Application deadline: 15th of May
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 6,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Faculty of Economics at Pantheon-Sorbonne University is one of the most reputed Economics departments in France and in the world. In this highly selective educational setting, a new quality education program has been adapted since 2007 for international students wishing to do their Master studies in Economics at the Sorbonne : the PSME.

A program custom-made for international students wishing to study Economics at the Sorbonne.

The PSME program is a first year of Graduate Studies (Diplôme Universitaire), which offers Economics courses taught in English, together with intensive courses in French. The Economics courses correspond to a full program of courses taught in the first year of graduate studies, at what is known as the M1 level in the Bologna European Academic System. The thesis which has to be prepared for the end of the first year corresponds to a MSc thesis. French courses are intended to prepare PSME students to enroll in the 2nd year of Masters studies (M2 level, MPhil) in French.

PSME may apply to the regular M2 programs offered by the University of Paris with classes in French and English. Hence, former PSME students who get to the 2nd year level can access one of the most comprehensive M2 programs existing in France, which includes more than 100 different courses, structures in about 20 specialized programs. You can find details about these courses on the website of the University Paris 1.


To obtain the degree, each student must pass 60 ECTS credits. ECTS means «European Credit Transfer System».

The PSME curriculum includes a comprehensive treatment of modern theory and empirical techniques. Students receive general training through core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic growth and econometrics (Fall semester courses), as well as in more specialized fields (Spring semester courses). The general training gives the foundations necessary for graduate studies in economics, and exposure to applied fields will help students wishing to choose a specialization for their second year.

Specially-designed field courses include Finance, Globalization and European Economics, Development and Transition Economics, Industrial Organization, History of Economic Thought, Political Economy, Economics of Organizations, Labor Economics, and Population Economics.

In addition to classical training in economic theory, the students will also learn French, at beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, depending on their initial fluency in French.

Given that the student has shown a sufficient improvement in French as a foreign language, the possibility to take one or two courses thaught in French from other Sorbonne Economics Programs exists.

All Economics Lectures are held in small classes of no more than 60 students. Tutorials are organised in smaller classes (no more then 20 students) for all courses within the first semester, to help students understand the courses and do exercises. French courses are given in classes of about 20 students.

All students prepare an extended essay (M1 dissertation) during the second semester. The dissertation has to be prepared with one of the PSME Professors as a supervisor.


To apply for the Panthéon-Sorbonne Master's degree in Economics, students must provide the following:

* A detailed CV in English;

* A cover letter describing their interest in the programme, accomplishments, and future plans;

* Certified English translations of their academic transcripts and a copy of their Bachelor's Degree in Economics;

* An English language certificate:
* TOEFL scores (no older than 3 years, at least 550 for PBT; 80 for IBT; 213 for computer-based test) of at least 550 or another certificate deemed to be equivalent;
* If available, the TOEFL can be substituted by: PTE with an academic score of at least 54 or IELTS with an average score of at least 6.5;

* Two letters of recommendation, each in an envelope signed across the seal by the recommending professor;

* A copy of your passport;

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


Scholarship and Financial Aids
The University Paris 1 does not provide any scholarships but students can directly apply to their embassy or one of the following addresses according to their origins:

- Eiffel Scholarship:

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries to attract elite students from overseas. It is a very selective scholarship. Students accepted by this programme receive 1180 euros/month. This scholarship is priority for students from emerging countries. The PSME agrees to reduce Eiffel Scholarship-holders tuition fee.

You can find more information on their website: Eiffel Scholarship

You should fill out an application form which you will find on their website at the end of September the year of your application and send all documents to the following address by December 1st:

Mr Yves Raynaud

Relations Internationales

58 Bd de Arago

Maison internationale de Paris 1

75013 Paris France


When filling out the Eiffel scholarship application you must specify the M1 and M2 programs you wish to apply for (ex. Master 1: PSME, Master 2: M2 Economie Internationale et Mondialisation). You should apply for the Eiffel scholarship for 24 months if you wish to do the 2 years of study in France. You may find the list of M2 programs on the following link:
Master 2 P = Professional master programs with compulsory internship

Master 2 R = Research master programs, optional internship following studies. A must if you wish to apply for a PhD after your Master.

Results are announced on the CAMPUS FRANCE website during the week of 17 March 2014.

- Scholarship Master Ile-de-France/ Scholarship Master Ile-de-France-Europe:

This is a regional scholarship for foreign students from certain areas of the cooperation of Ile-de-France. Students who apply for this programme should:

* Scholarship Master Ile-de-France:Have followed, the year preceding the application, a course of higher education in one of the following countries (South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Mauritania, Russia) or one of the priority areas of cooperation (Canada - Montreal region, Hungary - Budapest, Lebanon - city of Beirut, Madagascar - city of Antananarivo, Mali - Keyes region, Morocco - Casablanca region, Mauritania - Nouakchott, Poland - Warsaw city, Senegal - Dakar, Vietnam - Hanoi).

* Scholarship Master Ile-de-France-Europe: Have followed, the year preceding the application, a course of higher education in one of one of member states of the European Union.

* Have the nationality of the country.

* Have a good knowledge of French (oral and written).

* Be enrolled in a degree of master (M1 or M2) in an institution of higher education in Ile-de-France.

It is possible that this programme will extend to more countries next year.

Students who meet the conditions below should directly apply to the embassy of their countries (Scholarship Master Ile-de-France).

Students accepted by this program receive 1010 euros/month. They have to accept the accommodation at the Cite International Universitaire de Paris-(CIUP) which costs around 450 euros per month. It is possible to extend this scholarship for the second year of the Master. You can find more information on their website: Scholarship Master Ile-de-France

and detailed information on this program in English here

To apply for either scholarship programme, students must provide the following documents in French for Scholarship Master Ile-de-France program; in French or in English for Eiffel Scholarship programme:

* A detailed CV;
* A cover letter describing their interest in the programme, accomplishments, and future plans;
* Certified translations of their academic transcripts of records (at least 3 years);
* Copy of your Bachelor's Degree and/or Master Degree;
* Letters of recommendation (if there are any);
* A copy of your passport;

If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact: Mr Yves Raynaud

American students wishing to study in France may apply for the Fulbright Scholarship.
Interested students must apply for the Fulbright Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year has passed. The competition for the 2015-2016 school year will open on February 1st, 2014.
They recommend preparing your application at least 2 months prior to the campus or IIE deadline.
Please note that you must apply through the Fulbright Advisor at your undergraduate university; even if you have already graduated. Please check with your university or online to find out who to contact.
Application instructions:
Check the Preparing an Application information sheet before applying.

South African students wishing to study in France may apply for the Bourse du gouvernement français.

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