Partner Institutions - Advanced Studies

Courses outside of the Skidmore Center

Skidmore partners with a number of academic institutions in Paris to offer a wider range of course options for students on the Advanced Studies program. Enrollment at some of the francophone universities, such as Paris IV-La Sorbonne, Paris X-Nanterre, Université Paris Diderot-Paris VII, and l'Institut Catholique, depends on linguistic competence.

Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne
Université de Paris X, Nanterre
Académie de Port Royal
American Business School in Paris
Centre de Danse du Marais
Ecole de Théâtre de Paris
Ecole du Louvre
Institut Catholique de Paris
Schola Cantorum
Studio Vermès
University of London Institute in Paris

Below is a short description for each partner institution. For information about course options at partner institutions, please see the Advanced Studies course guide.

Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne
Skidmore has an official exchange agreement with l'Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne. All courses are regular university courses and are taught in French alongside French students. Courses are available in literature, languages, art history, humanities and social Sciences. The Sorbonne is located in Paris' Latin Quarter. French majors are encouraged to take at least one course in French studies at la Sorbonne.

Université de Paris X, Nanterre
Skidmore has an official exchange agreement with l'Université de Paris X, Nanterre. All courses are regular university courses and are taught in French alongside French students. Courses are available in the humanities, social sciences, government and economics. Few Skidmore students enroll in classes at l'Université de Paris X, Nanterre because there is a sizable commute from the Skidmore Center to the university.

Académie de Port Royal
Académie de Port Royal is an art studio that offers visual arts courses in painting and drawing. The main subjects are Life-drawing, Life-Painting, and Still-Life compositions using different techniques and approaches. . Still lives are permanently on show, and the live model changes weekly. Techniques used are mainly oil paint on paper and/or canvas of various sizes as well as charcoal, dry and oil pastel, ink, etc. Teachers work individually with each student and can accommodate students of all levels.  The nature of study is very independent, and students will develop an increasingly personalized body of work. Some students at the studio will be part of a study abroad program, but most students are pursuing their studies independently. Language of instruction will be in both English and French.

American Business School in Paris
ABS is an American-style university in Paris that offers a wide range of business courses in marketing, management, finance, and business law. All courses are taught in English. Most of the students at the ABS are international students. ABS also offers a limited number of elective courses in art history, government and international affairs. Art history courses at ABS are not approved by the Art History department and only count as general elective credit.

Centre de Danse du Marais
The Centre de Danse du Marais is a dance studio located in the heart of the Marais. Students are able to take a variety of dance classes. Most popular courses are ballet and modern dance. Courses are taught in French, although students with a basic knowledge of French can enroll in the Centre de Danse du Marais.

Ecole de Théâtre de Paris
L'Ecole de Théâtre de Paris is a private theater school focusing on acting, movement, and diction. The school is run by Colette Louvois, a long-time theater professional, and offers small classes with both French and international students. Courses and performances are in French. Students may also find theater performance opportunities at Telecom Paris Tech.

Ecole du Louvre
L'Ecole du Louvre is a higher education institution providing courses in Art History, Archaeology, and Museology. All courses are taught in French. Only Art History majors with the necessary prerequisites may enroll at the Ecole du Louvre.

Institut Catholique de Paris
L'Institut Catholique de Paris is a private, multidisciplinary university located in Paris' Latin Quarter, near the Luxembourg Gardens and St. Germain des Près with over 15,000 students. Courses are available in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. All courses are taught in French alongside French students. Students with beginning or intermediate level French may also take courses at the University's Institute of French Language and Culture which offers French language courses and courses on French culture and civilization taught in English.

Schola Cantorum
The Schola Cantorum de Paris is a private music school in Paris founded in 1894. Private instruction and ensembles are available in voice and a wide range of instruments. Music theory, analysis and history courses are also available. Only music majors and minors are able to enroll at the Schola Cantorum. All courses are taught in French, and there are additional fees to enroll in music classes.

Studio Vermès
Studio Vermes is a photography studio that offers a history of photography and photography studio courses. The studio is owned by Philippe and Nancy Vermès, who also serve as instructors for the courses. Courses are available in History of Photography in France, Black & White Photography, and Digital Photography. Studio courses are available at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Language of instruction will be in both English and French.

University of London Institute in Paris
The University of London Institute in Paris is part of the University of London where English-speaking students can study French language, literature, and culture in French.

For information about course options at partner institutions, please see the Advanced Studies course guide.


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