Sciences Po’s exchange programme welcomes more than 1,500 students each year from 470 partner universities around the world. At Bachelor’s level, exchange students can choose from Sciences Po’s seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims. Exchange students at Master’s or PhD level study on the Paris campus.
Exchange students come to Sciences Po for one or two semesters and can study in English, French or in both languages.
The exchange programme is an excellent opportunity to discover Sciences Po’s internationally-focused and professionally-relevant social science curriculum, distinctive teaching methods and vibrant student life.
Exchange programme admissions
The exchange programme is open to students at Sciences Po’s partner universities. If your university is one of our partners, check with your home university if you are eligible for an exchange at Sciences Po.
Students nominated by the home university
Sciences Po requires its partners to nominate online the students they have selected to come on an exchange to Sciences Po.
Nomination takes place twice a year:
- Nomination by the partner university for the Fall semester 2020 : from 30 March to 30 April 2020
- NB : Application by students for the Fall semester 2020 : from 30 March to 4 May 2020
- Nomination by the partner university for the Spring semester 2021: from 16 September to 14 October 2020
- NB : Application by students for the Spring semester 2021 : from 16 September to 21 October 2020
For more information on online nominations for the Sciences Po exchange programme, universities should consult the user guide (PDF, 351Kb).
Partner universities have secure access to their information and can track the status of their students’ application at any time.
Once nominated by their home university, students receive an email inviting them to create an account and then to complete and submit their application form online with the following documents attached:
- Curriculum Vitae (in English or French)
- Cover letter outlining their study plan at Sciences Po
- ID photo
- Academic transcript
- Language test results
Please check the student's user guide (501.78 Mo).
Confirmation of admission
Once the application has been reviewed and approved by Sciences Po, a confirmation of acceptance is sent by email to the student and his or her university. Admitted students also receive their Sciences Po username (ID) and password so they can activate their email address and access their online student account.
Obtaining a temporary enrolment certificate
Access to temporary proof of registration is available on your Sciences Po Student Space, in particular for visa purposes.
Connect to your Student Account > Administration > Student visa > Administrative certificates.
For students whose registration period is not yet open, the registrar office can send a certificate by e-mail on request.
Receiving the enrolment certificate
Students’ acceptance letters are sent directly to their home university a few days after the online nomination process' deadline.
Prepare for your stay
Congratulations, you have been accepted! Now it’s time to prepare for your exchange.
Start by finding out what you need to do straight away; this includes completing your administrative registration and course registration and, in some cases, applying for a visa for your stay in France.
Then check the information for international students.
Exchange students can study for one or two semesters at Sciences Po, depending on their home university’s requirements.
Costs of studying in France
Exchange students pay their tuition fees to their home university, not to Sciences Po. However, students need to be able to cover the costs incurred by studying abroad such as travel expenses and health insurance.
Find out more about the cost of living in France: Finance your studies at Sciences Po