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What Bachelor's graduates take away from their studies at Sciences Po

Hear from students at the graduation ceremony
  • Graduation ceremony at Sciences Po in Paris ©Sciences PoGraduation ceremony at Sciences Po in Paris ©Sciences Po

On 6 September, students celebrated their graduation from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. They all spent two years at one of the seven Sciences Po campuses in France, and one year abroad studying at a partner university. Those enrolled in a dual Bachelor’s degree programme spent two years in France then two years at the partner university abroad.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree at Sciences Po, most graduates choose to pursue a Master’s programme at one of Sciences Po’s seven graduate schools in Paris or at any of the world’s most competitive universities. Others decide to get some professional experience in France or abroad.

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Happy birthday Le Havre campus

  • Fireworks in front of the Sciences po campus in Le Havre ©Yann SchreiberFireworks in front of the Sciences po campus in Le Havre ©Yann Schreiber

On 2 September 2017, current students, alumni, faculty and members of Sciences Po staff came together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre. In the video, students and alumni talk about life on the campus, present and past.

The Sciences Po campus in Le Havre is one of seven Sciences Po campuses. The Europe-Asia programme taught on the Le Havre campus is delivered in English with intensive French language study. The campus also offers dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, the National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney. The campus hosts 160 students representing over 30 nationalities.

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"I hope one day we will see the positive outcome of the 2011 Egyptian revolution"

Meet first-year student Malak Gadalla
  • Malak Gadalla ©Clb/Sciences PoMalak Gadalla ©Clb/Sciences Po

Malak Gadalla, who comes from Egypt, will matriculate to the Sciences Po Campus of Menton in the fall, where she will pursue the Europe-Middle East programme. The second in our 2017 #FirstYearsScPo series. Read the interview below.

Why did you choose the Sciences Po Campus of Menton?

I'm very interested in the social sciences, especially history and economics, and I find Sciences Po an excellent opportunity for me to study in depth the social sciences while developing my analytical skills and my critical thinking. Why Menton? I'm Egyptian and I've always lived in the Middle East. I was 12 years old when the Arab Spring broke out in 2011. Since that time, there have been dramatic changes in the region, whether in Syria, in Iraq or in Libya... Even in Egypt, the lives of many people have changed. Increasingly, many of them live in difficult situations. Due to the current economic downturn, some people denounce these revolutions, but I still hope that one day we will see the positive outcome of the January 2011 revolution. I think that Sciences Po will help me invest in the region, especially when it comes to fighting poverty, protecting the minorities, and defending women’s rights in the Middle East.

How would you like to involve yourself in the campus’ culture?

The student life on campus is very dynamic and rich. I’m quite interested in Amnesty International, which focuses on human rights with many supporters and members around the world. In addition to that, there’s a new association on campus: a cooking club. I’d be happy to be a member of this association to let people discover Egyptian cuisine, which is very special. Moreover, it will be a good opportunity to explore other countries’ food. I would also like to be part of the Bureau des Arts: I’m very fascinated by Arabic calligraphy and crochet and I hope we can start a workshop for these two activities.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m really looking forward to discovering a new discipline, law, in particular international law. I would also like to study a new language, Persian, that I chose as my main language because I think that nowadays Iran is playing a huge role in the region, especially when it comes to its crumbling relations with Saudi Arabia. That’s why I think it’s necessary to understand these tensions from different point of views.

What do you aspire to do later on?

I’d like to have a Master’s degree in public international law to start a career in diplomacy or with international organizations such as the UN. I would like to be involved in protecting women’s rights and protecting ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East in order to promote human dignity and freedom, values I strongly believe in.

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"Sciences Po is now my child's extended family"

Hear from parents visiting the Le Havre campus
  • First-year students on the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre ©Sciences PoFirst-year students on the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre ©Sciences Po

On Friday 25 August, parents of first-year students on the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre came from all over the world to attend Welcome Parents Day. Parents were given a tour of the Le Havre campus, which is located on the Normandy coast, and met with the campus director and staff. Following an information session where they were able to discuss their questions and concerns, parents were shown areas of interest near campus, including the cliffs of Étretat.

The Sciences Po campus in Le Havre is one of seven Sciences Po campuses. The Europe-Asia programme taught on the Le Havre campus is delivered in English with intensive French language study. The campus also offers dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, the National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney.

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Meet the first Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po

  • MasterCard Foundation Scholars ©Didier PazeryMasterCard Foundation Scholars ©Didier Pazery

The first five students to benefit from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po come from across sub-Saharan Africa. Astou Diouf, 18, is from Senegal, Zipporah Gakuu, 19, from Kenya, Romaric Compaore, 18, from Burkina Faso, Ashale Chi, 17, from Cameroon, and Fitiavana Andry, 17, from Madagascar, making this first cohort representative of Africa in all its diversity.

The students are about to begin the Europe-Africa programme on the Reims campus. They will study the social sciences and humanities with a specialised focus on African history, the challenges of economic and urban development in Africa, and the continent’s democratic, demographic, and environmental issues. All share the ambition of contributing one day to African development and growth and becoming decision-makers in their home countries.

An orientation week in Paris and Reims

Before starting term on the Reims campus, the students took part in their very own orientation week: discovering the Reims campus and the city, visiting Paris and its iconic monuments such as Notre Dame and the Pantheon, and attending information sessions on life in France, administrative formalities, and managing their student budget. 

A six-year scholarship programme to help train Africa’s change-makers

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po will support 120 talented African students over the next six years. Thanks to financial support from the MasterCard Foundation amounting to US$8.2 million (approximately €7.6 million), Sciences Po will offer a new generation of decision-makers a world-class university education in the social sciences and humanities.
The programme is aimed at students from sub-Saharan Africa with an excellent academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face significant entry barriers to higher education. Starting next year, in addition to the Europe-Africa undergraduate programme at the Undergraduate College, the scholars programme will be open to candidates intending to complete a Master's degree at one of Sciences Po's seven graduate schools or the June session of the Summer School.

Applications for the scholarship open at the start of October 2017

Applications for the 2018 scholarship in all categories—Bachelor's, Master's and Summer School—will be launched in early October.

Photo (from left to right): Astou Diouf, Zipporah Gakuu, Romaric Compaoré, Astride Ashale Chi, Fitiavana Andry 

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