UPMC (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) is the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI). UPMC is one of Europe’s largest science and medical schools and research institutions. It is ranked by many as one of the top 3 universities in France, and leads the way in its own field of sciences. Formerly part of the University of Paris, UPMC became an independent university in 1968, when, amidst a cultural revolution in Paris, several faculties seceded from their parent university. Naturally, each of these newly-founded independent universities was already specialised in a certain field, which led to each own being renown for that particular field. Most of UPMC’s facilities are concentrated in the Jussieu campus, on the bank of the Seine in central Paris, so the Parisian life is always an intricate part of students' life. Plus, all students under 25 have free entrance to all permanent exhibitions at Parisian museums, as well as reductions for most temporary exhibits and guided visits. Getting to UPMC is pretty easy. Just get the metro to Jussieu station, on lines 7 and 10, or the RER to Gare d’Austerlitz. Alternatively, hop on one of many buses servicing the area (86, 87, 89).
4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris
Phone number: 144274427
The river, the museums, the cuisine, the Eiffel Tower - studying in Paris is an unforgettable adventure. Not to mention all the croissants, baguettes and pains au chocolat you can have to cure your hangover after a French wine-fuelled night out along the Seine.
In Paris, students get a chance to enrich themselves culturally like nowhere else in the world. Every first Sunday of the month, most state-run museums are free for students. However, you’ll have to practice your French while you’re here, as the Parisians much prefer you to address them in their native language.
You can be sure of one thing: after your semester in Paris, you will have fallen in love with the city of love!
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