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.
The 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.
Ms. Colleen Larson
Education Abroad Advisor
Office of International Education
International Education Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
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.
- 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
2016-2017 Sciences Po Academic Calendar.pdf
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