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Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Recommended GPA: 3.5
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: 5 semesters of French with a grade of ‘B’ or better
College: College of Arts & Letters Language of Instruction: French
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Program Director: Christiane Buessard Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:
The University of Notre Dame sends students to the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, as it is more commonly known, on an exchange program. Located in the heart of Paris in the 7th arrondissement, Sciences Po is one of the most prestigious institutions in France, training the business and political elite of the country. The 7th arrondissement is one of the most elegant residential districts in Paris, and home to the Eiffel Tower, the National Assembly, and the Musée d'Orsay. Nearby Boulevard Saint-Germain is famous for its cafés, sites for intellectuals and political gatherings.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Mid-August through mid-May
Fall Semester: Mid-August through mid-December
Spring Semester:
 Mid-January through mid-May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.


Academic Program
Students from Notre Dame will be integrated into the "International Program of Political and Social Sciences." In this program students from around the world are brought together to study French and European History, French Politics, International Relations, the European Union, Economics and Sociology. They will also take French language courses. Courses are taught in French and English.

Notre Dame students are advised to spend a year in the program. Students may, however, elect to participate for a semester only. Successful completion of the year will result in a certificate which is recognized in France as well as other European countries as a certificate of a year of intense, rigorous study in the social sciences, and which may lead to internships in Europe. Studying at Sciences Po is an enrichment of the college experience, a period of intellectual challenge, but one of immense rewards as well, both in terms of academic growth and in terms of a broader perspective that comes from meeting and studying with students from around the world.

Although Sciences Po has its own faculty, the majority of courses are taught by distinguished political scientists, economists, historians, sociologists, entrepreneurs, diplomats and other noted experts in their fields. A few international visiting professors come to Sciences Po each semester to teach in the program. Students will have to choose:

  • 1 lecture course (5 credits),
  • 3 seminar or elective courses,
  • 1 French course.

Ten days prior to beginning of classes, students are invited to participate in a Welcome Programme.

For a list of courses Notre Dame students have taken in the past; see our Courses Abroad database. For the current offering at Sciences Po, see their course catalogue.

Site Calendar

NB: Saturdays are potential class days, and can be used for examinations. Students should therefore wait until examination dates are published (15 days after classes start) before planning vacations.

  • Strong GPA
  • Major in economics, government, history, sociology or another social science
  • Students should should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments
Housing and Meals
Students live in the Fondation des Etats-Unis, a private student residence and cultural center within the international community of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement. The Fondation has about 200 rooms, 50% of which go to students from the US. It also has kitchens and common areas. The complex includes a cafeteria where students can buy inexpensive meals, a post office and athletic facilities including a swimming pool. The metro stop is Cité Universitaire, line RER B, from which the students can commute to Sciences Po in thirty minutes.

Students are provided with a living allowance to help with meals and living expenses.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.