** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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.
Founded in 1945 as a successor to l'Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (also known as Sciences Po) is a semi-professional school rather than a university, and has a faculty of private business-people, government officials, and scholars. The mission of Sciences Po 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. 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.
This Summer School option is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on the Paris campus. In 2016, the programme hosted over 300 students, representing 51 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds.
The University Programme offers two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. Both tracks are available during each session of the Summer School. Each session, students choose one core course in either the social sciences track or the French language track for intensive study for the duration of the session. Students who attend both sessions may choose to remain in the same track, or switch tracks after the first session. In addition to their core social sciences or French courses, students may choose to expand their curriculum by adding an elective course, which will be held three afternoons per week for an additional cost
For Summer 2018, the Summer School offers two official housing options. Students have a choice from apartment living through Comforts of Home or student dormitory living through the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP). The apartments offer internet access, fully-outfitted kitchens, furnished rooms, and a shared bathroom. The student dorms offers similar features and also provides access to communal areas to meet fellow students. Housing fees ranges from 830 € to 1190 € per session, depending on the type of accommodation chosen. Students may also find alternative accommodation in Paris, a few of which are listed here: Accommodations in Paris
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in the English track offered by this summer school are required to demonstrate advanced (level B2-C1) proficiency in English. Applicants may either provide official level certification or proof of at least two years of study in English, or they may complete an assessment through the Sciences Po. Students participating in the French track offered by this summer school must provide proof of their current level of French or they may complete an assessment through the Sciences Po. Students who at a beginner level in French don’t have to fulfill this requirement.
Jan Rovny, Academic Advisor for the Social Sciences Track
Jan Rovny is an assistant professor at the Sciences Po and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina. In the past, he has taught in United States, Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden. His research focuses on uncovering the ideological conflict lines in countries in Europe. If you have any questions specific to the Social Sciences track offered at Sciences Po, please contact Jan Rovny.
Nicoline Lagel, Academic Advisor for French Language Track
Nicoline Lagel graduated from the University Stendhal in Grenbole with a Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE). She has experience developing academic programmes focusing on teaching french to students of all levels. If you have any questions to the French Langauge track offered at Sciences Po, please contact Nicoline Lagel.
Estimated Program Fee: $3,131
Included in the program fee:
$350 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1000)
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the Sciences Po Summer program application.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $350 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.