|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 28 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.25 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English or French|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)|
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||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.
Undergraduate students participating in this program will enroll as full time exchange students in the 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. Students will be selecting courses from one or more of the ten disciplines offered at this university. The courses are available in a wide range of fields, including Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Scientific Humanities and are offered in both French and in English (for students with less than three years of college level French). With a full course load (30 ECTS credits), students enrolled for a whole year are eligible for Sciences Po's Undergraduate Exchange Programme Certificate. Students in this program will have up to 16 hours of class per week. The course schedule is designed to facilitate student-instructor contact, research, and reading outside of class.
Students can begin their search for courses right here: SciencesPo course catalog
With a population of over 2.2 million, Paris is the most populous city in France. The city boasts a rich cultural heritage and serves as the global center for art, fashion, and more. To the visitors, Paris offers a range of famous landmarks, including Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral. In addition, visitors can also indulge in the numerous sidewalk cafes and exquisite cuisines while marveling at the city's beautiful architecture.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Sciences Po offers courses in both French and English. For students taking courses in French, three years of college level French or more is recommended prior to admission. For students taking courses in English, they are encouraged to take French language support course. It should be noted, however, that this exchange is not language focused even if students are encouraged to participate in this 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 Sciences Po may or may not meet specific UW requirements.
20 - 28 UW credits per semester
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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- 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.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
HousingStudents 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.
Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting SciencesPo housing.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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 $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.