Is This Program Right for You?
Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille) has a wide curriculum of courses for students interested in Political Science and International Relations. Courses are available both in English, in French with other study abroad students, and in French with French students. One intensive French course is also available for students who speak French as a second language. Studying abroad in Lille is an ideal environment for adventuresome students wanting to enroll directly at a French university in a rigorous academic environment, while achieving fluency in French language.
While students with no background in French can take French as a foreign language as well as a full complement of course work in English, it is recommended for AU students with interest in taking their courses in French to have a minimum of four semesters of college-level French. You have the opportunity to take any of the courses offered at Sciences Po Lille and can choose from an array of subjects in European Studies, Political Science and Public Administration, and International Relations. Courses taught in English are listed as "en Anglais."
Prior to the commencement of courses, IEP offers a Séminaire d'Integration to orient students on the French academic system and teaching methodologies. Intensive French language training is also included, to prepare students for immersion into the French language over the course of the semester. The Séminaire d'Integration is normally two weeks before courses begin.
Students have the option of taking one French language support course during the semester.
Certificat d'Etudes Politiques
Students applying to study for a full academic year, who speak and comprehend at an advanced level of French, should consider applying for a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques . IEP designed the Certificat for foreign exchange students pursuing a comprehensive curriculum of French politics and foreign affairs.
Sciences Po Lille helps organize student housing through their online platform before arriving in France. Students are able to choose, based on their preferences and budget, between student residences, studio apartments, shared apartments, and some homestays. Students will pay for their lodging directly to a landlord, but the staff at Sciences Po Lille helps to organize the logistics of accommodation.
While Sciences Po Lille is a small institute, it is located in a city surrounded by other universities so there is a vibrant student life both on campus and within the city itself. A short train ride away from Paris, Brussels, and London, Lille is seen as a major cultural hub of France. On campus, Sciences Po Lille has an office with a full-time employee who is tasked with organizing clubs and international students are actively recruited by resident students to participate in extra-curricular activities. The International Office, comprised of 6 full time employees, organizes two weekend trips during the semester- one to visit the EU Parliament in Brussels (30 minutes away by train) and one to visit the French Parliament in Paris (1 hour by train). They also organize academic conferences throughout the semester where they invite prominent politicians and scholars to speak to the student body.