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The Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), founded in 1872, is an internationally recognized center of academic excellence and is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Sciences Po’s reputation as a leading institution in the field attracts elite students from all over the world; roughly 46% of the full-time student body is made up of international students from over 150 countries.

Beginning in academic year 2018-19, the Sciences Po Paris campus will enroll graduate students only. Therefore, all undergraduate exchange students interested in studying at Sciences Po starting fall 2018 must opt to study at one of Sciences Po's regional campuses as outlined below. These unique campuses offer the same academic curriculum as the Paris campus, but integrate area studies into their programs. Of the 100 - 200 students at each campus, generally half of the student body comes from the region concerned. This contributes to a culturally rich and academically stimulating environment that makes the regional campuses so distinctive. Students will find at each campus a close-knit community of students and faculty, excellent conditions for study, and a high level of support services. Additionally, the cost of living is often lower in these smaller cities than in Paris. 

The choice of campus depends on the language in which exchange students want to take their courses, their language level, and the number of places available on each campus. Students who do not meet the language requirements of the campus they were nominated for by SIS will be offered a place at another campus.


LE HAVRE
:
Europe-Asia Campus

Le Havre is situated on the French north coast, in the Normandy region. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with historic links to Asia, and is the biggest trade port for entry of Asian merchandise in France.

Language Requirement: 

  • Courses taught in French (limited availability) and English
  • No prior knowledge of French required


MENTON
:
Middle East and Mediterranean Campus

Studies at Menton focus on political, economic, and social issues in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and the Gulf. Menton is located just before the Italian border and is an internationally-renowned resort town known for its mild climate, its Lemon Festival, and its exotic gardens.

Language Requirement:

  • Courses taught in French (limited availability), English, and Arabic (limited availability)
  • No prior knowledge of French required


REIMS
:
Europe-North America and Europe-Africa Campus

A Gallo-Roman city and the traditional site of the coronation of France’s kings, Reims has a rich architectural legacy. This international campus features an English based curriculum including the academic areas of Economics, History, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Courses within the Europe-Africa Programme are also available to exchange students.

Additionally, there are four certificate options available to semester exchange students: International Affairs & Strategy, European Affairs, Business & Economics, and Journalism. You must indicate at the time of your application to OIP if you intend to apply for a certificate program.

Language Requirement:

  • Courses taught in French (limited availability) and English
  • No prior knowledge of French required


DIJON
:
Central and Eastern Europe Campus

Dijon, the regional capital of Burgundy, is a dynamic city with a rich cultural history, boasting a historic center featuring medieval churches and half-timbered houses. Students - from France, Central and Eastern Europe and even farther afield - come to Dijon to study the European Union, with a particular focus on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Language requirement:

  • Courses taught in French and English (limited availability)
  • Students must demonstrate upper intermediate proficiency in French


POITIERS
:
Europe-Latin America Campus

The Poitiers campus offers students the unique opportunity to focus on Latin American and Iberian studies in a multi-lingual environment.

Language requirement:

  • Courses are taught in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Students must demonstrate upper intermediate proficiency in two of the languages of instruction


NANCY
:
European Franco-German Campus

Nancy, the city of the Dukes of Lorraine, is in a region historically well-known for its German connections. It is situated close to the border of both Germany and Luxembourg, about 1.5 hour by train from Paris. 

Language Requirement:
  • Courses taught in French, English (limited availability) and German
  • Must demonstrate upper intermediate proficiency in two of the languages of instruction

Coursework

AU students who participate in this one-semester or academic year program enroll in regular courses alongside full-time Sciences Po undergraduate students. Students must take a full course load at Sciences Po (30 ECTS) which is typically equivalent to 5 courses and 15 AU credits per semester. Language courses can be taken for academic credit, and should students wish to take a sixth course they may enroll in a French language or French Civilization course for up to a total of 35 ECTS.

Exchange students who study at the Paris campus before fall 2018 can choose to apply for Sciences Po's prestigious Undergraduate Exchange Program Certificate. Students must follow Sciences Po's structured French or English/French Programs in order to earn the Certificate.

N.B.: As all Sciences Po undergraduates are required to spend the third and final year of their Bachelor's degree program studying abroad, there are no third-year courses offered at Sciences Po and undergraduate exchange students enroll in second-year courses.

Language Requirement

Please review the language requirements for each regional campus as outlined above. Students who wish to take courses instructed in a language besides English, must demonstrate proficiency in the language at an upper intermediate level at the time of application and are encouraged to reach advanced proficiency before enrolling at Sciences Po. Students may prove their language proficiency through submission of their CAPE language exam results as part of the application. Additionally, students planning to take courses taught in French may also be requested to complete a language self-assessment offered by Sciences Po upon arrival.

Academic Calendar

Fall: September – December
Spring: January - May

Students may spend one semester or an academic year at Sciences Po (Fall - Spring).

Registration

  1. Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for fifteen (15) AU-Sciences Po exchange credits (SISA-452). Those who wish to take more than 15 credits (up to 17) need to arrange this with their academic advisor before they can be registered for the AU exchange credits. These exchange credits cover the Program credits only; research and/or internship credits are registered under normal AU guidelines.  
  2. Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval before enrolling at Sciences Po. This ensures that all credits earned on the Program can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
  3. Students register for Sciences Po courses via an online portal prior to the start of the semester. Exchange students who wish to apply for the Undergraduate Exchange Certificate must also do so during this period.

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at Sciences Po are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from Sciences Po. The grading scale used at Sciences Po is different from that used at AU and students should expect 2 Sciences Po credits to equal 1 AU credit.

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee or sports center fee while studying at Sciences Po. Students are billed directly by Sciences Po for the Welcome Program fee, student health insurance (sécurité sociale required of all students under the age of 28), and other student fees if applicable.

Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation.

Housing

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all housing costs. Housing options on many of the regional campuses is more readily available than in Paris and each campus is able to provide students with resources for locating housing through Sciences Po’s Accommodation Office. Additionally, the SIS Office of International Programs may be able to connect students with past program participants who are willing to provide information about housing. However, students should expect to work independently to find housing.

Visa and Immigration

Once admitted to the Program, students are issued a letter of acceptance by Sciences Po. Students use this document to apply for their student visa at the nearest French embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens must initiate the visa application process via an on-line procedure.

Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents.

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. Sciences Po holds a one- to two-week Welcome Program for international students at the beginning of each semester. AU students are strongly encouraged to participate, as it is designed to facilitate adjustment to the Sciences Po academic methodology and life in Paris.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the Sciences Po application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Students may not apply directly to Sciences Po.
  2. After all applications are received and reviewed, students will then be notified by e-mail from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.
  3. Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete Sciences Po online application which requires that the following information be uploaded:
    • CV or Résumé
    • Personal Statement (written in French if you plan to take courses instructed in the language)
    • Official transcripts
  4. Sciences Po makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.
The Program is competitive and applying does not guarantee admission.

Contact Us!

Email: sisabroad@american.edu

Twitter: SISStudyAbroad

Application deadlines

Spring 2017: September 27, 2016

Fall 2016: CLOSED

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Sciences Po UG Exchange Application

Additional Information

Sciences Po Brochure

Sciences Po Exchange Programme Fact Sheet

Sciences Po Online Guide for International Students

Unofficial AU Student's Guide to Sciences Po

Paris Campus Map

Travel information about Paris from Lonely Planet and Wikitravel

France Country Information from the U.S. Department of State

Sciences Po Course Catalog

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