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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Opportunity Description

Sciences Po, the French "grande ecole" for the study of political science, international relations, economics, and related subjects accepts one Cornell student one exchange each year.  Preference is given to full-year students.

What is unique about this program?

  • Cornell has a partnership with l’Institut de Sciences Politiques, better known as “Sciences Po.”  Each year, one student from Sciences Po comes to Cornell, and we can send a student for an academic year (or in some years two students for one semester each).
  • Sciences Po has a dynamic teaching faculty, high achieving students, and a special “methodologie” for their classes involving student presentations and group work.
  • Students take all of their courses at Sciences Po, registering for at least one "Cours Magistral" or lecture course with an accompanying section.  Non-native speakers will continue to take French, and may take a French civilization course among other seminar electives.  Students should register for the equivalent of 30 European credits (ECTS).
  • Final course selection is made electronically in advance of arriving in Paris.  Returned students advise that courses on France and Europe will be strong, but will attract a large number of visiting international students. 
  • EDUCO, Cornell's Global Program in Paris, arranges housing in homestays or student residence halls at the Cite Universitaire.  EDUCO arranges optional activities & excursions and can provide tutorial support if needed.
  • The EDUCO Consortium of Cornell in Paris is automatically a back-up for Sciences Po.

 What is unique about Paris?

Needless to say, Paris is central to many ideal visions as the hub for philosophy, music, art, literature, theatre--in short, culture.  But it is also the hub for political thinking and action on matters of identity, representation, labor rights, medicine, banking, and climate concerns. Whether in the streets, the cafes, or the classrooms, you will be at the heart of much that is changing in Europe.

Sciences Po is in the midst of building a new campus in Paris on the site of the former "Artillerie," originally a Dominican monastery that has served the French military since the Revolution.  Centrally located on the Left Bank, this will allow Sciences Po to consolidate its teaching and research.  In the meantime, the Paris campus is still located on the left bank very actively used locations.

How do I apply?

Applying to study on this Cornell Global program involves the Global Learning application.  Applications to this competitive program are reviewed following the deadline.  The selected candidate will then be nominated to Sciences Po which will provide a simple online application.

  1. For Cornell Approval and Nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. Once nominated, Sciences Po will provide their online application which completes the admissions process.

Sciences Po Paris must be a first choice to be considered for admission.  EDUCO is the automatic assumed back-up for all Sciences Po applicants.  No second application is needed unless you desire a different back-up program.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.