Sciences Po offers a wide range of courses in the Social Sciences, the Humanities and Scientific Humanities.
Exchange students may take up to 30 ECTS credits per semester. In addition, we offer the possibility for student to take a 6th class, either in French language or in French civilisation.
Should a student wish to take a full course load, he or she should take the following courses:
OPTIONAL: French language class or French civilisation class (offered in French or English) (5 credits)
Based on their home universities’ requirements, students may choose as their language of instruction French, English or a mixture of the two.
Taking the aforementioned combination of courses is not obligatory, but is strongly advised. To obtain the Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), the student must, over the course of two semesters, attempt 60 ECTS credits and succeed in earning at least 45. To obtain a one-semester version of the CSSH, the student must attempt 30 credits and succeed in earning at least 20 of these.
Sciences Po considers the minimum course load to be one course per student per semester, while the maximum is 30 credits per semester, language courses included. Credits for sports and arts classes (administered by the Association Sportive and the Bureau des Arts) can be earned in addition to the 30-credit course load and are limited to two courses (worth a total of 4 credits), though they do not substitute for academic courses in the final tally of credits obtained during the semester.
A second language is an acceptable substitute for a seminar or an elective, provided it is not a beginner’s level course. Permission to take such a course must be obtained from the International Student Advisor.
For more information on course load and other academic issues: http://college.sciences-po.fr
The different types of courses at Sciences Po
Disciplines of study offered at Sciences Po
Sciences Po offers exchange students six disciplines of study. Students may choose one discipline, or select courses from a variety of disciplines.