Sciences Po Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Paris or Reims, France — Sciences Po
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: French and English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students from all majors interested in social science and humanities.
  • Language Requirements: Paris campus - completion of at least two, 200-level French classes required; Reims campus - 1 year of college-level French required
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credit: Minimum Credit Requirement


Application and IPD study abroad fellowship application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: August 25, 2017 (start date of Welcome Programme) - December 22, 2017 (end of exam period)
  • Full Year: August 25, 2017 (start date of Welcome Programme) - May 30, 2018 (end of exam period)
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: January 19, 2018 (start date of Welcome Programme) - May 30, 2018 (end of exam period)

View the program budget sheet for the available terms by clicking on the campus location below.

Sciences-Po Paris

Fall 2017: $29,613

Full Year 2017-2018: $74,889

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $38,321

Sciences-Po Reims

Fall 2017: $26,563

Full Year 2017-2018: $68,789

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $35,271

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.
Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, one of the highest ranked institutions in the world for politics and international studies. Students take classes with local and other international students and have the option of studying at Sciences Po's Paris campus or Reims campus.

The program is targeted to students in the social sciences and humanities, with course offerings in economics, international relations, legal studies, history, political science, and humanities. The Reims campus also offers courses in journalism and media.

Courses are available in French and English, but students studying at the Paris campus are expected to take at least two of their courses in French: one content course and a French as a foreign language course. Students studying at the Reims campus are expected to take French as a foreign language but may take their content courses in English.

The fall semester takes place from late August to mid-December, and the spring semester takes place from mid-January until the end of May. Before each semester, Sciences Po hosts a comprehensive Welcome Programme for exchange students, which introduces academic expectations and requirements at Sciences Po, current events in France, and services and resources for exchange students. Cultural and social events are also organized for exchange students to interact with each other and with full-time Sciences Po students.

Host Institution

Established in 1872, Sciences Po is one of Europe’s most distinguished and well-known schools of public affairs. The majority of France’s political leaders are alumni, including former presidents Jacques Chirac and François Mitterrand. The Paris campus, located near the Seine and within walking distance of Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre, is the most famous of the seven Sciences Po undergraduate campuses located all over France. The Euro-American campus in Reims, which is located within France's Champagne region about 45 minutes from Paris, will become the largest undergraduate campus of Sciences Po college. Sciences Po-Reims offers a campus environment in an historical setting.

While the university primarily conducts classes in French, the education has a strong international dimension: students are expected to study at least two foreign languages in addition to French, and many courses are offered in English. Forty percent of Sciences Po’s student population is international, with 60 different nationalities represented.

Housing & Meals

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, since Sciences Po does not offer university housing.

Students studying in Paris have the option to stay in a homestay, apartment, or private student residence halls, and accommodations choices will largely depend upon students' goals and budget. The Accommodation section of the Sciences Po website gives some advice about possibilities, as well as a link to possible listings. Meal plans will depend upon the accommodation type selected.

Students studying in Reims can live in student residences affiliated with Sciences Po. For more information visit the Housing in Reims page on the Sciences Po website.


Students at Sciences Po have access to courses in six disciplines: economics, international relations, legal studies, history, political science, and humanities. Many courses offer comparative studies in an international context.

Students take a combination of lectures, seminars, elective courses, and workshops. Depending upon students' course selection, they may be eligible to obtain a Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities on the Paris campus or one of four certificates in International Affairs & Strategy, European Affairs, Economics and Business, or Journalism and Communication on the Reims campus. Pursuing a certificate is possible in one semester, but it is not mandatory.

Most students take five or six courses, often combining courses in French and English. Students also typically enroll in a French language course. In addition, Northwestern requires students at the Paris campus to enroll in at least one social science or humanities course in French.

Students will receive a transcript issued by Sciences Po, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.