SPEA Undergraduate Exchange: Sciences Po

Spend a semester studying at Sciences Po in Reims while earning course credit toward your SPEA undergraduate degree

The Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly known as "Sciences Po," is a prestigious French university based in Paris with six regional campuses throughout France. SPEA undergraduate students who participate in the Sciences Po exchange will live and attend classes at the Reims campus.

Learn more about SPEA's undergraduate exchange with Sciences Po in Reims

You should work with your SPEA advisor to determine which semester will be best for you to study at Erasmus. Please use the time frames below to help in planning your semester abroad.

Fall Semester: Late August - Mid December

Spring Semester: Mid January - Mid May

As a SPEA IUB student, you will spend a semester at the Reims campus. Sciences Po has a strong focus on the social sciences and humanities, but also offers courses in other fields such as policy, law, and journalism. The vast majority of courses are offered in English. There is no requirement to speak French in order to do the Science Po exchange, however Sciences Po does require that SPEA students take a French course designated by a placement test.

You must take 30 ECTS (ECTS is the credit unit used throughout Europe) which equals 15 IU credits during your semester at Sciences Po.

Credit translation: 5 ECTS = 3 IU credits

If you drop below the required 30 ECTS enrollment while abroad, you will be awarded F grades for the missing credits (ex: if you register for 24 ECTS (12 IU credits), you will be give an F grade for the missing 3 IU credits). Please maintain required enrollment!

Sciences Po offers a unique certificate option for students. You will have the option to earn a certificate in one of four categories:

There is no obligation to complete one of the certificate programs, it is merely an option. If it better suits your interests, please feel free to mix and match classes from the different certificate programs. You can view course offerings from prior semesters as examples of coursework available at Sciences Po:

Although course offerings are similar from year to year, all courses are subject to change.

This program is open to SPEA undergraduate students at IU Bloomington. To apply and participate in the exchange, you must have completed your sophomore year of study and be in good academic standing. Applicants will only be considered if their cumulative GPA and SPEA GPA is 3.0; a minimum of 3.3 is preferred. Sciences Po is academically rigorous so applicants must be academically high achieving.

Sciences Po in Reims provides a variety of student housing options, all located off campus. Locations are from one to three kilometers from campus and depending on amenities, prices will vary. Visit the Sciences Po Reims housing website for more information.

For this semester exchange program, you will pay tuition to Indiana University through the bursar (no tuition will be paid to Sciences Po). You will be responsible for covering your own overseas expenses including airfare, food, and housing. Roughly $1,200 dollars a month should cover food, housing, fun, study materials, and incidentals. Your biggest variable will be housing.

Students participating in this program will automatically be rewarded a $1,500 scholarship to help with expenses abroad.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.