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Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

  Application Deadlines
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  Spring 2014 Program
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall 2014 Program
Thursday, March 6, 2014
  Ma Vie Parisienne

Watch Parimal Satyal 08F's video blog from Paris while studying at Sciences Po, Paris campus, during the fall of 2010.


Program Availability: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Full Academic Year

Through Hampshire College's institutional relationship with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), students have the opportunity to study in France. 

Photo by Emm Ogiens 09F
Photo by Emma Ogiens 09F, Spring 2012 Program Participant

Sciences Po is an international center of excellence for teaching and research in the social sciences, with a commitment to understanding the contemporary world through an international perspective.

Though the main campus is in the heart of Paris, there are six other campuses in cities around France that specialize in certain areas of the world. In Dijon, the curriculum is concentrated mainly on the Eastern European state of the EU. In Menton, located on the French Riviera, students focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The Franco-German campus in Nancy offers a tri-lingual curriculum (French, English, and German) in the Lorraine region. The Ibero-American campus in Poitiers focuses on Spain, Portugal, and Latin America with courses in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. The Euro-Asia campus is located in the harbor-city of Le Havre on the coast of Normandy, and concentrates on an understanding of world issues concerning both Europe and Asia. Reims, the newest campus in the north of France, is located forty-five minutes by high speed rail from Paris and focuses on transatlantic relations. Eligibility and specific language requirements differ for each campus. To learn more, download the latest exchange program description and course catalogue found on Sciences Po's website.

Sciences Po's international student body plays a central role in the university's learning community. Each year, more than 400 students from over 55 nations enroll in the Programme International, which is an integral part of Science Po's Premier Cycle, the regular undergraduate program. In the educational tradition of Sciences Po, the Programme International provides students with a broad grounding in social sciences, emphasizing comparative studies in an international context. Students participating in this program are considered full-time students. They take part in a fully-integrated curriculum with the Sciences Po's home students. 

Sciences Po's main campus in Paris offers courses conducted in French and English. Students can enroll in the English Programme (all courses conducted in English), the French Programme (all courses conducted in French), or the English and French Programme (a combination of courses conducted in French or English). To learn more about taking courses in French or English or about which courses are available in which language, download the latest exchange program description and course catalogue found on Sciences Po's Web site.

Photo by Emma Ogiens 09F
Photo by Emma Ogiens 09F, Spring 2012 Program Participant

Students should complete at least 4 semesters of undergraduate studies prior to enrolling in the International Program at Sciences Po. The exchange is open to qualified students who are in good academic and behavioral standing; however, it is based on a balance of exchange. Please check with the global education office if you are interested.

Students wanting to take some or all of their courses conducted in French must have completed the equivalent of at least four semesters of college-level French, preferably more.

International students (or students without U.S. citizenship) should contact the GEO program advisor for Sciences Po well before applying to figure out how visa regulations will affect their situation.

Fall Term: August-December
Spring Term: January-May

Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Sciences Po's international office can assist and advise students in finding housing.

Photo by Sarah Glasser 09F
Photo by Sarah Glasser 09F, Spring 2012 Program Participant

Students pay tuition fees to Hampshire College. Students are responsible for housing and living expenses while in France. A travel stipend may be awarded through GEO to offset the cost of airfare.

Students can find application materials and apply online using Hampshire's GlObal Experiences System (HampGOES). See below for links to HampGOES, helpful application instructions, and exchange information and tips:

Prospective applicants are advised to meet with the GEO program advisor before submitting an application. Students should also review the general application instructions and procedures for Hampshire Exchange Programs.

If you plan to apply or have general questions about this program, please contact or stop by the global education office.

In addition, the global education office has experience reports from students who have previously participated in this program in the GEO resource library. Stop by during open hours to read them at your convenience.

Below you'll also find contact information for a faculty area specialist who works in similar academic fields of study as this program.


Katie Irwin 


Jim Miller
Professor of Communications
School of Cognitive Science


"One of the most valuable aspects of my experience has been making friends with students from so many different countries - Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar... These relationships have refined my education even more then my classes have, in terms of my sensitivity to the complexities and realities of life in the Middle East / Mediterranean. There is nothing like interacting with people face-to-face for putting my own background as an American and my own understanding of the U.S. into perspective."

Joanna Springer 05F, while studying at Sciences Po's Menton campus
Why Sciences Po?

Watch Xiaolei Gu 07F and other students describe why they chose Sciences Po.



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