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Student life



Cultural service
The Cultural Service offers logistical advice and support to students who have or are involved in a personal or collective artistic project, run workshops to develop amateur artistic activities and other worthwhile cultural initiatives:
  • Every year, shows produced by students and staff of the university are put on at the Université Paris Diderot’s week of culture held
    Student life at Paris Diderot consists of:
    More than 50 student associations on campus
    More than 80 subsidized projects per year
    Practical artistic workshops, etc.
    Forums for discussion on citizens’ and social initiatives on campus, and in the various units of the university
    Sports club offering both physical and leisure activities.
    at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers;
  • Denis-Diderot workshops: These free half-yearly artistic and cultural practical workshops are open to students and staff of the University, regardless of their level of experience or practical skills;
  • Invitations and tickets at special rates for dance shows, theatre, opera, concerts and exhibitions;
  • CinéDiderot: This cinema club shows rare, unseen or little-known films, ranging from “B-movies” to masterpieces, in their original language with subtitles. Every showing is an opportunity to talk to one or several of the invited guests:  filmmakers, teachers, journalists or writers. CinéDiderot is free and open to everyone;


  • Exhibitions: The Entrance hall of the Grands Moulins and the CROUS student canteen can be used to host exhibitions suggested by students and staff of the University.



The university’s joint sport, physical and leisure activities service (Service commun des activités physiques, sportives et de loisirs – SCAPSL) offers a wide range of high-quality activities. Whether you want to do sport within the framework of your university work or in your spare time, whether as part of a team or on an individual basis, whatever you choose, the important thing is to do some sport !

The activities on offer are:


  • Circus acrobatics
  • Physical and health activities
  • Circus arts
  • Choreography workshop
    "Sport brings together students from all disciplines, all nationalities and all age-groups. Do sport by all means, and within the university. Here, we accept everybody, no matter what level you are at, there are no conditions. We instil the spirit of mutual aid and exchange, seeking to help students broaden their social network within their place of study."
    Michel Robin, Head of Sport at Paris Diderot, October 2009.
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • National water life-saving certificate 
  • French boxing
  • Creative dance
  • Dance and gestural writing
  • Dance and cultural projects
  • Football
  • Jazz gymnastics
  • Handball  
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Scuba diving
  • Martial arts
  • Lifeguard training
  • Taiji-quan
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball