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Sciences Po

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    About the Program

    Sciences Po is France’s leading  university in the Social Sciences. It is a prestigious research university with seven regional campuses that focus on different geographical areas. Students will have access to six of the seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitier, and Reims. Nearly half of the 14,000 student body is international and comes from over 150 countries. The university's alumni group includes some prestigious personalities like former Presidents Jacques Chirac and François Hollande, and current President Emmanuel Macron. 

    Sciences Po offers a multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking education. In order to provide a comprehensive curriculum, Sciences Po places great emphasis on fundamental academic courses, professional training and extra-curricular activities. Students benefit from an incredible international environment. The curriculum can be completed in French, English, or both languages, and includes a diverse range of courses.

    Location France
    Program Type Partner University Program
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Academic Year
    Language of Instruction English and French
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Independent Arrangement. 
    Additional Information A Partner University program is a study abroad experience where students are nominated/accepted by Stony Brook University, and enroll at a partner institution. In most cases SBU faculty or staff are NOT traveling with participants.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 3.0
    Application Deadline Fall / Academic Year Admission: March 1

    Spring Admission: October 1
    Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    This program will start accepting students for the Fall 2023 semester

    Sciences Po offers an interdisciplinary education in Social Sciences. The program offers course options in law, economics, history, the humanities, international relations, political sciences,  sociology, and government. Students with an interest in French language and culture, will be able to enroll in specific courses on French and European History and culture and develop proficiency in French with language courses. 

    Students will choose their regional campus preference based on their study area of interest. Click on the program page for more information about the program, location, and language(s) of study offered. 

    Dijon: A European Specialization with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Students are able to gain a more advanced understanding of European integration and the issues it involves: the challenges of past and future enlargements, governance of a continental-scale European Union, and the question of the EU's borders. Dijon has a rich historical and artistic heritage and has one of the largest protected areas in France listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a renowned tourist destination. It is especially known for its gastronomy and general good living. 

    Le Havre: A regional concentration on Asia and the Pacific. Students can focus on the political, geopolitical and economic issues of the Asia-Pacific region, in a comparative perspective with Europe. Located in Normandy, just two hours by train from Paris, Le Havre is France's biggest port. It is historically linked to Asia as the entry point for Asian products arriving in France. The city is known for its exceptional urban and architectural interest and has a rich heritage that is inlcuded as part of the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

    Menton: A regional specialization with focus on the Middle East and Mediterranean. Students have the opportunity to focus on the political, geopolitical and economic issues of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Gulf countries. Students are introduced to Arab-Islamic civilization and religions in the Mediterranean area. They study the history of the region's conflicts and the contemporary geopolitical challenges that shape it; and discover its future prospects, paying special attention to the development of Mediterranean Europe, the Arab world, Turkey, Israel and Iran. Located on the French Riviera, bordering Italy and the Principality of Monaco, Menton is a seaside resort that enjoys a Mediterranean climate.

    Nancy: A European Specialization with a focus on Franco-German relations. Students are able to study the political, economic and social aspects of the European Union from a comparative perspective between France and Germany—the engines of European integration and community building. The program is mainly taught is French with some courses in English offered.  Located close to Germany and Luxembourg, and an hour and a half by high-speed train from Paris, Nancy is a city with a strong European flavor and international perspective. 

    Poitier: A regional specialization on Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Students have the opportunity to focus on the political, geopolitical and economic issues of Latin America, in a comparative perspective with the EU, particularly the Iberian peninsula. The courses are mainly taught in French, with some offerings in English and Spanish. Located just an hour and fifteen minutes from Paris by high-speed train, Poitiers is a city with an exceptional Gallo-Roman heritage. 

    Reims:  The program offers two regional specializations. One focused on North America and the other on Africa. The North America specialization explores transatlantic relations through a comparative approach to studying institutions, history, law, sociology, international relations and humanities. The Africa specialization (taught in French) explores the history of the African continent and questions of its economic and urban development, as well as democratic, demographic, environmental, and technological challenges relating to it. Located just 45 minutes by high-speed train from Paris, Reims is a Gallo-Roman city  with a rich history. It was rebuilt in an Art Deco style after World War I and is a jewel of French Architecture. 

    Academic Policies

    • Students must maintain full-time status while abroad
    • This is a partner university program. Applications must be submitted to Stony Brook University first. Information regarding the next steps in the process will be distributed to students who have received formal nominations by their International Programs Coordinator.
    • Grades earned in a Partner University program WILL NOT calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.
    • Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.
    • All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will receive GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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