Studying for a University of London degree in the City of Light

Based in the heart of the capital, the University of London Institute in Paris provides a unique base for French studies
The University of London Institute in Paris
The University of London Institute in Paris
Studying abroad looks great on your CV and shows you are willing to take chances and that you have confidence

Overlooking the Esplanade des Invalides in the beautiful 7th arrondissement, situated just a short walk from the banks of the Seine and the Musée d'Orsay, the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) is unique in being the only UK university in Europe to offer on-campus undergraduate teaching.

ULIP gives students the opportunity to study for a University of London degree in one of the world's greatest capital cities, named for the second year running as the top student city in the QS Best Student Cities rankings

Established in 1894 as the Guilde franco-anglaise by Miss Edith Williams, an English teacher based in Paris who became the second-ever woman to receive the prestigious Agrégation d’anglais, the Institute was incorporated into the University of London in 1969. It moved to its current location at 9-11 rue de Constantine in 1976, and was renamed the University of London Institute in Paris in 2005. 

ULIP offers a three-year BA in French Studies (offered entirely on-site in Paris), an MA in Paris Studies: History and Culture, as well as research degrees in the field of French Studies. 

Monica Marriott-MillsWe caught up with current undergraduate student, Monica Marriott-Mills (pictured left in the Place de la Concorde), to talk about ULIP, Christmas markets and internships.

Why did you choose to study at ULIP?
I had looked around ULIP during my A levels with my college and it had qualities that other universities in England couldn't offer. The location, of course, is the most obvious, but also the chance to move country for three years, which isn't offered in other language degrees at other universities.

Where’s your favourite place to go in Paris?
Le Marais. There’s so many pretty streets and great food. Alongside the architecture and street art, there’s great bargains to be had. There's vintage shops, second-hand shops, high street shops and boutiques, so there's something for everyone.

What’s the best thing about Christmas in Paris?
Without a doubt the Christmas market on the Champs-Élysées, it’s incredible, and there’s ice skating too. I also love the displays at Galeries Lafayette.

How has living in France helped you with your French?
It has helped immensely – making French friends and going to events makes you want to increase your vocabulary, and it happens without you realising. Getting a job is also very helpful because you learn set phrases and vocab in that particular field.

What are the other benefits of studying abroad?
I have learned about a different culture and I feel much more independent. Studying abroad looks great on your CV and shows you are willing to take chances and that you have confidence.

"I would like to live in the South of France and work in the event industry. There are so many opportunities, and having two languages will make me much more employable."

Paris

How do you pass your time when you’re not busy studying?
The university often gets offers for jobs and internships. I did a Paris Fashion Week internship this September which was a great experience. There are so many different clubs and activities here and you meet new people at the same time. I am a member of a CrossFit team – we do races such as the Spartan Race which is a half marathon with obstacles. It’s great because I have learnt all the words for the moves (push-up/pull-up/squat) in French! Something I would never have learnt living in England.

Do you ever get homesick and, if so, how do you deal with it?
Yes, I do. Often a call home makes everything better. If not, everyone at ULIP is in the same boat and you can always talk to other students.

Tell us one thing about Paris that only someone living there would know.
That there is so much more to do than just the tourist stuff. It takes living here to find the hotspots!

What are your future career plans?
I would like to live in the South of France and work in the event industry. There are so many opportunities, and having two languages will make me much more employable. Also, having already done an internship for Paris Fashion Week, I have event experience under my belt.

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