Sorbonne Université Sciences (Formerly Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6)

City: Paris
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Paris 6 was the first university for science and medicine in France
  • The university evolved from the Faculty of Science of La Sorbonne
  • 31,000 students spread over 31 campuses within France
  • This university offers the most options in science and medicine in the country.
  • UPMC is composed of seven departments and faculties: chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics, life sciences, earth sciences, environment and biodiversity
  • It also boasts an engineering school (Polytech'Paris UPMC), the Paris astrophysics institute, the Henri Poincaré institute and 3 marine stations at Roscoff, Banyuls and Villefranche-sur-Mer that have Universe sciences observatory (OSU) status

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Partner university's areas of study

EngineeringLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • All courses at the undergraduate level at Paris 6 are offered in French
  • Some classes at the Master's level are offered in English (fourth year students may be eligible to participate in first year Master's courses but the final decision is made by the department or faculty the student is applying to)
  • It is recommended that even students taking courses in English have some French language ability in order to navigate the system
  • The Office for Foreign Students in the International Relations Office runs French-language courses for foreign exchange students (more information here)
  • Students must have at least a B2 level to study in French (To determine your level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Only Engineering and Science students are eligible to apply to this partner university

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to late December (Exams take place in January)
  • Semester 2: Late January to May

See the university calender for updates.


  • Due to the term dates at the partner university, students attending term 1 will not be able to return to UBC to attend January term
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10 or E

Grading scheme

  • Grading in France is on a scale of 0 to 20 and each class is graded separately
  • A minimum grade of 10 is required to pass a course
  • In addition to the grades obtained in the courses, students receive another grade according to the ECTS:
    • A = Excellent (the highest 10% of a class)
    • B = Very Good (the following 25%)
    • C = Good (the following 30%)
    • D = Satisfactory (the following 25%)
    • E = Sufficient (the last 10% of a class)
    • FX = Fail (passing level not obtained)
    • F = Fail (level considerably below passing)

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: Beginners German
Partner course code: Allemand 4XAL1
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-03-12
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: FNH 4th
Title: Nutrigenomics
Partner course code: BIOL MU5BIP03
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2020-01-24
UBC course: BIOC 4th
Title: Molecular Enzymology and Pharmacology
Partner course code: 4V119
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-17
UBC course: BIOL 341
Title: Applied molecular biology and molecular analysis tools
Partner course code: 4B031
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: CHEM 406
Title: Materials, polymers and inorganic chemistry
Partner course code: 4C601
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-10
UBC course: CHEM 407
Title: From Microscopic to Macroscopic
Partner course code: 4C201
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-24
UBC course: CHEM 413
Title: Organic and Biological Chemistry
Partner course code: 4C502
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-10
UBC course: CHEM 434
Title: Analytical methods for environment and health
Partner course code: 4C301
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-24
UBC course: CHEM 435
Title: The Metallic Complex : from Biology to Materials
Partner course code: 4C503
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-10
UBC course: CHEM 460
Title: Molecular Chemistry
Partner course code: 4C401
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-24
UBC course: MATH 322
Title: Algebra
Partner course code: 3M 270
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2019-05-01
UBC course: PCTH 448
Title: Drug Odyssey
Partner course code: BIOL MU5BIP15
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-12
UBC course: PHYS 306
Title: Analytical Mechanics
Partner course code: 3P 045
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: PHYS 408
Title: Electromagnetism and Optics
Partner course code: 3P 021
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: SCIE 3rd
Title: Science and Society
Partner course code: BIOL MU5BIP07
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-11-04
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Using the Campus France website, it is possible to carry out comprehensive multi-criteria searches on the quasi-totality of grants for foreign students and young researchers.
  • Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • It is very difficult for short term exchange students to find housing in Paris
  • The university offers housing assistance

Partner Housing Information

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