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  • Sciences Po

    Bridget Fitzgerald, Australian student

    I chose Sciences Po because it’s the ideal place to realize my French dream and continue my studies.

    Jusmeet Singh, Indien student

    I chose Sciences Po because I found the studies very eclectic.

    Yingzhi Zhu, chinese student

    It’s well known all over the word.

    Founded in 1871, Sciences Po is France’s leading university for social sciences. Our roots are French, but today we’are opened to the world. The education we offer focuses on six areas : political science, economics, law, history, sociology and international relations. We are a selective university, and we set high standards. But we also believe in the importance of diversity, of having students of faculty from around the world, from all background and cultures.

    The undergraduate programme

    Undergraduates spend three years at Sciences Po, two years in France, followed by a year studying abroad in one of our 350 partner universities. The two years at Sciences Po takes place either at the Paris campus, in Saint-Germain des Prés, close to the Seine and not far from the Eiffel Tower, or one of the six other regional campuses. The Euro-American campus is at Reims. The city of Menton hosts the Middle East and Mediterranean campus, the Europe Latin-America campus is in Poitiers, the Euro-Franco-German campus is located in Nancy, the Central and Eastern Europe campus is in Dijon, and last but not least, the Europe-Asia campus is in Le Havre. Sciences Po has also created a Europe-Africa programme at his Paris campus.

    After spending two years at Le Havre, Patrick studies in Shanghai for his third year abroad.


    I’m American, I chose Sciences Po because I am interested in politics and economics and combine work in Le Havre to learn Chinese as well so that I can look at this with an Asian perspective as well as with a business view and a political view.
    In return for sending students abroad for their third year, we are please to welcome about 1.200 exchange students in Sciences Po in Paris or in one of our regional campuses every year. They come to us for one semester or a full year. Many of our classes are in French, but it is possible to study only in English.

    The graduate programme

    Upon completion of the undergraduate programme, Sciences Po offers a range of two years masters qualification. Certain master’s programmes are double degrees : with Columbia, MGIMO in Russia, Fudan in China, St. Gallen in Switzerland. Students spend one year of that master at Sciences Po, and the other at the partner university.

    Stephan Nunner, Dual degree Sciences Po – St Gallen

    On the one hand, Sciences Po has a more practical approach, while St Gallen has a more theoretical approach, and I think that these two parts are very important in a professional career.

    Sciences Po also offers PhD programmes. The institution verts 37% of its projects to research.

    Sciences Po students study in truly excepcional conditions, and in particular have access to one of Europe’s famous social sciences libraries.

    Simiso Velempini, dual degree Sciences Po – LSE

    Firstly, I mean Sciences Po has a great reputation both in France and across the world. And what initially drew me here was the quality of the teachers and the lecturers at the university. There’s a great mix of practionners and true academics. So you really have a holistic experience in terms of your academic programme here. And obviously secondly would be the conferences and the amazing people that the university is able to atract. Leading personalities have come to here, and there are so many conferences on offer that you are really spoiled for choice about which to choose and when to go.

    Conferences views of Bob Woodwzard, Kofi Annan, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, George Soros.

    That was the second reason. The third one is obviously the great cultural life that is encouraged in the university and we have a really great sports network. So if you choose to come here, you have the added advantage of having a really vibrant cultural life, as well as a sporting life.

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  • Sciences Po : Sciences Po’s response to some misconceptions (janvier 2013)

    Sciences Po is a selective university that was founded in 1871 to train professionals for careers in public service, research and business.

    Elitist ?

    The size of Sciences Po student’s body has tripled over the last fifteen years. There are currently 12,000 students at Sciences Po. Moreover, this year, the goal set to recruit 1,000 students through the “convention for priority education areas” was achieved. This system, unique in higher education, recruits students from 95 different high schools in suburban, rural and overseas zones.

    Too Parisian ?

    Sciences Po has campuses located in Nancy, Poitiers, Dijon, Le Havre, Menton and Reims. Multicultural campuses help to attract more international students to Sciences Po, which has signed partnership with more than 400 foreign universities and offers 35 double diplomas with schools such as Columbia in New York, Fudan in Shanghai and LSE in London.

    Overspending ?

    While Sciences Po’s budget has grown, the number of students has also tripled. For each student, individual cost has been reduced. Today, the state is only responsible for half of Sciences Po’s budget. The other half is divided into three parts : services, such as Continued Education, partnerships with sponsors from regional authorities, businesses and donors, and finally tuition. Tuition fees are propotional to each student’s ressources, and the percentage of scholarship students has increased over the last eleven years, between 2000 and 2011, from 6% to 26%.

    Sciences Po is the leading french university in social sciences. It produces high quality research, attracts renown foreign academics and has earned numerous merit grants in Europe and internationally.

    One last statistic, that of candidates who will take the entrance exam in 2013. There will be more than 6.000, a record high and a 12% increase from last year.

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  • A higher education to foster responsibility
  • A university with an international outlook
  • A fundamental education and a professional focus
  • A selective and diverse university
  • A research university in the social sciences
  • An institution in motion and a driver of innovation

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