Senior Associate Director
Program sponsor: Northwestern
In this exchange program, students enroll directly at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, one of the highest ranked institutions in the world for politics and international studies. Students take classes at Sciences Po's Paris campus along with local and other international students.
The program is targeted to students in the social sciences and humanities, with course offerings in economics, international relations, legal studies, history, political science, and humanities.
Courses are available in French and English. Students studying at the Paris campus are expected to take French as a Foreign Language and may take their content (non-language) courses in French or English.
The fall semester takes place from late August to mid-December, and the spring semester takes place from mid-January until the end of May. Before each semester, Sciences Po hosts a comprehensive Welcome Programme for exchange students, which introduces academic expectations and requirements at Sciences Po, current events in France, and services and resources for exchange students. Cultural and social events are also organized for exchange students to interact with each other and with full-time Sciences Po students.
Students at Sciences Po have access to courses in six disciplines: economics, international relations, legal studies, history, political science, and humanities. Many courses offer comparative studies in an international context.
Students take a combination of lectures, seminars, elective courses, and workshops. Depending upon students' course selection, they may be eligible to obtain a Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities. Pursuing a certificate is possible in one semester, but it is not mandatory. Most students take five or six courses, often combining courses in French and English. Students typically enroll in a French as a Foreign Language course, and their remaining courses in social sciences or humanities can be taken in English or French.
Open to Northwestern students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
An interview with the GLO adviser for this program is required. An interview with the French Department is also required of students intending to take content (non-language) courses in French.
3 - 8 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.
Students will receive a transcript issued by Sciences Po, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the credit transfer page for information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, since Sciences Po does not offer university housing.
Students studying in Paris have the option to stay in a homestay, apartment, or private student residence halls, and accommodations choices will largely depend upon students' goals and budget. The accommodation section of the Sciences Po website gives some advice about possibilities, as well as a link to possible listings. Meal plans will depend upon the accommodation type selected.
Established in 1872, Sciences Po is one of Europe’s most distinguished and well-known schools of public affairs. The majority of France’s political leaders are alumni, including former presidents Jacques Chirac and François Mitterrand. The Paris campus, located near the Seine within walking distance of the Louvre, is the most famous of the seven Sciences Po undergraduate campuses located all over France. While the University primarily conducts classes in French, the education has a strong international dimension. Students are expected to study at least two foreign languages in addition to French, and many courses are offered in English. Almost half of the students are international students.
Browse the program handbook for more detailed information about excursions, courses, and identity- based considerations. Note: This is the previous year's handbook and should be used for informational purposes only. Do not make any travel plans based off of the dates or information provided here.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.
Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance.
This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.
Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.
Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:
The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.
If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.
If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.
You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.
It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.
If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.
If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.
If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.