The 2021-2022 academic calendar is not yet available, however it is expected to be similar to the 2020-2021 calendar below.
August 24 – August 28, 2020
September 1: First day of classes
December 20: Last day of classes
January 18: First day of classes
May 28: Last day of classes
Course offerings for 2021-2022 will be posted on the Sciences Po website later in spring.
Students may earn up to a maximum of 28 Georgetown credits from any of the courses offered in the Master’s of Economic Law-Global Governance Studies program, with the exception of clinics and language courses. Participants in this program who wish to receive credit for any course outside of the Global Governance Studies program must contact the Office of Transnational Programs to request approval. Participants should not expect to receive credit for courses that are not expressly approved by OTP. Credit earned at Sciences Po is calculated in accordance with the ABA’s standard class formula (12.5 hours of class time including exam time, plus 30 hours out of class preparation and studying, per one credit hour.) Students may be asked to verify the number of minutes each course meets in order to confirm the number of credits that the student will receive upon completion of their study abroad program. Students should note that while credit for most classes transfers to Georgetown on a 2 to 1 basis, Sciences Po’s “workshop” short courses do not. Workshop short courses that meet for a total of 8 hours are worth .686 Georgetown credits. Because Georgetown does not award partial credit, the total credit from workshop courses will be added up each term, and rounded down to the nearest whole credit, and the total added to the overall credit earned for the semester. See the Study Abroad Policy for details.
Students participating in the program will be expected to complete their JD degree during the same semester that they complete the Sciences Po program, at the end of their 3rd year of law study (4th year for part-time students.)
Courses are assessed by a variety of methods, including written exams, oral presentations, and papers. Sciences Po uses a 20 point grading system. A passing grade is 10 points or better out of 20. Courses are open to all students in the program however, students should also note that Sciences Po does not have an add drop period so courses should be selected carefully. Once the semester begins students are not allowed to drop a course except under exceptional circumstances. In addition, Sciences Po has a strict policy on attendance and punctuality. Absences must be justified to the professor and more than two absences results in an automatic fail of the course.
Housing & Facilities
Sciences Po does not directly arrange housing, but offers a special service that assists and advises students with finding accommodation. It also provides a list of contacts to make housing-seeking easier. Sciences Po also provides general housing information for the area.
Not all Sciences Po facilities are necessarily accessible to students with disabilities. However, Sciences Po will make efforts to assist students in coordinating a schedule of classes that is accessible. Admitted students with disabilities should contact the Office of Transnational Programs following acceptance. You may also visit the Sciences Po Disability Services website for additional information.
Library facilities are also available to all students.
Students at Sciences Po have the choice to take all courses in English (note that this will limit course choices) or to take some or all courses in French. Students who wish to take courses in French are required to have an advanced level of French language proficiency, and must provide proof of proficiency. Applicants may show proficiency by submitting one of the following: TCF results with a minimum score of 500 or DELF/DALF results with a minimum score of C1. Contact the nearest Alliance Francaise to find out more about TCF and DELF/DALF tests.
Visas & Campus France
Students who are admitted to the program will need to apply for a visa. Before doing so, they must register with Campus France. Admitted students should plan ahead, as the registration process can take some time and must be completed before a visa application can be completed. See Campus France’s website for more information.
While studying abroad through this program, students are eligible to receive the following funding: Federal Stafford loans, commercial or Grad PLUS Loans, and any grant or scholarship awards for which they have qualified. The same deadlines and application procedures for renewal of aid funds should be followed as if the student were attending at the Law Center.
This program, like all study abroad programs, has its own student living expense budget which will vary from the standard on-campus budget to reflect local costs and program-specific expenses. The budget may be lower than that for on-campus students.
As with on-campus programs federal loans may not be disbursed more than 10 calendar days prior to the actual start date of program classes and are disbursed manually to your account. Students should monitor their account on MyAccess and should see the funds post by the close of the first possible business day within the 10 day window. Please note that the 10 day window opens based on the start of classes, not orientation programs or other pre-class activities, even if required by the host institution. Students must plan their fianances accordingly.
Refer to the Financial Aid section of OTP’s Study Abroad Policy document for details.
Students under age 28 who participate in this program must purchase the French state insurance, in compliance with the national social security law. The cost of this insurance is approximately €215. This fee will be factored into the student’s financial aid. Georgetown University health insurance requirements still apply to these students.
The budget below reflects 2019-2020 amounts, an updated budget will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
|Living/ Food Expense||$3,750|
|Airfare (2 RT tickets)||$2,500|
|French Health Insurance||$240|