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The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris

July 13, 2021
You probably wouldn't think that Paris is the best place to go to school. Why? Because it's so easy to get distracted in this painstakingly beautiful city. Instead of attending class, you'd much rather go to a cafe and unwind, wouldn't you? Instead of attending the next lecture, you'd much rather stroll along the River Seine, right? And instead of taking your final exam, you'd much rather go and explore Montmartre. Still, the educational institutions in the French capital are no joke. Any local or foreigner alike would be very privileged to study in any of them. Here are some worth mentioning.

The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


American School of Paris

Since the 1950s, the American community in Paris has been one of the largest groups of expats living here. As a result, they've set up various institutions that help their community as well as other Americans—and other foreign nationals too—live out an easier and more complete lifestyle in the French capital. This includes the American School of Paris, one of the finest international schools of its kind in the city. Unsurprisingly, the academics here are top-notch but it's the music, arts, and sports departments that have really caught attention as well. 


British School of Paris

If you think the British would allow themselves to get overtaken by the Americans, you better think again. Similarly, the British School of Paris is as esteemed an international institution as its American counterpart. Founded during Post-War Europe, it has amassed quite a devoted following of British families who've moved to the French capital. And the best part is it's the type of academic-driven school that will help students get into the UK's best universities


The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


École des Ponts ParisTech

Just by looking at its beautifully-designed campus building, you can already get a good sense of what the École des Ponts ParisTech is all about. One of the top universities in Paris—as well as in all of France—it's one of the leading institutions when it comes to innovation. Its top programs include courses within the fields of engineering, management, economics, transportation, urban planning, and the environment. It's a school that can guarantee its graduates a proper job in the future. Yet even with covering such competitive industries, the school proudly sets forth a culture that embraces new ideas and helps cultivate them in its students, 


École Polytechnique

Perhaps one of the most respected colleges in all of the French capital, the École Polytechnique is a prominent institution in the southern part of the city. In fact, it was even one of the schools that founded ParisTech, a network of colleges that focus on science and business subjects. And with such, you can expect that some of the city's brightest students come from this institution. So much so that it's almost hard to believe that their campus used to be in the Latin Quarter, one fo the jazziest neighborhoods of Paris


The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


Forest International School

If you know someone whose kid is attending the Forest International School in Paris, then he/she must be either rich, well-connected in society, or the kid is intelligent. One of the smaller private schools in the French capital, this is one of the more exclusive institutions on this list. As well as, of course, one of the most esteemed as far as secondary education is concerned. A French-British school, it follows both countries' national curriculums and is a bilingual institution at that! 


International School of Paris

Who wouldn't want to study near one of the world's most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower? But beyond its very prime location in the French capital, the International School of Paris is one of the most revered institutions of primary and secondary education on this list. It also boasts a globally diverse student body in which many prominent families from all around the world bring their kids here to learn. So it's no surprise that this school is recognized by none other than the Council of International Schools (CIS)


The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


Lycée International de St Germain-en-Laye

You probably wouldn't have thought that a public school would enter this list, right? But since two powerhouse countries came together to set up this amazing institution, it just has to be mentioned. The Lycée International de St Germain-en-Laye is a promising public institution in the French capital that's affiliated with both the American and British international school systems. Students are given the option to choose one over the other in terms of the curriculum used. But make no mistake, both are equally highly regarded. 


Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University

Who would have thought that a university that was founded as recently as in 2010 would become the top educational institution of not just all of Paris, but in all of France too? Such is the prestige of Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University. With many of its graduates earning top positions in various revered companies and a research facility that's one of the best in the world, it's no wonder that this relatively young university became number one. 


The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


Sorbonne University

Literature, languages, humanities, and the sciences—these are just some of the best programs offered at Sorbonne University. In fact, it reportedly has the largest arts and humanities department in all of the top universities in France. Even a language program that rivals some of the finest French-language schools in Paris. But how can one university achieve such prestige, especially since it was technically founded in 2018? Well, it's because the university is the result of the merging of two well-established institutions in the city: the Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre and Marie Curie University. 


University of Paris

Finally, this list wouldn't be complete if there was no mention of the University of Paris. Also a merging of various prestigious schools in the city, the school is one of the biggest in all of France. Many of its beautiful campuses span across many arrondissements of the French capital, many of which are located near the famous monuments and tourist spots. Since they host about 61,000 annually, it's no surprise it needed that big a campus


The Finest Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Paris


Studying in Paris is a student's dream! Not just because the city itself is a beautiful and historic paradise, but also because the many fine institutions here are some of the most internationally renowned and prestigious of its kind. To be a student in any of them is a huge privilege! 


Of course, if you're going to study here (or if your kids will), you'll need a place to stay. Many of Paris' luxury rentals are up for grabs and are the best options for such! 



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