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Exchange programme

Incoming exchange students

All Master’s level exchange students at Sciences Po study on the Paris campus. They take the same courses as students doing a degree programme at Sciences Po and form an integral part of the student community

Eligibility Criteria

The Master’s exchange programme is open to all students from partner universities who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (at least three full years of higher education).

Exchange students have access to the majority of Sciences Po’s Master’s programmes. However, certain programmes have linguistic and/or academic prerequisites. Students take the courses of the Master’s programme they are admitted to and cannot attend other Master’s level courses.

Master’s level exchange students can take courses in French, English or in both languages. The language proficiency required differs between programmes. For some programmes, applicants must have passed a French or English language test and send their certificate with the application. Some exemptions may apply.

Master’s programmes open to exchange students

The School of Public Affairs offers courses in the Master in Public Policy and the Master in European Affairs for exchange students admitted to the School. 

Exchange students may register for any of the types of courses below (depending on the semester during which they are present, and according to space available):

Please note that core courses, policy stream courses, elective courses and language courses are worth 5 credits for exchange students and not 4 credits as indicated on the website.

The details of the course load and the credit requirements depend on the home university of the exchange student.

Courses are subject to change each year. Be sure to check back before course registration for the updated course offering.

Course programme

Study credits

Students should check with their home university about requirements regarding the number of courses and the credits necessary to count towards their Master’s programme at their home university. 

Students may take up to 32 ECTS credits per semester. The rating system is about the grade of 20. The grade 20/20 is the best one. Respect of academic rules and regulations, especially regarding attendance, exams and plagiarism, is required for the validation of courses, consult the student handbook.

The transcripts are sent by Sciences Po to the partner university which proceeds to the recognition of the curriculum done at Sciences Po.

Incoming student contact: Emelyne Grellety, Academic Advisor: emelyne.grellety@sciencespo.fr

Outgoing exchange students

Current Master’s students at the School of Public Affairs have the option of participating in an exchange programme during their fourth semester. More information on how to apply for a semester abroad.

Contact for outgoing students: International Affairs Department

Contact us

Address: 56, rue des Saints Pères, 75007 Paris

For more information, please contact the International Affairs team

Welcome programme

Our Welcome Programme is an introductory week aimed to exchange students coming to study on our Paris-based campus.

Discover the Welcome Programme