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Coming to Sciences Po on exchange

Sciences Po offers an exciting international exchange programme, facilitated by its 480 partnerships with universities around the world. Every year, the university welcomes more than 2,200 exchange students from across this vast network.

Students at our partner universities abroad may spend one or two semesters studying at Sciences Po, at Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral level. They are fully integrated into our student community and participate actively in the vibrant life on campus.

Section #bachelor

Choosing an exchange programme

To be eligible for the Bachelor's exchange programme at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College, students at partner universities must have completed at least four semesters of higher education and been selected for the exchange by their home university.

Students on the exchange programme join the Undergraduate College courses on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers or Reims.

Our six regional campuses offer students the opportunity to specialise in issues specific to a particular geographic area: European Union, Central and Eastern Europe (Dijon Campus), Asia-Pacific (Le Havre Campus), Mediterranean and Middle East (Menton Campus), European Union and Franco-German partnership (Nancy Campus), Latin America and the Caribbean (Poitiers Campus), North America or Africa (Reims Campus).

All six campuses have a strong cultural identity, with both students and faculty forming a tight-knit community. They also offer excellent living conditions and student support from academic and administrative staff.

Campus allocation is partly determined by the language in which exchange students wish to study, their linguistic competency and campus capacity.

Language requirements vary by campus and some exchange students may be exempt from the relevant language test.

Find out more about the Undergraduate College exchange programme.

Section #master

Our Master’s exchange programme is open to all students at our partner universities who hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (comprising at least three full years of higher education).

The majority of Master’s programmes at Sciences Po are open to exchange students, although some have linguistic and/or academic requirements. Students are accepted onto one Master’s programme, and may not attend the courses of any other Master’s programmes.

All Master’s exchange students at Sciences Po study on the Paris Campus. They join the same courses as students enrolled in the full degree programme and are fully integrated into the student community.

Below is a list of the different Master’s programmes at our schools that are open to exchange students. Details about the academic requirements and modules options for each programme can be found on the relevant school website:

School nameProgrammes
Paris School of International AffairsAll Master's programmes
School of Public Affairs
  • Master in Public Policy
  • Master in European Affairs
Law SchoolMaster in Economic Law
School of Management and Impact
  • Master in Communications, Media and Creative Industries
  • Master in Finance and Strategy
  • Master in International Business & Sustainability
  • Master in Marketing and Society
  • Master in Marketing: New Luxury & Art de Vivre
  • Master in HR and Sustainable Governance
Urban School
  • Master Governing the Large Metropolis
  • Master Regional and Urban Strategy
  • Master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities
School of ResearchAll Master's programmes
Journalism SchoolNone
Section #doctorat

PhD candidates at any of Sciences Po’s partner universities have the option of studying with us on an exchange. For more information about PhD exchanges, candidates should consult their home university.

Find out more about PhD exchanges at the Sciences Po School of Research

Section #langue

Exchange students may take their courses in French, English or both languages. The language requirements vary by programme. Some programmes require students to take an official English- or French-language test as part of their application. Students who meet certain conditions may be exempt from the tests.

How do I apply?

The exchange programme is open to students enrolled at Sciences Po’s partner universities. If your university is partnered with us, the first step is to check with staff there whether you are eligible to study abroad at Sciences Po.


Home university selection

Sciences Po invites partner universities to submit an online list of the students it has selected to come and study on an exchange programme at Sciences Po.

There are two selection windows

  • Partner selection for the September 2024 intake: 5 to 27 March 2024
  • NB: Application deadline for exchange students hoping to join in September 2024: 3 April 2024
  • Partner selection for the January 2025 intake: 24 September to 8 October 2024
  • NB: Application deadline for exchange students hoping to join in January 2025: 10 October 2024

For more information about the Sciences Po exchange programme selection tool, partner universities may consult our Partner User Guide (PDF, 354Kb).

Partner universities have secure access to the information they share on the tool and may check the progress of their students’ applications at any time.

Submitting applications

Once selected by their home university, students will receive an email inviting them to complete and submit their application online, attaching the following supporting documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (in English or French)
  • Personal statement detailing why they wish to study at Sciences Po
  • Photo ID
  • Academic transcript
  • Language test results

For more information, consult the Student User Guide (PDF, 880Kb).

Acceptance confirmation

When Sciences Po has reviewed and approved the application, an acceptance confirmation will be sent to the student and their home university by email. The student will also receive a Sciences Po user ID and password, which they can use to activate their email address and access their digital student account (Espace Sciences Po).

Certificate of enrolment

A provisional certificate of enrolment may be downloaded on your student account. This is valid for visa applications prior to your administrative registration at Sciences Po.

To download your certificate, log in to your Sciences Po student account and go to Administrative services, housing and financial aid > Registration files and certificates.

If a provisional certificate of enrolment is not yet available in your student account, you may request to be sent one directly by contacting Student Services.

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