Paris dramatically wears its history on its sleeve, and today it is still centered around the Ile de la Cité, where over 2,000 years ago Celtic tribes first eked out a living. Despite its large size and population, city is easily walkable, with the excellent Métro system giving access to nearly every corner.
The varied populations within Paris define the city’s atmosphere just as much as its landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The older French establishment resides comfortably in the smart 16th arrondissement, while more recent immigrants live in areas such as the burgeoning Belleville and the Goutte d’Or. Up and coming areas of the city include Bercy, where new flats, bars and restaurants are drawing a youthful and moneyed crowd east.
For over one hundred years, Sciences Po, a leading university for teaching and research in the social sciences, has been training the best young minds for positions of leadership. As one of Europe’s most competitive universities, Sciences Po prepares its graduates to take their place in international business, multilateral organizations, positions of public responsibility, and other fields of endeavor. Sciences Po covers political science as well as economics, history, sociology, law, finance, business, communication, social and urban policy, management and journalism. Sciences Po is a well-respected and highly-ranked international university, making it a sought-after study abroad program for MU students. In 2012, Sciences Po was ranked the 20th best university in the world (1st in France and 4th in Europe) for Politics and International Studies.
Even if you are not fluent in French, you can study at Sciences Po! You can choose either an "English track" proposed by some of our campuses (Le Havre, Reims or Menton), or the European programme with intensive French classes in Dijon. These unique campuses offer the similar academic curriculum as the Paris campus, but integrate area studies into their programs. Of the 100 - 200 students at each campus, generally half of the student body comes from that region. This contributes to a culturally rich and academically stimulating environment that makes the regional campuses so distinctive.
Located in the region of Burgundy in a magnificent 19th century building, the Dijon campus was created in 2001. It hosts students enrolled in the European - Central and Eastern Europe undergraduate program.
Le Havre campus
Located on the coast of Normandy, Le Havre has hosted a campus since 2007. Located today in a building overlooking the port, the Le Havre campus offers the Europe-Asia undergraduate program with Columbia University, Hong Kong University, Keio University, UBC, and UC Berkeley.
Established in the French Riviera city of Menton in 2005, the campus is located in an entirely renovated 19th century building overlooking the Mediterranean. It hosts students enrolled in the Middle East - Mediterranean undergraduate program and with Columbia University, Hong Kong University, UBC, UCL and UC Berkeley.
The Paris campus is located near the Seine River, between Boulevard Saint Germain and Boulevard Raspail. It is also within walking distance of most major sights, such as Notre Dame de Paris, the Grand Palais, the Panthéon, and the Assemblée Nationale. Sciences Po is housed primarily in 17th and 18th century mansions located on in the 7th arondissement (district).
In the heart of the Champagne region, the Reims campus opened in September 2010 in the “Cité des Rois”. Located in a 17th century building, this campus hosts students enrolled in the Europe-North America undergraduate program, the Europe-Africa undergraduate program with Columbia University, Hong Kong University, UBC and UC Berkeley. The Reims campus is the only campus offering a certificate-awarding exchange program for students who wish to enhance their studies in international relations.
For five days before the start of each semester, the Sciences PO International Office holds a welcome program in Paris, which gives students an introduction to the types of oral and written exercises they may work on during the semester; assists students with administrative tasks such as class registration and finding housing; and gives them the opportunity to get to know one another and the city.
See Paris courses offerings on this webpage [click]. Simply scroll to the bottom of the webpage. Even if you are not fluent in French, you can study at Sciences Po. You can choose either an "English track" proposed by some campuses (Paris, Le Havre, Reims, or Menton), or the European program with intensive French classes in Dijon. Most Marquette students study at the Paris campus though the six other campuses are also available to MU students, each having a specific international academic focus:
- Menton – Middle East;
- Reims – Europe/North America;
- Le Havre – Europe/Asia;
- Poitiers – Europe/Latin America;
- Dijon – Central and Eastern Europe;
- Nancy – European Franco German Relations.
Sciences Po is an excellent option for Marquette students who have a strong background in the social sciences and have a deep interest in France and Europe. Students who are taking French as a major or minor have the option to take all, or some, of their courses in French. Non-French speakers can take a French language course while taking their other academic courses in English.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.