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Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Menton
Menton, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English, 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: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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We are not accepting applications to this program for the fall 2020 term. Please contact Jordan Zilla for information and guidance about alternate options.

Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Menton​

Sciences Po Menton is a great fit for students with an advanced level of French and a specialized interest in political, economic, and social issues in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and the Gult. French and Arabic language courses are also available, and students will experience a small-campus environment situated along the Mediterranean Sea. 

​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 in the areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 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. Sciences Po offers seven different campuses across France. 

The Setting 

Called the "pearl of France," the city of Menton is a part of the French Riviera, located along the Mediterranean Sea on the southern corner of France. This medieval town is known for its beautiful beaches and gardens, and it provides international students with an ideal setting and exceptional living conditions.


A full course load for Princeton students consists of 30 ECTS with two core courses (2 cours magistraux OR 1 cours magistraux and 1 seminar) plus elective courses that complete the required credit load. 30 ECTS is the equivalent of four Princeton credits, and courses must all be taught in French. 

The campus’ multidisciplinary and fundamental teaching method consists of courses in Social Science (Economics, Law, History, etc.), and courses specialized in the zone of the College’s interest (Political Economy of the Middle East, Geopolitics of the Middle East, History of the Arab-Islamic Civilization). Courses are offered in three languages (French, Arabic and English), as well as language classes (English, Arabic, and French as second language, with the possibility for non-beginners to start Arabic and French).

The campus of Menton brings together international students from Europe, the Maghreb, the Middle East and the Gulf, as well as from the United States and Asia. It offers a curriculum in French and a complete curriculum in English, underpinned by the expertise of Sciences Po professors and researchers specialized in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean zone, prestigious lecturers, and guest professors. Classes are complemented by extracurricular collective projects (Arabic publications, field trips in the Middle East, etc.).


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. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of French (207 level preferred). 

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January to mid-June

Please refer to the Sciences Po website for updated academic calendars. 


Sciences Po Menton has several student residences available, and they typically consist of furnished apartments with services such as laundry, gym, and security. Villa Jasmin is an all female residence with single, double, and triple-bedded rooms, and Maison Menton Plus is a male-only residence hall, also with single, double, and tripled-bedded rooms available. More details about housing at Menton and the application process can be found on the Sciences Po Housing website. 

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 first to obtain a student visa. After that time, students will complete an online application and then schedule an in-person for one of the VFS Global Centers in the U.S. The visa cannot be issued once you are in France. 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. 

The VFS 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

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.
  1. Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in Sciences Po.
  2. Once you have been nominated to Sciences Po by your study abroad advisor, you will receive application instructions directly from Sciences Po.
  3. Complete the study abroad application items in GPS no later than the deadline listed in GPS. You can access the GPS application by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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