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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/16/2020 05/29/2020
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative program dates
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative program dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Enrollment Restrictions:
Must have completed 2 semesters of French (or equivalent)
Course Restrictions:
Law courses are not open to study abroad students
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Sciences-Po, also known as the "Paris Institute of Political Science" is one of France's top-tier universities—ranked  #52  in the world.
  • The program’s academic strengths are political science (international relations, political economy, and public policy), communications, sociology, and modern history.
  • Student can take courses in French and/or English.
Your Host City: 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. Students can take classes in English-only, French-only (to do this Sciences Po- Paris recommends that students are at the advanced level), or a combination of English and French.  All students will be required to enroll in a French language class while at Sciences Po.

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.

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.

Academic Calendar
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:
  • Sciences Po housing page
  • Sciences Po Student Activities website and click on the "logement" link; there is a menu option relating to shared apartments called "colocations"
  • For roommate options,  contact Appartager.
  • For homestay options, contact Atome or Paris Language Solutions to find out more
  • Look for housing opportunities in France-USA Contacts (FUSAC) magazine;
  • Consult housing website De Particulier à Particulier
  • Paris Academic Rentals (Chuck Dressner) at

Financial Information

For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
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 policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

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.