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Sciences Po Paris (IEP)

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4.03 / 5 based on 364 reviews
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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
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!
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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
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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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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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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
Although my french was pretty good before going to sciences-po, undoubtedly this year in Paris was decisive for my fluency in French. There is no better way to excel in language but to go in the actual country and live there for a year.
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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Our home university had advised on everything we really needed to know. After that it was nice discovering things on my own. It is good to know that it is impossible to get taxis on the stree in Paris. You need to get them from specific places.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Really challenging and academically satisfying. Nobody who signs up for sciences po should expect an easy year abroad, it is hard and it needs a lot of work especially in my case where the year abroad counted towards my degree.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I would advise international students to do the STAGE D'INTERGRATION in September. Even if your French is good it is really important to do it so that you learn your way around university before the classes start.
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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Other
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.
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Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from 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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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Having lived both in an appartment for three years in London(2yrs) and Paris(1yr) and in university halls in London my first year I would say that I definitely prefer living in my own appartment. It gives you a greater feeling of independence and also you get to chose the area you live in. This is very important, as in order to be productive in what you do,you have to be content with your living environment.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
none
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Mandy B
King's College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
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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