Bachelor's study abroad
All Sciences Po undergraduate students complete an international exchange during their third year. The purpose of third year is to complete the multidisciplinary major in another international academic environment at a foreign university.
Students take pursue their curriculum following Sciences Po undergraduate regulations through an academic exchange with one of Sciences Po's 470 partner universities.
Thanks to Sciences Po's rich international network, students have the option to complete their academic trajectory on all 5 continents and within the 3 majors.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the additional information provided to you by Sciences Po. You will also find answers to your questions in our FAQ dedicated to international exchanges during the 3rd year in 2021-2022.
Decide on your destination
To assist you in the preparation of your study abroad project, numerous resources are available to you, allowing you to familiarise yourself with the scope and breadth of opportunities on offer to Sciences Po students:
- A detailed search engine is available to students, with access to specific information on each of Sciences Po’s 470+ university partnerships: compatibility with the Sciences Po major pathways, language prerequisites and departments accessible to students.
- The table of equivalence between academic disciplines and Sciences Po major pathways
Further to these resources, detailed guidance and advising for the third year is provided in two steps:
- Information sessions specific to a region or a country accessible to all Sciences Po students (calendar and recordings accessible here)
- Individual or small group meetings with the International Affairs Division experts responsible for the region your are interested in
These resources and individual guidance and counseling are designed to ensure that students are able to build their own personal study abroad project that is perfectly aligned with their academic pathway within the Undergraduate college, as well as with their personal goals and aspirations.
The result of this process is a list of 6 university choices.
Apply for an exchange
Applications for a 3rd year exchange in 2021-2022 are to be submitted between January 5 and 11, 2021.
Students indicate their six university choices each of which should reflect a carefully considered project.
- First year Sciences Po transcripts (for information, the Undergraduate college provides directly the grades for major courses in the 3rd semester)
- CV (in French or English)
- Cover letter (in French or English), maximum 2 pages, including your motivation for each choice
- Results of the language tests required by the partner universities (see below)
- Final high-school examination transcript or equivalent
Make sure you check the language requirements of each university you are interested in and required language tests. This can take several weeks so start making arrangements well in advance.If you need to sit an English test, inquire at the Language Department (FR) about upcoming test dates and any study sessions. IELTS sessions are organized by Sciences Po, but you can also participate in the British Council's individual sessions (remember to keep the invoice to be transferredto the language department).
Please note that most universities will require that your test scores be less than 2 years (24 months) old.
Receive an offer of placement
You will receive an offer of placement by email at the end of February 2021.
Students are assigned to a host university based on several criteria: academic record at Sciences Po,, language proficiency, coherence with the student’s academic background and pathway, as well as a review of the student's study plan and background. Academic record is assessed using the student’s first year results, as well as those of major coursework in the 1st semester of the 2nd year. Some universities also require final high-school examination results.
Gather the documents requested by your host university
These documents vary from one university to another, and you will receive further details on these requirements at the appropriate time. Note that the final letter of acceptance by the host university will be required to obtain a visa, where applicable.
Prepare for your exchange
Read the advice for students leaving on exchange to find out about all the required formalities for your departure, as well as the pages specific to the region you are going to.
Region or country-specific meetings will be organised and made accessible to all students.
Have your year abroad recognised
You must have your your third year recognised in order to obtain the Sciences Po Bachelor’s degree, and to be accepted into a Master's programme, so make sure you are aware of the academic requirements.