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330 reviews
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Emma
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Independent
Sciences Po Paris
3.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
First year course was available in the form of apprenticeship, a bit disorganised, but will improve for the following years.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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M
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Sciences Po Paris
3.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That Sciences Po is not as good as it reputation maintains that it is.
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In my opinion:
Stay home.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Paris is amazing, and French is a beautiful, challenging language. Sciences Po is none of these things, and this opinion is quite literally unanimous among international students. I cannot speak for other universities in Paris or in France, but Sciences Po is to be avoided.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
As I mentioned above, I absolutely adored living in Paris and there are limitless things to do there. However, academically the city isn't very conducive to heavy study (lines to get into libraries, no library is open past 10 p.m., etc.). Sciences Po, naturally, compounds this. I have spoken to about 40-50 students in the international program at Sciences Po, and the BEST response I have ever received is that they thought Sciences Po was a "mixed bag." The feelings tend to be more along the lines of, "I can't wait to go home" and "It's horrible," etc. Everyone eventually drops into indifference because they can't stand to put effort into something so pointless...the university is truly counterproductive to the academic experience.
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Kristi18
University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Sciences Po Paris
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Basic neccessities in Paris are about the same, if not cheaper, than in the United States. However, nightlife activities and travel will take a large part out of your budget.
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Overall, Telephone, Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
The government will help you pay for your housing, but you need to make sure to follow through with your Carte de sejour.
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Anjalika
New York University, New York City, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Sciences Po Paris
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I knew French before I went, but wanted to take the opportunity to 'perfect' it. The three-week, non-graded language course for international students that was held before the semester began was really fantastic.
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elina2
University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
International Relations, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sciences Po Paris
3.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: a small studio
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I feel that an independently organised accomodation would suit me best. However, next time around I wold love to live with some friends, rather than alone.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
none
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dmatier
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Political Science, Graduate, Independent
Sciences Po Paris
3.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Les Deux Magots cafe; Monte Cristo nightclub on the Champs-Elysee
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