Joint master's program with Sciences Po Bordeaux

The joint degree program with Sciences Po Bordeaux allows you to earn two master's degrees after attending two universities with different cultures. This is a unique experience that is both intellectually and personally rewarding. 

The joint degree in general

The joint degree program combines two existing programs: 

  • The course-based master’s program in International Studies at Université Laval   
  • The master’s program in International Relations at Sciences Po Bordeaux 

Under the joint degree program, you will do part of your studies at Université Laval and part at Sciences Po Bordeaux. You will write a research paper that will be supervised by two professors, one at ULaval and the other at Sciences Po Bordeaux. You will then do an internship in Québec or abroad. Successful completion of this program of study culminates in two degrees:  A Master’s Degree in International Relations from Université Laval and a Master en relations international from Sciences Po Bordeaux. 

Please note: The structure and academic objectives of the two programs remain unchanged.

Objectives

The goal of the program is to allow top students to obtain two degrees, one from Université Laval and one from Sciences Po Bordeaux by completing a single program. 

Advantages

  • You remain registered at and pay tuition fees at Université Laval.
  • You receive two degrees: A Master’s Degree in International Studies (M.A.) from Université Laval and a Master en Droit, économie, gestion, mention Affaires politiques et internationales, spécialité Relations internationales from Sciences Po Bordeaux. Each degree states that the program was completed in collaboration with the other institution.
  • You will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the International Office for your semester in Bordeaux (only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the scholarship). 
  • You also receive pre-departure training 

Length

The program is spread over four semesters, two at Université Laval, one at Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a fourth devoted to an internship in Quebec or abroad. Depending on the internship, it is possible to do half of the program abroad. 

How the joint degree program with Sciences Po Bordeaux works

Eligibility criteria

Université Laval students must: 

  • Be enrolled as a regular student in the master’s in International Studies program with research paper and internship
  • Have completed the qualifying coursework
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 required academic credits in the master's program in International Studies prior to departure
  • Have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.5/4.33 at the bachelor’s level
  • If there are more applicants than places available, selection will be made based on the quality of the student’s application and progress in the program

Students at Sciences Po Bordeaux must: 

  • Have successfully completed the Master 1 year and the fourth year of the Sciences Po Bordeaux degree
  • Have been offered admission to the master's program in International Studies at Université Laval
  • Obtain a CAQ and a study permit for a semester at Université Laval
  • If there are more applicants than places available, selection will be based on the quality of the student’s application

Requirements for the joint degree program - Université Laval students

Université Laval students who have been admitted to the master’s program in International Studies with research paper and internship, and who have been selected to take part in the joint degree program must: 

  • Successfully complete 15 required course credits in the master’s program in International Studies (according to their chosen concentration and academic progress report)
  • Successfully complete 30 ECTS credits in elective courses in Bordeaux (equivalent to 15 credits at Université Laval)
  • Write a 9 credits research paper (+12 ECTS) under the supervision of a faculty member from each university
  • Successfully complete a 6 credits internship
  • Pass the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a mark of at least 900/990 or pass an English course with a minimum grade of C at the ANL-3030 Advanced English III level or higher
  • Students whose mother tongue is not French must obtain a score of at least 860/990 in the International French Test (TFI) or a minimum grade of C in Français avancé: grammaire et rédaction II and pass the Test d'expression écrite du français (TEEF)

When and where

  • First semester at Université Laval–required courses 
  • Second or third semester (only one of the two semesters) in Bordeaux and the other at Université Laval–15 elective credits in Bordeaux, ideally in the second semester, and completion of the research paper at Université Laval during the third semester 
  • Fourth semester at Université Laval–Internship in Québec or abroad 

Requirements for the joint degree program - Students from Sciences Po Bordeaux

Students from Sciences Po Bordeaux, admitted to the Master 2 en Droit, économie et gestion, mention Affaires politiques et internationales, spécialité Relations internationales, and who have been selected by Sciences Po Bordeaux to take part in the joint degree program, must: 

  • Successfully complete 20 ECTS course credits at Sciences Po Bordeaux (according to the criteria and requirements established by Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Successful complete 12 required course credits in the master’s program in International Studies (based on the concentration established by the ESEI program director)
  • Write a 15-credit thesis (+12 ECTS) under the supervision of a faculty member from each university
  • Pass the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a score of at least 900/990 or pass an English course with a minimum grade of C at the ANL-3030 Advanced English III level or higher. 

When and where

  • First semester in Bordeaux 
  • Second semester in Bordeaux 
  • Third or fourth semester at Université Laval (only one of the two semesters, with the other in Bordeaux)

Registration and formalities for Université Laval students

Application

  • A completed and signed application form (See the  Forms and useful documents section)
  • A letter in duplicate explaining why you want to participate in the joint degree program and your training objectives
  • One of the letters should be addressed to the Graduate School of International Studies and the other to Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • A copy of your academic progress report
  • A copy of your most recent undergraduate degree transcript
  • A photocopy of your passport

NOTE: Please submit two identical copies of your application.

Deadline for submitting your application

For the fall semester*: no later than the beginning of February.

*The master’s program at Sciences Po Bordeaux only accepts joint degree students during the fall.  

The form and required documents must be submitted in person to Academic Advising at ESEI. To make an appointment to submit your file, please contact the academic coordinator at: coordinationprogrammes.esei@ulaval.ca.

Your application must be submitted at the beginning of the semester prior to the one you wish to study abroad. 

Funding

  • The International Office of Université Laval offers a $3,000 scholarship per semester to students who complete a semester in Bordeaux as part of the joint degree program. You must be a resident of Québec to qualify.

See the eligibility criteria on the International Bureau website.

For more information on the terms and conditions of International Bureau's scholarships, please visit the International Bureau's website

  • The Bourse Frontenac scholarship is offered by Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) and France’s Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères, through the Consulate General of France in Québec City (CGF). It is intended for students doing a joint degree. Learn more about the $6,000 Bourse Frontenac scholarship.