Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is France's leading university in the social sciences. It offers a wide variety of courses of study in French, English, and multiple other languages. The university offers a multidisciplinary, multilingual, and outward looking education. It is currently ranked 4th internationally in Politics & International studies in the QS World University rankings and has over 13,000 students enrolled in 7 campuses. Student's can choose to study at one of Sciences Po's seven campuses, each offering a different regional concentration.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 60 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Students have the option of enrolling in courses at one of Sciences Po's seven campuses. Each campus offers a specific academic and geographic concentration. Most Mason students study at the Paris or Reims campus. Each campus offer various course types including lecture, seminar, and elective courses. Additionally, students have the opportunity to complete a certificate. Sciences Po highly recommends that US students study at the Reims campus.
- Paris Campus Courses (General Social Sciences - classes available in both English and French)
- Reims Campus Courses (Transatlantic Relations - classes available in both English and French). Students may also choose 1 of 4 certificate programs to complete.
- Menton Campus Courses (Relations with Middle East, Mediterranean & Gulf Nations - classes available in French, Arabic and English)
- Le Havre Campus Courses (Europe-Asia Relations - classes available in European and Asian languages)
- Dijon Campus Courses (EU, Central & Eastern European Relations - possibility to strengthen French language skills, to study a Central-European language or Russian language)
- Nancy Campus Courses (German-based Relations - proficiency required in all four of the following languages: German and English plus basic knowledge of French)
- Poitiers Campus Courses (Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese Relations - proficiency required in all four of the following languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese and English)
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Sciences Po. A full time course load is 30 ECTS.
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Sciences Po.
|Sciences Po Grade
|14 - 20
|12 - 13.9
|11 - 11.9
|10.5 - 10.9
|10.1 - 10.4
|9 - 9.9
|8 - 8.9
|0 - 7.9
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Housing at Sciences Po varies widely in cost across the campuses and among different housing options (student dorm, apartment, or homestay).
Paris: Located in the heart of Paris, Sciences Po does not have housing on campus to offer its students. As a result, you must make arrangements to find your own accommodation. Sciences Po has information to help guide you in your search.
All other campuses: Student residence halls are independent from Sciences Po. All student residences in France are run either by a governmental agency or private businesses and are open to all university students in the city, regardless of the institution they are attending.
Student residences are made up of furnished apartments (mainly studios), and offer a range of services: laundry, gym, general supervision, etc.
Hostels offer furnished individual or shared rooms. Reservations must be made very early in the year.
As an exchange student, you can study at the Paris, Reims, Le Havre, Nancy, Poitiers, Dijon, or Menton campus. Sciences Po recommends the Reims campus for American students as this campus offers the Europe-North America program.
Located in the heart of the French capital in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood near the Louvre Museum, the Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens, the Paris campus is the birthplace of Sciences Po, the site where the institution was founded in 1872. The Paris campus hosts undergraduate students enrolled in the general curriculum program, the dual Bachelor’s degree with UCL as well as all Master's students and PhD candidates.
In the heart of the Champagne region, the Reims campus opened in September 2010 in the “Cité des Rois”. Located in a 17th century building, this campus hosts students enrolled in the Europe-North America undergraduate program and the Europe-Africa undergraduate program. The Reims campus is the only campus offering a certificate-awarding exchange program for students who wish to enhance their studies in international relations.
Located in the region of Burgundy in a magnificent 19th century building, the Dijon campus was created in 2001. It hosts students enrolled in the European - Central and Eastern Europe undergraduate program.
Le Havre Campus
Located on the coast of Normandy, Le Havre has hosted a campus since 2007. Located today in a building overlooking the port, the Le Havre campus offers the Europe-Asia undergraduate program.
Established in the French Riviera city of Menton in 2005, the campus is located in an entirely renovated 19th century building overlooking the Mediterranean. It hosts students enrolled in the Middle East - Mediterranean undergraduate program.
Established in the region of Lorraine in 2000, the Nancy campus is located in a prestigious 18th century heritage site, the Hôtel des Missions Royales. The Nancy campus hosts students enrolled in the European Franco-German undergraduate program.
Opened in 2010, the campus is located in the heart of the historic city of Poitiers in the Hôtel Chaboureau, a renovated building dating from the 15th century. It hosts students enrolled in the Europe-Latin America undergraduate program/
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Students going to France need to apply through Campus France first, before contacting the Consulate General of France to obtain their visa. Please visit those sites for more information regarding French student visas.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.