BU’s five Paris programs make the most of France’s capital city. The Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Exchange, offered either fall or spring semester or for the full academic year, makes it possible for well-qualified Boston University students to study typically in their junior year at Sciences Po, an institution renowned for its strong programs in political science, international relations, economics, and history. Previous language study is helpful but not required.

  • Boston University students only
  • Completion of at least four semesters of undergraduate study before going to Sciences Po
  • Previous language study is helpful but not required, as courses may be taken all in French, English, or a mix of both
  • Applicants who wish to complete the French certificate program at Sciences Po must have completed at least five semesters of college-level French and must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the language.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs (Students taking all classes in English have no language requirements.)
Sciences Po is well known for its strong programs in political science, international relations, history, economics, and philosophy.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

Local Homestay or University Dormitory
  • Individual bedrooms in local family home
  • Each room includes a bed, a desk, and some storage space
  • Linens are provided and washed regularly
  • Kitchen access is allowed with reserved space in cabinets and refrigerator, and full use of the appliances to prepare meals
  • Board not included; students eat 1 meal/week with family. No stipend.
  • Host families provide laundry and internet
  • Single rooms
  • Rooms include a shower and toilet
  • Shared kitchen
  • Board not included, no stipend
  • Students may eat at the student cafeteria
  • Laundry facilities at the residence hall

There are gyms at the university and in town. Students can study at the BU Paris Center. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.

  • Academic Year: late August to late May
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
  • Spring Semester: mid-January to late May
  • Academic Year: March 1
  • Fall Semester: March 1
  • Spring Semester: September 15

Review of applications will begin according to the following timetable. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.