Frequently Asked Questions

Practical information

  • Access to university

    Courses of PSME are given at 4 centers of the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. They are:

    • Maison des Sciences Economiques: Boulevard de l'Hôpital 110
    • Center Sorbonne: 1, rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris
    • Center Pantheon: 12, place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
    • Center Pierre Mendès France (Tolbiac): 90, rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris
  • Arriving in Paris

    From CDG the easiest and fastest is to take the RER B. It takes you to Chatelet, one of the biggest public transport hubs and the most central in Paris, within one hour. From there you can access any metro station within 30 Minutes.

    If you get to Orly,  there are several options. You can either take the Orly Bus or the transfer to Antony by train. In Antony you can get on the RER B aswell. If you are patient for a cheaper and longer trip, you can also take the Tram. It will take you to Villejuif - Louis Aragon, where you can take Metro 7 directly.

    You can find more practical information about airports in Paris here.

  • What campus accommodation is available?

    We book a limited number of rooms at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, but they are allotted on a first come first served basis. You can find more information about accommodation here.


  • Does M1 (PSME) lead directly to a second year of Master (M2) ?

    After the M1 you can apply to any of our M2 (second year) programs. There are over 20 specialty areas in economics alone. There is a selection process for the M2. You must apply to the second year of master studies as any French student would. In the second year, successful candidates are enrolled as regular French students. In the past, all serious students have succeeded in finding an M2.

  • I went to a French high school and I have French culture. Can I apply to the PSME ?

    PSME is designed for international students who want to study in France in English. However, its tuition fees are higher than traditional French higher education. If you already speak French (you have a DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) level C1 - C2, or equivalent certificate) and want to study in France in French, you can apply to a regular Master Program. You can find more information on the website of Paris 1.

  • I am going to participate in the Erasmus program. Now I’m wondering if I could also attend in courses of the PSME, taught in English.

    Unfortunately, we cannot grant you full access to the PSME courses, but depending on space availability you can be admitted in one or two of the PSME courses.

  • Can I receive the Master in Economics degree after M1 ?

    In Europe, the Master is in two years. The first year, called M1, is normally followed by a second year, called M2. At the Sorbonne, our M1 is rather generalist, while most of our M2s are specialized. If you stop at the M1 level, you will have a certificate issued by Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University, corresponding to the old French "Maitrise". In France, there is a selection process at the end of the M1, to enter the M2 programs.

    Foreign students graduating from our PSME program will be allowed to apply to all specialized M2 programs in economics, as if they were French students. Entrance in some M2 programs, which have large numbers of candidates, is highly selective; for other programs the selection process is less severe. A student who has obtained good results for his/her M1 is normally recruited without difficulty in M2s.

    The PSME M1 program for foreign students is specifically designed to help foreign students enter the French system, and we expect that serious PSME M1 students (who are already selected to enter this M1 level) will succeed without difficulty in the competition to enter the M2 level.

  • What are the differences between PSME 1 and a regular Master 1 in economics ?

    The PSME is a program specially designed for selected international candidates who prefer receiving teaching in English. In the PSME, fees are about 6500 euros. For the regular M1 taught essentially in French, the fee is about 500 euros.

    If you apply to PSME program, you do not need to speak French when you arrive and we propose intensive French lessons which fit your French level. Regular students in M1 are supposed to have a good oral and written level in French. A French certification is required for foreign students: DALF (at least C1); DELF (at least C2); TCF (at least 5) or other equivalent certificate.

    Deadlines for the regular programs: between 15 November and 15 March. For PSME program, the deadline is 1 May.


Courses and Exams

  • I have already learnt French for 2 months. Will I have a French course which fits my level ?

    Normally you can have a French course which fits your level of French. You will be classified according to your test results at the beginning of the semester.

  • Can I accomplish the Master degree in economics (2 years) in English only ?

    The PSME programme is a one-year program fully in English (with courses of French as foreign language). For the 2nd year of Master, we don't have yet a program specifically designed for foreign students. After the PSME, students can apply to any of our 2nd year level Master programs. The proportion of courses given in French/English varies from one program to the other. Most students who have gone through the PSME should have sufficient fluency in French to attend some classes in French during of their second year. Aside of this, there are several research master programs in which all courses are taught in English. The tendency in some 2nd year programs is to switch to English when there is at least student who does not understand French, but this is not yet common practice.

    We are also offering a double Master degree program on Globalization with Fudan University (Shanghai) which is totally in English. After the two PSME semesters, students in this program will have a Summer semester in Paris and then two semesters in Shanghai. Students in this program will learn Chinese instead of French as foreign language.

Fees and payment