137, Sciences Po Lyon, EX
Full name of your institution in English
Sciences Po Lyon
Brief introduction of your institution (up to 200 words) and/or the URL
Facts & Figures
Founded in: 1948
Sciences Po Lyon, also known as Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon (Lyon Institute of Political Studies) is an undergraduate and graduate school of public affairs and international relations with a five-year degree that combines a Bachelor and a Masters.

Entrance to the school is conditional upon passing a national competitive examination which is organized in common with five other Institutes of Political Studies, in Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse. Only the top 10% of the candidates are admitted. There are two other specific examinations to enter directly into year 2 or 4, in the latter case for a Masters program. Sciences Po Lyon has a total of approximately 1700 students over the five years of its curriculum. It also welcomes every year approximately 200 international students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. It also has an average of 12 visiting faculty per year.
Sciences Po Lyon has over 60 permanent faculty and over 200 part-time faculty and experts. A member of Université de Lyon, the Institute draws on its close ties with other schools and universities in the greater Lyon area to develop joint programs, together with research and teaching collaborations.
The curriculum at Sciences Po Lyon is divided into three stages:
In years 1 and 2, the students receive a multidisciplinary education in social sciences with an emphasis on law, political science, history, economics, and media studies. They also have to study two foreign languages. Through a series of optional in-house degrees which add an average of 250 hours of classes over two years, Sciences Po Lyon has acquired a strong identity in area studies, with programs on Europe, Asia, the Arab World, Latin America, the United States, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Those degrees enable our students to obtain an initiation in the politics, economies and cultures of those areas. The is no specialization for the students at this stage. The insistence is on the acquisition of solid foundations in social sciences.
Year 3 is, for the great majority of students, spent abroad, in one of our 150 partner institutions. The year abroad is both an occasion to discover new teaching methods and objects and to start identifying a specialization. A modest number of students combine one semester abroad with a 4-to-6 month internship, either abroad, preferentially, or in France. Fewer than 20 out of 240 spend their whole third year doing an internship.
Upon their return to the Lyon campus, fourth-year students have a choice between three streams : public affairs, international affairs and media/journalism. Most students complete at the same time the Sciences Po degree, which is the equivalent of a Masters Degree, and a national Masters Degree awarded by our partner universities or schools such as Université Lyon 2 or Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Sciences Po Lyon aims at a high degree of professionalization as a majority of our students enter the work market upon graduation. As a result, most students spend the second semester of their 5th year doing an internship in the public or private sector in France or abroad. At this point, the students have a wide range of choices, from Public Policy and Comparative Government to Eastern Asian Studies. Specialties also include Sustainable Development and Cooperation in Latin America, Journalism, Urban Studies, Communication for International Cultural Organizations, European Business and Institutions... A significant number of students also prepare at the Institute the national competitive examinations to enter the French or the European civil service systems, a key element of the core mission of the Institute.

The quality and innovation of our programs is largely based on the faculty of Sciences Po Lyon participating in highly ranked research teams that bring together scholars and scientists from a large number of schools and universities that are part of the Université de Lyon.
Student quota: number of exchange students you can accommodate from Waseda University
Categories of exchange students you will accept

*Graduate (research) applicants must notify the CIE prior to the online registration/application (CIE)

Do you admit undergraduate students without prior studies in the relevant disciplines?
Academic calendar
Mid-September - mid January
Mid January - June
Is enrollment open to students of any nationality including your own country? If "no", please specify all restrictions.
GPA requirement on the 4-point scale (Please also indicate any other specific requirements regarding grades.)
Good academic level (we rely on the selection of the partner university)
Language(s) of instruction
French, courses in English
TOEFL requirements: Please specify required minimum scores on PBT, CBT and iBT. Please add section-score requirements if there are any.
PBT: 550
iBT: 80
Language proficiency requirement(s) other than English: Please give details if you require minimum scores of any tests, specific language proficiency certificates, or any other language requirement.
basic knowledge of French language

Students must have adequate language proficiency (both oral and written) to complete the courses successfully. (CIE)
Tuition-waived L2 beginner courses in the local language (other than English) are available for exchange students through a year?
How many class hours per week of the L2 beginner courses in the local language (other than English) do you have?
Not relevant
Programs and/or courses not open to exchange students from Waseda University
Modern language courses and seminars
Types of accommodation available to exchange students and estimated fees
Student housing: rooms and studios from € 230 to € 600 per month
How much will estimated room and board fees be for a 10-month stay? Please tell us a roug overall amount in your currency.
EUR 8,000
Please break down the overall amount answered in Q12.
Room: EUR 4,000
Board: EUR 4,000
Number of courses you would recommend an exchange student should take during one semester
We recommend 6 courses of 24 hours (=30 ECTS credits)
Mandatory fees Waseda students must pay to your institution
Only affiliation to the Health Security System (around €200)
Insurance plan: Is an exchange student required to purchase a compulsory insurance plan (e.g., health insurance plan) designated by your university or country? If "yes", how much does it cost?
Health Security System (around €200)
If your answer to Q15 is "yes", is a waiver available, provided that the student purchases an insurance plan designated by Waseda University? Please state specific "conditions" if any.
Application documents
Any comments and other useful information (e.g., visa, orientation, local information)