As one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, the Sorbonne (Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV) has a long and proud history of excellence. Originally founded in 1253 as a school of theology, today the Sorbonne offers courses in nearly every discipline and is spread across several campuses. GSE students will attend courses at the Sorbonne’s central campus offered by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. For over seven centuries the Sorbonne’s central campus has stood in the same location of the Latin Quarter, within short walking distance of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. This lively area is home to many local and international students and is full of bustling cafés, bars, and restaurants.