A selective university

Sciences Po is an independent and international research university

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Key figures:

  • 42% international students
  • 130 nationalities are represented and over 50% of the applicants under the international admissions procedure have a degree equivalent to the French baccalauréat                                                                   
  • 21% of all Sciences Po students have scholarships, 26% of Sciences Po students coming from the French school system have scholarships


Students are admitted:

  • either immediately after graduation from secondary school (in France, following the baccalauréat examinations) for the three-year undergraduate programme
  • or to  the Master’s programme
  • or to the PhD programme


Sciences Po is a research university:

  • Sciences Po devotes 35% of its budget to research in the humanities and social sciences.
  • 50 university professors (25 a decade ago)
  • 200 researchers and teacher-researchers
  • 440 PhD students
  • 12 research and data centres (of which 5 are associated with the CNRS), a media lab and a PhD school        


Sciences Po has continental Europe’s largest Humanities and Social Sciences library:
The Sciences Po library has received steady and substantial investments since 1945. Recently it restructured the rooms at 27, rue Saint Guillaume to make them accessible to persons with disabilities and double the number of spaces.                                                                                                     

Sciences Po is a truly independent university:
Sciences Po is one of France’s most independent institutions of higher education, with greater autonomy than the grandes écoles and universities. Decisions are taken by Boards with broad sovereign powers.

Sciences Po is a highly competitive international university:
42% of the 11,000 Sciences Po students come from 130 countries outside France. Over 1,000 Sciences Po students are spending a year abroad or engaged in an international internship as part of their studies every year. 400 universities have signed a student and academic exchange agreement with Sciences Po.

Sciences Po has forged a network of strategic alliances with top world universities involving dual masters degrees:

  • These include the London School of Economics (LSE), Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China).
  • The international renown of Sciences Po’s scientific potential is based in part on its partnerships and common projects with the great research and teaching institutions on all continents. This cooperation takes a variety of forms: exchanges and long-term programmes abroad for teachers and researchers, common programmes and symposia.

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