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Sciences Po Paris (IEP)

Institut d'Etudes Politiques - Paris, 27, rue Saint-Guillaume, 75337 Paris, France
3.92 / 5 based on 330 reviews.
Sciences Po is one of Europe's most distinguished universities located right in the heart of Paris. With a long history of more than 125 years, Sciences Po educates the best young minds not only of France but also of Europe for leadership. Sciences Po prepares its graduates to pursue their future careers in various paths such as international business, public administration and service sector, multilateral organisations and many other fields of endeavour. Read more

75% of students recommend
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Get a laptop, and ask loads of stupid but intelligent sounding question in class. In a room full of foreigners who have difficulty understanding what you are saying, you will be seen as intelligent and witty. Read Review
olaoirer, France

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by Kristi18, University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, United States
Political Science, Independent
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Part of experiencing French culture is dealing with Parisian landlords and living in one of the many 'historic' buildings. Even though landlords might be a hassle, it is a genuine part of parisian culture, and much better than living in a stereotypical dorm facility.
Personal comments:
The university does not help students find housing, however I did not find it difficult to locate an apartment. Students should allow themselves around 2 weeks to look for an apartment.
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by Mandy, King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Paris is an amazing city!!It offers anything one might desire.I loved walkig along the Seine past the Notre Dame and then through the Ile St Louis where you can have the best Ice cream. The rtestaurant I really liked was coffee parisien which you can find in the 6th and the 8th arrondissement.
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by Mandy, King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
In general, sciences po is a very demanding university. On the bright side, teachers do give consideration to the fact that you are an international student. The local students don't though. Courses are very competitive but at the same time very challenging. I would recommend Economics with Dominique Strauss Kahn as a lecturer. He is amazing. However seminar teachers are not equally agreeable and the specific course needs a lot of work!

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
In general science-po is doing really well catering academically for international students. I just think that teachers in the specific institution should give some credit to international students even though they do not come form the french system of education. This would make life easier for international students.

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by Ronan, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Economics, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Comparing my experience to friends who went to other universities in the Erasmus context, Sciences Po seems more difficult. They have an expectation of a high level of proficiency in the french language before you come over. It is not seen as somewhere that teaches the french language as such. You go there to learn the Sciences Po method of doing things, to open new fields of academic interest etc. Being relatively fluent in the language is almost taken for granted by the university and those that dont struggle a small bit, although this is only in the first months of "acclimitisation".
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by Mandy, King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
Socrates Grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
In my case, even though Im Greek, my home would be the UK since that's where my home university is. London in general is much more expensive than Paris especially foodwise. In Paris you can have a really good meal without paying a lot of money. Whereas in London you can pay a lot of money and still eat really badly. I paid more on telephone in Paris since most of my friends where in London and my family in Greece. As far as nightlife is concerned, Paris is less expensive and if you live in a central location you rarely need to use taxis. In London nightllife is really expensive and taxis are a factor that make it so unbelievably expensive. In the case of travel, the reason why I spent more in Paris is because I actually travelled more during my year abroad. Paris offers you the opportunity to visit many places by train and also in very good prices. I visited Switzerland, Spain, Holland and also the South of France and Corsica.
Telephone, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Overall: was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Food: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
In paris you can get a percentage of your rent back from the government when you are a student.However, your landlord must agree to sign the papers in order to do this which means that he has to be legally renting.So before renting a flat you should ask if they are willing to sign the relevant papers. Also, when you are a student in Paris you can get the card IMAGINE-R which gets you cheaper metro tickets.
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by marqueena, Universitšt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I can't think of any "bad" surprises - I have a friend who was in an exchange programm the year before me and she gave me a lot of insights - so, not there isn't anything.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Although the university building is rather old and they have some room problems, it has a very nice location (being in the middle of Paris)! Further the social activities at Sciences Po are amazing - sport, interest groups, parties ,... (you name it you can do it!). Last but not least I also have to say that a workable knowledge of French is really important -> learning it from stretch would be REALLY hard! Most professors kindly take into consideration that it isn't the first language, but there are some who don't!!!


Paris is a wonderful city - whatever interests one has it offers you something! I love traveling and I thouroughly enjoyed myself, since you can go pretty much everywhere for an affordable amount of money (especially when you are a student under 25!) Being student offers a lot of other advantages (e.g. the "Imagine R"-ticket for a year of transportation around the Isle de Paris or a cheap one-year-ticket for the Louvre). Finally I want to recommand to all movie fans (like my self) a subscription with one of the major movie theater - chains (it allows you to go in any performance, in any movie theater of the chain for one year)
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