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.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2017 QS World University Rankings.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at Sciences Po is generally similar to or slightly more challenging than Tulane.
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.
It is strongly recommended for all non-francophone students to take a French language course. The length of the course varies from two to four hours per week, depending on the level. French language courses are free-of-charge and credit-bearing. More information is online at http://www.sciencespo.fr/students/en/study/languages.
Students complete their course registration online. Details are sent to students after they are nominated to study on the exchange program. Registration takes place early July and late August for the Fall semester and early January for the Spring semester.
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.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
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 and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; 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. However, Reims is small. No matter where you live, your commute is likely to be less than 20 minutes. 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 social housing agencies, apartments, homestays and temporary housing options.
Please note that exchange students are unable to benefit from housing at the CIUP or with the Crous through Sciences Po. CIUP and Crous accommodation is awarded in priority to degree-seeking students. Instead, please book through the Sciences Po Off-Campus Housing Portal. Many private landlords who advertise on the website do not ask for an official French guarantor as they are used to having international Sciences Po students in their accommodation. In order to access the housing portal with housing offers from private landlords, visit http://logements.sciencespo.fr/reims. You will need to log in with your Sciences Po username and password (the same that you have used when activating your Sciences Po email account).