Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris, France

overhead view of the Louvre and surrounding square packed with tourists

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; over 45% of the full-time student body are international students. With an urban campus composed of 17th and 18th century buildings in the heart of Paris, students are exposed to the cultural flavor of the Saint Germain district, and world-class historical and cultural attractions such as the Louvre and Notre Dame are all within walking distance. 

Academic Terms

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
January - May

Students may spend one semester at Sciences Po.


Students will enroll as full-time students alongside Sciences Po graduate students. Students can earn up to 9 credits toward their MA program at AU. Programs of study at Sciences Po include:

  • International Development
  • International Security
  • International Public Management
  • International Economic Policy
  • Environment, Sustainable Development and Risks
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
  • European Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • Communication
  • Economic Law
  • Finance and Strategy
  • Regional and Urban Strategies

Note: Students are required to choose one program of study at Sciences Po, a choice which will influence the courses that are available to them.

Language Requirement

AU students enrolled in the program typically take the majority of their courses in French. However, it is also possible to take courses in English and certain programs of study at Sciences Po have all of their course offerings in English.

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15
Fall: February 15

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is generally compatible with all SIS degrees programs.

Students are required to choose one program of study, a choice which will influence the courses that are available to them.

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