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University of South Paris (Paris-Sud) EXC
Orsay, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
English, French
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65% overall; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


Location: Orsay Cedex
Year Established: 1971
Student population: 30,000 (5,100 International)
Paris-Sud University is one of France’s top academic institutions and is particularly renowned for excellence in maths and science. While the university’s legacy stretches back hundreds of years, its current incarnation as Paris-Sud University only took place in 1971. It was originally part of the historic University of Paris. Some of France’s top laboratories are part of the university. They include specialist research facilities in the fields of particle physics, nuclear physics, electronics and nanoscience.
The scientific campus at Orsay is notable both for its size and for its beauty, consisting of woods and a botanical garden with one of Europe’s most beautiful collections of camellias. This exceptional scientific environment plays host to students in disciplines that are as diverse as mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, earth and space sciences.
Unique characteristics
Paris-Sud University has the largest campus in France. More than 40 different sports are accommodated at the campus facilities. It’s also one of the only universities in the world to have its own horse riding centre.

Orsay itself is a tranquil and historic town on the banks of the Yvette River. The many attractions of central Paris are just 40 minutes away by train. The campus itself has a botanical garden and whilst you are so close to the city, the university maintains its intimate feel with lush greenery and beautiful old buildings. 

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
There is no course catalogue for this University but information about courses available can be found on their website. Information about Physics courses in English.

Subject Area/s:


Arts and Social Sciences


Computer Science







Exclusions may apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- December
Semester  2: January - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)


University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – 20 - 16
B – 14 - 16
C – 12 - 14
D – 10 - 12
E – 10- 12
F – Fail

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and French. 

Language Requirement
Whilst there are units of study taught in English, these aren’t so common and a high proficiency of French is required. There are language classes available to exchange students wishing to improve their French.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options recommended by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant: Exchange students can apply for a grant from the French Embassy to assist with the cost of a return flight ticket between Australia and France.
Endeavour ISEP grants: Up to five student grants of $5,000 will be awarded to eligible students in 2018-2019.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Campus France is a French government agency for the promotion of international student mobility. Visit their website for more information about preparing to study in France.

Semester/Term Dates
Semester 1: September- December
Semester  2: January - June
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the Embassy of France in Australia


Student Experiences

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