The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Alert for Europe. The Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but cautions travelers to remain vigilant when in public areas and using mass transit. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Freeman exchange programs in Europe. Freeman will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the region and will communicate any changes to program participants if changes are necessary.
Sciences Po Reims opened its doors in 2010. The University is unique in that it caters to international students from around the world and/or those students that want to study in an international setting. Approximately half of the students are international students. As an exchange student at Sciences Po Reims you'll make friends with students from France, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, South Africa, Morocco, Madagascar, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Indonesia, and all over the world. Nearly 60 nationalities are represented! To develop a keen sense of community, and in order to provide high quality student services, the student body is deliberately small, at roughly 1,600 students.
Blessed with a gorgeous cathedral, site of royal coronations for a thousand years, Reims (pronounced “rahns”) is the largest city in the region and the unofficial capital of Champagne. While it was almost obliterated by bombing during World War I, parts of the historic center have survived, including the above-mentioned cathedral, which has been beautifully restored. Nothing can prepare you for that first skyward glimpse of Reims’ cathedral. Rising golden and imperious above the city, the cathedral is where, over the course of a millennium (816 to 1825), some 34 sovereigns – among them two dozen kings – began their reigns.
Meticulously restored after WWI and again following WWII, Reims is endowed with handsome pedestrian boulevards, Roman
remains, art-deco cafes and a flourishing fine-dining scene that counts among it four Michelin-starred restaurants. Along with
Épernay, it is the most important center of Champagne production, and a fine base for exploring the Champagne Route.
Reims is located approximately 45 minutes from Paris by high speed train.
The campus is located on a 17th century site in a medium-sized urban setting. In the heart of the city, this former Jesuit college is recognized as a historical monument and hosts a grape harvest in the on-site vineyard every September. It is an exceptional setting.
At Sciences Po, associations help students in their personal growth through artistic, athletic and civic activities. These activities are an integral part of the university's educational model, which emphasizes accountability, teamwork, public speaking, civic-mindedness and humanism. Sciences Po encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities in order to foster their personal and academic growth. Sciences Po offers a number of "Permanent" student associations, including Sports Clubs, Art Club and a Sustainable Development club. In addition, students form their own organizations. Some current offerings include a Junior Consulting club, Model UN, a TEDx student organization, an a capella choir, a culinary association and a champagne tasting club.
The Fall semester runs September - December. The Spring semester runs January - May.
Sciences Po Reims is a social science university that offers a selection of business courses. Most business courses are offered in English or French. Exchange students at Sciences Po do not have to be proficient in the French language and some do not speak French at all. However, it is recommended that students take French language and culture classes (offered free of charge) during their stay in France.
For a list of courses commonly offered at Sciences Po and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see Sciences Po's course catalogs, available on the University's Exchange Student Website.
Students complete their course registration online. Details are sent to students after they are nominated to study on the exchange program.
Sciences Po Reims combines the French cultural experience with European curriculum design and an American classroom experience. Students are expected to complete readings, prepare presentations, take mid-term and final exams each semester, and attend all classes.
As is common in Europe, relationships with professors are usually more formal. Student-professor interaction is typically limited. Of course, this all depends on your professors, their nationalities and their individual personalities.
At Sciences Po’s Reims campus not much is lost in translation. Every student speaks English and most professors do, too. The English-speaking program in Reims attracts those most willing and most able to speak English as well as those who speak English as their native language.
In addition to the final examination, classes are assessed continuously (participation, small projects, papers, etc.). Field projects require written reports sometimes accompanied by an oral exam. Attendance is compulsory; a grade for participation is common in all classes.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
In France, grades can go from 0 to 20, with 20 being the highest grade. Yet, most teachers do not use the full scale. A grade 18, therefore, is probably the highest grade a student can expect. This is considered excellent. To validate or pass a course, one must receive at least 10 out of 20. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at Sciences Po. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in French
If you wish to take business courses taught in French, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Secondary application requirements will be explained after nomination. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
Sciences Po does not have housing on campus to offer its students. As a result, you must make arrangements to find your own accommodation. Sciences Po has made available numerous housing offers and information to help guide you in your search. On Sciences Po's Housing Website, you will find links to Student Residences, Apartments, Homestays and Temporary Housing Options.