About the University
Founded as an experimental academic centre in Vincennes in 1969, Université Paris 8 moved to Saint-Denis in 1980. Our university has become a major teaching and research centre for humanities in the Île-de-France region. The main objective of Université Paris 8 – with its focus on humanities, human sciences, arts and social scienceshas always been to give students a better understanding of the modern world while enabling them, at the same time, to achieve a long-term integration into society.
The innovative nature of the research undertaken here can be traced back to the various fields studied at Université Paris 8. Our university became a pioneer in fields that were usually not approached by other French universities : psychoanalysis, urban planning, geopolitics, cinema, plastic arts, gender studies, etc.
To this day, Université Paris 8 has always insisted on maintaining a strong link between research and teaching, adapting teaching methods to different kinds of audiences, and providing education for all at every stage of life.
–Excerpt from Paris 8’s website.
Courses are divided into six main fields of study:
- Law, economics, and management
- Human and social sciences
- Science, technology, and health
- Culture and communication
- Humanities and foreign languages
Paris 8 is located in Saint-Denis, a multicultural city located to the North of Paris known for it’s Basilica. The university is conveniently located on public transportation lines:
- Metro Line 13: Station: Saint-Denis Université
- Bus 168, 253, 256, 268 or 353 Stop: Saint-Denis Université
Français Langue Etrangère
Paris 8 has an exceptional offer of classes in French as a foreign language through their COM/FLE department and through their MEEO department (Methodology of Written and Oral expression). This is a great choice for students hoping to improve their level of French.