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Exchange programs

Study one semester abroad

The Law School has concluded exchange agreements with several partner universities, allowing selected students to spend a semester abroad either during their second year or during a gap year taken between their two years of study at Sciences Po.

Candidates may apply online through their student account. The International Affairs Division and the Sciences Po Law School will jointly review applications at appointed times. The required documents are:

  • a CV
  • a motivation letter
  • post-high school transcripts
  • any language tests

Interviews will be organized for the accepted students.

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Instituto de Empresa, Spain
  • Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • Università Bocconi, Italy
  • McGill University, Canada
  • Cornell University, United States of America
  • Harvard University, United States of America
  • New York University, United States of America
  • Northeastern University, United States of America
  • Stanford University, United States of America
  • University of Texas at Austin, United States of America
  • Columbia University, United States of America
  • Northwestern University, United States of America
  • University of Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Duke University, United States of America
  • Georgetown University, United States of America
  • University of Virginia, United States of America
  • Universidade de São Paulo - Faculdade de Direito, Brazil
  • Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Peking University, China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Keio University, Japan
  • Tel Aviv University, Israel

Study at Sciences Po law school

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 Master in Economic Law of the Sciences Po Law School is open to exchange students who arrive in September or January for one or two semesters.

Students can take courses in English, French or in both languages. Students must have a C1 level of proficiency to understand courses taught in English. Students must have a C1 level of proficiency to understand courses taught in French.

Students may choose to take classes:

  • in English (IELTS 6.5 minimum or TOEFL 100 minimum)
  • in French (TCF 500 minimum or DELF/DALF C1 minimum)
  • in both languages


In order to be able to follow the courses offered by the Law School, exchange students must have an academic background in law. Thus, 1st year courses are only open to students who have completed 3 years of law studies, and 2nd year courses are only open to students who have completed 4 years of law studies. Sciences Po Students have priority for the compulsory courses. Finally, please note that the calendar for the spring semester of the first and second year are different.

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 make take up to 30 ECTS credits per semester. The rating system is about the grade of 20. The grade 20/20 is the best one.  The respect of the academic rules and regulations, especially regarding the attendance, the exams and the plagiarism, is required for the validation of the 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.


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

Contact us

Address: 56, rue des Saints Pères, 75007 Paris

For more information, please contact the International Affairs team