Bachelor of Arts (Dual Degree, Sciences Po, France)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Are you ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Travel abroad, immerse yourself in the French culture, learn a new language and complete a dual degree, all at the same time. This four-year dual degree program enables you to work towards both a Bachelor of Arts degree at Sciences Po in France, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with us at the University of Sydney.

The first of its kind in Australia, two of the world’s leading institutions for the humanities and social sciences, the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sciences Po in France, have come together to offer students a new dual degree program.

The four-year dual degree program is available to both international and domestic students and was offered for the first time in 2016. If accepted into the program, you will work towards both a Bachelor of Arts degree at Sciences Po and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney.

You will complete the first two years of the program in France, at one of three regional campuses. Each campus focuses on a particular region of the world:

Le Havre – located on the Normandy Coast, focuses on the relationship between Europe and Asia.
Menton– located on the French Riviera, focuses on the relationships between the northern and southern sides of the Mediterranean, as well as the analysis of the links between Europe and the Middle East.
Reims – located in the Champagne region, 45 minutes outside of Paris, focuses on the comparative understanding of Europe and North America.

The Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney

Years three and four of the Dual Degree program will commence in semester two of the University of Sydney calendar, typically beginning in the last week of July.

The Bachelor of Arts provides an outstanding liberal arts education. It prepares you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce, where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking come to the fore. Whether you wish to learn a new language or study a new culture, explore great books, ideas or minds, discover the past, analyse the present or consider the shape of the world’s future, this degree will expand your horizons and challenge you to think outside the box.

As a Bachelor of Arts student you will have the chance to explore your passions, interests and ambitions. Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, very few ‘Arts degrees’ are quite the same. You will be encouraged to tailor your studies to suit your interests, with the chance to incorporate up to two majors in your degree.

Whatever your focus, when you undertake our Bachelor of Arts degree you will be guided by the expertise of an internationally respected group of educators. With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 20 faculties globally in academic rankings, our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

Important fee information about the Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree program consists of two separately priced tuition fee components. The exact fees that you will pay depends on the provider (Sciences Po or The University of Sydney), and the calendar year in which you undertake your studies in the Dual Degree program.

Sciences Po

The first tuition fee component is for Years 1 to 2 at Sciences Po, France. Regardless of whether you are a Commonwealth supported student, or international full fee paying student, tuition fees are paid directly to Sciences Po. The tuition fees are available on the Sciences Po website. Students are responsible for all Sciences Po fees applicable for the initial years of study in the Dual Degree program and must make their own enquiries directly with Sciences Po to determine what these fees are.

The University of Sydney

The second tuition fee component is for Years 3 to 4 undertaken at The University of Sydney.

The ‘ESSENTIALS’ box on the right hand side currently lists the Student Contribution Amount for Commonwealth supported students and the tuition fee rate for international students commencing their year 3 studies in the Sydney degree (based on 48 credit points per year). These amounts are subject to annual increases for each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. Refer to ‘Important Fee Information’ below for more detailed fee information.

Course outline

Students accepted into the program will work towards both:
• a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Sciences Po, and
• a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Sydney

The dual degree program incorporates a four-year structure as follows:
Year One: France – commencing in August at one of three Sciences Po regional campuses
Year Two: France – continued study at the selected regional campus
Year Three: Sydney – all students move to the University of Sydney for year three,
commencing in July (Semester 2)
Year Four: Sydney – final year of study which will be completed in June.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Bachelor of Arts requires that students complete at least one major from the subject areas taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A major consists of at 48 credit points (cp) in units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. Units generally cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, FRNC2622 may be counted to either a major in French Studies or a major in European Studies , but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas.

Core majors

Depending on the chosen courses at Sciences Po, advanced standing may be granted into the following majors:
• Sociology
• Economics
• Politics
• International Relations
• Political Economy
• History

It is not, however, compulsory to complete these majors in your Bachelor of Arts. Depending on the subjects completed in your four semesters at Sciences Po you may choose to complete a major in up to two of the following disciplines:

American Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Arabic Language and Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Australian Literature, Biblical Studies and Modern Hebrew, Buddhist Studies, Celtic Studies, Chinese Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Cultures, English, European Studies, Film Studies, French Studies, Gender Studies, Germanic Studies, Greek (Ancient), Hebrew (Classical), Indigenous Australian Studies, Indonesian Studies, International and Comparative Literary Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, Korean Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Studies in Religion.

Entry into each discipline will be assessed before commencing at the University of Sydney, based on the student’s academic transcript.

Optional majors

A minor or second major may also be completed in the following areas:

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology and Geophysics, History and Philosophy of Science, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Management, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Plant Science, Psychology, Statistics

Further course information

Progression rules

Dual degree students are required to successfully complete all required components each semester in order to remain in the dual degree program. Students who fail to meet course requirements will exit the program with a single qualifying award only. Dual degree students may also opt out of the dual award option and continue on with the stand alone degree. Normal admissions and credit policies will apply.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts allow you to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures.


For more information, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/international/dual_degree.shtml

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree will hone your critical thinking skills to help you become an independent thinker, able to form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence. Accordingly, our graduates are in high demand from a broad range of employers, with career options as varied as the degree itself. Our alumni are invariably known for their ability to think outside the box, communicate effectively, research diligently, and synthesise complex information to reach their goals.

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete advanced coursework or honours, or apply for admission to a postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Admission

Admission requirements

This program is highly competitive. All applicants will be reviewed and shortlisted by both the University of Sydney and Sciences Po after the application deadline, based on the following criteria:

- They are a high school leaver (no transfer students permitted)
- Provide a completed application with all required documents, including a personal statement and most recent academic results (can be Year 11 transcripts and/or predicted results for international and trial HSC for domestic
- Achieve academic results of baseline cut-off of 82.5 ATAR or equivalent for international applications
- Availability for interview in Sydney or Paris – location to be determined by student’s location. Skype interviews may be acceptable in extenuating circumstances.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective students must apply directly to the University of Sydney for admission into the Dual Degree. Domestic school-leavers applying for admission must ensure that a UAC application is completed in addition for other course preferences, if applicable.

All applicants will be required to upload the following supplementary material at the point of application:

1. Sciences Po Campus Selection (Years 1 and 2):
Europe-Asia Program at Le Havre
Europe-Middle East Program in Menton
Europe-North America Program in Reims

2. School reports or transcripts - Prepared as a PDF, please upload school reports and /or transcripts from the past three years:

2014-2015 year
2015-2016
2016-2017 final or most recent before the application deadline, including HSC trial results if available.

3. A statement of motivation (1,000 words).

This written response should describe the reasons that led you to apply for the Dual Degree Program. It should briefly outline how and why the education environments at Sciences Po and University of Sydney will help satisfy your intellectual, personal and professional ambitions – especially how the study paths in the Dual Degree speak to your interests and ideas. You may also want to articulate how you foresee your engagement in campus life beyond the walls of the classroom.

4. Preferred interview date and Location

Please indicate your preferred interview date and location selected from one of the following:
Sydney: December 4, 5 or 6 2017
Paris: March 2018 (dates TBC)
Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in either Sydney or Paris on the dates specified. Interviews via Skype may be possible in extenuating circumstances.

5. Your Curriculum Vitae

Ensure you include your academic achievements and your involvement in any extra-curricular, personal or community activities.

Please note the following important information:

Applicants must complete and compile all supplementary material prior to submitting their final application to the University. Additional information will not be accepted after the application closing date.

Hard copies of transcripts or additional material are not required as part of the application. Please only upload your supplementary material.

Reference letters are not required for the supplemental application and will not be accepted or considered as part of the application.

International students

How to apply

The application process for international students is the same as the process described for domestic students.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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