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Sciences Po- Paris
Remember what Hemingway wrote: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man [or woman!], then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." And this moveable feast — the "City of Light" — is not only the capital of a major European power, but home to a multicultural population ranging from diverse ethnic communities, artists , municipal workers and young students like yourself. It's both a museum city and a monumental architectural experiment where, in half an hour, you can walk from Roman ruins, past the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame, to the 21st-century Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Make Paris your home for a semester or a year, and you’ll be living and studying in one of the most magnificent cities in the world.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Sciences Po Paris website.
Students will participate in a one week orientation program that includes methodology courses with professors from Sciences Po- Paris. When registering for classes, you can choose among 240 different courses in the Social Sciences, Communications and the Humanities, depending on your needs and level of French proficiency. When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at undergraduate-level courses in the correct term of study and on the Paris campus. *Please note: there is no Add/Drop period at Sciences Po.
Students can take classes in French only (to do this Sciences Po- Paris recommends that students are at the advanced level), English only, or a combination of English and French. All students will be required to enroll in a French language class while at Sciences Po. One non-academic course, such as sports, dance or photo, may be taken per semester; however, conditions do apply.
In the Spring semester only, all Rutgers students in Paris will take a required upper level, 3 RU credited course on contemporary France, Une introduction à la France contemporaine, taught by resident director, Dr. Catherine Healey. Instructed in French, this class examines social issues, cultural events and political controversies that are making the headlines in France at the moment. Assignments will include interviews and visits to sites in Paris alone or with the class. Please click here to view a sample syllabus.
Course in International Service Learning: Social Justice/Solidarité - Diversity/Diversité
Rutgers students studying in Paris can participate in a 3 RU credited International Service Learning (ISL) course that focuses on transnational perceptions of social justice and diversity, with a focus on the first-generation immigrant youth of Paris’ 18th arrondissement. Enrollment in this course requires 4 semesters of college level French. Over the course of the semester, you will interact with French youth in a service learning environment in the form of after school tutoring for inner-city Parisian youth at the Club Barbès.
Please click here to view a sample syllabus.
The journalism program for exchange students is only available in the Spring and consists of news-writing workshops led by professionals in the field, an introduction to French culture and society, three lectures per week by faculty from Sciences Po, a research project, and French language classes. For more information please visit the Journalism Program web page.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the Sciences Po and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the Sciences Po. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August - Late December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late May
To view the current academic calendar of each member university, please visit the Science-Po Paris web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Rutgers will provide 10-day temporary housing in a hostel in central Paris. Sciences Po does not offer any on-campus housing. You will be responsible for finding your own housing and purchasing your own food on this program. Students are encouraged to begin their housing search as early as possible, prior to your arrival in Paris. Please note, although it can be very useful to start your research before arrival, we do NOT recommend you rent an apartment sight unseen from a stranger.
Students usually find housing consisting of small rooms or flat shares for 500-750 Euros per month. Some students also find demi au pair placements, in which students are placed in French homes as tutors or baby-sitters and must provide 10-15 hours of work per week in exchange for a free room with the family. Some students also opt for a homestay, in which students live with a family and are usually provided with meals for 500-800 Euros per month.
For Fall/Year students only
Sciences Po has a special agreement with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP), located in the 14th arrondissement, and would be able to offer 130 individual rooms to international exchange students who will be attending Sciences Po in the Fall. CIUP offers temporary housing for the month of September only (from the 29th August until the 30th September). This housing is available at a reasonable price and will facilitate your arrival and housing search. You must find accommodation by September 30th as it is not possible to extend your stay at the CIUP after this date. Space is limited, so reserve this early.
Here are some additional resources for accomodations that students have found helpful:
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Sciences Po - Paris Expenses Worksheet:
Sciences Po Paris Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.