University of Oregon

Sciences Po Exchange

Program Overview

Experience a French university that is internationally oriented in terms of its academic program, student body, and faculty. This exchange program offers undergraduate and graduate courses in both French and in English.

Sciences Po is the premier university for the social sciences in France. Short for L'Institut d'études politiques, Sciences Po is classified as a “grande école,” or elite university, that educates the nation’s top students in the social sciences, most of whom will work in government, law, international affairs, journalism, and public policy after graduation. Given its international prestige, Sciences Po draws its student body from a highly selective group of students in France and the European Union as well as across the world.

The main Sciences Po campus is in Paris, a large urban metropolis. It is located near the center of the city, in the Saint Germain neighborhood. The campus is pedestrian-friendly and is also well connected to other parts of the city and outlying suburbs by public transport. The Sciences Po campus in Reims concentrates on North American studies, and offers a full course selection in English. At all other campuses, the core courses are taught in French, with electives in English and/or other languages.

Academic Details

The academic program consists of core courses in the social sciences and a variety of electives. Courses are taught by Sciences Po faculty, professors from other universities who teach at Sciences Po on an adjunct basis, and visiting diplomats, attorneys, and other highly ranked professionals. Sciences Po is equivalent to Harvard or Yale in the United States; you should be prepared for an academically challenging program.
On the Paris campus, a typical semester course load involves a lecture course, four or five seminar or elective courses, and a French language course. These courses place a strong emphasis on written expression, and you will be evaluated by continuous assessment during the semester. Electives meet once a week, and you are expected to interact closely with the professor. If you enroll in the spring semester program you will need to make sure you are enrolled for a minimum of 30 ECTS credits (24 quarter credits).

Housing Description

In Paris, housing options include lodging with families (boarding-style), shared apartments, and studio apartments. Sciences Po offers online listings to help with your housing search. The university will pair you with a current Sciences Po student to help with the transition. You may apply for temporary housing at Sciences Po at the Paris campus for up to a month while you search for more permanent housing. For more information about finding housing in Paris and at the other Sciences Po campuses, visit: The Sciences Po website also offers resources about living in, traveling to, and getting around in Paris:

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university. 

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Completed WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades of B- or higher
  • Math/Science majors must have completed the 200-level math/science sequences

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2017/1802/01/2017N/ALate-AugustLate-May
Fall Semester201802/01/2017N/ALate-AugustMid-December

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.