International Exchanges – France: Sciences Po

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with Sciences Po

france-science-poLocation: Paris, France

Host Website:
(English website)

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a 2.0 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.  Exchange students can take courses taught in French, in English or select a combination of courses in French and English. Students who wish to take any social science or humanities course in French at Sciences Po must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college-level French and attained a minimum B2 French level (upper intermediate).

At least one content course of preparation is strongly recommended. Courses in European area studies can meet this condition. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, or the World Since 1492.

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the Sciences Po application.

Program Dates
Fall semester: Late August to late December
Spring semester: Mid January to late May
Full year: Late August to late May

Required Courses
Participants are expected to take a full course load including a French language course and at least one course with content on French history, politics, literature or culture. In addition, students will take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
All students are expected to take a French language course.

Course Options
Classes are available in French and English in the following fields of study: Economics, International Relations, Law, History, Political Science and Sociology. Exchange students can take courses taught in French, in English or select a combination of courses in French and English. Courses:

Credit Possible
Regular university students must take a full course load of 30 ECTS while at Sciences Po in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Pitzer requires students to live with host families. (The host family program is not overseen by Sciences Po, but rather by a third party provider specializing in host family programs in the city of Paris).