Once Admitted


Applicants who are admitted to the UBC Sciences Po Dual Degree program must confirm their seat by May 1, 2024. In May, students who have confirmed their seat in the program will receive additional information (including their Sciences Po ID number and Certificat de Scoliarité) from their specific Sciences Po campus, and other information to help prepare for the transition to living and studying in France.

This page provides a broad overview of the process, but new admits should refer primarily to communications directly from the program, and, in May, to all communications from Sciences Po.

Step 1: Accept Your Conditional Offer of Admission

Applicants must reply by May 1, 2024. As with the application, acceptance of an offer requires two actions:

  1. Accept your offer of admission to the UBC BA in the Student Service Centre.
  2. Email arts.dualBA@ubc.ca to confirm your seat.

Applicants must complete both steps in order to confirm their seat and formally accept their conditional offer of admission to the UBC Sciences Po Dual Degree program.

Step 2: Accept Your Sciences Po Offer of Admission, Access to Sciences Po Scolarité Portal

After May 1, you will receive an email from Sciences Po asking you to accept a Sciences Po offer of admission. The email will include your Sciences Po ID number and a temporary password. You will have 7 days to accept the Sciences Po offer and must accept your offer during this time frame. 

The Sciences Po Scolarite online portal gives you access to a range of online administrative services:

  • Registration (preregistration, download administrative forms, obtain proof of registration, etc.)
  • Enrolment (online course enrollment)
  • Access to your timetable and transcripts
  • Scholarships, financial aid and housing section
  • Certificat de Scolarité

In June, you will receive your welcome package and a letter from your campus director at Sciences Po, welcoming you to your studies at your campus. Your campus director will be an important resource in coordinating many aspects of your transition to Sciences Po. Please read this letter carefully for more information on enrolment. You will also receive more information housing, scholarships, and applying for visas.

All students should consult Sciences Po's Guide for International Students.

Step 3: Submit Your Housing Application through the Sciences Po Scolarité Portal

Student housing near each Sciences Po campus is available for all Dual Degree students. Because of high demand for housing at all campuses, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their housing application as soon as possible. For more information, visit the housing section of the Sciences Po website.

Step 4: Start Your Visa Application

Students who do not hold citizenship in a European Union member country must apply for the Extended Stay Visa with Residency Permit (VLS-TS). Students should begin their visa application as soon as you have accepted both UBC and Sciences Po's offers of admission, and ensure that their visa interview takes place no later than July 15 of each summer to allow for adequate processing time on their visa application.

For more information, visit the visa requirements section of the Sciences Po website.

Step 5: Complete Your Sciences Po Administrative Registration

After you have confirmed your seat in the program, you will also receive additional information about administrative registration at Sciences Po. Administrative registration must be completed before students can register for academic classes, and must be completed prior to arrival on campus. Students are assigned a deadline by which they should complete their academic registration, and are advised that it is important to meet this deadline in order to ensure timely processing of their documents.

Sciences Po provides many resources to help students complete their administrative registration:

Step 2: Calculate Tuition Fees and Related Expenses

Students outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) who are not eligible for sliding-scale tuition should select the box that notes: “I do not declare my revenue and will pay the maximum fees.” Students will also register for French national health insurance. Those who have never before lived in France should leave the social security number field blank.

Step 3: Payment

Students may choose immediately whether to pay their full year’s tuition in full using a credit card, or whether they prefer to pay in four installments over the course of the year. Students who wish to pay in installments will need a French bank account in order to set up this payment plan. Because the first debit does not take place until September 5, students may choose this option before opening their bank account, and add in their routing information upon their arrival in France.

Step 4: Supplementary Information

For students coming from outside of France, there is often confusion with completing the fourth step of the administrative registration process, as this step deals with statistical data required by the French government. Students who have not earned a French Baccalauréat, either within or outside of France, will not have an INE code or a Baccalauréat Serial Number, so they should leave these two items blank. For the question “Educational Situation Last Year,” students must choose “Etablissement étranger” if they attended a school other than a French lycée, regardless of location. For the question “Type of Diploma Last Obtained,” students must choose “Diplôme d’étranger” if they attended a school from which they did not obtain a French Baccalauréat, regardless of location.

When students are prompted to send in their documents showing proof of graduation, they should submit scans of these documents, not the originals.

Step 6: Register for Your UBC Email and Update Contact Information in the UBC SSC

All students in the UBC Sciences Po Dual Degree program must register for a UBC email, even if you are studying at Sciences Po for the first two years. You will receive lots of communication from UBC even during your two years at Sciences Po, and it's important to sign up for an email address to stay up to date.

UBC provides a Student and Alumni Email Service that you can use, to forward their emails to an existing email of the students' choice. Students should also update their contact email in their UBC Student Service Centre ("Personal Info" > "Contact Summary"). UBC can only contact you at the email that you provide in your SSC, so it's important this is your most up to date email and should not be an email that is attached to your high school.

Step 7: Submit your Final Transcripts to UBC Admissions

To confirm your offer of admission, you must send your final secondary school transcripts to UBC Admissions. All offers are conditional until students have met the conditions listed on their BA conditional offer of admission. This is usually sent to UBC in July and August, depending on the date indicated in your offer letter.

Additional Steps

Below are other administrative matters that you may need to consider as you prepare to move to France and begin your studies at Sciences Po.

Healthcare in France 
France has a very comprehensive social security system (Sécurité Sociale). Medical insurance is required for all students at Sciences Po during your stay in France. Learn more about Health Insurance at Sciences Po.

Minor Students
Students who are not yet 18 upon arrival in France should review the information on the Minor Students page, as such students will have different requirements for various aspects of their transition to Sciences Po.

Apply for Scholarships
Students residing in the European Economic Area are encouraged to review the information on the European Scholarships page to determine whether they are eligible to apply for certain scholarships.

Disability and Accessibility
If you are a student who requires specific accommodations for a disability, please visit Sciences Po's Disability and Accessibility page.