Drexel in France: Sciences Po
Sciences Po is generally considered one of the world's most reputable and prestigious schools of the social sciences. It is a very international university with almost half of undergraduate students from 130 countries around the world. A unique aspect of Science Po is its 7 regional campuses, each which has a distinct geographical focus: North and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Each campus has its own identity, forged by its geographical focus. Of course everyone loves Paris, but the six campuses outside the capital are located in small cities/towns where the cost of living is lower, the quality of life is high, and affordable housing is readily available. All campuses have a lively mix of culture and language and a strong sense of community.
Visit Science Po's website for incoming exchange students
and welcome website
for all incoming students which includes pre-departure tips such as daily life, student life, and living in France.
About the Cities
The 6 regional campuses in Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, and Reims offer the same core subjects as the Paris main campus, but are distinguished from Paris by their unique regional approach to courses, intensified language teaching, and smaller campuses (intimate class size). Faculty and students at the 6 regional campuses come from both France and the focus region, creating a unique and diverse learning environment.
-- Central & Eastern European campus in Dijon
: gain a more advanced understanding of European integration and the issues it involves: the challenges of past and future enlargements, governance of a continental-scale European Union, and the question of the EU's borders. Dijon has a rich historical and artistic heritage, with one of the largest protected areas in France, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
-- Europe-Asia campus in Le Havre
: focus on the political, geopolitical and economic issues of the Asia-Pacific region: India to Japan and from China to Australia, in a comparative perspective with Europe. Located in Normandy, just 2 hours by train from Paris, Le Havre is France's biggest port and is historically linked to Asia as the entry point for Asian products arriving in France. It is also the birthplace of Impressionism.
-- Middle East & Mediterranean campus in Menton
: study Arab-Islamic civilization and religions in the Mediterranean area; the history of the region's conflicts, and the contemporary geopolitical challenges that shape it. Located on the French Riviera, bordering Italy and Monaco, Menton is a seaside resort that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Menton is an easy train ride to other French cities like Lyon, Nice, Montpellier, and even Paris!
-- French-German campus in Nancy
: study the political, economic and social aspects of the European Union from a comparative perspective between France and Germany—the engines of European integration and community building. Nancy is a university town much loved by its 50,000 students. Close to Germany and Luxembourg, and 90 minutes by train from Paris, Nancy is a city with a strong European flavor and international perspective.
-- Latin American campus in Poitier
: Study Latin America's history and contemporary questions such as democratic issues, how economies are integrating into the globalized economy, urban development, and regional and continental integration. Poitier is 75 minutes from Paris by train, and has an exceptional Gallo-Roman heritage, reflected by a number of historical monuments. The campus is centrally located in a sixteenth-century mansion just a stone's throw from a masterpiece of Romanesque art, Notre-Dame-La-Grande church.
-- Euro-American campus and Euro-African program in Reims
: Explore the history of the African continent and Africa-related democratic, demographic, environmental, economic and urban development issues and conflicts. Alternatively, study transatlantic Euro-North American relations through a comparative approach to studying institutions, law and foreign policy. Just 45 minutes by train from Paris, Reims is a Gallo-Roman city that was once a Roman capital and where the French kings were coronated. After heavy bombing during World War I, it was rebuilt in an Art Deco style that makes it one of the jewels of French architecture.
-- Main campus / no regional focus in Paris:
The Paris campus is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, a historic intellectual and artistic centre ten minutes from the Louvre Museum and the Latin Quarter, but also close to the major institutions of the French Republic (National Assembly, Senate, etc.). Its central location makes the campus easy to reach by public transport, by bicycle or on foot.
- 3.25 minimum GPA
- FREN 103 (for coursework in English) or FREN 310 (for coursework in French) prior to study abroad term
- Pre-junior, junior, senior status
The core undergraduate curriculum
common to all 7 campuses includes various disciplines: Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science and Humanities
. French and English are the most commonly used languages at Sciences Po, but they offer classes in a total of 18 languages, ranging from Korean to Hungarian, Chinese, Hindi, Russian and Portuguese.
-- Department of History
-- Department of Political Science: Comparative politics, International relations, Political theory, Political Sociology and Public Policies.
-- Department of Sociology: offers a solid formation in general sociology and quantitative and qualitative methods, covering a broad spectrum of fields of study.
Read more about the curricular options:
Students are required to have Drexel equivalent course numbers and credit approved by the corresponding Drexel department. For example, a History course abroad must be pre-approved by Drexel’s History Department. To select courses, review
the pre-approved Course Equivalents Spreadsheet
and the Sciences Po course catalog for the chosen campus.
Students are taught and graded by Sciences Po faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. Students must earn the equivalent to a "C" or above to receive CR. Students must take a course load that fits within the full time credit range of both Sciences Po (max 30 ECTS credits) and Drexel (12 – 20 credits). Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.
Fall Semester Dates
Spring Semester Dates
Students interested in spending two terms at Sciences Po may apply for Fall/Winter. Please note that both terms must be spent at the same Sciences Po campus.
Housing is readily available for students at any of the 6 undergraduate campuses outside Paris. Finding affordable housing in Paris is more of a challenge, but Sciences Po’s housing information office
can help. It posts various housing offers in conjunction with the Student Activities Association and advises students on how to rent apartments in France. Apartments in Paris range from $700 - $900/month. Housing in the 6 other locations ranges from $400 - $500/month. For cost of living details for each campus review Sciences Po's money info web page
All non-European citizens are required to apply for a French student visa. To start the visa application process, students should apply through Campus France
. Click here for French Embassy Visa
Information. Obtaining a French student visa normally requires an in-person interview at the French Embassy, which is located in Washington DC for Pennsylvania residents. Students using their Drexel address can apply and interview through the Washington DC Embassy, even if their home residence is another state.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses such as housing, airfare, local transport, and food.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
The Education Abroad Office is awarding a $250 Trailblazing Grant to any student that studies abroad at Sciences Po in Fall 2020!
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
The Study Abroad Office will automatically award a $250 Trailblazing Grant to any student that studies abroad in Fall 2020 at the Sciences Po Dijon, Le Havre, Nancy, or Poitier campuses.
Activities at Sciences Po
: Students can find a broad array of cultural, sporting and other extra-curricular activities at Sciences Po. More than 90 student associations, ranging from politics to philanthropy, provide opportunities for students to meet and share their passions. The Student Sports Association organizes more than 40 sports including boxing, handball, soccer, salsa, fencing, and swimming. Learn more about student life at Science Po
Sciences Po Blog
: Read about one Drexel student's study abroad experience
at Sciences Po Reims campus.