Quick Info

  • Reims
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Exchange
  • : Economics, French Language, Literature, and Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology
  • : 8/20/2019 - 12/22/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/01/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, 2 semesters (or equivalent) of host language


Exchange students can visit Sciences Po for either one semester or one year. Pitt students will earn S/NC credit for grades obtained at Sciences Po, as they will be fully integrated within the Sciences Po student body and will be considered part of the Sciences Po community. Classes are offered in both in English and in French. Students will be studying alongside regular French students, as all courses are integrated within the global undergraduate curriculum. Hence, international students are fully immersed into the outstanding Sciences Po community, even if they choose a full-English track.  

Undergraduate courses at Sciences Po cover various areas, including economics, European studies, French studies, history, international relations, and political science. There are no imposed majors or degree programs specifically associated with exchange students. Therefore, incoming students can enroll in any of the numerous classes offered at Sciences Po, in any of the concentrations previously mentioned.

Courses at Sciences Po are either in the lecture format or the seminar format.  

  • Lecture: 48 contact hours, 150 - 300 students, with a required 'tutorial'/recitation of 20-24 students
  • Seminar: 24 contact hours, 60-100 students, optional 'tutorials'/recitations of 20-24 students.  

Each class is typically worth three credits when transferred back to Pitt.  So, 4 classes is 12 credits, 5 classes is 15.  You may use the the grade scale below to estimate how grades will translate.  

Numerical Grade at Sciences Po Approximate Letter Grade Equivalent at Pitt
16-20 A+
14-15.9 A
12-13.9 B
10-11.9 C

For further details on various academic resources, please see the following resources below: 


Student Life

Ideally situated in the heart of Europe, renowned for the quality of its public transport, its cultural dynamism and the richness of its gastronomy, France is highly ranked as one of the best places to live and study in the world and has all the qualities necessary to make your exchange an unforgettable experience. 

Students enjoy special facilities in France that make life more enjoyable. An extensive system of discounts, assistance, and special facilities allows students to stretch a relatively modest budget to cover basic needs—and to enjoy life in France. Benefits include a network of student restaurants, university housing, rent subsidies, health insurance, student clubs and associations, and discounts on public transportation, movies, museums, libraries, and sporting events. 



Sciences Po's Reims campus offers a special service that assists and advises students with finding accommodation. It also provides a list of contacts to make housing-seeking easier.  You may find more details online here.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Reims Depart Reims
Early January Late May

Arrive in Reims Depart Reims
Late August  Late December


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your exchange university.



Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

Personal expenses varies with individual students. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Wonder about the cost of living? You can review the Sciences Po website for more information. 

Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Visa: Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need a student visa to study in France. Please review the following information on Sciences Po website regarding your visa procedures.  

Insurance: Students studying in France must purchase French insurance and social security coverage. See details on Sciences Po's website.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.