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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Amy Marrion Language Pre-requisite: none
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class Level Required for Admission: Graduate
Language of Instruction: English, French Housing: Student Arranged
Degree Level: Graduate
Program Description:

For questions regarding this program or your application, please email 


AU students who participate in this one-semester program enroll as full-time students in regular courses alongside Sciences Po graduate students. Students must take a full courseload at Sciences Po and can earn up to 9 credits toward their MA program at AU. Programs of study at Sciences Po include:

  • International Development
  • International Security
  • International Public Management
  • International Economic Policy
  • Environment, Sustainable Development and Risks
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
  • European Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • Communication
  • Economic Law
  • Finance and Strategy
  • Regional and Urban Strategies

Students are required to choose one program of study at Sciences Po, a choice which will influence the courses that are available to them.


AU students enrolled in the Program typically take the majority of their courses in French. However, it is also possible to take courses in English and certain programs of study at Sciences Po have all of their course offerings in English. 

Students who wish to take courses in French must demonstrate proficiency in French at a high intermediate level at the time of application and are encouraged to reach advanced proficiency before enrolling at Sciences Po. Students are required to submit their TOR language exam results as part of the application. Students who are admitted to the Program should also be prepared to complete a basic language assessment administered by Sciences Po.

Student who will not be taking any courses in French do not need to provide any proof of language proficiency and may write their statement of interest in English, which will be submitted with their application materials.

Regardless of whether students plan to take courses in French or in English, it is recommended that all students study the French language before going to France in order to gain communication skills for daily life in Paris.

Fall: September – December
Spring: January - May
Students may spend one semester at Sciences Po.

Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for up to nine (9) AU-Sciences Po exchange credits (SIS-698). These exchange credits cover the Program credits only; research and/or internship credits are registered under normal AU guidelines. NB: Students must carry a full courseload of 9 AU credits while studying at Sciences Po.  

Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval for the Sciences Po courses they choose before enrolling at Sciences Po. This ensures that credits earned on the Program can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
Students register for Sciences Po courses via an online portal prior to the start of the semester and then meet with the Sciences Po advisor of their chosen program to confirm their courses. NB: Students are required to take a full courseload at Sciences Po.

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at Sciences Po are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from Sciences Po. For conversion purposes, students should expect 2 Sciences Po credits to equal 1 AU credit. 


Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or SIS fee while studying at Sciences Po. Students are billed directly by Sciences Po for the Welcome Program fee, student health insurance (sécurité sociale), and other student fees as applicable. 

Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation. 

For students under the age of 28, it is mandatory to enroll in the French national student health-care plan during the registration process at Sciences Po. The approximate cost of the coverage as of December 2019 was 220 Euro.

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee at the time of submitting their application to SIS Abroad. 

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all housing costs. Sciences Po’s Accommodation Office can provide students with some resources for locating housing. Similarly, the SIS Office of International Programs may be able to connect students with past program participants who are willing to provide information about housing in Paris. However, students should expect to work independently to find housing in Paris.

Once admitted to the Program, students are issued a letter of acceptance by Sciences Po. Students use this document to apply for their student visa at the nearest French embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens must initiate the visa application process via an online procedure.

Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents. We recommend starting this process as soon as you are accepted to Sciences Po. The French student visa process may take several months to complete and, as of December 2018, requires the submission of biometrics at a local visa processing center. 

During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. Sciences Po holds an optional one- to two-week Welcome Program for international students at the beginning of each semester. AU students are strongly encouraged to participate, as it is designed to facilitate adjustment to the Sciences Po academic methodology and life in Paris.


Complete and submit the Sciences Po application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. Payment details are included in the online application. Students may not apply directly to Sciences Po.

After all applications are received and reviewed, students will then be notified by e-mail from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.
Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete Sciences Po application which requires the following information:

  • CV or Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts

Sciences Po makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.

The Program is competitive and applying does not guarantee admission.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/15/2021
Varies by program 08/30/2021 12/20/2021
NOTE: *Dates are tentative and subject to change. Please connect with the SIS Office of International Programs to check on official dates as they become formalized.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.