Sciences Po or Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris is one of the world's foremost universities for the study of government and politics, located in the heart of Paris. The institution's international dimension was established in its founding documents. Driven forward by this vocation for nearly 150 years, today Sciences Po stands out as a world-class university: internationally-recognised degrees and research, a multicultural community and a worldwide network of partners.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2])
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
  • Minimum Credits: Minimum of 64 completed Northeastern credits at the time of program start date.
Nominations
  • GEO: GEO is responsible for nominating students per term to Sciences Po. Students must submit a GEO application to be considered. Eligible candidates will be nominated to Sciences Po once their nomination period opens. Students who are nominated will then be sent application instructions directly from Sciences Po to complete the host application via the online portal.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Students can take classes either in English or in French. They will be studying alongside regular French students, as all courses are integrated within the global undergraduate curriculum. Hence, international students are fully immersed into the outstanding Sciences Po community, even if they choose a full-English track. Undergraduate courses at Sciences Po cover various areas, including Economics, Business, European Studies, French Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science, and Sustainable Development. There are no imposed majors or degree programmes specifically associated with exchange students. Therefore, incoming students can enroll in any of the numerous classes offered at Sciences Po from the general social science program. The only restriction for Northeastern students is that they will be looking at the course offerings for “Year 2” at Sciences Po. NU students will take four classes for a total of 16 NU credits. Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one French class.

 

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Paris: A Guide : A Northeastern student’s guide to studying abroad in Paris.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: October 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2])
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
  • Minimum Credits: Minimum of 64 completed Northeastern credits at the time of program start date.
Nominations
  • GEO: GEO is responsible for nominating students per term to Sciences Po. Students must submit a GEO application to be considered. Eligible candidates will be nominated to Sciences Po once their nomination period opens. Students who are nominated will then be sent application instructions directly from Sciences Po to complete the host application via the online portal.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students take 30 ECTS credits per semester at Sciences Po to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1: 0.5 (1 ECTS credit at Sciences Po= 0.5 NU Credits)
  • A 3 credit ECTS Sciences Po course will come in as 1.5 NU credits
  • If a student takes 30 ECTS credits abroad, they will receive 15 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

 

Students can take classes either in English or in French. They will be studying alongside regular French students, as all courses are integrated within the global undergraduate curriculum. Hence, international students are fully immersed into the outstanding Sciences Po community, even if they choose a full-English track. Undergraduate courses at Sciences Po cover various areas, including Economics, Business, European Studies, French Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science, and Sustainable Development. There are no imposed majors or degree programs specifically associated with exchange students. Therefore, incoming students can enroll in any of the numerous classes offered at Sciences Po from the general social science program. The only restriction for Northeastern students is that they will be looking at the course offerings for “Year 2” at Sciences Po.  Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one French class.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Paris: A Guide : A Northeastern student’s guide to studying abroad in Paris.

Destination

Sciences Po is located in one of Paris’s most famous districts: Saint Germain des Prés which has been host to the literary and artistic life of Paris since the 17th century.  The famous cafés ‘Les Deux Magots’ and ‘Le Flore’, just a stone’s throw from campus, are where these traditions of Parisian intellectual culture have been played out.  With the National Assembly and the Ministerial district close by, Sciences Po is on the doorstep of France’s political decision-making hub.  Sciences Po Paris is a true city-campus, housed across several buildings in close vicinity, some dating back to the 17th century, each one reflecting the history of Paris.  Being in the heart of Paris, means getting a taste of Parisian life: cafés, cultural events, the blend of different cultures and nightlife.  Paris is also centrally located in Europe, which makes travelling to and from the city very easy; just over two hours from London, 1hr 20mins from Brussels by train, and a 1hr 30mins flight from Barcelona, Rome or Berlin. The Paris campus remains an option for undergraduate exchange students through Spring 2018 semester.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus Student Arranged: Housing is not included for the semester.  Sciences Po offers a special service that assists and advises students with finding accommodation. It also provides a list of contact to make housing-seeking easier.  

Host University or Organization

For over a hundred years, Sciences Po, a leading social science institution for both teaching and research, has been educating the best young minds and preparing them to begin brilliant careers of leadership throughout the country and the world.
 As former students of one of Europe’s most competitive universities, Sciences Po graduates are prepared to hold high-responsibility positions within international firms, multilateral organizations, public institutions, and various other fields where they will be able to demonstrate their talent. For information on camous and academic life, click here
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