Bachelor's study abroad

Undergraduate College students are required to spend their third year abroad. You can choose from three options:

  • a student exchange at one of Sciences Po's partner universities,
  • an internship,
  • a personal project.

So first you need to decide on the nature of your year abroad (FR).

Information on university study abroad is provided below. For internships, please visit the Sciences Po Careers Service website.

Decide where to study

If you have opted to study abroad, the first thing you need to do is choose your destination.

Apply for an exchange

Applications for the third year of Undergraduate College abroad are made through your Student account between Monday 26 November 2018 at 12pm and Tuesday 5 December 2018 at 4pm. 

Students preparing for their third year abroad select their preferred option online:  internship, student exchange or personal project.

Students who want to go on exchange then indicate their six choices of university, each of which should reflect a carefully considered plan.

Read the user guide (PDF, 740 Kb, FR).

Supporting documents

  • CV (in French or English)
  • Cover letter (in French or English) of no more than two pages
  • Results of the language tests required by the partner universities
  • Transcript from the Baccalaureat or equivalent
  • Proof of dispensation (where necessary)

Sit a language test (if necessary)

Make sure you check the language requirements of each university you are interested in. You may need to submit the results of a language test. This can take several weeks so start making arrangements well in advance.

If you need to sit an English test, inquire at the Language Department (FR) about upcoming test dates and any study sessions.

IELTS sessions are organized by Sciences Po, but you can also participate in British Council's individual sessions (remember to keep the invoice in order to transmit it to the language department).

Please note that most universities (specially in North America) will require that your test scores be less than 2 years (24 months) old.

Receive an offer of placement

Students are assigned to a host university based on several criteria, including academic record, language proficiency and a review of the student's study plan and background. We aim to ensure that each student can undertake an exchange which suits their personal goals, and to maximize students’ overall satisfaction.

The academic record includes the student’s GPA (« la moyenne des notes ») of the first year of the Bachelor degree, and for some universities, the average grade of the High School Final Exam (Baccalaureat or its equivalent).

You will receive an offer of placement by email at the beginning of February 2019.

Read the study abroad assignment procedure (PDF, 85 KB).

Gather and present the documents requested by your host university

These documents may vary from one university to another. Note that the final letter of acceptance by the host university will be required to obtain a visa, where applicable.

Prepare for your exchange

Read the advice for students leaving on exchange to find out about all the obligatory formalities, as well as the pages specific to the region you are going to.

Validate your stay abroad

You must validate your third year (FR) to be accepted into a Master's programme, so make sure you are aware of the academic requirements.