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Sciences Po’s exchange programme welcomes more than 1,500 students each year from 410 partner universities around the world. At Bachelor’s level, exchange students can choose from Sciences Po’s seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims. Exchange students at Master’s or PhD level study on the Paris campus.
Exchange students come to Sciences Po for one or two semesters and can study in English, French or in both languages.
The exchange programme is an excellent opportunity to discover Sciences Po’s internationally-focused and professionally-relevant social science curriculum, distinctive teaching methods and vibrant student life.
Exchange programme admissions
The exchange programme is open to students at Sciences Po’s partner universities. If your university is one of our partners, check with your home university if you are eligible for an exchange at Sciences Po.
Students nominated by the home university
Sciences Po requires its partners to nominate online the students they have selected to come on an exchange to Sciences Po.
Nomination takes place twice a year: in March/April for the autumn semester and September/October for the spring semester.
For more information on online nominations for the Sciences Po exchange programme, universities should consult the user guide (FR, PDF, 850Kb).
Partner universities have secure access to their information and can track the status of their students’ application at any time.
Once nominated by their home university, students receive an email inviting them to complete and submit their application form online with the following documents attached:
- Curriculum Vitae (in English or French)
- Cover letter outlining their study plan at Sciences Po
- ID photo
- Academic transcript
- Language test results
Confirmation of admission
Once the application has been reviewed and approved by Sciences Po, a confirmation of acceptance is sent by email to the student and his or her university. Admitted students also receive their Sciences Po username (ID) and password so they can activate their email address and access their online student account.
Obtaining a temporary enrolment certificate
Students can download a temporary enrolment certificate from their online student account as proof that they have been accepted into the Sciences Po exchange programme.
Connect to your Student Account > Administration > Student visa > Administrative certificates.
Receiving the enrolment certificate
Students’ enrolment certificates are sent directly to their home university.
Prepare for your stay
Congratulations, you have been accepted! Now it’s time to prepare for your exchange.
Start by finding out what you need to do straight away; this includes completing your administrative registration and course registration and, in some cases, applying for a visa for your stay in France.
Exchange students can study for one or two semesters at Sciences Po, depending on their home university’s requirements.
Costs of studying in France
Exchange students pay their tuition fees to their home university, not to Sciences Po. However, students need to be able to cover the costs incurred by studying abroad such as travel expenses and health insurance.
Find out more about the cost of living in France : Finance your studies at Sciences Po