The Undergraduate Exchange Programme draws students from over 400 partner universities worldwide. Each year, Sciences Po’s staff, faculty and 12.000 students welcome over 1.500 exchange students, making them an important part of the student community and the university’s academic mission. Exchange students contribute to a dynamic learning environment composed of top-notch professors, researchers, professionals and an accomplished student body. Through the 300 undergraduate courses offered, international and home students together discuss, debate and develop the comparative and methodological skills characteristic of a Sciences Po education. To hone these aptitudes, students follow a broad spectrum of introductory coursework in the major disciplines of the social sciences.
Students may participate in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme for one semester or one year. Students may choose to study in English, in French or in both languages. Linguistic diversity is part of the Sciences Po’s identity: all courses are taught in French and English, and to a lesser degree, in other languages (particularly at the regional campuses). Sciences Po is therefore an excellent destination for students who are not French speakers (but fluent in English), and yet are interested in studying abroad in France.
Exchange students are considered regularly enrolled Sciences Po students, and as such benefit from access to all campus facilities and services: computer labs, email and internet services, libraries, career services, informational resources on housing, etc. Students are encouraged to take part in campus life through the more than 100 student clubs and associations and diverse sports activities, as well as daily conferences and special lectures.
The Paris campus is located in the heart of Paris, close to the political centres of power and cultural attractions. It is composed of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century buildings and its neighbours include ministries, embassies, corporate headquarters, publishing houses, the Assemblée nationale... in short, many centres of French decision-making. Students are also exposed to the strong cultural flavour of the Saint Germain district: renowned cafés sheltering a new generation of philosophers, art galleries and architecture, shops and cinemas, and restaurants. World-class historical and cultural attractions (the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay, the Sorbonne, the National Museum of the Middle Ages-Cluny) are within walking distance. The Paris campus offers numerous courses on the historic, economic, political and sociological facets of France, Europe and the World, all taught by world-renowned professors.
Exchange students can also choose from six other regional campuses. These unique campuses offer the same academic curriculum as the Paris campus, but integrate area studies into their programmes. Of the 100 - 200 students at each campus, generally half of the student body comes from the region concerned. This contributes to a culturally rich and academically stimulating environment that makes the regional campuses so distinctive. They will find at each campus a close-knit community of students and faculty, excellent conditions for study, and a high level of support services. The cost of living is often lower in these smaller cities than in Paris.