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Political Science, Sciences Po Paris

Study Abroad Program Overview

Sciences Po is an elite and highly selective international social science institution whose student body is trained to take on leadership positions in French politics and management. The multidisciplinary program in Paris is taught in French with some courses in English and gives students a solid grounding in law, economics, history, political humanities, political science and sociology.
Paris boasts exceptional architecture and a rich cultural heritage. It is also a capital of gastronomy, fashion, and shopping. Whether visiting the Louvre, strolling along the banks of the Seine, going to the opera, or enjoying your neighborhood café, you will find much to make your academic work and daily life a rewarding experience.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; French
Students with 2 years of university-level French, or equivalent, may opt to take some or all courses taught in French.

Language Study

* Required during the semester unless you are fluent.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Year :  
late August to late May​

Fall :  
late August to late December

Spring :  
​early January to late May​







​With support and advice from the UC Paris Study Center, you will look for housing before departure or after you arrive. You can look for a room in a private home, share an apartment with others, or rent a studio apartment. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

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.
Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
There are over 100 student associations at Sciences Po with various political, cultural, literary, humanitarian, religious, and artistic goals. The student associations at Sciences Po allow students to gather around common aspirations and communicate their interests to the community. The opportunities available at Sciences Po include the Sports Association, Le Bureau Des El​èves, and the Arts Association.​

On-site Support

​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).​

Course Opportunities

The curriculum at Sciences Po focuses on political science, economics, international relations, law, and history. This program is not appropriate for humanities and arts majors; only students in eligible majors will be accepted into the program. If you have two-years of university-level French, or equivalent, prior to departure you are encouraged to enroll in courses taught in French.

The comparative perspective of courses at Sciences Po gives the curriculum a strong international dimension. Sciences Po offers the unique opportunity for you to study at one of the most highly respected universities in France. 

You are required to take:

  • 1 lecture course: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
  • 3 seminar courses: 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each 
  • 1 French language course: 4.5–5.5 quarter/3–3.7 semester UC units (if you have two years of university-level French you can replace the French language course with a seminar taught in French)

All courses aside from beginning and intermediate French language are upper-division. 

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • Sciences Po Online Course Catalog
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
    • When searching the MyEAP course catalog look in the "units" column to determine which courses are lectures and which ones are seminars. The lectures are 6.0 units and the seminars are 4.5 units.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24–25 quarter/16–16.7 semester UC units per semester required; five courses. ​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships, research, and independent study are generally not available for this program.

Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris

Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris 
The Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po) is an elite and highly selective school that offers a traditional training in political science and international relations. Sciences Po functions like a business school with an emphasis on rigorous methodological training in social science research. It was founded in 1872, and from its very beginning has taken on the responsibility of training a merit-based elite for leadership roles. Situated in the midst of the Saint-Germain district of Paris, Sciences Po is neighbor to the decision centers of French life, including ministries, corporate headquarters, and the Assemblée Nationale.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Fall1824 - 29.516 - 19.7$8,600$11,900
Spring1924 - 29.516 - 19.7$8,650$11,700
Year3948 - 5932 - 39.3$15,100$23,350
* 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.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at Sciences Po
  • Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Welcome Programme
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

List of Eligible Majors

Business Economics*                                         International Development Studies
Business Management Economics*                   International Relations
Development Studies                                         International Studies
Economics                                                          Law & Society
Economics & Accounting                                    Legal Studies
Economics & Mathematics                                 Peace and Conflict Studies 
Economics/International Area Studies                Political Economy
European Studies                                               Political Science
Global Studies                                                    Politics
Global Cultures (UCI)                                         Public Affairs
Global Economics                                              Public Policy
History**                                                             Sociology***                            
History of Public Policy                                      Urban Studies and Planning
*Sciences Po Paris does not offer Business courses. UC students majoring in Business must have a strong background in Economics.
**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


Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



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 1 upper division course 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. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Sciences Po.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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