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Exchange programme on the Le Havre campus

Located in Normandy, just two hours by train from Paris, Le Havre is France's biggest port. It is historically linked to Asia as the entry point for Asian products arriving in France.

The Le Havre campus accommodates around 300 students, more than 65 percent of whom are from outside France. Each semester, Sciences Po's campus in Le Havre, welcomes around 10 exchange students

These students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English in the humanities and social sciences: law, economics, history, humanities, political science, sociology and international relations. They can also take language classes and seminars corresponding to the geographical minor of the campus dedicated to the Asia and Pacific region.

Under certain conditions, exchange students can obtain a Certificate of Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities.

Le Havre campus facade (credits: Martin Argyroglo)

Choosing courses

Course registration is done online, in July for the first semester and in January for the second semester. To prepare their choice of courses, exchange students are invited to read the course descriptions provided on the website, taking careful note of pre-requisites (disciplinary and language requirements in particular).

They must enroll at least one course of 5 ECTS credits and cannot choose more than 30 ECTS credits per semester (without optional courses).

To be eligible for the Certificate of Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities, students must attempt 30 ECTS credits and pass 20 ECTS credits in one semester. Students on a year-long exchange must attempt 60 ECTS credits and  pass 45 ECTS credits in two semesters.

They must also enroll in two core courses (5 ECTS credits each) OR a lecture course combined with a discussion section (10 ECTS credits) to satisfy the certificate’s requirements.

Students can choose the remaining 20 ECTS credits from the other types of courses (seminars, language courses, methodology workshops, artistic workshops).

A default “DF” in one or more courses (absences, course work not handed in) will generate the ineligibility to obtain the certificate.

Students who do not wish to obtain the Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities are free to enroll in as few or as many credits as they want (between 5 and 30 ECTS credits per semester), after verifying their university’s requirements for their exchange.

Each type of course is worth a specific number of ECTS credits:

  • Lecture course: 10 ECTS
  • Seminar course: 5 ECTS
  • Methodology workshop: 5 ECTS
  • Language course: 5 ECTS

Language requirement

  • All classes are taught in English. 
  • Students need a C1 equivalent in English (previous knowledge of French is not required).
  • French courses at all levels are offered to students, as well as Chinese, Corean or Japanese.

Discover the Le Havre campus

An Orientation week is organized every semester before the beginning of classes. This Orientation Week is free of charge. It includes French academic methods and practices as well as workshops and activities to discover the campus (guided tours, visits, associations meetings, etc.) and life in France (visa/OFII, social security, APL/CAF, banks & insurances, etc.)

Find out more about the Le Havre campus.


For further information, please contact : alexandra.gravier@sciencespo.fr.

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