Sciences Po

Paris, France

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Program Overview

About Sciences Po

The name Sciences Po is actually an abbreviation of the school's official name: Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies).
" Sciences Po's prestigious urban campus is in the historical Saint-Germain neighborhood, located in the heart of Paris. Each year, Sciences Po's staff, faculty and 7500 students welcome over 1000 exchange students from over 300 partner schools, making them an important part of the student community and the university's academic mission. The Exchange Programme allows international students to become familiar with the institution's particular educational and methodological approach for which Sciences Po is internationally reputed. In order to maximize the benefits of the Exchange Programme for exchange students, special attention is paid to addressing the specific needs of international students via an Exchange Programme for English as well as French speakers; French foreign language instruction; methodology courses; tutoring services; orientation programs; and numerous courses on the historic, economic, political and sociological facets of France and Europe. Students can combine specially tailored courses from Economics and Business with courses offered in other concentrations. Students may choose to study in English, in French or in both languages." - Science Po

Term Dates

Fall Semester: September to late December

Spring Semester: January to May

Note: Dates are approximate and may be subject to change

Approximate Living Expenses

  • Housing: approximately 600-800€/month
  • Food: approximately 300€/month
  • Transportation: 30-125€/month
  • Insurance: approximately 215€ (In France, every student under 28 years old is required to register for the French student social security insurance system)
  • Visa: $190 USD for Campus France registration, $30 for VFS processing, and approximately $110 for a Long Stay Student Visa

Language of Instruction

English and French


Sciences Po does not offer on-campus student housing. International students are offered help in arranging accommodation through Sciences Po's Housing Office. The Housing Office provides list of contacts, and assistance with procedural matters where required.  Housing costs approximately 600-800€/month.

Student Services

Students are treated as full-time Sciences Po students and have access to all facilities and are eligible for internships on request. French foreign language instruction, methodology courses, tutoring services, orientation programs, numerous courses on the historic, economic, political and sociological facets of France and Europe are offered.