November 6, 2012
An Overview of Paris Sorbonne University (Paris IV)
The Sorbonne is recognized as one of the oldest universities in the world. With origins as far back as the 13th century, the heart of this school remains anchored in its original medieval structure. Over the years, it has expanded into the Latin Quarter and other regions throughout the city, and today, it ranks among France’s largest structures. Featuring courses in languages, letters, human sciences, the arts, and other fields, the school is renowned for its strong culture and premier faculty. The Sorbonne promotes independent thinking among its more than 23,000 students, and it values adopting new technologies.
The school possesses a heavy cultural bent, producing more than 100 artistic events every year. The public can attend these concerts, recitals, debates, and exhibitions, which receive sponsors from the Maison des Ecrivains et de la Littérature and the Opéra National de Paris.
About the Author: Scholar Bénédicte Mauguière has taught Francophone Studies at Colby College, appeared on panels in Europe and North America, and written articles for peer-reviewed publications. The recipient of a PhD, Bénédicte Mauguière earned her Doctorat in Francophone Cultures and Literatures with Honors from Paris Sorbonne University (Paris IV).