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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange, Term-long Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Required GPA: 3.75 Language of Instruction: English, French
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, PI, RD, SCBI, UP Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Program Description:


The Undergraduate Exchange Program at Sciences Po, an international university with campuses across France, draws students from over 350 partner universities worldwide. Each year, Sciences Po's staff, faculty and 8,500 students welcome over 1,000 exchange students, making them an important part of the student community and the university's academic mission. DePaul students can become a part of this dynamic learning environment at the various campuses by participating in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme for one semester or one year.

Because exchange students are considered regularly enrolled Sciences Po students, they benefit from access to all campus facilities and services: computer labs, e-mail and internet services, libraries, career services, informational resources on housing, etc. Students are encouraged to take part in campus life through the more than 60 student clubs and associations and diverse sports activities, as well as daily conferences and special lectures.

This exchange program does not send large groups of students to enroll abroad. Instead, this is a reciprocal relationship where DePaul sends a handful of students to Sciences Po, and in return, Sciences Po sends a roughly equal number of students to DePaul. Compared to other programs where there might be a larger DePaul contingent of students and/or faculty, Sciences Po exchange students must display a greater independence. In return, these students experience a deeper immersion not only in French culture but also in the Sciences Po community. In addition, you'll have the chance to get to know the Sciences Po students studying at DePaul before and after you return, building even deeper and more extensive networks with peers from France.


Campus Course Information

Students with advanced French knowledge are highly encouraged to take courses taught in French. Availability of courses in English will vary across campuses. Students can choose to study at one of the following campuses: Paris, Le Havre, Menton, or Reims. There are numerous courses on the historic, economic, political, and sociological facets of France, Europe, and the World, all taught by renowned professors. Students will be allowed to take courses at an appropriate level in all departments and are subject to enrollment limitations and the agreement of appropriate department heads and instructors.

Students studying at Sciences Po are required to take 5 courses per semester. This means that students studying at Sciences Po for an academic year (AY) will take a total of 10 courses. Each course is worth 6 credit hours. These courses will be re-distributed across three quarters at DePaul University. Please refer to the following course and credit structure below:

For Academic Year students Fall term Winter term Spring term
Number of Courses enrolled in 3 courses enrolled in 3 courses enrolled in 4 courses
Number of Credit Hours 6 DePaul credit hours each 6 DePaul credit hours each 6 DePaul credit hours each
Total = 54 credits for AY 18 credit hours 18 credit hours 24 credit hours

Students studying in the winter-spring semester would follow the course and credit structure listed below:

For Winter-Spring students Winter term Spring term
Number of Courses enrolled in 3 courses enrolled in 2 courses
Number of Credit Hours 6 DePaul credit hours each 6 DePaul credit hours each
Total = 30 credits 18 credit hours 12 credit hours

To see how courses would count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click the link to "Courses Offered."

Year-long Program
Students on a year-long program may only apply 5 out of their 10 courses to their French Major or Minor (provided the courses are level B1 and above). The remaining courses might fulfill various learning domains or other major/minor requirements. They can also simply be counted as general electives. Note that the 5 French courses taken on a year-long program that may be applied to the French major or Minor will probably generate more than 5 courses worth of credit; the remaining credits might be used towards the fulfillment of domain requirements, if possible, or applied to general electives, as appropriate. Excess study abroad and transfer credit (e.g. more than four credits per FCH class) cannot be added up to count towards another FCH course requirement.

Semester-long Program
Students on a semester-long program may only apply 3 out of their 5 courses to their French Major or Minor (provided the courses are level B1 and above). The remaining courses might fulfill various learning domains or other major/minor requirements. They can also simply be counted as general electives. Note that the 3 French courses taken on a year-long program that may be applied to the French major or Minor will probably generate more than 3 courses worth of credit; the remaining credits might be used towards the fulfillment of domain requirements, if possible, or applied to general electives, as appropriate. Excess study abroad and transfer credit (e.g. more than four credits per FCH class) cannot be added up to count towards another FCH course requirement.

Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Students arrange housing with the home institution independently. Although there is no on-campus housing, Sciences Po offers a special service that assists and advises students with finding accommodation. It also provides a list of contacts to make housing-seeking easier.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Study Abroad will update this page to reflect changes as they become available.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:

Name Email Term Attended
Sarah Acklen sabdalla@ameritech.net Winter-Spring 2018
Jaida Smith smithjaida93@gmail.com AY 2017-2018
Megan Heck heck.m96@gmail.com Fall 2016


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/13/2020
03/01/2020 TBA TBA

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