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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 02/22/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 02/22/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 10/07/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Institut d'Etudes Politiques - Paris (FICE: 960014) Type of Instruction: Lecture
Classes With: International Students, Local Students Language of Instruction: English, French
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Homestay, Own Arrangements Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: French Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Sciences Po (Paris)

Innovation, creativity and excellence in research and education have been the driving forces of Sciences Po since 1872. This unwavering legacy, coupled with a unique and demanding educational mission, has made Sciences Po the lea- ding university in the social sciences in France, dedicated to shaping the leaders of today’s and tomorrow’s global society - whether in the public, private or non-governmental sector.
In a constantly changing world, new challenges arise daily, and imagination and initiative become essential skills; Sciences Po instils such capacities through a rigorous academic programme demanding intellectual courage and perseverance. The educational project at Sciences Po is based on the development of self-confidence, negotiation and decision-making skills obtained through team-work, effective oral and written communication (September to December)

For additional information, please see
Sciences Po Factsheet 2017-2018.pdf and Sciences Po Student Guide

Program Location

sciences po 2The Undergraduate Exchange Programme draws students from over 400 partner universities worldwide. Each year, Sciences Po’s staff, faculty and 12.000 students welcome over 1.500 exchange students, making them an important part of the student community and the university’s academic mission. Exchange students contribute to a dynamic learning environment composed of top-notch professors, researchers, professionals and an accomplished student body. Through the 300 undergraduate courses offered, international and home students together discuss, debate and develop the comparative and methodological skills characteristic of a Sciences Po education. To hone these aptitudes, students follow a broad spectrum of introductory coursework in the major disciplines of the social sciences.

Students may participate in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme for one semester or one year. Students may choose to study in English, in French or in both languages. Linguistic diversity is part of the Sciences Po’s identity: all courses are taught in French and English, and to a lesser degree, in other languages (particularly at the regional campuses). Sciences Po is therefore an excellent destination for students who are not French speakers (but fluent in English), and yet are interested in studying abroad in France.

Exchange students are considered regularly enrolled Sciences Po students, and as such benefit from access to all campus facilities and services: computer labs, email and internet services, libraries, career services, informational resources on housing, etc.  Students are encouraged to take part in campus life through the more than 100 student clubs and associations and diverse sports activities, as well as daily conferences and special lectures.

The Paris campus is located in the heart of Paris, close to the political centres of power and cultural attractions. It is composed of seventeenth- and  eighteenth-century buildings and its neighbours include ministries, embassies, corporate headquarters, publishing houses, the Assemblée nationale... in short, many centres of French decision-making. Students are also exposed to the strong cultural flavour of the Saint Germain district: renowned cafés sheltering a new generation of philosophers, art galleries and architecture, shops and cinemas, and restaurants. World-class historical and cultural attractions (the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay, the Sorbonne, the National Museum of the Middle Ages-Cluny) are within walking distance. The Paris campus offers numerous courses on the historic, economic, political and sociological facets of France, Europe and the World, all taught by world-renowned professors.

Contact Information 

Ms. Colleen Larson
Education Abroad Advisor
Office of International Education
International Education Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Academic Program

Students in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme will have up to 14 or 16 hours of class per week. This timetable is designed to facilitate student-instructor contact, research and reading outside of class. Please note that the following information applies only to the campus in Paris, and not to the regional campuses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • UGA student in good academic standing
  • Min. FREN 1002 for those taking full courses in English;
  • Min. FREN 3010 for those seeking to take courses taught in French

Program Itinerary

2016-2017 Sciences Po Academic Calendar.pdf
Welcome Program
Fall Semester: August - December 
Spring Semester : 
January - May


Sciences Po Paris Accommodations
Sciences Po offers an Accommodation Service which can guide students in making housing arrangements.
  • Finding an accommodation
  • Different housing opportunities including family homestay, apartments, 
  • Sciences Po partnerships with student housing agencies
  • Housing benefit

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Program Reviews:
Matthew Garces, Spring 2016 Participant
We had to fill out professor evaluations for each class we had so we were able to give our feedback. Moreover, at the end of the semester some of my professors asked students for personal feedback regarding content of the course and its organization.

Matthew Garces, Spring 2016 Participant
I expected a lot and that is exactly what I got out of it.

Matthew Garces, Spring 2016 Participant
I had the liberty to travel around both France and Europe/Asia and because Paris is a very important city, it was easy to travel from Paris to almost anywhere.

I'd recommend going on the Sciences Po website and looking at their course registration to see the courses they offer. The actual list might vary a little depending on which semester you decide to go abroad, but they should stay relatively the same. Not to mention that Sciences Po is the 4th best school for international relations and political science, so even if I am biased, I highly recommend this program to any student who is interested!
     — Matthew Garces, Spring 2016
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