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The information on this page is intended to facilitate interactions between High School Counsellors and their students. Welcome!
What is Sciences Po?
Sciences Po draws its name from the French, “Sciences Politiques”. The university was founded in 1872 and offers coursework in social sciences -- economics, history, law, political science and sociology with a strong focus on international relations in public and private arenas. Each year, Sciences Po welcomes 13,000 students; 47% of its student body is international, representing 150 nationalities.
Where is Sciences Po?
The university is comprised of seven multicultural campuses throughout France for undergraduate studies. All graduate programmes are offered on the university’s central-Paris campus. Every degree includes significant international study, meaning coursework for Sciences Po is completed in over 70 different countries.
A world-class university
As a research university, Sciences Po is focused on excellence, and sets the highest standards for faculty and students. Sciences Po is ranked 4th worldwide in the 2016 QS rankings for Politics and International Studies. The university’s multicultural research and academic community is enriched by a worldwide network of over 470 institutional partners and dual degree options for the Bachelor, Master and PhD.
Education at a glance
The educational programme at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology -, a major - Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government, as well as specialised courses according to specific regional focuses. Depending on degree choices, it is possible to complete studies entirely in English or in French.
A Bachelor Degree
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the social sciences and humanities is rooted in three core principles: academic rigour, internationalization, and civic engagement. More information on the Bachelor of Arts.
A global network of Dual Degrees
Sciences Po offers dual bachelor’s degrees with nine prominent universities -- Columbia University, Freie Universität Berlin, Keio University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University College London, University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney. These four-year programmes offer a global undergraduate education and allow students to obtain two degrees from two highly respected international universities
Graduate studies with societal implication
Nearly all students continue on to graduate study after completing their Bachelor at Sciences Po. Graduates of the Sciences Po College are offered direct admission to Sciences Po’s seven graduate schools which deliver 30 Master's degrees and five PhD programmes. Common fields of graduate study include communications, economics, finance, journalism, international affairs, law, public affairs, organisational behaviour and human resources.
Jobs and life after Sciences Po
80 percent of our graduates are hired within six months of graduation and 39 percent start their career abroad. Most Sciences Po students go on to work in one of the following fields:
- Economics & Finance
- Human Resources & Employee Relations
- International Cooperation & Development
- Marketing & Communication
- Press, Media & Publishing
- Public Administration & Politics
- Research & Think Tanks
- Urban Affairs
Applications are accepted from October to May from international applicants on a rolling basis. Students must submit an application online comprised of a CV, language test results, a 1,000-word personal statement, two academic reference letters, grade transcripts. Short-listed candidates are invited for a prompt-based interview with representatives of the academic faculty and administration that is hosted in 70 cities around the world. More information on undergraduate admissions.
A student-centred university
The university provides students with an array of resources dedicated to accessibility, course registration, housing and personal health to help them concentrate on their studies. More information on student services and daily life.
Culture, sports and associations
Meaningful engagement is paramount to Sciences Po. More than 200 associations help students in their personal growth through arts, athletics and, most importantly, civic action. More on culture, sports and associations.
Welcome information for new students
If one of your students just received an admission offer, the students website provides information to answer every question students have as they prepare to start their academic career or make their final acceptance decision.
An affordable education
Sciences Po is a pioneer in the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity, and offers a range of financial aid options for students of all backgrounds. For the 2016-17 academic year, undergraduate students whose tax residence is in the European Economic Area pay fees according to family income on a sliding scale, from €0 to €10,150/year. The French government supports students with affordable housing, stipends and regular student reductions all available. More on tuition fees and financial aid.
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If you are an international counsellor and need further information about Sciences Po and its degree programs or if you would like to suggest adding a question to the above, please use this short form to contact Sciences Po international office.