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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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In 1872 the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) was founded in the beautiful and historic St. Germain des Près area on the left bank of Paris. Today, Sciences Po is a grande école in the French university system, educating over 5,000 students each year in French and English. Students will discover a rigorous curriculum based in the social sciences which will prepare them for further studies and careers.


Sciences Po is world-renowned institution in the study of social sciences. Students will emerge with an increased and expanded comprehension of the world today. Comparative and cross-disciplinary vantage points are central to a curriculum that strives to comprehend global coherence and conflict, as well as the implications of current social, political, and economic debate. Sciences Po benefits from a teaching core of individuals who are respected practitioners in their fields. Sciences Po is also a major source of research in the social sciences, further adding to the international respected afforded to this institution.

Listed below are courses available at Sciences Po.  For additional course information, see the Sciences Po website.   

Business, Economics, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Media Studies, Political Science, Sociology 

Student Life

More than 25% of Sciences Po's student body is from abroad, lending to a vibrant environment of culture and internationalism. The urban campus in the heart of Paris encourages students to benefit from the education available from the city itself in its many museums, libraries, and other institutions.

Orientation and entrance materials for incoming international students detail the social opportunities available, including various student associations. These associations appeal to various interests such as cinema, sports, arts and more. Overall, as a direct exchange, the Sciences Po program will appeal to independent students who seek to immerse themselves in French culture and the French university experience.


Students will be responsible for finding their own housing in Paris. Students who attend the full year program may find housing before or during the optional month-long orientation and can use this time to seek other accommodation for after orientation. As in the U.S., there are various internet services students can use to aid in their search.


As a truly great world city, Paris offers endless opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment. The immediate area surrounding the 17th and 18th century mansions which comprise Sciences Po is full of cafes, galleries, restaurants, bookstores, theaters, and more. The Saint Germain neighborhood also houses La Sorbonne and so is full of students and energy. Paris offers excellent access to all of Europe and is extensively connected to major capitols by train and by plane.