Sciences Po

France
Paris
Sciences Po
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMarch 30Late AugMid MayBudget
FallMarch 30Late AugMid DecBudget
SpringSept 30Mid JanMid MayBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, French
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Other
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Sciences Po is considered France’s leading university for studies in political sciences. Between its main campus in Paris and five regional campuses in Reims, Nancy, Dijon, Poitiers, and Le Havre, students can take courses in French and/or English in fields such as Economics, Business, European Studies, French Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science, and Sustainable Development.

Academics

Sciences Po has a long tradition of educating French business and political leaders and ranks among the leading academic institutions in Europe, attracting nearly 1,000 foreign students annually. The International Program is an integral part of Sciences Po’s Premier Cycle, the regular undergraduate program. (Graduate students may enroll in regular graduate-level courses at Sciences Po. Please see Sciences Po's Graduate Programs). Exchange students take classes with French and other international students. In the educational tradition of Sciences Po Paris, the Undergraduate Exchange Program offers a year or semester of introductory to advanced coursework on France and Europe, from an international and comparative perspective drawing on a broad spectrum of social sciences: contemporary history, economics, geography, constitutional law, political science, international relations and sociology.

Sciences Po's main campus is in the heart of Paris, but UA students may also study at any of their 4 other campuses in Dijon (East European emphasis), Menton (Middle Eastern/Mediterranean emphasis), Nancy (Franco-German emphasis), and Poitiers (Iberian-American emphasis).

Students wishing to take social sciences courses in French must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college level French. Students with less background in French are able to take courses in other fields in French and/or in English.

Sciences Po maintains an educational philosophy of openness and accessibility for all students. Information about Sciences Po is also available through their newsletter, Global Horizons.

Location

Sciences Po is located in the historic Latin Quarter neighborhood in Paris. Known as the City of Lights and the City of Love, Paris offers such local attractions as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, and the Champs-Elysees. Weather in Paris ranges from a little around freezing in the depths of winter, though usually with little snow, to typically pleasant sunny days of 20-25 degrees Celsius in the summer. Public transportation is the best way to get around Paris. The Metropolitan (metro) is both inexpensive and efficient. It is also convenient with stations within 500 meters of any spot in Paris. Travel by train to within France and Europe is relatively inexpensive and an excellent way to see the continent.

Housing

The Sciences Po Paris campus does not have on-campus dormitories nor does the program coordinate housing for exchange students. However, Sciences Po offers a Housing Service that assists students in finding an apartment in Paris.  For more information, click here.  If you plan on studying at any of the other 4 Sciences Po campuses (not Paris), then the onsite coordinator will give you more information on housing possibilities upon your acceptance.

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