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.

Dual Degree students will apply for either the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics or the Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences at the point of application and once accepted will be admitted to the University of Sydney under the administration of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Unlike year one and two at Sciences Po, students will find they begin to follow very different programs of study at the University of Sydney as they must adhere to the requirements of their chosen degree.

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 Science Po. The tuition fees are available on the 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.

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

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.

Sciences Po students are automatically granted advanced standing into the following

majors:

• Sociology

• Economics

• Government and International Relations

• Political Economy

• History

It is not, however, compulsory to complete these majors in the Bachelor of Arts program. 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 detailed in the 'Majors' section below.

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. In most cases, a major consists of at least 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major. Units 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 major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6cp each). These junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

Core majors

Sciences Po students are automatically granted advanced standing into the following majors:

• Sociology
• Economics
• Government and 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.

Prerequisites will be assessed before commencing at the University of Sydney, based on the student’s academic transcript.

Optional majors

Elective units 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

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Course opportunities

The first two years of the dual degree will be completed in France at one of three regional campuses:

• Le Havre – located on the Normandy Coast and focuses on the relationship between Europe and Asia
• Menton – located on the French Riviera and 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 and focuses on the comparative understanding of Europe and North America

Courses are taught in English, although students may select alternate languages of instruction as their comfort level in a language increases.

After completing the first two years of study in France, students move to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney to continue their third and fourth year of studies.

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

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. For more information: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/

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.

Once successful and in the program, dual degree students are able to opt-out of the dual award option and continue on with the stand alone degree. This decision is entirely up to the student and normal credit policies will apply.

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:

2013-2014 year
2014-2015 year
2015-2016 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 5, 6 or 7 2016
Paris: March 27, 28 or 29 2017
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 Vita

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 above.

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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