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Bachelor's exchange programme
As part of an exchange programme, students from partner universities can take courses at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College on one of the university’s seven campuses. For one or two semesters, they are fully integrated into the Sciences Po student body.
Teaching programmes at the Undergraduate College
Undergraduate College courses are multidisciplinary and cover the fields of economics, history, international relations, law, political science and the humanities. There is no compulsory major or specific programme for exchange students. They can therefore enrol in any of the many courses offered by the College, in the discipline of their choice. They can also choose as many courses as they like and think they can manage, according to their personal interests and the requirements of their home university.
More information on the Undergraduate exchange programme.
An international perspective
The Undergraduate College programme allows students to focus on a geographic region: Central and Eastern Europe (Dijon campus), Asia (Le Havre campus), the Middle East and Mediterranean (Menton campus) Europe & the Franco-German zone (Nancy campus), Latin America, Spain and Portugal (Poitiers campus), Africa or North America (Reims campus).
These six campuses have a strong cultural identity, and students and faculty form a close-knit community. They also offer excellent living conditions and student support from the administrative and academic staff.
The Reims campus offers exchange students the possibility of taking a certificate programme in International Affairs and Strategy, European Affairs, Business and Economics, or Journalism and Communication.
Students who do not want to take a certificate programme can instead design their own programme.
The exchange programme in Reims
For exchange students who want to build their international profile, the Reims campus offers four certificates: International Affairs and Strategy, European Affairs, Economics and Business, and Journalism. The certificate programmes take one semester to complete (a minimum of 30 credits). Students spending two semesters at Sciences Po can choose to follow two certificate programmes.
Students who do not want to take a certificate programme can instead design their own programme by choosing from the many courses offered in Reims, mainly in English, but also on French.
Why choose the Reims exchange programme?
- The Reims campus will soon be the largest campus of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College in terms of student numbers. In 2018, it will have 1,800 students.
- Four certificate programmes to choose from: International Affairs and Strategy, European Affairs, Business and Economics, or Journalism and Communication.
- The main courses are taught in English. Students with the necessary language proficiency (B2 level in French) can take some or all courses in French.
- Beginners in French are welcome. Intensive French courses ensure they make very swift progress.
- It is easy to find accommodation in Reims (thanks to several partnerships between Sciences Po and Reims university dorms).
- The campus provides an outstanding study environment, combining a superb architectural heritage (the campus is settled in a 17th century Jesuits' College) and ultra-modern facilities (fully renovated between 2009 and 2016).
- The campus is 45 minutes from Paris by high-speed rail.
- The cost of living in Reims is much lower than in Paris.
Find out more about the exchange programme on the Reims campus.
The Certificate in Social Science and the Humanities
Exchange students on Sciences Po’s Paris campus can complete a Certificate of Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities. To earn the certificate, students are asked to take a full course load of five courses including one lecture course. Students coming for two semesters must enrol for 30 ECTS credits per semester (60 ECTS credits in total) and pass at least 45 ECTS credits. Students enrolled for one semester must take 30 ECTS credits and pass at least 20 ECTS credits.
Find out more about the Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities
To be eligible for the Sciences Po Undergraduate College exchange programme (FR) (Bachelor’s level), students from partner universities must have completed at least four semesters of university studies and have been nominated by their home university.
Exchange students can take courses in English or French, depending on their home university’s requirements. They study at the Undergraduate College alongside all the other Sciences Po students, so are fully integrated into the Sciences Po student body even if they choose a curriculum taught entirely in English.
Please note: exchange students are asked to explain in their cover letter to Sciences Po why they want to study on the campus for which they were nominated by their home university. As such, they need to have the level of language proficiency required for that campus.
Exchange students are welcome on all Sciences Po campuses. Each campus of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College offers a certain number of places to exchange students per semester. Some campuses have limited places available, so it is not always possible to satisfy all requests.
Number of places for the fall semester, year 2018-2019:
- Paris campus : no fixed number
- Reims campus: 200
- Menton campus: 30
- Le Havre campus: 4 (2 semesters minimum)
- Dijon campus: 10
- Nancy campus: 4
- Poitiers campus: 5
Exchange students at the Undergraduate College’s Paris campus can choose to participate in the Welcome Programme held just before the start of each semester.
To find out about welcome programmes on the other six campuses, please visit your campus’s website.
Find out about accommodation options on the seven campuses.
Exchange students usually get credits at their home university for the courses they successfully complete at Sciences Po.
The exchange programme step-by-step
Discover the different steps involved in preparing for a successful exchange at Sciences Po.