All you need to know about undergraduate applications

International students with a secondary education (French Baccalauréat or foreign equivalent) can apply to the Sciences Po Undergraduate College for the 2018 intake. To help you with your application, the Sciences Po Admissions team has selected some of  the most frequently asked questions from international undergraduate applicants. You will find the answers below.

What are the essential points to be included in the personal statement for an undergraduate degree?

For the personal statement, the admissions team is ultimately interested in why you want to study at come to Sciences Po and what you think you could contribute to the university. The personal statement is an opportunity to present your skills, but the most important thing is to let us get a feel for your personality. Sciences Po is looking for students who are enthusiastic, curious and committed.


Do I have to have the qualifications in my application translated?

Copies of your transcripts and qualifications must be uploaded to your personal admissions space in their original language. If necessary, you may be asked for an official French or English translation of these documents. The Menton and Le Havre campuses require a French or English translation of your documents if they are in any other language.


What is the best way to prepare for the admissions interview for international students?

The interview is the second step in the admissions procedure and is only offered to selected students. For the interview, applicants have to read and analyse a text within a short period of time, and are asked to deliver a structured oral presentation of their commentary. The interviewers then ask the candidate a series of questions pertaining to their presentation and to their application as a whole.

More information on the admissions interview and advice on how to prepare.


Which foreign languages (except for French and English) are available on each campus and how much time is spent in language classes?

The time spent in English or French classes differs according to the student’s level in the respective course. Classes are more intensive for those who are less advanced and meet several times a week. For the student’s second foreign language choice, sessions generally take place once a week. Beginners in languages which require a new alphabet to be learned may need to meet more often.

The availability of foreign languages, aside from English and French, depends on each campus’s regional specialisation. Below is a list of the languages taught at each of the seven undergraduate campuses.

Reims campus
  • Europe-North America programme: Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic
  • Europe-Africa programme: Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili
Menton campus
  • Middle East and Mediterranean programme: Arabic, Turkish, Italian, Persian, Hebrew
Le Havre campus
  • Europe-Asia programme: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian
Dijon campus
  • European - Central and Eastern Europe programme: Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Czech.
Nancy campus
  • European Franco-German programme: German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish.
Poitiers campus
  • Europe-Latin America programme: Spanish, Portuguese

More information about language courses at Sciences Po

More information about language admission requirements


How many hours can I expect to spend each week on university courses and study?

The amount of time spent in class each week depends on multiple factors, including your language levels in English and French and the number of courses that you choose to take. The same can be said for the number of hours spent on studying and coursework.

Overall, students can expect to spend somewhere between 20-25 hours in class.


What are the tuition fees for undergraduate international students?

For students whose tax residence is in the European Economic Area, tuition fees are adjusted according to family income, and will fall between €0 and €10,250. Those residing outside of the European Economic Area are required to pay the maximum fees of €10,250.

More information.


May I apply for a dual Bachelor’s programme and an undergraduate programme at Sciences Po at the same time?

Yes, but depending on the programme you must submit either one or two online applications.

If you are applying to the dual Bachelor’s degree programme with Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Hong Kong or Keio University, you only need to submit one application through Sciences Po. You must select the dual degree as a first choice of programme and one of our undergraduate programmes as a second choice.

For the dual Bachelor’s programme with UC Berkeley University, Columbia University, the National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, University of British Columbia, or University College London, you must submit two applications: one on the website of the partner university for the dual degree (joint admission process) and the other on the Sciences Po website (admission to Sciences Po), where you will be able to select one of our undergraduate programmes.

More information about admissions to a dual Bachelor’s degree programmes

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