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: Early January - Mid May

Acedemic Calendar

The exchange program between Sciences Po and SPEA began in fall 2011. As a SPEA IUB student, you can 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 business, law, and journalism. The vast majority of courses are offered in English. There is no requirement to speak French in order to attend Science Po. The program curriculum can be taken in English, French, or a combination of English and French courses. Each semester the SPEA undergraduate advisors review available courses to determine course equivalencies at SPEA, so please consult with your advisor when developing your semester course plan.

You should prepare to take the equivalent of 15 IU credits, during your semester at Science Po. Two European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are equal to one IU credit, requiring you to enroll in a minimum of 30 ECTS credits throughout the semester.

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 are also encouraged (but not required) to take a four hour per week French language course while you study at Sciences Po. 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.

You may apply if you:

  • are an admitted SPEA major or minor
  • have at least a 3.0 cumulative and SPEA GPA; 3.2 GPA preferred

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 ammenties, prices will vary. Visit the Sciences Po Reims housing website for more information.

For this semester exchange program, you will pay tuition at Indiana University (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 is 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.