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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Sarah Greer Program type: Exchange
Area of study: Contemporary European studies, Economics, European Studies, French, Global economics, Global studies Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.9
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Graduate courses available: Yes
Housing options: Apartment (shared), Residence Hall Language prerequisite: Yes
Language component: Language of instruction: French
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Sciences Po Grenoble

Sciences Po Grenoble prides itself on being an interdisciplinary program. From its start, Sciences Po-Grenoble wanted to provide its students with a multidisciplinary course of study founded on the personalization of exchanges and the study of practical cases. It deliberately included courses that stressed the role of foreign languages, compared foreign politics and encouraged students to think critically and learn the skill of debate both in written and oral form. 

The Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) is just one of a cluster of universities that are now part of the University of Grenoble. The IEP is situated in the center of these universities, right off a tram exit. Students from all over the world take courses at the IEP and also have access to many of the organizations and events of the University of Grenoble.


Sciences Po (or IEP Grenoble) is on the lovely campus of the University of Grenoble, a city in the southeast of France, minutes away from the Alps. In fact, Grenoble is surrounded by often snow-capped mountains. Grenoble is known as “the capital of the Alps” and is now the leading research center in France outside the Paris area and is home to one of the largest student bodies in France. Grenoble is easily accessible by train from all major cities of France and even Europe. Since it is not a large city, it is easy to navigate through Grenoble thanks to an excellent tram and bus system.

Courses & Credits

The language prerequisite for this program is 3 semesters, to be completed by the start of the program.

At Sciences Po Grenoble UNC students will be placed in one of two tracks: a mixed English/French track or a French track, based on the results of a French language proficiency test (English track not open to UNC students). Click for more specific information on the description of the tracks and for Fall courses, and Spring courses. Students earn a full load and may receive French major/minor credit for some of these courses.

Students may also take a course outside of Sciences Po in one of the other "schools", but this is very rare and you will need to speak with your IEP advisor to help find a course that fits into your schedule. An advisor will work closely with you when you first arrive to help you enroll in all your courses.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
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The International Office of Sciences Po has many years of experience in helping students find housing. Students have the option of living in university residences (CROUS) or in a shared apartment. However, although the office will give you a list of these apartments, much of the work must be done by the student. There are different housing options and students really need to consider what they want from their housing and its location. Speak with your advisor for more information about this. We strongly recommend that you NOT choose the least expensive option. Students will complete an online form that gives their preference, and there will be someone to help students through the process of finding the right housing for them. Although some university housing is on or near the campus, other housing options may be further away, but transportation is quick and easy. Nevertheless, public transportation does not run 24/7 and in some instances, a taxi may be the best mode for late night returns. For information on housing, click here. For accommodation questions:

Depending on their situation, foreign students living in France can qualify to receive the CAF (a housing subsidy administered by the government) to help cover rent expenses. For information about receiving the CAF, click here.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 09/10/2022
09/23/2022 TBA TBA
Fall 2023 02/10/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/10/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA

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