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Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris
Paris, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: Yes
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Student responsibility
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Please be reminded that you need to be nominated to the program by your study abroad advisor, in addition to completing two applications:
  • Nomination deadline: October 11, 2018
  • Sciences Po application deadline: October 11, 2018
  • Princeton application deadline: October 26, 2018​
Princeton’s exchange agreement with Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) gives qualified students access to the International Program. More than 400 students from more than 55 nations enroll each year in the program, which is an integral part of Sciences Po’s undergraduate program. Students participating in this program are considered full-time students, and they take part in a fully integrated curriculum with Sciences Po’s home students. Through the program, Princeton students can develop their understanding and knowledge of contemporary European society.

In Fall 2016, Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) juniors may participate in a fall semester task force on the Sciences Po, Paris exchange program. The Woodrow Wilson School organizes a Policy Task Force for their concentrators taught by a faculty member appointed by Princeton.

The University

For over a century, the Institut d’Études Politiques, commonly known as “Sciences Po,” has been training the best young minds of France for leadership service. One of Europe’s most distinguished grandes écoles, Sciences Po prepares its graduates for careers in international business, multi-national organizations, the public sector, and other areas.

Students—including increasing numbers of students from abroad— are drawn to Sciences Po for its commitment to understanding the contemporary world through an interdisciplinary approach in the social sciences. International students benefit from solid training in contemporary history and Sciences Po’s famous method-training seminars.

The Setting

Sciences Po has an urban “campus” composed of 17th- and 18th-century mansions located in the heart of Paris. Its neighbors include ministries, embassies, corporate headquarters, publishing houses, and the Assemblée Nationale. In addition to the professional advantages that the setting provides, students are also exposed to the strong cultural flavor of the St. Germain district with its renowned cafés, art galleries, shops, cinemas, and restaurants.



A full course load for Princeton students consists of between 28-30 ECTS with two core courses (2 cours magistraux OR 1 cours magistraux and 1 seminar) and elective courses that complete the needed credit load.

At the end of each semester, Sciences Po will issue an official transcript, which will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs for credit. Credit is not given for courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Courses may be taken to fulfill departmental requirements and up to two general education requirements, but they must be in two different areas.

Courses are listed on the Sciences Po website. N.B. Students must select courses taught in French.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar



Sciences Po, like most French universities, does not have housing of its own. Students from Paris generally live at home with their parents or rent apartments on their own if they have the resources. Students from elsewhere in France usually get a room as a lodger in someone’s house, or, more frequently, obtain government subsidized housing in the Cité Universitaire or in a student hostel.

Students are advised to make initial inquiries about housing before leaving the U.S., but it is best to arrive early to look in person for suitable housing. Many sources of information are available to those seeking lodging, but it is best to be on site to use them effectively. Please visit the Sciences Po Housing website for more resources and information on how to find housing in Paris.  

In the past, Princeton students have attended the Stage d’Intégration and lived in the Cité Universitaire for the first month. This gives them an opportunity to look for rental housing while in Paris. Students are offered help in finding accommodation through a list of contacts. The state-subsidized “Caisse d’Allocation Familiale” (CAF) also provides rent rebates for all students, regardless or their nationality or income, if their residency permit lasts more than four months. The CAF can reimburse students up to half the rent of your apartment. These rebates are called APL (Aide Personnalisée au Logement) or ALS (Allocation au Logement à Caractère Social). Sciences Po organizes sessions to help students fill in the forms for APL and ALS. Princeton does not accept final responsibility for living arrangements for students who attend Sciences Po.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in France. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

All students wishing to pursue studies in France for more than 90 days must first register with Campus France to obtain a student visa. You must obtain your student visa at the appropriate consulate while you are in the U.S. The visa cannot be issued once you are in France. You are required to obtain an appointment on-line to apply for a visa. Please schedule your appointment as early as possible but within 60 days before departure to France. You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure. Applications by mail are not accepted.

All incomplete applications will be kept on file at the consulate until the missing documents are presented. Processing will begin only once the application is complete.

The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Submitting the following documents, while required, does not guarantee issuance of a visa.

International students (other than European Union nationals) residing in France for more than three months must obtain a “student” residence permit (which is distinct from a visa), within two months of their arrival in France.

Application Process

Eligibility:  B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement). Applicants should be good speakers of French and must have completed French 207 or above (or the equivalent). 

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.
  • Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in Sciences Po.
  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
  • Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline.
After you have been nominated, Sciences Po will contact you via e-mail with application instructions. You can expect to be requested to provide the following items and can gather these in preparation:
  • Short essay on why you want to study at Sciences Po
  • Passport photo
  • Official Princeton transcript
  • French language evaluation from a professor who knows your ability in the language or take the Sciences Po language evaluation online with the application.
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


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What would you say to a student considering this study abroad program or study abroad in general?
DO IT - you will not only have amazingly transformative experiences abroad but, you will also learn to appreciate the amazing institution that Princeton is when you return.
     — Taylor Pearson, Fall Semester 2015
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/26/2019 05/10/2019 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 04/26/2019 05/04/2019 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2020 10/25/2019 11/01/2019 TBA TBA
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