University of Paris

former university in Paris, France from the middle ages to 1970

Coordinates: 48°50′55″N 2°20′36″E / 48.84861°N 2.34333°E / 48.84861; 2.34333

The University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) was a university in Paris, France. It was one of the first universities to be established in Europe. It was founded in the middle of the 12th century.[1] The university is often referred to as the Sorbonne or la Sorbonne, after the creation of the college (Collège de Sorbonne) founded around 1257 by Robert de Sorbon.

University of Paris
Université de Paris
Coat of arms of the University of Paris.svg
Latin: Universitas magistrorum et scholarium Parisiensis
MottoHic et ubique terrarum (Latin)
Motto in English
Here and anywhere on Earth
TypeCorporative from c. 1150 to 1793 and public from 1896 to 1970
ActiveCirca 1150 – 1793, 1896–1970 (1970)

In 1971, the university was split into thirteen independent universities.


  1. Charles Homer Haskins: The Rise of Universities, page 292. Henry Holt and Company, 1923.

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