PARIS: Sciences Po (Closed – Spring 2016)

Paris, France

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  • Fall Semester - September - December
  • Spring Semester - January - May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

Sciences Po (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris) is one of the world's foremost universities for the study of government and politics. It offers a well-rounded curriculum and offers many courses in English.  Sciences Po has six additional campuses in other cities that are also open to NU students. Each of these campuses has a regional focus, such as Latin American Studies or Eastern European Studies. Sciences Po has a very international campus, with nearly half of all students coming from abroad to study.

Sciences Po's other campuses:

  • Le Havre: Europe-Asia campus
  • Poitiers: Latin America campus
  • Dijon: Central and Eastern Europe campus
  • Reims: Europe-North America campus
  • Nancy: European Franco-German campus
  • Menton: Middle East and Mediterranean campus

Read about these campuses here



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 enrol in any of the numerous classes offered at Sciences Po, in any of the concentrations previously mentioned. NU students will take four classes for a total of 16 NU credits.   Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one French class.

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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.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Middler Standing or Above
  • GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Note: FALL APPLICATIONS are now closed
    • Completed OISP online application
    • Nomination by NU (OISP will begin nominating spring students on September 19th.  Fall nominations will occur after the March 1 deadline)
    • Sciences Po online application (completed after NU nomination)Please submit the following directly to OISP:
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Official transcript (uploaded to Sciences Po application then turned in to OISP)
    • Resume/CV (uploaded to Sciences Po application then turned in to OISP)
    • Motivational letter/Personal statement (uploaded to Sciences Po application then turned in to OISP
    • Digital photo (uploaded to Sciences Po application)
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). 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.


Paris: 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.  Temporary housing will be included at the beginning of the semester.  See OISP for more information. Regional Campuses:  Housing policies vary by campus.  See OISP for more information.


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.