The Sciences Po Undergraduate College is made up of a network of seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in the Social Sciences and Humanities, but has strong Business Legal Studies course offerings in Paris. The Paris campus is Sciences Po's original campus. As well as Undergraduate College students, it accommodates all Master's and doctoral students at the seven Sciences Po graduate schools.
The Paris campus is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, a historic intellectual and artistic center 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.
A cosmopolitan metropolis featuring its characteristic Haussmannian architecture, Paris has a great variety of neighborhoods to explore: Le Marais, Montparnasse, Montmartre, Les Batignolles, Bastille, etc. It is also the most wooded city in Europe with more than 400 parks and gardens.
The Paris campus has about 3,000 undergraduate students, over a third of whom are international students on a semester or year of exchange at Sciences Po. This cultural diversity makes the first two years on campus an international experience in itself, which is capped off with the third year abroad studying at one of Sciences Po's 470 partner universities.
Campus life is also kept vibrant by the vast range of clubs and associations on offer and many events throughout the year. With the choice of more than 80 artistic, union, political, cultural and humanitarian clubs and associations, students are encouraged to participate in activities that develop their sense of community and responsibility.
Every year, some 200 student associations or initiatives of all kinds contribute to the dynamism of student life throughout the different Sciences Po campuses.
Student associations and initiatives enable students to interact around common aspirations and share their areas of interest with an academic community of exceptional richness. They provide a means of living their citizenship to the full; they contribute to developing the culture of debate and intellectual curiosity encouraged by Sciences Po; they constitute an invaluable experience in project management and teamwork.
Engaging in political, student union and community activities lies at the very heart of Sciences Po’s educational approach.
The Fall semester runs September - December. The Spring semester runs January - May.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2018 QS World University Rankings.
For a list of courses commonly offered at Sciences Po and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered. It is important to note that the large majority of courses offered at Sciences Po Paris are in Legal Studies, therefore this program is appropriate primarily for Freeman students majoring in Legal Studies.
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 Paris 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 Paris campus not much is lost in translation. Most students speak English and most professors do, too. The English-speaking program in Paris 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.