The Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Rennes is a prestigious university offering courses alongside French students in economics, finance, history, international relations, languages, law, management, political science and public administration. Students take a full course load in French or English. French as a foreign language courses are also available at various levels. Students taking a full course load in English will be required to take one French language course.
Located in the most pleasant French city for student life, the Sciences Po Rennes campus offers students a place to study and enjoy a lively and productive social life. Numerous extracurricular activities are available to students including theater, music, art, club sports, photography club, debate club and more. Sciences Po Rennes is situated in the heart of the historical city. Getting around Rennes is easy, with accessible Metro and bus routes running regularly. The centrally located campus and excellent public transportation gives students easy access to a wide variety of museums, theaters, music venues and sports stadiums. Rennes, known as a city of art and culture, also hosts many culture and art festivals throughout the year.
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
ISEP Application Fee
ISEP Placement Fee
$1200 - $1800
$100 - $300
1Essential Living Expenses
$800 - $1500
Books and Materials
$200 - $500
French Health Insurance
$200 - $400
Visa (for US Citizens)
Appalachian Student Health Insurance
Estimated Total Additional Expenses
2Personal Travel and Spending
$1000 - $2000
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc. 2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
Rennes offers courses taught in French and English. For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP Rennes webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
Dates / Deadlines:
OIED Approval Date
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.