|| QUICK FACTS
|| Paris, France
| Autumn Semester / Academic Year
| Spring Semester
|| 20-28 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.25 GPA
|| French 201
|| Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester)
|| SciencesPo is the premier institution in
France for the study of political science,
economics and law, and continually ranks
among the best universities in the world. It is
located in the heart of the left bank of Paris,
and within walking distance of many of the
city's major sites.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
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Where You Will Study
The mission of Sciences Po (its full name is l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris) is to provide its population of around 5,000 students, 800 of whom are international, with training in the social sciences emphasizing the contemporary world. Founded in 1945, as a successor to l'Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, it is a semi-professional school rather than a university, and has a faculty of private business-people, government officials, and scholars. Sciences Po has traditionally educated the French political and diplomatic elite, but its academic focus also spans law, communications, finance, business, urban policy, management, and journalism besides political science and international politics. Its campus is just off the the Seine River and it comprises 17th and 18th century mansions located on and around rue Saint-Guillaume in the VII arrondissement of the Left Bank.
Visit SciencesPo's Brochure
Undergraduate exchange students will participate as full time enrolled exchange students in an international program at Sciences Po, which focuses on the study of contemporary France, with particular reference to its European and international context. Students will be studying with both French and international students. Courses are now offered in both French and in English for students without strong French language skills (three years of college level French or more). Sciences Po offers exchange students ten disciplines of study. Students may choose one discipline, or select courses from a variety of disciplines.
Sciences Po offers a wide range of courses in the Social Sciences, the Humanities and Scientific Humanities. Exchange students can choose among 240 different courses and up to 30 ECTS credits depending on their needs and requirements. With a full course load (30 credits), students enrolled for a whole year are eligible for Sciences Po's Undergraduate Exchange Programme Certificate
. Students in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme will have up to 16 hours of class per week. This timetable is designed to facilitate student-instructor contact, research and reading outside of class.
Participants will earn UW resident credits from this exchange which will depend on the courses taken at Sci Po and courses already completed at the UW. A full time load consists of 30 ECTS credits per semester which typically is the equivalent to 22-23 UW credits. It should be noted that this exchange is not language focused even if students are encouraged to participate in a French language support course. UW students should therefore not expect to receive any French UW credits required for French majors or minors. Students will most likely receive French Study Abroad credits - actual credits will be determined on completion of the exchange. Other credits earned from Sci Po may or may not meet specific UW requirements.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
SciencesPo course catalog
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing their own housing in Paris. Sciences Po will give exchange students addresses of housing agencies from whom they can potentially rent a room. It can be extremely difficult to find housing in Paris and it is usually slightly more expensive than housing in Seattle. Students may wish to explore housing opportunities on the internet prior to arriving in Paris. Students participating in the fall semester Welcome program will be secured student housing during the length of the program. Some UW students have found that living with a family for no rent or very little rent against some services such as teaching English and a few hours weekly of child care is a feasible way of living in Paris. Such arrangements are made prior to leaving or on arrival in Paris by the students themselves. Frequently, students find good information about housing and small jobs from the American Church in Paris that has a bulletin board. Some students have found it feasible to live in the outskirts of Paris since commuting in Paris and in the greater Paris area is easy.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations
for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the Sciences Po Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
Sciences Po Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.