Sciences Po Lyon
Sciences Po Lyon, which was founded in 1948, is a public school which is attached to Universite Lumiere Lyon II. At the international level, Sciences Po Lyon has increasingly been promoting mobility for its students thanks to partnerships with over 157 universities in some 50 countries. The IEP is also a member of the network of the 9 regional IEPs outside of Paris; it has special links with the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Political Science Foundation. Several research centers are directly attached to Sciences Po Lyon, making it a center of academic excellence.
Sciences Po Lyon in numbers:
· 1800 students from first year to Ph.D.
· 17 Masters programs
· A special center to prepare students for National Competitive Examinations
· On-line programs and a score of other services
A very active student body with multiple events promoting campus life guarantee the institute an ever-growing reputation at both national and international levels.
Fall Semester: Mid-September – end of December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – end of May
Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.
Students can study on any of the following tracks while at Sciences Po Lyon:
- Attestation d’Etudes Politiques (AEP) / Certificate of Political Studies*
- Diploma of French and European Studies (DFES)
- Choix libre (Free choice)*
*Requires B2 level of French language or higher
Students who do not have proficiency in French should plan to participate in the DFES program, in which all courses (except French language courses) are taught in English. All DFES students also take an intensive French language course to supplement their studies. You can view the most recent catalogue of DFES courses online.
Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival.
Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.
Transfer of Credits
After Temple receives an official transcript from Sciences Po Lyon, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time.
Sciences Po Lyon uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to articulate credits on its transcripts. Transcripts are issued within five weeks after the assessment period has finished. More information about Temple's transfer credit policies, including conversions from ECTS to Temple credit, can be found on Temple's Undergraduate Bulletin. Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.
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Language of instruction
Students who wish to take French-taught academic courses (other than French language study) must have a minimum language level of B2.
Sciences Po Lyon, located in Lyon, France, is situated across a diverse set of districts with a mixture of 19th century architecture and contemporary glass and concrete; you can also find small popular neighborhoods (Montchat) and large, busy thoroughfares (Jean-Jaurès, Berthelot). The population is mixed with a variety of urban functions (two universities and Sciences Po Lyon, government buildings, residential, old and new industries). There is a great abundance of apartments for rent, both modern and older, in this area. Most of the student residences are located here. The area is served by two metro lines, two tramway lines and buses. It includes the main train station of Lyon, Part-Dieu.
The University is equipped with a wide variety of facilities open to all students, including:
- An amphitheater
- Multimedia Rooms
- Lecture Halls and classrooms
- Computer Rooms
- UNIPAD (a way for students to easily share class notes)
- Student tutors
- A variety of support groups and clubs
Sciences Po Lyon does not offer on-campus housing, so students must find their housing independently.
Information about housing can be found on Sciences Po's Lodging Page. Exchange students will have access to the housing platform available to only Sciences Po Lyon students; the platform provides a comprehensive list of student accommodations, such as apartments, homestays and student dormitories. Students may also elect to look at alternate housing platforms to arrange housing for the semester.
Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple.
Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University.
Applying to the program
Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester
Look back on this live Q&A with our peer advisor Cian Grourke, who studied in Lyon last year, and current exchange student from Sciences Po Lyon, Nina Drapala. They discuss adjusting to life abroad, different cultural and academic expectations, language immersion, and their favorite memories in Lyon and Philadelphia, respectively. Nina and Cian also share their recommendations for what to eat in Lyon!