Combined Degree Programmes

European Studies (French) (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
(for Hong Kong Students)


The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux) is an elite tertiary education institution in France that provides rigorous training in social sciences at large, and contemporary world affairs in particular. Eventually, the students who fulfill the requirements will graduate with three degrees: the Bachelor degree at the end of the third year from Sciences Po Bordeaux, the B.SocSc. (Hons) in European Studies at the end of the fourth year from HKBU and Diplôme de Sciences Po Bordeaux (equivalent to master degree) at the end of the fifth year.


About Sciences Po Bordeaux


  • One of the top tertiary education institutions in France for Liberal Arts and Political Studies.


Programme Structure & Curriculum


HKBU Students in European Studies (French Stream) will study Year 1 and Year 2 in Hong Kong, and Sciences Po Bordeaux will validate the courses taken by the students in Year 1 and 2. Students are requested to study Year 3, 4 and 5 at Sciences Po Bordeaux. Upon successful completion of the third year, students will graduate with the Bachelor degree of Sciences Po Bordeaux. In Year 4 Hong Kong students are required to write an Honours Project in French under the co-supervision of HKBU and Sciences Po Bordeaux faculty, as part of the requirements of the B.SocSc. (Hons.) in European Studies (French Stream). Successful completion of the fifth year will lead to the conferring of the Diplôme.


Curriculum Component

Units taken in HKBU

Units taken in Sciences Po Bordeaux

General Education & University Core

31 28 3

Major - Core Courses

66 48 18
Major - Elective Courses 21 0 21

Major - Honours Project

 6 6 0

Social Sciences Common Core (SSCC) - SSCC Core

 1 1 N/A
Social Sciences Common Core (SSCC) - * Experiential Learning in Action 3 0 3
Whole Degree 128  83 45

* Fulfilled by taking Free Elective courses




  • Current students of HKBU B.SocSc. (Hons) in European Studies (French Stream)
  • Attain cGPA 3.0 or above
  • Good command of French


Application & Selection


Students of B.SocSc. (Hons) in European Studies (French Stream) who have met the required qualifications in the first two years, may opt for a combined degree pathway with Sciences Po Bordeaux. Shortlisted students will be invited to a selection interview in mid-January. (Programme Directors and Coordinators from HKBU & Sciences Po Bordeaux may jointly interview candidates for entry into the programme.)


Tuition Fees


For the First to Fourth Year:


  • HKBU local students will pay the local tuition fees, i.e. HK$42,100 per academic year.
  • HKBU non-local students will pay the non-local tuition fees, i.e. HK$140,000 per academic year.


For the Fifth Year:


  • HKBU students will pay the Sciences Po Bordeaux tuition fees, i.e. €6,615 per academic year.


Other Expenses


The years abroad are financed by students themselves. Hong Kong Baptist University bears no responsibility for financial outlays necessary for the years abroad, including the airfare to and from Europe. Apart from the tuition fees, enrolled students have to bear the costs of accommodation. For more information about housing in Bordeaux, please visit here.


Financial Support


To secure the years abroad for all students regardless of their personal financial background, Hong Kong Baptist University has set aside a special rollover fund. This fund offers the possibility of a low-interest loan. The loan is non-means-tested and is obtainable upon formal application at the end of Year 2. It is repayable in installments immediately upon graduation. Currently, students can obtain a maximum of HK$40,000. For more information about the low-interest loan, please visit here.


Leaflet of the programme (in English and Chinese)