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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.
- Check the list of our partner universities in our advanced search engine.
- Watch the video on the September 2017 information session.
- View the presentation (PDF, 870 Ko) of the September 2017 information session.
- Make an appointment (personal or in a small group) with the officer of the International Affairs Division in charge of the region you would like to go to (to make an appointement see the page "Study in" the region you are interested in).
- Check the number of students assigned by university for the current year (PDF, 140 Ko).
Apply for an exchange
Applications for the third year of Undergraduate College abroad are made through your Student account between Monday 27 November 2017 at 12pm and Tuesday 5 December 2017 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.
- 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).
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 2018.
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.