Founded in 1872 and located in central Paris, Sciences Po is one of the premier institutions in Europe for the study of the social sciences (political science, international relations, economics, sociology, history, and law). Sciences Po has continental Europe’s largest Humanities and Social Sciences library.
See the Sciences Po brochure
for prospective students.
Sciences Po offers exchange students six disciplines of study (Economics
, International Relations
, Political Science
and the Humanities
). Students may choose one discipline, or select courses from a variety of disciplines. Sciences Po is a very well-respected institution and has high expectations of all students:
- Upper-division standing
- Strong academic profile (3.25 GPA and demonstrated strength in social sciences coursework), mature, independent, self-starting student
- Students must be prepared for a work load that is significant and rigorous
All SDSU students must enroll in at least 24 ECTS (European credits) to be considered full-time while studying at Sciences Po. A maximum of 30 ECTS may be taken. 2 ECTS are equivalent to 1 SDSU semester unit.
While Paris continues to attract many students, the Reims
campus is known for its regional emphasis on North America and Africa and is the largest undergraduate campus at Sciences Po. The cost of living is much lower than that of Paris and students have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. Students who choose to study in Reims also receive a certificate at the end of their exchange program.
Journalism and Media Studies students may be interested in the Undergraduate Journalism Programme (spring semester only) within Sciences Po's School of Journalism located on the Paris campus.
Visit the Sciences Po International Office
homepage for more practical information.
While no French is required for students who plan on following the English track coursework, at least one semester of French is highly recommended before departure.
French language courses are offered from beginner to high advanced levels. Students must have cleared all lower-division required and have completed French 301 to take social sciences courses taught in French at Sciences Po.
The general dates for the program are:
Fall semester: September - February (final exams may be taken earlier to facilitate return to SDSU)
Spring semester: February to July
Academic Year: September- July
Housing and Meals
Students must locate their own housing in Paris, but Sciences Po provides resources on their website: Accommodations
On Sciences Po's regional campuses, housing is guaranteed, in the sense that exchange students can choose among public university dorms, private apartments or home-stay experiences.
There are two inexpensive CROUS (public university-managed) cafeterias at Sciences Po's Paris campus.
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP)
for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.
Students under the age of 28 are also required to register with French national health insurance or social security in order to see a doctor or obtain medication while in France. The cost for the French national health insurance is approximately 217 euros for the university year.
Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa.
Exchange students are required to obtain a French student visa to study in France. Visit the website for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles
to get information about visa requirements for France. Students will receive more information on the French student visa process once they have been nominated for the program. If you hold a passport from a country other that the U.S.A., you will need to be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.
Please note, if you plan to travel to other countries during your stay in France, be sure you are aware of the requirements for entry. Visit the Department of State
for more details for each country.