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Contemporary Challenges Credits

Sciences Po in Paris (France)

Paris, France

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Aug 23, 2020
Dec 18, 2020
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Jan 17, 2021
May 27, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
French
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
3.0
Restrictions

Must have completed 2 semesters of French (or equivalent) 

Law courses are not open to study abroad students

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Right in the heart of Paris, Sciences Po students are woven into the fabric of the city's culture for while they investigate social issues and gain French fluency

The program’s academic strengths are political science (international relations, political economy, and public policy), communications, sociology, and modern history. Students can take courses in French and/or English.

Program Locations

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The Eiffel Tower is lit up and shining bright over the Paris skyline

France

Paris

Remember what Hemingway wrote:  "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man [or woman!], then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."   And this moveable feast — the "City of Light" — is not only the capital of a major European power, but home to a multicultural population ranging from diverse ethnic communities, artists , municipal workers and young  students like yourself. It's both a museum city and a monumental architectural experiment where, in half an hour, you can walk from Roman ruins, past the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame, to the 21st-century Bibliothèque Nationale de France.  Make Paris your home for a semester or a year, and you’ll be living and studying in one of the most magnificent cities in the world.

Academics

 

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Sciences Po Paris website.

Students will participate in a one week orientation program that includes methodology courses with professors from Sciences Po- Paris. When registering for classes, you can choose among 240 different courses in the Social Sciences, Communications and the Humanities, depending on your needs and level of French proficiency.  When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at undergraduate-level courses in the correct term of study and on the Paris campus. *Please note: there is no Add/Drop period at Sciences Po.

Students can take classes in French only (to do this Sciences Po- Paris recommends that students are at the advanced level), English only, or a combination of English and French.  All students will be required to enroll in a French language class while at Sciences Po. One non-academic course, such as sports, dance or photography may be taken per semester; however, conditions do apply.

Course in International Service Learning: Social Justice/Solidarité  - Diversity/Diversité

Rutgers students studying in Paris can participate in a 3 RU credited International Service Learning (ISL) course that focuses on transnational perceptions of social justice and diversity, with a focus on the first-generation immigrant youth of Paris’ 18th arrondissement. Enrollment in this course requires 4 semesters of college level French.   Over the course of the semester, you will interact with French youth in a service learning environment in the form of after school tutoring for inner-city Parisian youth at the Club Barbès.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the Sciences Po and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the Sciences Po. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester

Late August

Late December

Spring Semester

Early January

Late May

Housing and Meals

Rutgers will provide 10-day temporary housing in a hostel in central Paris. Sciences Po does not offer any on-campus housing.  You will be responsible for finding your own housing and purchasing your own food on this program. Students are encouraged to begin their housing search as early as possible, prior to your arrival in Paris. Please note, although it can be very useful to start your research before arrival, we do NOT recommend you rent an apartment sight unseen from a stranger.

Students usually find housing consisting of small rooms or flat shares for 500-750 Euros per month.  Some students also find demi au pair placements, in which students are placed in French homes as tutors or baby-sitters and must provide 10-15 hours of work per week in exchange for a free room with the family.  Some students also opt for a homestay, in which students live with a family and are usually provided with meals for 500-800 Euros per month.

For Fall/Year students only

Sciences Po has a special agreement with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP), located in the 14th arrondissement, and would be able to offer 130 individual rooms to international exchange students who will be attending Sciences Po in the Fall.  CIUP offers temporary housing for the month of September only (from the 29th August until the 30th September). This housing is available at a reasonable price and will facilitate your arrival and housing search. You must find accommodation by September 30th as it is not possible to extend your stay at the CIUP after this date. Space is limited, so reserve this early.

Here are some additional resources for accomodations that students have found helpful:

  • Sciences Po housing page

  • For roommate options, contact Appartager.

  • For homestay options, contact Atome or Paris Language Solutions to find out more

  • Look for housing opportunities in France-USA Contacts (FUSAC) magazine;

  • Consult housing website De Particulier à Particulier

  • Paris Academic Rentals (Chuck Dressner) at housing@parisacademicrentals.com

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $11,920 $15,120
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Temporary housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Housing $5,000
Meals $1,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $165
French Health Insurance and Social Security $280
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $150
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $10,495.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $10,285 $13,485
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Temporary housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Housing $5,000
Meals $3,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $165
French Health Insurance and Social Security $280
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $4,000
Total $14,295.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $11,920 $15,120
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Temporary housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Housing $5,000
Meals $1,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $165
French Health Insurance and Social Security $280
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $150
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $10,495.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Faculty Leaders

Kyle is at a viewpoint overlooking Paris

"My biggest motivation for going abroad was spending enough time in another culture to really understand it. Before leaving for Paris, I had never been outside of the U.S. and Canada, and had never lived anywhere except for New Jersey. And it was clear to me that even in travelling in the U.S. to different cities and towns, you miss something in the getting to know an area process if you don’t actually live there. So I thought studying abroad was a rare opportunity to actually live abroad without having to worry about finding a job, legal status, or the other hassles that often come with going to another country."