Program Site: Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, within walking distance of the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Musée d’Orsay.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.3 cumulative USC GPA, junior standing and IR, ECON or POSC major. Successful applicants will demonstrate independence and high motivation. The language requirement depends on chosen language of instruction:
Description: Students majoring in International Relations, Political Science or Economics have the opportunity to spend a semester or year at the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques, or Sciences Po. With a reputation rivaling American Ivy League schools or the London School of Economics, Sciences Po is the leading French university for teaching and research in the social sciences. Its notable alumni are a who’s who in French politics and industry, including Jacques Chirac, François Hollande, François Mitterand, and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Academics: Sciences Po offers the unique opportunity to take courses entirely in French*, entirely in English, or a combination of the two. There are two types of courses offered: lectures (composed of a lecture and discussion session) and electives (which meet for fewer hours). Students will take a combination of lectures, electives, and language courses depending on their language track:
All students are also required to take a 2 unit French language course as their sixth class. USC students study alongside their French peers and are free to choose any course offered during the semester.
* Note that not all French-taught courses are eligible for French major or minor credit.
Sample lecture courses:
Sample elective courses:
Course Load and Credit: Students can earn a maximum of 15 units for the spring semester or 30 units for the full year. Students must obtain a grade of 10/20 to receive USC credit.
Activities and Other Program Features: USC students are fully integrated into university life, and are encouraged to join one of the many student organizations which focus on everything from politics, the environment, and development to culture, religion and sports. There is also an active student arts association which organizes regular events such as theater festivals and concerts. Sciences Po also has a speaker series, which has included world leaders and policy makers such as Condoleezza Rice, Mikhail Gorbachev, Romano Prodi and Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Accommodations: Sciences Po does not provide university-owned housing. Students must make their own housing arrangements in Paris.
Dates: Spring or Year. Spring semester runs from mid January to late May and the academic year runs from late August to late May.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 11/20/12
Text Updated: 2/11/14
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance (both American and government-required French), and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information