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Institut d'Études Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille) - Direct Enrollment
Lille, France
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 Study Abroad Advisor:
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 Program Type:
Outside Program
 Host Institution:
Sciences Po Lille (IEP)
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:


**Please note that this is the last semester the GEO will be accepting applications for the direct  enroll program at Sciences Po Lille.  Spring 2017 is the last semester students will be able to study abroad on this program option. We encourage all students planning to study abroad on this program during the Academic Year 2017-2018 to consider studying abroad in Spring 2017 if they have the flexibility in their academic plans.  Please note that the exchange option for Sciences Po Lille will remain open.

Sciences Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques, IEP) is charged with study and research of contemporary politics, though students take a range of classes across the social sciences. The College of William & Mary’s exchange program with Lille is ideal for French majors or minors with an interest in the social sciences and politics. Classes are offered in economics, international relations, French political life, sociology, political anthropology, and more.  W&M students may choose from the full university curriculum and courses are offered in a variety of languages, including English. 

Lille, capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, is a city of contrasts. It is home to a city center with buildings dating from the 17th century and outlying areas built up around modern industrialization. In and around Lille there are hundreds of museums, historic sites and buildings, and parks and recreation areas. The Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, the Fine Arts Museum, houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics dating from the 15th century. It is considered the second most important art collection in France, following the Louvre. The city has a vibrant nightlife and on  weekends locals meander around Lille’s many markets.

Assisted enrollment requires W&M students to pay tuition to Sciences Po Lille. Out-of-state students often find assisted enrollment the best option. All W&M students pay housing, meals and fees on-site in Lille. There is no on-campus housing available on this program, but staff at Lille will assist offer students some assistance in finding suitable accommodations.

The Reves Center advisor for the Sciences Po Lille  program advisor is Debi DeBacco (

Host Institution:
Sciences Po Lille: L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille (IEP)

Fall Semester (September – December)
Spring Semester (January—June)
Academic Year (September—June)

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year: March 15
After students are nomimated by W&M they must submit a Lille online application. 

W&M student in good standing
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
At leasat 2 years college-level French or the equivalent. 

Course Information:
Students may choose from the full university curriculum which focuses primarily on the social sciences.  Courses are offered in English, French, German, and Spanish, and a variety of formats, including semester-long classes and intensive seminars.

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post-approved. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.
Most courses are worth either 4 or 5 ECTS credits. 
4 ECTS= 2 W&M credits 
5 ECTS = 3 W&M credits 
9 ECTS = 4 W&M credits 

Program Fees:
Tuition paid directly to Sciences Po Lille.

Housing and Meals: 
As Sciences Po Lille does not have a campus there is no university housing. Students are responsible for finding their own accomodation and will pay the landload directly. The International Office and International Student Organization can provide guidance and a list of landloards. Prices vary depending on accomodation.  A range is between 250 to 500 EUR per month which may not include gas/electricity, internet or furniture.  There are no meal plans, students will cook or provide their own meals. 

Other costs: 
 A $75 application fee, $200 off campus fee  and medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170  apply to all students, to be paid to the W&M  Bursar’s Office. Students are responsible for airfare. Compulsory health insurance which provides access to the French health care system is 220 EUR. 

Please note: These costs are provided by the host university and are subject to change. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/03/2016 10/15/2016 TBA TBA
 NOTE: Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.