Sciences Po

Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers, Reims

Language of instruction


Sciences Po stands out as a world-class university with internationally-recognised degrees and research, a multicultural community and a worldwide network of partners.

At Sciences Po, academic and personal development are intimately linked with a focus on cultivating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills and self-examination. These qualities are developed through teamwork, student presentations, small classes, debates and participation in student associations.

Its best-known campus is nestled in the heart of Paris – 5 minutes from the Louvre and the Latin Quarter, and close to countless other sites in the City of Lights.

Semester dates

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

Undergraduate students must have completed at least four semesters of full-time study (related to their degree during exchange) by the time they arrive at Sciences Po.

View the Sciences Po academic calendar.


Sciences Po consists of 7 campuses around France:

  • Dijon campus
  • Le Havre campus
  • Menton campus
  • Nancy campus
  • Paris campus
  • Poitiers campus
  • Reims campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Science
    Semester 2, 2018
    It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain
  • B Business Management/Arts
    Semester 2, 2018
  • B. Communication/Arts
    Semester 1, 2018
    Meeting new people who all have something to offer and shape your understanding of the world and your place in it.

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Sciences Po is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at Sciences Po.

Students must have completed two years of study at UQ before going to Sciences Po.

Find courses

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. 

Search the Sciences Po course catalogue for undergraduate and postgraduate courses if they do not appear in the database.
Language course information and profiles.

Study areas taught in English

Communication, digital media and PR
History and ancient history
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Human resources
International business
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy

Course restrictions

Students wishing to take courses in French must have an Assessment of Language Proficiency form completed by their French lecturer. The minimum acceptable level is a B2.

Postgraduate level students are not allowed to choose courses from multiple faculties, disciplines or programs - all courses must be from within a single program.

Additional academic information

Sciences Po has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Sciences Po does not have its own student residence so you need to find your own accommodation. To give yourself the best possible chance of finding appropriate accommodation, make sure you arrive in your campus’ city a few days (or a few weeks, for Paris) before the semester starts. For advice and resources to start your search, visit Sciences Po's housing web page

Cost of living

To prepare you for your stay in France, Sciences Po provides an estimate of basic living costs at each of its campuses.

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.

Students may be entitled to CAF housing benefits whether living in an unfurnished or furnished flat, home-stay, or student hall of residence.


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 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, Global Experience 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.