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Bachelor's study abroad
All Sciences Po undergraduate students spend their third year abroad. The purpose of third year is to complete the multidisciplinary major in another international academic environment at a foreign university.
Students take pursue their curriculum following Sciences Po undergraduate regulations through an academic exchange with one of Sciences Po's 470 partner universities.
Students can choose from two options:
- A year-long academic exchange at one of Sciences Po's partner universities. Information on the year-long exchange is provided below.
- An exchange semester at a partner university, followed by an internship (hybrid year). The list of partner universities eligible for a hybrid year is accessible here.
Decide on your destination
To assist you in the preparation of your study abroad project, numerous resources are available to you, allowing you to familiarise yourself with the scope and breadth of opportunities on offer to Sciences Po students:
- A detailed search engine is available to students, with access to specific information on each of Sciences Po’s 470+ university partnerships: compatibility with the Sciences Po major pathways, language prerequisites and departments accessible to students.
- The table of equivalence between academic disciplines and Sciences Po major pathways
- A document providing the tentative number of places available for Sciences Po students for each university partnership for the previous year.
Further to these resources, detailed guidance and advising for the third year is provided in three steps:
- A launch of the 3rd year campaign
- Information sessions specific to a region or a country, in person or online, accessible to all Sciences Po students (calendar and Livestream links accessible here)
- Individual or small group meetings with the International Affairs Division experts responsible for the region your are interested in
These resources and individual guidance and counseling are designed to ensure that students are able to build their own personal study abroad project that is perfectly aligned with their academic pathway within the Undergraduate college, as well as with their personal goals and aspirations.
The result of this process is a list of 6 university choices.
Apply for an exchange
Applications for the third year abroad are made through your Student account between Monday 25 November 2019 at 12pm and Tuesday 3 December 2018 at 4pm.
Students preparing for their third year abroad select their preferred option online:
They then indicate their six university choices each of which should reflect a carefully considered project.
Read the user guide (PDF, 740 Kb, FR) for the dedicated online student space.
First year Sciences Po transcripts. Please note that the results for the first semester of the second year will also be included in your application by the Direction des Etudes et de la Scolarité.
- CV (in French or English)
- Cover letter (in French or English), maximum 2 pages
- Results of the language tests required by the partner universities (see below)
- Final high-school examination transcript
Make sure you check the language requirements of each university you are interested in and required language tests. 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 the British Council's individual sessions (remember to keep the invoice to be transferredto the language department).
Please note that most universities 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, coherence with the student’s academic background and pathway, as well as a review of the student's study plan and background. Academic record is assessed using the student’s first year results, as well as those of major coursework in the 1st semester of the 2nd year, and final high-school examination results.
You will receive an offer of placement by email at the beginning of February 2020.
Gather the documents requested by your host university
These documents vary from one university to another, and you will receive further details on these requirements at the appropriate time. 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 required formalities for your departure, as well as the pages specific to the region you are going to.
Region or country-specific meetings will be organised and made accessible to all students.
Have your year abroad recognised
You must have your your third year recognised in order to obtain the Sciences Po Bachelor’s degree, and to be accepted into a Master's programme, so make sure you are aware of the academic requirements.