Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Bordeaux)

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux) is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Utrecht University School of GOVERNANCE.

Student experiences

Sciences Po Bordeaux student experiences

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Homepage Sciences Po Bordeaux

International Students and Programs

Academic calendar

Academic calendar

Fall semester: end of August - mid December

Spring semester: beginning of January - mid May

Please be aware that at the beginning of each semester, there is a compulsory orientation week. 

Exchange students have specific exams. They cannot take their exams with regular students.
1st semester exams: Mid-December
2nd semester exams: End of April to mid-May


FRENCH Exchange

* FRENCH TRACK STUDENTS: Requirement - B1 official certificate level in French (CEFR). A certificate from a French language teacher, an official language certificate is required. Alternatively you can submit the results of the EU Academy French placement test if   the  results show the required level of French or higher.

* POLITICAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE/ ATTESTION: Requirement - B2 official certificate level in French (CEFR). To qualify for these certifications, students must take 3 mandatory seminars: French Language and Civilization, Political Studies, and French Contemporary Issues. These courses are focused on fostering students’ critical thinking and oral skills in French through comparative analyses of contemporary issues in France and their home countries.

The Certificate of Political Studies (CEP : Certificat d’Études Politiques) for students who complete one academic year (60 ECTS credits) of study

The Attestation of Political Studies (AEP : Attestation d’Études Politiques) for students who complete one semester (30 ECTS credits) of study

ENGLISH Exchange:

ENGLISH TRACK STUDENTS: Requirement - B2 level in English according to the CEFRL (IELTS 6), level in French has to be under B1 (English taught courses are for beginners in French only). You will have to submit proof that your French proficiency is under B1 level. You can do this with a letter from a French language teacher, an official language certificate, or by submitting the results of the EU Academy French placement test.  


You have to submit proof of the language proficiency at your application at the host university.

Areas of study open for exchange students

Political Science.

Please note that students cannot register for courses before their arrival in Bordeaux (but the courses offer can be found in the catalogue on their website).


A regular student at Sciences Po Bordeaux has to obtain 30 ECTS per semester or 60 ECTS for one academic year.

French track

English track

Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

Housing from 200€ to 600€
Food from 200€ to 400€
Books from 50€ to 150€
Transportation around 30€ per month
Miscellaneous from 100€ to 400€

Total: 580 - 1580€

Health insurance

Students must have the European Health Insurance Card


University Accommodation: Foreign students who wish to stay in a university residence hall must apply online to the CROUS de Bordeaux before June 1, 2021 (first semester’s students) or before October 25, 2021 (second semester’s students). They must also email their registration data to Eléna Dubâa: 

CROUS = the organization responsible for managing student accommodation, restaurants, grants, etc. 

Private accommodation: Accommodation is difficult to find in Bordeaux. Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation. Before leaving you have to give three-month notice.

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European universities use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and normally, you obtain 30 ECTS per semester

Study load per semester 22,5 ECTS (minimum) - 30 ECTS credits

See ‘keuzecursussen in het buitenland’ under Studeren in het Buitenland.

Additional information

Number of places: 4 x semester or 2 x full year

Erasmus code: F BORDEAU37

Studeren in het buitenland voor USBO studenten

Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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