Drexel in France: Sciences Po
Sciences Po is generally considered one of the world's most reputable and prestigious schools of the social sciences. It is a very international university with almost half of undergraduate students from 130 countries around the world. A unique aspects of Science Po is its 7 regional campuses, each of which has a distinct geographical focus: North and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Each campus has its own identity, forged by its geographical focus. Of course everyone loves Paris, but the six campuses outside the capital are located in provincial towns where the cost of living is lower, the quality of life is high and where affordable housing is readily available. All campuses have a lively mix of culture and language and a strong sense of community.
- 3.25 minimum GPA
- Completion of FREN 310 or equivalent
- Pre-junior status or higher
The core undergraduate curriculum common to all 7 campuses features political science, economics, history, international relations, law, sociology, and electives in the humanities. French and English are the most commonly used languages at Sciences Po, both in the classroom and outside, but they offer classes in a total of 18 languages, ranging from Korean to Hungarian, Chinese, Hindi, Russian and Portuguese. The language requirement for this program is FREN 310. Students who have completed FREN 203 prior to fall term 2016 are waived from FREN 310.
for exchange students at Sciences Po cover various areas, including Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science and Humanities
Sciences Po’s undergraduate program
is offered on regionally focused campuses in France:
-- Central and Eastern European campus in Dijon
-- Europe-Asia campus in Le Havre
-- Middle-East and Mediterranean campus in Menton
-- French-German campus in Nancy
-- Latin American campus in Poitiers
-- Euro-american campus in Reims
-- Paris campus
that includes a euro-African program
Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers and Reims campuses are an integral part of Sciences Po. They offer the same core subjects as in Paris but take a new approach as regards the course organization, intensified language teaching and international diversity. They share some common characteristics: small structure, students from all over the world, which distinguish them from the Paris undergraduate campus.
-- Department of History
-- Department of Political Science: Comparative politics, International relations, Political theory, Political Sociology and Public Policies.
-- Department of Sociology: offers a solid formation in general sociology and quantitative and qualitative methods, covering a broad spectrum of fields of study.
Read more about the curricular options:
As part of the application process, students are required to have Drexel equivalent course numbers and credit approved by the corresponding Drexel department. For example, to take a History course abroad for Drexel credit, the course equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel’s History Department.
Review Course Equivalents Spreadsheet
Students are taught and graded by Sciences Po faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn the equivalent to a "C" or above. Students must take a course load that fits within the full time credit range of both Sciences Po (max 30 ECTS credits) and Drexel (12 – 20 credits). Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.
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Housing is readily available for students at any of the 6 undergraduate campuses outside Paris. Finding affordable housing in the French capital is more of a challenge, but Sciences Po’s housing information office
can help. It posts various housing offers in conjunction with the Student Activities Association and advises students on how to rent apartments in France. Apartments in Paris range from $700 - $900/month. Housing in the 6 other locations ranges from $400 - $500/month. For cost of living details for each campus review Sciences Po's money info web page
All students are required to obtain a visa for study in France. Students should begin the visa process by applying through Campus France.
Visit the French Embassy Website
for more detail.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
ScholarshipsThose interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
Activities at Sciences Po
: Students can find a broad array of cultural, sporting and other extra-curricular activities at Sciences Po. More than 90 student associations, ranging from politics to philanthropy, provide opportunities for students to meet and share their passions. The Student Sports Association organizes more than 40 sports including boxing, handball, soccer, salsa, fencing, and swimming. Learn more about student life at Science Po
Sciences Po Blog
: Read about one Drexel student's study abroad experience
at Sciences Po Reims campus.