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While enrolled in one of Europe`s most competitive universities, Sciences Po, students will have the opportunity to study alongside French students and fully immerse themselves into university and Parisian life.
Sciences Po is ideally located in one of the most renowned neighborhoods of the city, Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Since the 17th century, the district has been the center of literary and artistic life in Paris. It is within walking distance of government ministries and the Assemblee Nationale, and the French Parliament.
Interested students can also apply to Science Po`s campuses in Dijon (specializing in Central and Eastern Europe), Menton (Middle East and the Mediterranean), Nancy (Europe and the German-speaking countries), Poitiers (Latin America, Spain and Portugal), Le Havre (Europe and Asia) and Reims (Euro-American relations).
Paris, a metropolitan area of approximately 10 million, offers limitless cultural and historic resources. Its buildings and monuments represent more than 2,000 years of history. Its museums, theaters, and libraries are among the finest in the world. Paris is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, and also ways to see the city's most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafes (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes); its street life and markets; and as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
Getting to Your Program
Participants are responsible for making their own round-trip travel arrangements and are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A student visa is required. The visa process for France can be lengthy; students should begin the process immediately upon notification of visa procedure. Students must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program.
A required orientation session held before departure at UW-Madison helps students prepare for studying abroad. Topics covered include academic, financial, administrative, cultural, and site-specific issues.
Before each semester, international students will participate in a one- to two- week Welcome Program which will help students to reinforce French language skills and become familiar with the expectations of their teachers. The Welcome Program is composed of an informative Welcome Session, French classes organized by level from beginners to bilingual students, methodology classes, and a lecture on Paris.
Students are required to secure their own accommodations prior to arrival.
Sciences Po`s Housing Office can provide students with housing guidance as well as put them in touch with organizations and individuals who provide room rentals.
Excursions and Activities
0ne- to two- week Welcome Program composed of an informative Welcome Session, French classes organized by level from beginners to bilingual students, methodology classes, and a lecture on Paris.
Other activities are arranged throughout the academic year by the international office and by student groups on campus.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees. Students are also required to purchase French insurance (Securite Sociale) upon arrival.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Science Po Student Handbook
(Spring - 2012-13)Sciences Po Guide for International Students
(Spring - 2012-13)Paris, France Science Po 13-14 Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Partner Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Paris, France Science Po 13-14 Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)Partner Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
Students will enroll in regular university classes alongside native French-speakers and other international students.
Upper-level classes are available in Economics and Business, European Studies, French Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science, and Sociology.
Students can apply to the main campus in Paris for courses on a wide variety of topics. Interested students can also apply to Science Po`s campuses in Dijon (specializing in Central and Eastern Europe), Menton (Middle East and the Mediterranean), Nancy (Europe and the German-speaking countries), Poitiers (Latin America, Spain and Portugal), Le Havre (Europe and Asia) and Reims (Euro-American relations).
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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