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Study Abroad

Aix-en-Provence, France - Institut d'Etudes Politiques

Aix Lead Photo

Exchange Program

The Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Institute for Political Studies), established in 1956, is a public teaching and research institution the main aim of which is to train senior executives of the public, semi-public and private sectors. Its main features are the selection of students, plural disciplines (it offers about 80 different courses in Politics, International Relations, Law , Economics, Media and Communications and Languages) and its European and international vocation. Within the IEP, the Bureau de Eleves (BDE) organizes a variety of events throughout the academic year: integration weekend, international night, the annual IEP Gala. Students are encouraged to take part in the various student clubs and associations (theatre, music, etc.) at IEP.

For students who have a high level of proficiency in French, the program offers an extraordinary opportunity to study with the future elites of the French diplomatic corps and government. "Sciences Po", as the Institut is commonly known, offers world-renowned courses taught in French in the areas of: political science, international relations, and communication. Located in the historic and charming southern city of Aix-en-Provence, the program is available primarily for full-year study, although spring semester alone is possible.

Visit the University website: www.iep-aix.fr

Aix-en-Provence is a thriving city of about 150,000 inhabitants. It is situated approximately 30km from Marseilles and its major port (sea links with North Africa, Corsica, and Sardinia) and from an international airport. Close to numerous sites of unique natural, historical and cultural interest, Aix is a mere two-hour drive from both the Alps and the French Riviera. Aix is a perfect base from which to discover southern Europe and the Mediterranean area.

The IEP is housed in an eighteenth-century mansion in the heart of the ancient city of Aix-en Provence, opposite the Cathedrale St. Sauveur. This was the site of the old Universite d' Aix-en-Provence (founded in 1409) whose alumni include the Provencal poet, Frederic Mistral, and the most famous Aixois of all, Paul Cezanne.

Academic Calendar Dates

  • Mid-September–mid-December (Fall Semester)
  • Early January–early May (Spring Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.

Loyola GPA Requirement: 2.75

Curriculum Type

Direct Enrollment, students may choose from a variety of courses within all academic departments. As an exchange student, you may choose any of the second of final year courses yet you must have taken the appropriate first year prerequisite courses. 60 class credits at IEP represent the workload of an academic year of study.

About 80 courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Media and Communications
  • Languages

*For a full listing of courses and course descriptions visit the Office of International Programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

University Halls of Residence—A room in the residence hall is by far the most economical option but it is likely to have fewer facilities than those you might be accustomed to at your home university. However, they have the advantage of being very reasonably priced at 126.70 euros per month. You will be required to pay a deposit equivalent to one month's rent. Students should apply through the Loyola OIP.

Private Student Residences—There are several private student residences which are more comfortable than the university residence halls but considerably more expensive (300–400 euros a month).

Private Rooms and Apartments—Students at the IEP may prefer to rent accommodation in the old city center. Private landlords rent rooms and apartments to students. They are often unfurnished. You will probably have to pay a deposit equivalent to two month's rent. The International Relations office at IEP helps international students look for accommodation. The monthly cost range between 380 euros to 530 euros.

Program Fees

Loyola Tuition

IEP room and board

Loyola (OIP) Fee—$100 for semester and year-long programs.

French Social Security Health Coverage- 215 Euros (this amount is subject to change). Paid on-site.

Aid Transfer 

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans.

Application Process

  1. Submit the LUC online application.
  2. Loyola Unversity CHicago staff will nominate you to SciencesPo
  3. Submit the Institut d'Etudes Politiques after recieving instruction from SciencesPo