Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, France (Sciences Po)

Mount Holyoke students may apply to study on exchange at Sciences Po for a full academic year, or fall or spring semester. The number of exchange places available is limited, but generally we are able to nominate all qualified applicants for at least one semester. Application for the exchange is open to all qualified students regardless of their financial aid status.

Institut d’Etudes Politiques

  • Founded in 1872
  • Approximately 6700 students (2,200 international students)
  • Programs in economics, European studies, history, international relations, journalism, political science, and sustainable development
  • Located in Saint Germain des Pres, in the heart of Paris

City of Paris

  • Capital and largest city of France, population about 2,200,000 (12 million in the greater metropolitan area)
  • Located in the north central part of France
  • One of the world’s leading centers of business and culture

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: first semester runs from September to late December, second semester from January to May or June
  • Students may apply for the full academic year, or for first or second semester only
  • Students enroll in regular courses offered by Sciences Po for its degree-seeking students
  • Most courses are taught in French, but an increasing number of courses are offered in English
  • Normal courseload is 30 ECTS credits per semester (which transfers as 16 MHC credits)
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the three-week Welcome Program held prior to each semester
  • Most exchange students enroll in the Paris campus, but it is also possible to apply to one of the regional campuses, each of which has a specific focus:
    - Dijon (European affairs, particularly Central and Eastern Europe)
    - Nancy (trilingual program in French, German, and English)
    - Poitiers (Latin American studies, Spain, and Portugal)
    - Menton (Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Gulf countries)
    - Le Havre (Asian/European relations)

Living Arrangements

  • Sciences Po will provide information and resources, and students are responsible for finding their own housing


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at Sciences Po
  • Must have taken at least one four-credit course in French every semester at Mount Holyoke and completed at least one course in French literature and culture (French 215 or 219 or beyond) prior to enrolling at Sciences Po

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; Sciences Po waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays directly for room and board, and is responsible for any nominal university fees, orientation course, round-trip travel to France, books, and personal expenses
  • Students selected for the exchange who are eligible for need-based financial aid are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC study abroad fee, any nominal Sciences Po fees, orientation course, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare
  • Students receiving merit-based financial aid (which ordinarily does not travel) may use that aid on the Sciences Po exchange

How to Apply

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad (and Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due early in December for the fall or full year, late March for spring
  • Students will be notified by early February (for the fall or full year) or early May (for spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange
  • MHC will submit nominations to Sciences Po, which will notify students about the on-line application process (students must also be accepted by Sciences Po)