This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and the Institute of Political Studies in Lille. Priority for placement will be given to Political Science majors and minors, but students from other academic fields will be considered if there is space available and appropriate coursework is offered.
- Take Political Science courses in English
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in French culture and learn the language
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
Lille is located in northern France on the border with Belgium. It is a short distance by train to Paris (1 hour), Brussels (less than 1 hour) and London (1.5 hours). The public transportation system provides easy access to most cities in France via a high-speed train and an airport. Greater Lille is the fourth largest metropolis in France with approximately 100,000 students amongst the 4 million inhabitants of the Northern district of France.
Lille is a historic city where major elements form the XIX century are still in evidence, as well as well preserved Flemish facades. The city is divided up into districts with many interesting contrasts, from the historic heart of the city to the glass-clad towers of the new quarter. There are opportunities for shopping in ancient streets, visiting the many museums and monuments or wandering through the city past the exuberant décor of XVIIth century architecture.
The Institute of Political Studies was opened in 1991 and today has 750 students, all of them selected by a competitive admissions test. In 1996 the Institute relocated to occupy a former industrial building, whose renovation has been an architectural success. Students following the normal course of study in the Institute come from all over France. From it’s creation, the Institute of Political Studies has developed a European Approach, largely favored by its international location. The university has developed student exchange programs with 80 foreign universities throughout the world and every year the Institute welcomes visiting professors from some of those universities.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have completed lower division requirements for the Political Science major
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
There is no language requirement, but a minimum of one term of college level French is strongly recommended. Free regular lessons take place twice a week (4 hours) during the first and the second semester. You have the possibility to attend 100 hours of French language lessons in a year. Evaluations will be organized at the beginning and at the end of the session. At the end of the lessons, you will receive a certificate according to your level.
SJSU students can attend classes in five departments: Politics, European Studies, International Relations, Economics and Finance and Public Administration. Students can also attend courses of visiting professors (most of the time in English, German or Spanish). The academic calendar consists of two sixteen-week semesters. Students are evaluated through exams for each course. The French assessment scale ranges form 0 to 20. Marks between 10-20 are passing and receive credit. Students who are fluent in French, Spanish or German have opportunities to take other coursework as well.
Examples of Classes available in English:
- Russian Politics
- Globalization and Cities
- British Politics
- Elements of American Political Science
- Human Rights in International Relations
- The Scandinavian Welfare State in Comparative Perspective
- Introduction to China’s Economics and Politics
- Transatlantic Relations
- Great Britain and European Integration
- Nordic Politics
- Comparative Political Economy of East Asia
- Electoral Studies
- Living with the Euro/Key Policy Issues
- US Foreign Policy Toward Africa
International students have access to a huge offering of courses during their stay at Sciences Po Lille. Although main of them are taught in French, Sciences Po Lille offers a maximum of 10 courses taught in English per semester. You may choose among the courses offered to second- and fourth-year students (general courses, specialized courses and exploration seminars) and, of course, those reserved for international students. For a list of courses please Click Here
Certificate of Political Studies (CEP)
Students at Sciences Po Lille can also obtain the university’s Diplôme Universitaire (DU), the Certificate of Political Studies (CEP). It is granted to students who have a good command of written and spoken French and who spend a full academic year (two semesters) at Sciences Po. Students must take the following classes to earn this certificate: In order to obtain the CEP, students have to attend specific classes :
Please note that attendance at these “conférences de méthodes” is obligatory.
- 2 fundamental courses
- Vie politique française (24 hours) = 5 ECTS (1st semestre),
- Institutions politiques comparées (24 hours) = 5 ECTS (2nd semestre).
- 2 “conférences de méthode” (during the entire academic year) to be chosen between:
- Sociologie Politique (36 hours) = 8 ECTS,
- Problèmes Internationaux Contemporains (36 hours) = 8 ECTS,
- La France et l’Europe en tendance (36 hours) = 8 ECTS.
- Construire l’action publique. Actions publiques comparées (36 hours) = 8 ECTS
- A minimum of 5 courses to be chosen within the list of courses available to international students.
- A “grand Oral”: an oral exam testing the general knowledge of the students and their capacity to structure what they have learned = 5 ECTS.
Students are required to attend a two-week orientation seminar divided into two parts: an Administrative part (orientation to the city and university) and a methodological and linguistic part ( 20 hours of free French intensive courses and initiation to study methods).
Students may participate in internships while studying in Lille. The exchange program does not have formalized internship programs, but the university can provide support with internship placements or students can arrange their own internship.
The Institute of Political Sciences is not located on a campus so it does not offer accommodations. But Lille is a great metropolis which offers many facilities and lodging for students throughout the city. To find an accommodation in a public student residence, you can apply through the Crous Website.
Students can also use the Housing Anywhere platform which is for outgoing students to sublet their room for a short period of time to incoming students. This website is free to use and it operates on a full student-to-student basis. To find other options, please read their Housing Guide
Fall semester: September – December
Spring semester: January – June
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
* Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Airfare: $1,400.00
- Housing & Meals: $2,500.00
- Books & Supplies: $300.00
- Insurance: $300.00*
- Personal Expenses: $2,000.00
- Total $10,400.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here.
Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.