Study abroad, step by step
The international network of Sciences Po partners is exceptional both in its scope and diversity.
As a Sciences Po student , you can spend time abroad at three different moments:
- Students are required to spend the third year of the Bachelor’s programme abroad, either studying at for two semesters at one of Sciences Po’s 470 partner universities, or completing one semester of study at a partner university, and one semester of internship abroad (mixed year).
- One semester of the Master’s programme is spent outside of Sciences Po, and studying abroad is one of the possibilities.
- During your PhD, you may choose to participate in a PhD exchange programme.
Choose your destination
Once you have determined when you will study abroad, you should work on your list of university destinations, in order of preference. There are various factors to consider when building this list, such as the compatibility with your programme of study, language, the university’s main disciplines, travel arrangements and the costs of your stay.
Check Sciences Po partner universities using our advanced search engine.
You will find information on all universities as well as the reports written by Sciences Po students who have studied there before you.
During the Fall semester, attend the regional information sessions relevant for your project.
Submit your application
Prepare for your exchange
Once your exchange request has been approved and your placement has been secured, please attend the pre-departure information sessions organised by the International Affairs Division. Read the advice for students leaving on exchange to find out about all the obligatory formalities, as well as the pages specific to the region you are going to.
Check with the Student Services whether you are eligible for financial support during your exchange.
Keep in contact with Sciences Po
- When you arrive and during your stay abroad, please keep in touch with the Sciences Po administration. You may also find this Facebook useful.
- Inform the Sciences Po International Affairs Division that you have arrived and register your foreign contact address and phone number through your Sciences Po online account.
- Check your @sciencespo.fr email account regularly, as it is our primary means to contact you(guidance and assistance, administrative and academic obligations, Master’s registration, miscellaneous information).
- Register with the consulate of your country of origin and/or the French consulate in your host country.
Have your exchange recognised
You must comply with certain academic rules to have your exchange validated.
- See the rules to have your third year abroad recognised.
- See the rules for validating a period of study abroad at Master’s level (FR).