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

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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 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.

*As of Fall 2018, the Sciences Po Paris campus is still accepting undergraduate exchange applications on a very limited basis. Students may only apply to Paris under exceptional circumstances after consulting with the the SIS Office of International Programs staff and the SIS Sciences Po Program Director. Upon initial approval from SIS, written approval must be granted from Sciences Po.

Academic Terms

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
January - May

Students may spend one semester or the full academic year at Sciences Po.


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.

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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. 

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