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. Most courses are offered in French, with a few offered in English and other languages. 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.
AU students must have a minimum of four semesters of college-level French and six are suggested. Students should anticipate taking most of the coursework instructed in French. You have the opportunity to take any of the courses offered at Sicences 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, held in cooperation with another local university. This course can be taken for credit or without credit.
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.
As Sciences Po Lille is a small institute, students participating in this option should expect to be highly self reliant. No arrangements are made for housing for students. Many students join the IEP international student union, where you will be able to meet many of the 100 international students that attend the IEP.