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UMD Exchange: Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po
Paris, France (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year (Fall-Spring)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UMD applicants only
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Program Description:

Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po

Paris (main campus) and other cities, France

What’s the scoop?

Host Institution

Sciences Po (Institut d'études politiques de Paris) has been France’s leading university for the social sciences for a little over 130 years.  Over the years, Sciences Po has educated some of France's political and diplomatic elite, and the institution is recognized as one of the world's most reputable and prestigious social science universities.  Almost half of the students body (10,000 students) is international and comes from 130 countries. 

While the main Sciences Po campus lies in Paris, the University also has six additional campuses in other regions of France that have a specific a academic and geographical focus: The Middle East, Asia, Europe, North and South America.  The satellite campuses are located in towns with a low cost of living, high quality of life, and have more tailored student services.

Host Cities

Sciences Po’s main campus is located in Paris, but it is also possible to study at one of the 6 other campuses located in major French cities. 

The Paris campus is located
in the famous district of Saint Germain des Prés, which has been the artistic center of Paris since the 17th century. Sciences Po Paris is an urban campus, housed across several buildings in close vicinity to each other and conveniently located near cafés, cultural landmarks, shopping, and nightlife.  the city of Paris is also centrally located in Europe to make traveling across the continent much easier for exchange students.  London is just two hours by train and Barcelona or Rome are only a hour and a half away by plane. 

The other six regional campuses of Sciences Po are
are located in the heart of French cities that offer a rich historic identity and offer students an environment that fosters substantial intellectual and cultural exchanges.  Each of these campuses are associated with different regionally-focused areas of studies.  All Sciences Po campuses and academic concentrations are listed below:

Campuses that do not require French proficiency:
Le Havre - European & Asian Studies
Menton - Middle East & Mediterranean Studies Campus
Reims - Europe & North Americas Studies Campus 

Campuses that require French fluency:
Poitiers - Europe & Latin American Studies Campus
Dijon - Central & Eastern European Studies Campus
Nancy - European Franco-German Studies Campus

What do I take?

Students attending Sciences Po can take classes in English and French in the following disciplines:  Economics, International Relations, Law, History, and Political Science.  Students are required to enroll in a French language class at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level and will be required to show proof of proficiency before arriving in France: http://formation.sciences-po.fr/content/language-options-exchange-programme.

Language of Instruction: English and French

Course Offerings Website: http://college.sciences-po.fr/siteparis/course-catalogue

Credit for courses taken at UMD exchange institutions will be accepted as transfer credit.  Courses must be pre-approved by Education Abroad, the student’s academic advisor(s) and the student’s advising college(s).  Courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must receive the equivalent grade of C- or better in order to receive credit towards their UMD academic record.  The grades for transfer credit courses are not factored into their cumulative GPA and do not show up on their UMD transcript. 
 

When can I go?

Fall Semester:   End of August - Mid-December, 2013

Spring Semester:  Mid-January - End of May, 2014

Full Academic Year:  End of August, 2013 - End of May, 2014

Sciences Po Academic Calendar:
http://formation.sciences-po.fr/sites/default/files/Calendrier_universitaire_fr.pdf
 

Where do I live?

The Sciences Po Paris campus does not have it's own accommodations for university students; therefore, exchange students will need to find their own accommodations with the help of Sciences Po Housing Service, which has numerous housing offers and information to help guide students in their search.  Private apartments and student residence halls are readily available. 

A few of the other regional Sciences Po campuses have guaranteed housing for exchange students.  Please see the following website for more information:  http://formation.sciences-po.fr/node/219.

What’s the cost?

University of Maryland students participating in an exchange program have the benefit of paying University of Maryland tuition rates and fees to attend the abroad institution.  An exchange study abroad fee is also assessed by the Education Abroad Office and students are required to purchase UMD health insurance coverage through CISI.

The tuition and fees noted above are charged directly to the student’s UMD financial account, which means that students can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of the exchange.  Please see the Funding Study Abroad webpage for more information and available scholarship opportunities.

Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

For more specific information on the cost of attending this UMD exchange, please see the University Exchange Program Cost Sheet.

How do I apply?

After you've researched the exchange and made sure you meet the requirements to apply, you should begin an online MyEA application by clicking  "Apply Now"  above and following the instructions.  Once you've started your online application, you should also schedule a meeting with the regional advisor for France. Please see the Contact Us page for contact details and to sign up for an appointment online.

Application Requirements

Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0

Language Requirements: None, but French language background highly recommended

Application Deadline: October 1 for spring admissions and March 1 for fall/full year admissions

Admissions for UMD Exchanges are competitive and applications are reviewed after the published application deadline.  There may only be a select number of spaces available for semester or year study abroad at a particular host institution.  If a student is nominated to participate in an exchange, then Education Abroad will assist the student with applying directly to the host university. 

Who’s here to help?

Students should contact the regional advisor for France if interested in this program. Please see the Contact Us page for contact details and to sign up for an appointment online.

Additional Resources & Information

Host Institution Exchange Student Website:  http://college.sciences-po.fr/siteparis/etudiants-echange and http://international.sciences-po.fr/en/undergraduate-exchange-program

Host Institution Academic Calendar:  http://formation.sciences-po.fr/sites/default/files/calendrier_universitaire_en.pdf

UMD Transfer Credit Center:  http://www.tce.umd.edu/tclookup.html

Student Visa Information:   As an exchange student, you are required to obtain a student visa before leaving the US: http://www.usa.campusfrance.org/en/rubrique/visas

Alumni & Exchange Student Contact List (coming soon)

Host Institution Information Sheet (coming soon)



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 10/01/2013 
10/08/2013 01/13/2014 05/28/2014
 NOTE: CAUTION: The end date of s the last registered day examinations. Your final day may fall anywhere during the examination period. You can reference the 2013-2014 Academic Calendar here: http://formation.sciences-po.fr/sites/default/files/Calendrier_universitaire_fr.pdf
Fall 2014 03/01/2014 
03/10/2014 09/02/2014 12/20/2014
 NOTE: CAUTION: These are placeholder dates that you should not use to make your travel plans. Dates will be updated as they become available.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2014-2015 03/01/2014 
03/10/2014 09/02/2014 05/20/2015
 NOTE: CAUTION: These are placeholder dates that you should not use to make your travel plans. Dates will be updated as they become available.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.