A multidisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences
Sciences Po offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a multidisciplinary foundation in the humanities and social sciences and an emphasis on civic, linguistic, artistic, and digital education.
The Sciences Po Undergraduate College admits students with a secondary education (French Baccalauréat or foreign equivalent). After three years, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and may go on to a Master's programme at Sciences Po or another institution in France or abroad, or go straight into the workforce.
The mandatory year abroad is specific to Sciences Po. It allows students to deepen their knowledge in the social sciences or to specialise in a particular discipline, and to reinforce their language skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for students to open their minds. When they come back, they often think in a different way.
Multidisciplinary studies with an international focus
The educational programme at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology -, a major - Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government, as well as specialised courses according to specific regional focuses:
The Paris Campus offers a general social sciences programme.
Two years in France, one year abroad
Undergraduate students spend the first two years on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses in France, and are then required to spend their third year abroad studying in one of Sciences Po's 478 partner universities.
Year 1: Learning the fundamentals
On each of the campuses, undergraduate students are introduced to the disciplines and methods taught at Sciences Po – Economics, History, Humanities, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Some courses will have links to the regional concentrations offered on each campus.
Year 2: Acquiring intellectual autonomy
Students choose a major – Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government –, explore a range of multidisciplinary courses, and interact with the research methodologies linked to their chosen major.
Year 3: Expanding one’s academic project
During their year abroad, undergraduates complete their major at one of Sciences Po's partner universities. This international academic experience may be complemented by an internship.
All undergraduate students also engage in civic coursework and practical experience during each of the three years of the Bachelor’s programme.
A curriculum open to non French-speaking students
French and English are the main languages of instruction. In addition, Sciences Po offers language courses in 25 languages. Sciences Po is also open to non French-speaking students, who may enrol in one of the English language programmesoffered in Le Havre, Menton and Reims. They learn French while studying at Sciences Po.
A perennial dialogue with the sciences
In addition to the humanities and social sciences, science courses are integrated into the curriculum. In the first year, students take statistics applied to the social sciences, and in the second year follow fundamental courses focusing on digital issues and sociology.
For students who wish to deepen their knowledge in these disciplines, a new degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, offered starting in the fall of 2020 offers programmes that combine the study of liberal arts and hard sciences:
"Politics of the Earth" with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris. Offered on the Paris campus, it combines geosciences and human and social sciences;
At the end of this four-year programme, students obtain the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Sciences Po and an undergraduate degree from the partner university. Other interdisciplinary courses are in preparation for the start of the 2021 academic year.
Develop critical thinking skills
At Sciences Po, students take full advantage of formal instruction thanks to interactive classes. This format fosters skills such as public speaking, debate and critical thinking. The undergraduate curriculum also features artistic, literary and scientific disciplines. The overarching goal is to provide students with all the tools they need to understand the world.
Learn from academics and practitioners
Courses at Sciences Po are taught by renowned academics and professionals working in the public and private sectors. The knowledge they transmit is thus nurtured by innovative research in the social sciences, while remaining rooted in reality.
Sciences Po Graduates in the International Job Market
A degree that creates opportunities
Following their three years of study, students earn their Bachelor of Arts degree. They can then choose to begin their professional lives or to continue their studies at the master's level at Sciences Po or in any other university in France or abroad.
Sciences Po offers Dual Bachelor degree programmes with leading world universities. These programmes offer a carefully coordinated curriculum. Students graduate from both institutions, providing access to leading graduate studies and prominent markets in the world.
Dual bachelor's degree with Columbia University
Dual bachelor's degree with UBC
Dual bachelor's degree with University College London
All students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College spend their third year abroad. In the video, Sciences Po student Marko Ceperkovic and Sciences Po alumna Cécile Schneider look back on their year abroad during the 2016 Sciences Po Online Open House. Watch the video.
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship
The Emile Boutmy scholarship is awarded to the best international students from outside of the European Union.