Study Abroad Program Overview
Study at an elite and highly selective international social science institution whose student body is trained to take on leadership positions in French politics and management. Sciences Po Reims offers courses in both English and French that develop critical thinking skills and methodological rigor in Economy and Society, Political Humanities, or Politics and Government. In addition, the Reims program offers specializations in transatlantic relations and the issues, history and conflicts of the African continent.
Sciences Po Reims is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building—a former Jesuit College—near the famous Reims cathedral. A real historical monument and architectural wonder, the College was renovated so as to preserve the stones, woodwork, stained glass windows and paintings of the period, while integrating the modern spaces (classrooms and library) required to offer all the services and features of a world-class campus.
The city of Reims has a quiet, safe, small-town feel and the elegant boulevards are home to many cafes and restaurants. The unofficial capital of the Champagne region, Reims is about 45 minutes by TGV from Paris and offers easy access to popular destinations in France and the rest of Europe.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Students who have two years of university-level French before departure may opt to take some or all courses in French.
* Required during the semester unless you are fluent.
late August to late May
late August to late December
early January to late May
You can choose to live in a student residence or in a homestay. More information on housing
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people, improve your language skills, and integrate more fully into the community.
There are many students associations
at Sciences Po Reims including sports, arts, the environment, politics, debating, chess and more.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Paris will help you integrate into French culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See Your Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The curriculum at Sciences Po focuses on political science, economics, international relations, law, and history. The Reims campus also offers unique course opportunities in business administration, journalism, communication, and African studies. Only students in eligible majors will be accepted into the program.
The comparative perspective of courses at Sciences Po gives the curriculum a strong international dimension. Sciences Po offers the opportunity for you to study at one of the most highly respected universities in France.
You are required to take 5-6 courses, including one French language course. Courses at Sciences Po are offered in French and English. If you have two years of university-level French, you are encouraged to enroll in courses taught in French. All subject area courses are upper-division and worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester units. French langauge courses are 4.5–6 quarter/3–4 semester units, depending on the level you are placed at. Beginning and intermediate French language courses are lower-division.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 22.5-28.5 quarter/15-19 semester UC units per semester required; five-six courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are generally not available for this program.
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 Euro-American campus in Reims, which is located within France's Champagne region about 45 minutes from Paris, will become the largest undergraduate campus of Sciences Po college. Sciences Po-Reims offers a campus environment in an historical setting.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
All participants in the fall, spring and year programs may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year. No additional scholarship application is required.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
List of Eligible Majors
Business Administration International Development Studies
Business Economics International Relations
Business Management Economics International Studies
Development Studies Law & Society
Economics Legal Studies
Economics & Accounting Management Studies
Economics & Mathematics Peace and Conflict Studies
Economics/International Area Studies Political Economy
European Studies Political Science
Global Studies Politics
Global Cultures (UCI) Public Policy
Global Economics Sociology**
History* Urban Studies and Planning
History of Public Policy
*Sciences Po only offers Modern History courses. This program is not appropriate for History students whose academic focus is Ancient History.
**Based on individual campus curriculum and decided on case by case basis
3.20 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Sciences Po applicants must be majoring in and have a strong academic background in political science or a related field (with at least 3 upper division courses completed prior to departure).
Excellent relevant academic record required, and at least two years of university course work (high school AP credit does not count).
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: