Program in Political Science
Academic Year 2011/12
Sciences Po

Academic program

UC students enrolled at Sciences Po should direct all queries about orientation, registration, and academic programs to

Matthew Thomas
Centre des Ameriques
27, rue Saint-Guillaume
75337 Paris Cedex 07

Most orientation materials and schedules from IEP are available online at

The UC Paris Study Center Director and/or his staff should be contacted on all matters pertaining to UC student status, including financial aid, academic load, and urgent matters.

About sciences po

The Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po), founded in 1872, is the most important training ground for future French elites, who compete rigorously for eventual posts in the French ministries, corporate headquarters, and the Assemblée Nationale (all of which are neighbors in the VIe and VIIe arrondissements).

With its traditional course offerings in the political and human sciences, and an emphasis on the contemporary period, Sciences Po functions not unlike an American business or professional school, with an emphasis on training and method. University California students accepted into this rigorous program have excellent academic records and high proficiency in spoken and written French.

Science Po courses are credited at the University of California, although each home department alone can decide whether these courses count toward majors. Most will, as EAP students enroll in the Sciences Po Programme International, which offers courses in French society, politics, history, economics, and international relations with a special emphasis on the new Europe. The program offers students a thorough exposure to the principal elements of a Sciences Po education: a multidisciplinary approach and rigorous methodological training in social science research.

The program begins with a intensive language program (ILP) Welcome Programme which also serves as an introduction to French culture, the educational system, and the academic program at Sciences Po.