Study abroad, step by step

As a student at Sciences Po, you can spend time abroad at three different moments:

  • Students are required to spend the third year of the Bachelor’s programme abroad, either studying at a partner university, on an internship or undertaking a personal project.
  • One semester of the Master’s programme is spent outside Sciences Po, and studying abroad is one of the possibilities.
  • During your doctorate, you may choose to participate in a PhD exchange programme.

Decide where to go

Once you have opted for a period of study abroad, you need to draw up a list of universities in order of preference. There are various factors to consider when writing your list, such as language, the university’s main disciplines, travel arrangements and the costs of your stay.

Check the partner universities advanced search engine.

Read the pages of the universities you are interested in and the reports from Sciences Po students who have studied there.

During the fall, go to the information meetings on the geographical regions you are interested in.

Submit your application

For a Bachelor’s exchange programme

For a Master’s exchange programme

For a PhD exchange programme

Prepare for your exchange

Don't miss the pre-departure information sessions (March). 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.

You also need to find out what financial support may be available for your exchange.

Keep in contact with Sciences Po

  • When you arrive and all through the year, keep in touch with Sciences Po, including on Facebook.
  • Inform the Sciences Po International Affairs Division that you have arrived and enter your foreign contact address and phone number on your Sciences Po online account.
  • Check your emails regularly, as a lot of information is sent to that address (administrative and academic obligations, Master’s registration, miscellaneous information).
  • Register with the consulate of your country of origin and/or the French consulate in your host country.

Validate your stay abroad

You must comply with certain academic rules to have your stay validated).

See the rules for validating the third year of Undergraduate College (FR).

See the rules for validating a period of study abroad at Master’s level (FR)