Information Factsheet 2013-2014 - Sciences-Po International

Information Factsheet 2013-2014 - Sciences-Po International

Information Factsheet 2013-2014Exchange Programme for partner universitiesInternational Affairs

Academic Calendar 2013-2014The academic calendar for 2013/14 is available on the Sciences Po website :Fall SemesterOnline Course Registration Fall Semester: July 10 th -16 th 2013Fall Welcome programme: August 23 rd - August 30 th 2013Information Day: date to be confirmedBeginning of Fall Semester: August 30 th 2013Mid-term exams : October 12 th ,19 th , 26 th and November 9 th 2013End of Fall Semester: December 6 th 2013Winter Break: October 28 th 2013 - October 31 st 2013Exam period: December 13 th –21 st 2013Christmas Break : December 23 rd _ January 3 rd 2014National Holidays: November 1 st ,11 th 2013Spring SemesterOnline Course Registration Spring Semester: January 6 th –10 th 2014Spring Welcome programme: January 10 th -17 th 2014Information Day: date to be confirmedBeginning of Spring Semester: January 18 th 2014Spring Break: March 3 rd -March 8 th 2014National Holidays: April 21 st , May 1 st , 8 th , 29 th 2014Mid-term exams : March 1 st , 15 th , 22 d , April 5 th 2014End of Spring Semester: April 26 th 2014Final Exams: May 5 th -20 th 2014NB: Saturdays are potential class days, and can be used for examinations. Students should therefore wait untilexamination dates are published (15 days after classes start) before planning vacations.Useful informationOur brochure “Sciences Po et Vous” is full of very useful informationand we would invite you to read it:

ciences Po International Affairs DivisionCentre for the Americaswww.americas.sciences-po.frElodie LuquetResponsible for Center for the AmericasInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Canada and the USA(graduate) 1 45 49 83 14Matthew ThomasInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for the USA (undergraduate) 1 45 49 83 13Amy GreeneInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for the USA (undergraduate) 1 45 49 50 23Catarina LaranjeiraInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Latin 1 45 49 83 57Administrative supportBasma 1 45 49 53 03Sandrine 1 45 49 83 15Centre for Asia and the Pacific and theMiddle Eastwww.asiapacific.sciences-po.frCapucine EdouResponsible for Center for Asia and thePacifi and the Middle 1 45 49 76 14Alessandro MarianiInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for China, Hong Kong, 1 45 49 77 64Marie AzuelosInternational affairs manger (Incoming andOutgoing) for India, Bangladesh, Australia,New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, 1 45 49 55 87Sebastien LindenInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Middle East, North Africa, 1 45 49 56 21Etienne SmithInternational affairs manager (incoming andOutgoing) for sub-Saharan 1 45 59 77 62Administrative supportCatherine 1 45 49 77 63Marie 1 45 49 76 05Sophie 1 45 49 53 65Centre for Europewww.europe.sciences-po.frAguéda Perez MunozResponsible for Center for EuropeInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for the UK and 1 45 49 51 20Cécile MarinInternational affairs manager ( Incoming andOutgoing) for Northern Europe, 1 45 49 54 94Pauline CouteauInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Baltic countries, Central andEastern European 1 45 49 76 10Paolo ModugnoInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Spain, Italy, Portugal 1 45 49 51 12Michael SchmidmayrInternational affairs manager (Incoming andOutgoing) for Germany, Austria,Switzerland, 1 45 49 76 08Administrative supportCéline 1 45 49 76 13Christine 1 45 49 76 09Sophie PrudentEramus 1 45 49 53 30Student Exchanges OfficeCaroline JohnsonStudent Exchanges Office 1 45 49 76 48Administrative supportBouchra AmaliUnited States (undergraduate), MiddleEast and Africa, Scandinavia, Finland,Russia, Benelux, Baltic 1 45 49 59 60Mirette GodardSouth Korea, Japan, Australia, NewZealand, Malaysia, India, SouthernEurope, 1 45 49 59 89Emilie BoudinUnited States (undergraduate-Graduate),United Kingdom, 1 45 49 76 11Olga SzaboChina, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,Central and Eastern European countries,Latin 1 45 49 76 02*Please contact the Student Exchangesoffice for questions concerning theadmissions procedure for exchangestudents, Welcome Programme, roomsavailable at the CIUP, grade transcriptsand general

The Sciences Po exchange programme (undergraduate and graduate) draws students from over 400 partneruniversities worldwide. Each year, Sciences Po’s staff, faculty and 10000 students welcome over 1200 exchangestudents, making them an important part of the student community and the university’s academic mission. Exchangestudents contribute to a dynamic learning environment composed of top-notch professors, researchers,professionals and an accomplished student body.Students may participate in the Undergraduate Exchange Programme or the Graduate Exchange programme.Students may choose to study in English, in French or in both languages. Linguistic diversity is part of Sciences Po’sidentity: all courses are taught in French and English, and to a lesser degree, in other languages (particularly at theregional campuses). Sciences Po is therefore an excellent destination for students who are not French speakers (butfluent in English), and yet are interested in studying abroad in France.The Paris campus is located in the heart of Paris,close to the political centres of power and culturalattractions. It is composed of seventeenthandeighteenth-century buildings and its neighboursinclude ministries, embassies, corporateheadquarters, publishing houses, the Assembléenationale... in short, many centres of French decisionmaking.Students are also exposed to the strongcultural flavor of the Saint Germain district: renownedcafés sheltering a new generation of philosophers, artgalleries and architecture, shops and cinemas, andrestaurants. World-class historical and culturalattractions (the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay,the Sorbonne, the National Museum of the MiddleAges-Cluny) are all within walking distance.Paris campus: Map and directionsUndergraduate exchange students can choose from sixother regional campuses. These unique campuses offerthe same academic curriculum as the Paris campus, butintegrate area studies into their programmes. Generallyhalf of the student body comes from the region concerned.This contributes to a culturally rich and academicallystimulating environment that makes the regionalcampuses so distinctive. They will find at each campus aclose-knit community of students and faculty, excellentconditions for study, and a high level of support services.The cost of living is often lower in these smaller cities thanin Paris.Central and Eastern Europe Campus in DijonEurope-Asia Campus in Le HavreMiddle East and Mediterranean Campus in MentonEuropean Franco-German Campus in NancyEurope – Latin America Campus in PoitiersEurope – North AmericaCampus in ReimsPlease note that all graduate exchange students attend the Paris campus for the exchange programme

Types of classesCours magistraux (French lecture courses)These lecture courses are animated by distinguishedprofessors and class sizes vary from 60 students to largelecture hall audiences. Evaluation is based on a finalsemester exam. A lecture course forms part of a moduleconsisting of lecture + seminar course.Conférences de méthode (French seminar course)Each lecture course in French is associated with a seminarcourse on the same topic. These are interactive classes ofaround 20 to 25 students which meet for two hours a week.These classes are at the heart of a Sciences Po education.It is here that students are instructed in the methodology forwhich Sciences Po is so well-known and well-reputed. Thismethod concentrates on teaching students how to focus onwhat is essential, organise and prioritise arguments, andwrite and verbalise ideas clearly and simply. Activeparticipation is mandatory and a great deal of emphasis isplaced on oral expression. Evaluation is by continuousassessment.English lecture coursesThese classes are two hours a week and have a maximumenrolment of 60-70 students. These courses are moreinteractive than the traditional lectures in French, with ahalf-hour of each session reserved for questions anddiscussion on the readings. These courses also place astrong emphasis on written expression. Evaluation is bycontinuous assessment during the semester (essays) and awritten exam at the end of the semester. Each lecturecourse has a teaching assistant who is a specialist in thediscipline and is available to offer support and help studentsorganise their work.Electives (French or English)Electives meet for two hours a week and are organised inthe same way as the French seminar courses describedabove. However, they are not related to a lecture course.Emphasis is put on a close interaction with the professor.Evaluation is by continuous assessment.Foreign language coursesIt is strongly recommended for all non-francophonestudents to take a French language course. It is possible tostudy a second language, but in this case, students musttake a language previously studied at their home university.Language courses for exchange students are worth 4ECTS.SportsStudents can register for one sports class per semesterworth 2 credits. For more information, please contact theSports Association : or Students attending a campus outsideof Paris should contact the campus directly.Majors offered at Sciences PoSciences Po offers undergraduate exchange studentsseven disciplines of study. Students may choose onediscipline, or select courses from a variety of disciplines:Economics,History,Humanities,International relations,LawPolitical science,SociologyJournalism (selective programme for exchange studentsSpring semester only)Masters open to exchange studentsParis School of International AffairsEuropean AffairsPublic AffairsCommunicationEconomic LawFinance and strategyHuman resources Management (fall semester only)MarketingRegional and urban strategies (fall semester only)Governing the large metropolis (fall semester only)Economic and businessEconomic and Public PolicyThe doctoral School: Master’s in Political Sciences(comparative political sociology)Language optionsExchange students have the possibility of studying entirelyin English, French or in both languages. In order to placestudents in the appropriate programme of study and level oflanguage classes, Sciences Po requires all students to showproof of their linguistic abilities prior to arrival in France. English: If native language and/or the language ofinstruction at home university is not English: TOEFL IBT(Internet based test) 80 or IELTS 6, or the equivalent scoresin all other major English language proficiency tests. French: If native language and/or the language ofinstruction at home university is not French: TCF 400 orDELF B2.If students have not taken an official language test,exchange students must self-evaluate their language levelbased on Sciences Po’s languages charters. Students areresponsible for determining the correct language levelaccording to the information in the Sciences Po languagecharter.Students wishing to take an additional foreign languagecourse must also self-evaluate their language level in thecorresponding language. (NB. Additional languages may notbe taken at a beginners level.)Students self-evaluate their English or French levels (ifapplicable) and indicate their language level whencompleting their online application for admission to SciencesPo’s undergraduate or graduate exchange programme. Allstudents are required to have a language level in Frenchand in English for their exchange application to beconsidered as complete

The undergraduate exchange programme certificateIn order to obtain the Undergraduate ExchangeProgramme Certificate, students must follow one of therecommended English, French or English/FrenchProgrammes outlined on the Sciences Po website, eachconsisting in two full semester course loads (60 ECTScredits total), and must validate a minimum of 45 ECTScredits overall. Students studying for one semester musttake and validate 30 ECTS.This certificate will also indicate a linguistic and/or thematic“mention”, providing the student has successfully completedat least 40 ECTS credits of a full year 60-credit ECTScourse load in a specific discipline or language:Academic rules and regulationsAttendanceAs class participation is an integral part of the academicprogramme, attendance in class is mandatory. Any absencemust be justified to the professor and the administrativeteam responsible for the programme of study. More thanthree absences per semester will result in automatic default(“défaillance”) of the course- Students at the Paris Campus may choose a thematic“concentration” (eg. 40 ECTS in Economics).- Exchange Students other campuses are awarded athematic “mention” in International Studies depending ontheir focus- Students who take at least 40 ECTS credits of coursesinstructed in French will be awarded a special “mentionFrancophone” on their certificate.- Students who take at least 40 ECTS credits of coursesinstructed in English will be awarded a special “mentionAnglophone” on their certificate.ECTSGradeAStudentsNormallyachieving thegrade (%)the highest10% of a classDefinitionEXCELLENT –outstandingperformancePunctualityStudents are expected to arrive in class on time. Excessivetardiness is considered as an absence.Exam AttendanceStudents must be vigilant of their exam dates and respectthese obligations by being present at any midterm or finalexams. No rescheduling of exams is permitted except underexceptional circumstances (i.e. medical reasons justified bya doctor’s certificate). A missed exam can result in a default,meaning the course credits are not obtained.No Add and Drop PolicyOnce the semester begins, students will not be allowed tocancel (“drop”) a course from their registered semestercourse load, except under exceptional circumstances. If astudent abandons the class, a default will automaticallyappear on their final transcript.Intellectual HonestyPlagiarism is prohibited and severely sanctioned.BCDEFX (*)F (*)the following25 %the following30 %the following25 %the last 10% ofa classVERY GOOD - above theaverage standardGOOD - generally sound workSATISFACTORY - fairSUFFICIENT – performancemeets minimum criteriaFAIL - passing level not obtainedFAIL - level considerably belowpassingOnly grades ranging between 10 and 20 are ranked(*) : At Sciences Po, the grade range of 9.00 and 9.50 out of20 is entered for the ECTS FX grade, and under 9.00 out of20.00 is entered for the F grade.AuditingStudents are not authorized to audit classes at Sciences Po.They must be registered in the course in order to attend.Evaluation and GradingGrading at Sciences Po is on a scale of 0 to 20. Each classis graded separately, and a minimum grade of 10 is requiredto pass a course. Sciences Po uses also the EuropeanCredit Transfer System (ECTS). In addition to the gradesobtained in the courses, students receive another gradeaccording to the ECTS. This grade is given as follows:Other gradesDéfaillant (Default)Report (Postpone)Validé (Pass)Non validé (Not validated)Usually indicates eitherexcessive absences of absencefrom the final examThe student had to reschedulethe exam for justified medicalreasonsSports electives onlySports electives only

Grade TranscriptsAt the end of each semester, students have access to theirgrades online through their Sciences Po online area. Atranscript is provided to all partner universities by post.Please note that transcripts are generally delivered 6-8weeks after the end of the semester.Contact: candidature.echange@sciences-po.frApplication process1st step : Online application by partner universityAll partner universities must nominate their exchangestudents online at the following address: (We do not acceptnominations by email)Partner universities can nominate their students for the Fallsemester in early Spring and for the Spring semester in theearly Fall.Partner universities will be informed of the procedure tofollow by email and will receive a reminder of their User IDand password. Partner universities are also invited toconsult the user guide : explains how to nominate students.The following information is required by partner universitiesto nominate a student online:Last name, first name and email addressNumber of semesters (one or two)Programme (Bachelor or Master)Campus (for Bachelor level exchange students only)Information on the majors required for undergraduatestudents attending the Paris campusSpecifiy who will pay for the Welcome Programme(university or student)2 nd step : Online application for studentsStudents will receive an automatic email once nominatedsuccessfully online by their home university and will beinformed that they must complete an online application andupload the required supoorting documents:https://scolarite.sciences-po.frSupporting documents1. Curriculum Vitae (in English or in French)2. Covering letter outling the reasons for wanting to study atSciences Po3. Photo4. University grade transcripts5. Official language results (if applicable)Partner universities can consult the advancement oftheir students’ applications online (please see thepartner university user guide)Eligibility criteriaUndergraduate Exchange Programme: All applicantsmust have successfully have completed at least foursemesters of university study before studying at SciencesPoGraduate exchange programme : All applicants musthave successfully obtained a Bachelor degree or itsequivalent (or at least three full years of study in highereducation) before studying at Sciences PoOutcome of exchange applicationStudents will be informed of their acceptance to theexchange programme by email once the application hasbeen checked and accepted by the International AffairsDivision. The partner university will be on copy of theacceptance email.Students will receive confirmation of their Sciences Po userID and password in their acceptance email which will allowthem to connect to their Sciences Po online area. Studentscan access a provisionnal acceptance letter in Pdf format.Important informationSciences Po online area and ENTGOnce accepted, all exchange students must accept theiroffer of acceptance through their Sciences Po online areaand quickly activate their Sciences Po email (ENTG)account by logging in to: Whenlogging in for the first time, students should click « Activervotre compte » and enter their Sciences Po User ID(Identifiant) and password. All Sciences Po emailaddresses are composed in the following programmeStudents may take part in Sciences Po’s Welcomeprogramme organised at the beginning of each semesterfor international students. The programme is optional andrequires a fee and registration operates on a first-come,first-served basis. Students must register and pay throughtheir online area: is only guaranteed once payment has beenreceived.Universities who pay for their students’ participation in theWelcome programme will be invoiced at the beginning ofthe semester.Student attending a campus outside of Paris should contactthe campus directly to see if an orientation programme isorganised.For further information regarding the Welcome programme,please consult the Internatinal Affairs’ Division’s website:

Important informationAcceptance lettersAcceptance letters will be sent directly to all partneruniversities after the deadline has passed for completedstudent applications for the exchange programmeContact: candidature.echange@sciences-po.frCourse registrationDates for course registration will be published on theSciences Po website : class schedulesare only made available at the time of online registration.Undergraduate exchange students are required to readcarefully the undergraduate exchange programme webpages which explain the course outline, course content,ECTS credits and main contacts.Masters students should consult the following webpages: accepted to campuses outside Paris shouldcontact the regional campus directly :http://college.sciencespo.frStudents should also become familiar with the academicregulations at Sciences Po. Please urge your students toread the following document carefully: Academic rules andregulations.Places in classes are distributed on a first-come, first-servedbasis and many courses will close for registration when theyreach their full capacity. Students should have several backupchoices for each course they wish to take.For students attending the undergraduate exchangeprogramme in Paris, partner universities shouldindicate if their students are obliged to take the majorityof their courses in one or two specific majors. Forexample, if your student is required to take all their coursesin History or in International Relations and Economics, youmust indicate this when nominating your student online.Students who do not have any specific academic obligationsin their home university should indicate their preferredmajors at Sciences Po.Administrative registrationAdministrative registration is mandatory for all exchangestudents.Students must first of all pre register online through theirSciences Po online area. For further information, studentsshould consult the student support services website : students have completed their pre-registration online,they should send their pre registration form and supportingdocuments to : 9 rue de la Chaise, 75007 Paris beforearrival and collect their student card upon arrival. Studentswithout a permanent address should indicate 9 rue de laChaise, 75007, Paris as their address.Social securityRegistration is valid for the whole year and costs 203 Euros(2012-13). Students from the European Economic Areawho are holders of the European health insurance card areexempt. Students under 28 years old from a countryoutside the European Economic Area must subscribe to thestudent social security system and pay for it, whether theyhave private insurance or not. Students will be required topay for French student social security at the same time asapplying for their student card. For further information: permit (titre de séjour)All students coming to study at Sciences Po for longer than3 months who come from a non-EU member state mustapply for a residence permit in order to reside in France.Sciences Po has put in place a liaison service between thepolice (“La Préfecture de Police de Paris”) and theInternational Affairs Division.Please be aware that this service is only available forstudents applying for residence permits that live in the cityof Paris. Students living outside of Paris, in the GreaterParis region (Ile-de-France), should check out theinformation published on the website of their local policeheadquartersAccommodation OfficeSciences Po's Accommodation Office provides studentswith information and advice can put students in contact withorganisations or individuals renting accommodation.Contact: info.logement@sciences-po.frThe Sciences Po Students' Union (Bureau des Elèves,BDE) receives many accommodation offers fromindividuals that can be accessed by students afterregistering for the association (10 euros/year).Students with disabilitiesSciences Po provides facilities that allow all students with adisability to fully participate in life at the university.For further information, please contact Claire Seconde:claire.seconde@sciences-po.frSportsThe Sciences Po Sports Society (Association Sportive, AS)allows students to take part in over 60 different sports. Italso enlivens the academic year with social activities andsporting events: associationsEach year, over 80 associations help to animate student lifeat Sciences Po. No matter what the topic: political,humanitarian, artistic, they allow students to come togetherand to exchange and share their interests with the wholestudent community. For further information:

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