Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in France is one of the most distinguished universities in all of Europe. Sciences Po specializes in international business, European studies, international organizations, and development studies.
Curriculum: Sciences Po offers courses on a wide variety of subjects including international business, economics, public administration, and European politics, society, and economy. A full semester at Sciences Po would typically include three modules of specialization, one seminar of French language, and two elective courses.
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Transfer of Credits: All exchange students from the Elliott School are required to be enrolled at Sciences Po as full-time students. Students must earn the equivalent of a B grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students may earn up to 10 transfer credits from this partner for the Elliott School M.A. program. For more details on transfer credit, see Transfer Credit from Abroad.
Grade "11" at Sciences Po
= Grade B at GW
2 ECTS credits at Sciences Po
= 1 credit at GW
Academic Calendar: Fall semester runs from August to December. Spring semester is from February to late June, with a brief one-week orientation. Courses are held in the daytime.
Language of Instruction: French proficiency is required to attend Sciences Po. Courses are conducted in French; a few classes are offered in English. Students should submit a copy of their Elliott School Diagnostic Language Examination results with their applications for Sciences Po.
Internships: The Elliott School encourages its students to have professional development experiences abroad. The Graduate Student Career Development office offers International Internship Grants each semester to support students in low-paid or unpaid internships abroad. More information on this grant is available from GSCD or its Elliott School Career Connection database. ESCC also includes Outreach Reports that outline specific internship opportunities in targeted regions; these reports are located in the Document Library.
Some students find that it is challenging to balance the academic demands of the exchange program with the responsibilities of an internship. Students should carefully consider how to best manage these interests. Exchange partners do not generally have internship resources for visiting students.
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Housing: Students must arrange their own accommodations in Paris. In past years, students have arranged their housing after arrival in Paris.
Tuition and fees: Elliott School graduate tuition and fees are payable directly to GW, and are based upon 10 credit hours.
Location: Sciences Po is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, near the Latin Quarter. It is easily accessible by metro and bus.
Travel Information: Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate student visas for study at Sciences Po. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs compiles information on travel abroad, public announcements, and warnings. Please review the information about France and for any worldwide travel announcements.
All GW students who travel abroad for academic purposes are required to comply with the GW International Travel Approval Policy. Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office
To Apply: Applications for exchange programs are submitted on-line. The on-line application and any hard copy supplementary materials are due by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School, the application will be forwarded to the exchange partner for a final decision.
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Both applications and all supplementary materials are due to the Elliott School by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School review committee, the Elliott School will forward the application materials to the partner for final decision.
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