Parisian Institutions and Student Access

Investing in Arts and Culture

An Invested Government

France has a history of investment in the arts, and Paris has long been a center of French artistic life. The France 2030 investment plan, which aims to safeguard French industrial and technological competitive advantage over the course of the current decade, places cultural and creative production as one of ten key investment pillars. The Ministry of Culture has recently invested €1 billion in the cultural and creative industries in order to help overcome the challenges posed by globalization, digitization and ecological transition.

La Ville Musée

In Paris, 14 of the city's more than 130 museums are managed directly by the city: the permanent collections of these museums are free for all, and temporary exhibitions are accessible to students at a reduced rate. A further 18 museums, including several of the city’s most famous, such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, are owned and managed by the French state. Many of these museums are free year round for those aged under 26. Yet more are free for all entrants on the first Sunday of every month, or offer reduced student rates to permanent and temporary exhibitions. The annual Nuit Blanche festival, held every year in June, sees museums and cultural attractions stay open all night and special artistic performance trails all across Paris. 

The Stage and Silver Screen

Paris also has thriving music, theater and film scenes, and you’ll always be able to find something happening, no matter your budget or cultural tastes. Paris has 140 theaters and countless live music venues showing performances all year round. It hosts a number of prominent music festivals, including Rock en Seine and the Paris Jazz Festival. The Fete de la Musique celebration, held each year on the summer solstice, is a country-wide musical celebration that sees one-off musical performances in bars, cafés and restaurants as well as out in the street. The city has nearly 400 screens showing both contemporary and classic movies and operating across around 75 cinema venues, more than half of which are independently owned. The UGC Unlimited cinema card provides unlimited access to 59 of these venues for a fixed monthly fee; it is cheaper to purchase for under 26s. The Paris International Film Festival takes place every year in February.

Louvre Museum

World-renowned art museum housing a vast collection, including the Mona Lisa and ancient artifacts.

Musée d'Orsay

Converted railway station showcasing an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces.

Rock en Seine 

Annual music festival held in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud featuring a diverse lineup of rock and indie artists.

Paris Jazz Festival

Summer event held in Parc Floral, presenting a series of jazz concerts featuring both established and emerging artists.

UGC Unlimited cinema card 

Subscription card offering unlimited access to UGC cinemas in Paris for a fixed monthly fee.

Paris International Film Festival

Annual event celebrating international cinema with screenings, awards, and industry networking opportunities.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Architectural marvel hosting contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events, sponsored by the luxury brand Louis Vuitton.

Station F

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Pasteur Institute

Renowned research institute specializing in biology, medicine, and public health, known for groundbreaking discoveries and advancements.



Film Festival audience
Paris is the perfect city for movie lovers with over 400 screens showing contemporary or classic films, including AUP's Monttessuy Theater


AUP’s Institutional Partnerships

AUP works with a number of high profile international Parisian institutions as part of its graduate-level Cultural Program. These include the French War College and the Sorbonne University. Our students often intern at prominent businesses and organizations with a global outlook. Recent examples include:

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Investing in Business and Research

France is similarly committed to research and business development. The French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) has a yearly budget of €3.8 billion and hosts around 1,100 research laboratories in France and around the world. Its headquarters are in Paris’s 16th arrondissement. Other major research institutions headquartered in Paris include the Institut Curie and the Institut Pasteur.

A Science and Technology Hub

The France 2030 investment plan includes deep investment in the sustainable transformation of four key French industries (energy, automobiles, aeronautics and space flight) through research innovation and €54 billion in industrial investment. Proposals include development in nuclear power, green hydrogen and renewable energy, and manufacturing commitments of electric vehicles and low carbon aircraft, cancer-fighting biopharmaceuticals and sustainable, healthy food. Research efforts are also focused on space travel and deep sea exploration.

A Thriving Business Sector

France is home to over 5,000 multinational companies who employ 6.8 million people worldwide. Some of the largest are luxury goods companies, such as LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), Dior and Hermes, which helps contribute to Paris’s status as a global fashion capital. Other prominent multinationals include energy company TotalEnergies; beauty products company L’Oréal; and pharmaceutical provider Sanofi. The French government also supports technological innovation through specific investment funds for small businesses and French startups. More than 11,000 startups call Ile-de-France home, and the sector grew by 17% in 2022, thanks to government support.