This is a bilateral exchange program based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and Sciences Po in France. Sciences Po is a highly competitive and diverse French university that specializes in the humanities and social sciences. Sciences Po offers courses in political science, economics, history, sociology, law, finance, business, communication, social and urban policy, management, and journalism. There are over 11,000 students and almost half are international. In a world where knowledge is evolving very rapidly, qualities such as imagination, inventiveness, innovation, and an aptitude to deal with change are crucial: Sciences Po's undergraduate program encourages intellectual courage and the ability to cope with complexity. If you would like to learn more please visit sciencespo.fr.en.
The college of Reims offers students a comfortable atmosphere for their studies. The campus is located on a 17th-century site in a medium-sized urban setting. In the heart of the city, this former Jesuit college is recognized as a historical monument and hosts a grape harvest in the on-site vineyard every September. It is an exceptional setting.
To develop a keen sense of community, and in order to provide high-quality student services, the student body is deliberately small, at roughly 800 students.
As one of Europe's top universities, Sciences Po is an innovative and proactive teaching and research institution with robust international integration and the richest social sciences library in continental Europe. Its educational programs have a strong international dimension thanks to multi-lingual teaching and the comparative and international perspectives of the courses.
Sciences Po has developed exchange programs with over 350 universities around the world and thus has very strong support services for international students. The university offers welcome and orientation programs, visa assistance, help finding accommodations, a student services center, over 50 student organizations, and 30 sports groups.
Housing can be found in one of the numerous student residences managed by the city of Reims by applying for private housing. Students can find out more here.
Ohio State Program Contact
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Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Exchange students on the Reims campus have the option of pursuing a certificate in one of four areas of specialization: International Affairs & Strategy, European Affairs, Economics and Business, and Journalism & Communication. Students receive a certificate upon successful completion of three courses in their chosen track, one language course, one elective of their choice, and the orientation week. The student has to validate a minimum of 30 credits at the end of the semester. Please note that this exchange focuses on the above content areas with limited French language instruction, thus it is unlikely that Ohio State students can receive French language credit through this exchange.
Effective Autumn 2014: View grade conversion used by the University Registrar for this exchange.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process
in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have Junior rank, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Applicants are requested to address the following specific topics in their personal statement: their major, their future career aspirations, and how study at Sciences Po will help to accomplish these goals. The personal statement should be about 300 words. The personal statement will be a key determining factor in nomination decisions. Complete applications will also include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor.
Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
Sciences Po provides an overview of life in Reims that includes estimates for common monthly expenses.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice, or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.