Undergraduate programmes

Bachelor's at a glance

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"Sciences Po College is a cross between French “classes préparatoires” and a liberal arts college, providing intellectual training anchored in the study of the humanities and the social sciences."
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Sciences Po’s undergraduate programme is now offered in seven campuses in France:

These seven campuses cater for almost 4000 undergraduate students, of whom one-third are enrolled in the regional campuses.

Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers and Reims campuses are an integral part of Sciences Po. They offer the same core subjects as in Paris but take a new approach as regards the course organization, intensified language teaching and international diversity. They share some common characteristics: small structure, students from all over the world, which distinguish them from the Paris undergraduate campus. The undergraduate program is a three-year course of study, with a mandatory third year abroad: the training program is multidisciplinary (economics, law, history, sociology, political science), and provides a solid intellectual grounding with a strong emphasis on methodological approaches.

In a world where knowledge is evolving very rapidly, qualities such as imagination, inventiveness, innovation and an aptitude to deal with change are crucial: Sciences Po’s undergraduate programme encourages intellectual courage and the ability to face adversity and cope with complexity.

The educational objectives of this programme include developing students’ negotiating and decision-making skills through effective oral and written expression, teamwork and the use of information and communication technologies.

Sciences Po gladly accepts the challenge of international competition. Some seventy different nationalities are represented on our campuses. This international focus is strengthened by the mandatory third year outside of France, either in an internship or a study abroad program at one of Sciences Po’s 410 partner universities worldwide.

The three-year programme features a compact and intensive format aligned with the most common standards in continental Europe. Capitalising on the high academic level of the students admitted, this curriculum allows them to obtain 240 ECTS credits representing a body of knowledge and life skills corresponding to four years of study in the North-American and Asian systems. Of these credits, 180 are awarded for courses completed while on campus, allowing Sciences Po to retain complete academic control over the equivalent of three years of study. This academic knowledge is acquired during the first two years of study, supplemented by a term paper.