Sciences Po, an internationally recognised institution set up in 1871, is a selective university that devotes 40% of its budget to research in the social sciences. Its main characteristics are its interdisciplinary approach and international dimension. Every year, Sciences Po's teachers deliver 146,000 hours of classes. Fifteen foreign languages are taught at the school, which has 350 partner universities and awards 35 dual degrees in partnership with the world's top universities.
Sciences Po has nine research centres in the fields of economics, sociology, political science and history, bringing together some 200 researchers and 450 PhD students.
Sciences Po has almost 900 employees (not counting teachers) and the largest social sciences library in continental Europe, housing almost one million books and journals.
Apart from its Paris campus, Sciences Po has set up six campuses in the French regions, which teach undergraduate students and are part of Sciences Po's undergraduate programme. These campuses teach the core subjects of the undergraduate curriculum, while also specialising in a particular area.
Each of these campuses share the following features:
Students can subsequently choose to pursue their studies by enrolling in one of 15 master's programmes and professionally oriented schools, and later, if interested in research, in five doctoral programmes.