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Why study with us?

  • #22 in the world

    Ranked 22nd in the world for arts and humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Graduate with degrees from 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.

Overview

Travel abroad, immerse yourself in French culture, learn a new language and complete a dual degree.

Two of the world’s leading institutions for the humanities and social sciences – the University of Sydney and Sciences Po in France – have come together to offer students a dual degree program, one of a kind in Australia.

After completing the first two years of study in France, you will relocate to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney to continue your third and fourth year of studies in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses are taught in English, although you may select French as your language proficiency increases.

About the Bachelor of Arts

Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are quite the same. You will study a major and a minor choosing both from our broad choice across the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Our majors include:

Agricultural and Resource Economics History
American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Advanced)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies
Chinese Studies Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Latin
Economic Policy Linguistics
Economics Modern Greek Studies
English Music
European Studies Philosophy
Film Studies Political Economy
Financial Economics Politics
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Socio-Legal Studies
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Sociology
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Korean Studies (Introductory)
Gender Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Korean Studies (Advanced)
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Studies in Religion 
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern)   

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

Domestic students can apply for the Sciences Po Dual Degree Equity Scholarship


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 and transcripts - Prepared as a PDF, please upload school reports and transcripts from the past three years: 
2017-2018 year
2018-2019
2019-2020 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. Please note that extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

4. 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 and will not be accepted or considered as part of the application.

Closing dates

Round 1 - 31 October of the preceding year (recommended for domestic)

Round 2 - 31 January of the commencing year

Starting date

Semester 2 (August) in France

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 and transcripts - Prepared as a PDF, please upload school reports and transcripts from the past three years: 
2017-2018 year
2018-2019
2019-2020 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. Please note that extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

4. 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 and will not be accepted or considered as part of the application.

Closing dates

Round 1 - 31 October of the preceding year (recommended for domestic)

Round 2 - 31 January of the commencing year

 

 

Starting date

Semester 2 (August) in France

What you'll study

Students accepted into the program will work towards both:

  • Bachelor of Arts at Sciences Po, and
  • Bachelor of Arts 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 August (Semester 2)
  • Year Four: Sydney – final year of study which will be completed in June.

You can also choose to add another year at Sydney with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Units of Study

Important dates

  • 1 August 2020: Applications open directly to the University of Sydney
  • 31 October: Application deadline for first round (recommended for domestic)
  • By 20 November: Shortlisted applicants notified
  • 23 - 27 November: First round interviews 
  • 18 December: First round offers released 
  • 31 January: Applications close for second round
  • By the end of February: Interviews scheduled for shortlist
  • By the end of March 2021: Second round offers released

Fee information for 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 fees information 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.

 

Sample study plan

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

Year

Sem

 Unit of study 

1

1

Arts major credit

Elective credit

Elective credit

Major 2 credit

 

2

Arts major credit

Elective credit

Elective credit

Major 2 credit

2

1

Arts major

Elective

Open Learning Environment units

Major 2/Minor

 

2

Arts major

Elective

Open Learning Environment units

Major 2/Minor

3

1

Arts major

Arts major

Major 2/Minor

Major 2/Minor Elective

 

2

Arts major

Arts major

Major 2/Minor

Major 2/Minor Elective

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission requirement

This program is highly competitive. Admission to the program is determined jointly by the University of Sydney and Sciences Po, based on the following criteria:

  • A secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) with the minimum academic results required for the Bachelor of Arts
    Note: only recent high school leavers are eligible, no transfer students permitted
  • Submission of a statement of motivation, CV and academic transcripts. See the 'How to Apply' section for more details
  • Panel interview via teleconference
  • Meet the higher of the English language requirements of the two partner institutions. For details, check the Sciences Po English language requirements.

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 University of Sydney Calendar and Handbooks are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

The dual degree program enables you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures. Learn more about the dual degree experience.

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts allow you to take part in an international exchange program. Learn about a dual degree student exchange in another country. 

 

Progression rules

Dual degree students are required to successfully complete all required components each semester to remain in the dual degree program. Students who fail to meet course requirements will exit the program and may transfer to the single qualifying award only. Dual degree students may also opt out of the dual award option and continue with the single degree. For more information, visit the course Handbook.

Career pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art historian
  • Business administrator or manager
  • Editor or publisher
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Government policy officer
  • Historian
  • Heritage specialist
  • Information specialist
  • Journalist
  • Language specialist
  • Media and communications officer
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
Future study options

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.