses. Research degrees cost £3,900 for UK/EU students and £11,900 for international students.
The University of London Institute in Paris has all the resources you'll need to make your time in France an invaluable one. Along with specialist subject libraries and outstanding teaching facilities, a tight student union and is also on hand to help make your time at the university a fun one.
Situated in the heart of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and the Louvre are all on your doorstep. The university is on the famous Esplanade des Invalides and is well connected to the rest of the city by metro, with the stations of Invalides and Assemblee Nationale close by. Of course, you'll never feel too far away from home, with the Eurostar connecting the capitals of France and the UK together with ease.
Library and study facilities
A wide range of learning resources are available to students at ULIP. There's several libraries, an electronic information service and a large Learning Resources Centre. You can also access local libraries including the American Library in Paris and the Sciences Po Library, a short distance from the university.
You'll receive a university email address as well as a network account through which you can access online materials. The university uses the software Moodle for online learning and remote study, plus on site there's a multimedia room, a dedicated computer suite and photocopying and printing facilities.
There's a careers group run by the University of London plus a representative travels to ULIP to give you advice and help on your moves after completing your course. A lot of students will also take part in internships and work experience while in Paris to enhance their work experience.
Located in central Paris there are plenty of amenities close by including bars, shops, restaurants and cafes. There's even a Marks and Spencer to make you feel at home!
An active student union is on hand to help make life easy for you during your time in Paris. The union organises a variety of societies and clubs, plus it has links to the Lycée Victor Drury giving students the opportunity to socialise with local French students.
There are no devoted sports facilities run by the university, but the student union organises several sporting societies and Paris itself is full of affordable public sporting facilities.
Medical and welfare services
Students are eligible for French social security coverage but are also encouraged to take out health insurance. Applying for a free EHIC national insurance card is also recommended as it gives you free emergency health care across Europe.
There are scholarships available for both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants including the National Scholarship Scheme for students from low income backgrounds, and a fee waiver for postgraduate students.
The University of London Institute in Paris doesn't own any accommodation but works in collaboration with several private halls and flats in Paris so that you can easily find somewhere to stay during your time in Paris. Options include renting a space in halls, renting private accommodation, flat sharing, or living with a family in Paris. To find out more about the accommodation on offer visit the university's website.
Private halls of residence
The Les Estudines and Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris are two halls which you can choose to stay in. Les Estudines offers studio flats which on average cots £638 per month. Cite Internationale Universiaire de Paris prioritises postgraduate applications and offers a mix of single rooms and studio flats costing between £381 and £817 per month.
The university can help you find studio flats, or what the French call maid's rooms, which are located in the top floor of apartment buildings usually sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities. Rent varies between around £400 to £750 per month. You can also opt for a flat share - the university can give you details of websites that you can visit to find accommodation to share.
Living with a family
A great way to fully immerse yourself in French life, living with a family is usually the cheapest accommodation option and offers a unique chance to see how a regular French family lives. You can either rent a room as a lodger, or you can stay in a more immerse homestay environment where you will take meals with the family. This sort of accommodation costs from around £300 to £600 per month.
There are a few open evenings which take place in the UK so you can meet with staff members and representatives of the university to find out more about studying at the University of London Institute in Paris.
Both undergraduate and postgraduate open days are arranged and the institution also regularly exhibits at student fairs so you'll have ample chance to meet ULIP before deciding whether you want to take the plunge and study abroad.Visit the website for more information on open days.
The year is divided into three terms, with the French public holidays observed too. These include All Saints Day on 1 November, Armistice Day on 11 November, Labour Day on 1 May and VE Day on 8 May. The term dates of 2013/14 were as follows:
- Autumn term: 23 September - 16 December 2013
- Spring term: 10 January - 28 March 2014
- Summer term: 23 April - 9 May 2014
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