GECD Establishes Exchange with Sciences Po in Paris

By Scott R. Murray, Administrative Assistant, GECD: Global Education

GECD is excited to announce the formation of a new exchange program with the prestigious Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. The Institut, known as Sciences Po, is a major research university in the social sciences with a demonstrated commitment to international teaching and learning. This is not the beginning of MIT’s relationship with Sciences Po. Professors including Suzanne Berger and Kathleen Thelen of the Political Science department have taught there, and MIT grad students and undergrads have gone there to conduct research or take classes exploring French language and culture.

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The exchange simplifies the process for undergraduates (chiefly those in Course 17) to study for a semester or year at Sciences Po, taking courses offered in both French and English, in their major and beyond. Additionally, the MIT community is enriched by the presence of Sciences Po students, who contribute their unique point of view in our classrooms, labs, and clubs. Speaking about Elsa Lamy, a Sciences Po student spending this year at MIT, Professor Meg Jacobs (History) said: “She brought an international perspective to our conversations about American history from which all the other students benefited.” Elsa herself remarked on how welcoming the diverse MIT population has been, and added how pleased she is with “MIT’s flexibility and responsiveness to the students’ needs.”

Sciences Po offers a more regimented core of courses, which strengthens key competencies and encourages more independent learning. Students who participate in the exchange report that what is most beneficial – and often most challenging – is experiencing these multiple perspectives and considering alternate ways of doing things. “It wasn’t always easy,” admits Alison McKenzie (’11), who studied at Sciences Po last spring. “But it was definitely worth it.”

For more information on Study Abroad or the Sciences Po Exchange, contact Global Education (GECD) at


C'est magnifique! Tres bien.