Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Dijion, Menton, Le Havre, Nancy, Pointiers, Reims France

Street in Reims, France with parked cars and Cathedral at the end of the street.

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

Beginning in academic year 2018-19, all undergraduate exchange students must opt to study at one of Sciences Po's regional campuses. These unique campuses integrate specific area studies into their programs. Students should choose a campus based on their area of study, the languages of courses taught at that campus, their language proficiency levels, and the number of places available on each campus.

Regional Campus Overview


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.

LE HAVREEUROPE-ASIA CAMPUS (academic year only)

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. Applicants to Le Havre must commit to two semester abroad (fall & spring).

Language Requirement: Courses taught in French (limited availability) and English. No prior knowledge of French required.


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.


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.

Watch this video to learn more about studying at Sciences Po in Reims.


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.


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.

Academic Terms

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
January - May

Students may spend one semester or the full academic year at Sciences Po. Please review each campuses requirements as some may require a full academic year abroad. 


Students who participate in one-semester or full-year programs enroll in regular courses alongside full-time Sciences Po undergraduates. 

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. 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 prove their language proficiency through submission of CAPE language exam results as part of the application.

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.

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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Course Offerings

Students must take a full 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit courseload at Sciences Po per semester, which is typically equivalent to 5 courses/15 credits at AU. Students who wish to take a French language or French civilization course must include those courses in the 30 total ECTS. 

Credit Conversion: 2 ECTS = 1 AU Credit

Example of Credit Conversion:

  • 5 ECTS = 2.5 AU Credits
  • 10 ECTS = 5 AU credits

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