PARIS — The Institut d’Etudes Politiques, better known as Sciences Po, one of France’s most prestigious universities, on Wednesday became the first French public institution to join the College Board, the nonprofit American organization that oversees the SAT exam and Advanced Placement program.

“This is an important step forward for us,” Francis Vérillaud, deputy director of Sciences Po and head of the International Affairs Division, said in a press release, adding that “40 percent of our students already come from 130 countries.”

As a new member of the College Board, Sciences Po, which specializes in humanities and social sciences, will be better able to recruit students in North America and beyond.

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