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As class participation is an integral part of the academic programme, attendance in class is mandatory. Any absence must be justified to the professor and the Secretarial services of the “Campus”. More than two absences per semester will result in automatic default (“défaillance”) of the course.



Students are expected to arrive in class on time. Excessive tardiness is considered as an absence.


Exam Attendance

Students must be vigilant of their exam dates and respect these obligations by being present at any midterm or final exams. No rescheduling of exams is permitted except under exceptional circumstances (i.e. medical reasons justified by a doctor’s certificate). A missed exam can result in a default, meaning the course credits are not obtained.


No Add and Drop Policy

Once the semester begins, students will not be allowed to cancel (“drop”) a course from their registered semester course load, except under exceptional circumstances. If a student abandons the class, a default will automatically appear on their final transcript.


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Intellectual Honesty

Plagiarism is prohibited and severely sanctioned.



Students are not authorized to audit classes at Sciences Po. They must be registered in the course in order to attend.



A class chosen at the beginning of the semester stays permanently on a student’s transcript even if the student later drops that class. At the end of each semester, all undergraduate exchange students receive a transcript of marks obtained which they can access online. A hard copy of students’ transcripts is also sent to every undergraduate exchange student’s home university by Sciences Po’s International Affairs Division.

For students enrolled in a course consisting of both a lecture and a seminar, the final exam for the lecture course counts for 1/3 of their mark and the continuous assessment mark for the seminar course counts for 2/3.  Lecture courses with no seminar course attached are based on a combination of continuous assessment (oral and written work, essays) and final exams.  For students enrolled in a tutorial or seminar with no lecture course attached, marks are awarded on the basis of continuous assessment.

In seminar or tutorial courses, the grading system at Sciences Po is based on a combination of elements. Normally, grades are based on several different exercises for each course, the relative weight of each exercise being left up to the professor. For example, in a seminar course, one’s final grade may depend 40% on a written essay, 40% on an oral presentation, and 20% on a midterm exam.

Grading at Sciences Po is on a scale of 0 to 20.  Each class is graded separately, and a minimum grade of 10 is required to pass a course.  Sciences Po uses also the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).  In addition to the grades obtained in the courses, students receive another grade according to the ECTS.  This grade is given as as according to the below scale:


ECTS Grade
Percentage of successful students normally achieving the grade
the highest 10% of a class EXCELLENT -outstanding performance
the following 25 % VERY GOOD - above the average standard
the following 30 % GOOD - generally sound work
the following 25 % SATISFACTORY - fair
the last 10% of a class SUFFICIENT - performance meets minimum criteria
FX (*)
  FAIL - passing level not obtained
F (*)
  FAIL - level considerably below passing


Only grades rang ing between 10 and 20 are ranked
(*) : At Sciences Po, the grade range of 9.00 and 9.50 out of 20 is entered for the ECTS FX grade, and under 9.00 out of 20.00 is entered for the F grade.
Other notations: Défaillant for default (this means the student did not attend the required number of sessions or missed the final exam); Report for Postpone (this means the student has to reschedule his/her exam for medical reasons); Validé for Validated or Non validé for Not Validated.