Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes


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The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes - Rennes Institute of Political Studies is part of the Sciences Po group, and combines academic expertise with a rich intellectual environment. Although the eight Sciences Po have the same aims and are based on the same principles, each has its own identity. The main feature of IEP de Rennes lies in its international dimension.

Rennes offers a unique experience with its cultural life and its historical and architectural heritage. Only 2 hours from Paris by train, Rennes is ideally located near many famous places, such as Mont Saint Michel and Saint-Malo.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Autumn Semester Late August–December

Guides and additional information

IEP de Rennes has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at IEP de Rennes is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at IEP de Rennes.

Find courses

Search the IEP de Rennes course catalogue for French or English programs if courses do not appear in the database.

First year courses and profiles
Second year courses and profiles
Fourth year courses and profiles

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Communication, digital media and PR
International relations
Political science

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Sciences Po Rennes offers exchange students on-campus housing in the university hall of residence; however, spaces are very limited. Information on student residences is available under Accommodation on the Daily life in Sciences Po Rennes web page. The University also provides many useful links to help students find off-campus accommodation.

Cost of living

To help students budget for exchange, the university has provided an estimate of the average cost of living in Rennes.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students undertaking exchange studies in France can apply for the Nicolas Baudin Program through the French Embassy in Canberra.

The University may provide a housing allowance if you meet the necessary student criteria.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Please read through this important information about Health Insurance for exchange students in France. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the French Consulate for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.