*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
IMPORTANT: There is a single application deadline (in December) for both fall and spring candidates. You should attend a session of two series of specialized application workshops that take place in late October and early November. Students may sign up for these workshops starting in early October.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.3
- Language Prerequisites: Intensive Advanced French II (FREN112) at time of application and French for Politics (FREN294) before departure
- Interview: Selection interviews take place shortly after application deadline in December
- Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place before Thanksgiving)
About the Program
The Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP), or Sciences Po
as it is often called, was founded in 1872 and served as a model for the Walsh School of Foreign Service. With a student body of over 10,000, Sciences Po is a dynamic institution attracting high-ranking government administrators, political figures and industry leaders as instructors. It has educated the principal politicians in France since its conception.
The GU Cultural Assistant, Emilie Wynne
, serves as a liaison with Sciences Po and provides non-academic support for students on the program and organizes various cultural events and activities within Paris and to places of interest in the region. She taught French at Georgetown for several years before returning to France.
Sciences Po is located in the center of Paris near Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the famous Latin Quarter. The campus is very urban and classes may take place in various buildings throughout the neighborhood. Sciences Po recently acquired the historic Hôtel de l’Artillerie, which it will renovate and integrate into its growing Paris footprint.
Sciences Po has announced that it will move part of its undergraduate program to its new campus in Reims in 2018.
- Full year: late August to mid-May
- Fall: late August to late December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
Fields of Study
Language of Instruction is French.
Fields of study include: French, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies and Economics
Sciences Po also offers undergraduate coursework in law. Coursework in French cultural studies and theoretical economics is limited. Coursework in economics is concentrated in the applied branch of the field.
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 30 ECTS credits + Welcome Programme
Each semester you choose one cours + conférence de méthode (worth 10 ECTS credits) and four cours électifs / séminaires (worth 5 ECTS credits each). Additionally you will take the Welcome Program (worth 2 ECTS credits) during your first semester. You may choose to substitute a foreign language course for one of the electives.
Course Information is available in the Grand Syllabus
(information on coursework open to exchange students begins on page 326 and runs through the end of Bachelor 2). These are first and second year courses in the Sciences Po 5-year combined degree. Only French-taught courses are available for transfer credit. Course information for the following fall will be available in June/July.
The minimum passing grade for this program is: 9/20
You are required to live in program housing.
You will live in a homestay found by a housing agency.
You will complete a detailed housing questionnaire and your preferences are considered when making housing placements. Breakfasts and some weekday dinners are typically taken with the host families.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
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