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 (first in France and fourth in Europe) for Politics and International Studies.
The 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
There will be an orientation at Marquette prior to departure as well as a short orientation upon arrival in Paris.
Exact courses may not be announced until late fall or early spring semester.
Social sciences track:
Students of the social sciences track will choose one class of intensive study for the duration of the session. Classes are taught by Sciences Po professors who are assisted by graduate students. Most classes are conducted in English, but students may also choose a class taught entirely in French. In addition to their social sciences class, participants may also select to take additional French language courses at the Alliance Française.
French language track:
Students of the French language track take classes in one of six levels adapted to their knowledge of the French language. At all levels, language study accounts for the majority of class time. At the beginner levels, this learning is reinforced through
small-group tutorials and “real-life” activities including Outdoor French classes. At advanced levels, students take a variety of classes designed to prepare them for study within the French education system. In addition, students at every level take lecture classes on topics in social sciences.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Students in Paris generally live in apartments. Sciences PO will sometimes have housing for summer program students. These details would be confirmed later in the spring semester. There is also a Sciences Po housing website (most commonly used by Marquette students) where many students will research listings and choose accommodation based on their personal preferences
Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" tab above
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, the 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 (district), 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