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Volunteer Work at the Heart of the Community

  • Caroline a student participating in a community internship ©Sciences PoCaroline a student participating in a community internship ©Sciences Po

Since 2018, Sciences Po requires all of its undergraduate students to participate in the Civic Learning Programme, a compulsory civic engagement over the three years of the Bachelor’s degree. This Programme offers them the chance to learn and understand citizenship and social responsibility through a community internship. Here, two students share their testimonies about their internships and how this has benefited them.

Caroline Pernes, in her first-year internship, worked in a prison and organised a recycling programme with the help of the prisoners. Michaël Saillot helped to organise leisure activities for residents of a retirement home.

These internships show students the value of working in the community and gets them to take social responsibility. Students use their pre-existing academic knowledge and put it into practice in the real world. The community work is usually a month long and carried out over summer. These community projects are assessed in final year, through an analytical report.

Be it focused on education, the environment, culture, social justice, or health, the first-years have engaged with their communities and gained experience in a wide range of sectors. To help students find their projects, an internship forum with partner institutions and associations took place on the 25th January on the Paris campus.

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Summer School: Applications are Open

Every summer, Sciences Po offers intensive courses to students from around the world
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The Summer School is an opportunity for students from around the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on our Paris and Reims campuses.  Here’s what you need to know before starting your application!

In 2019, the Summer School offers two programmes:

University Programme for students and graduates

  • Location: Paris Campus
  • Programme Dates: Two four-week sessions: 3-28 June & 2-26 July 2019. Held on the Paris campus in the heart of the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, the University Programme proposes two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. Students choose a core class from one track, plus an optional elective class; both tracks are offered during each session.
  • Students in the social sciences track delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, with courses in international relations, political science, economics, public policy, sociology, history and more.  Courses are taught in English by Sciences Po professors.
  • Students in the French language track are placed at one of six levels of French, from complete beginner to advanced. At all levels, students take a variety of courses to reinforce language learning while benefiting from immersion in Paris.
  • Optional elective classes, open to students in both tracks, allow participants to combine the study of French language and social sciences.

Pre-College Programme for high school students

The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for secondary school students to discover university life and academics at Sciences Po. Master classes, taught entirely in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers, address current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, while elective classes allow students to delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (international relations, political science, law, etc.) or to study French as a foreign language.

The first two weeks of the Pre-College Programme take place on Sciences Po’s campus in the historic city of Reims, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. During the final week in Paris, students take classes on Sciences Po’s Paris campus and explore the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

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Learning by Doing at the Missouri School of Journalism

Gaëlle Fournier, an undergraduate of the Reims Campus, shares her experience of her third year abroad
  • Gaelle Fournier at the Missouri School of Journalism ©Gaelle FournierGaelle Fournier at the Missouri School of Journalism ©Gaelle Fournier

At Sciences Po, students automatically spend their third year abroad. It’s a time for students to get to know a new culture, practice another language, expand their skill set, and open their minds. Gaëlle Fournier, who spent two years studying on our campus in Reims, chose to spend her third year at the Missouri School of Journalism, one of the world’s oldest dedicated journalism institutions. In her first term, she won the School’s prestigious undergraduate photojournalism contest, along with two other students. We asked her about her experience on exchange in Missouri and her plans when she returns to Sciences Po.

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Sciences Po Girls Conquer Rugby

  • Sciences Po's girls rugby team ©Sira ThierijSciences Po's girls rugby team ©Sira Thierij

Tabea Biesemeier, a student from Germany, sees joining Sciences Po’s all girls rugby team as the best decision she made while an undergraduate on the campus of Nancy. Playing rugby has allowed her to practice her French and meet new people, from Sciences Po as well as outside. Now enrolled in a Master’s in International Security at the Paris School of International Affairs, Tabea is still an active member of the team, training alongside 50 other female students. Watch the video.

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Ask Sciences Po Undergrads your questions live

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On Monday 26 November 2018, undergraduate students and staff went live to answer all your questions and queries on the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. What and where will I study? How and when do I apply? Find all this out and more by watching the Q&A replay below.

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