Stay calm and relaxed!

Each year, half of new students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College come from outside France. International applicants go through a two-step procedure. First, they complete and submit an online application. Based on this application, certain candidates are then pre-selected for an interview, which can be held in various cities around the world.
The interview is divided into two parts: applicants are given 30 minutes to review a press article before providing a structured analysis in a 10-minute presentation. A 20-minute discussion ensues during which the panel will ask questions regarding the article and other more general questions. Here are a few tips to prepare for this interview.

  • Keep up with current events

The admissions panel expects you to be well informed about what is going on in your country, your region, and in Europe. They are looking for you to take a critical approach to the news you read or hear.

  • Prepare for the text presentation

Work on your critical thinking skills, your ability to analyse and interpret information in order to situate a text in its proper context and construct an organised presentation (introduction, thesis and conclusion). Bear in mind you will have 30 minutes to prepare your presentation and 10 minutes to deliver it.

  • Practice your public speaking skills

Have a friend, family member or teacher ask you some questions about current events, Sciences Po and/or yourself. Pay attention to your body language, speak distinctly in a confident voice and ask for feedback.

  • Get to know Sciences Po

The admissions panel expects you to be familiar with Sciences Po, the programmes we offer, our learning and teaching methods and student life on the campus you are applying for.

  • Arrive in advance, or at least on time

Make your travel or commute arrangements well in advance. Plan to arrive at least 15 or 20 minutes early. Dress for confidence and comfort. Bring a photo ID, your invitation to the interview, some paper, a pen, a bottle of water, and a wristwatch since you will not be able to access your phone during the preparation time or the interview.

  • And finally, stay calm and relaxed!

The purpose of the interview is both to assess whether you suit our programmes and study environment and to see if we are the right choice for your future plans and expectations.

Related links

Salomé Zourabichvili, alumna and President

Salomé Zourabichvili, alumna and President

Graduate of the class of 1972, professor at Sciences Po from 2006-2015, Salomé Zourabichvili is, as of 28 November, 2018, the first female president of Georgia. But she is also one of very few female alumna who is now a Head of State. Returning to her alma mater to give a lecture on the 18th February 2019, we look back at the path of a quiet but promising student. 

More
Jacques Semelin on his book

Jacques Semelin on his book "The Survival of the Jews in France"

Internationally recognised for his work on genocide and more generally mass violence, Jacques Semelin, Senior Researcher Emeritus at the Centre for International Research (CNRS), has published The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944, (translated by Cynthia Schoch and Nathasha Lehrer, London, Hurst, and New York, Oxford University Press). In his book he shares the results of his pioneering study into how 75% of Jews in France survived despite the Nazi Occupation in the Second World War. 

More
FEMPO: Period-Proof Underwear Made in Sciences Po

FEMPO: Period-Proof Underwear Made in Sciences Po

FEMPO are the first period-proof underwear made in France.When Fanny Abes, at the time a third-year student in Vancouver, met Claudette Lovencin, the idea for the product was born. They are now both Sciences Po graduates. We met with them to speak about their career paths and business.

More
Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Despite an overarching negativity where China and the environment are concerned, it is set to become the leading power in the green economy. However, it is the political elective which must make the policies to make China’s future green. As a one-party-state there is very little green opposition should environmental reforms not be put into practice.

More
2018 Admissions: More Applicants, Greater Selectivity

2018 Admissions: More Applicants, Greater Selectivity

In 2018, for the first time, the number of candidates applying to Sciences Po exceeded the 20,000 mark. Up by 16%, the number of applications shows Sciences Po has an unprecedented appeal, in particular for Master’s programmes where reforms made to the French entry procedures have caused a spike in additional applications. Since 2009, the number of international applications has tripled. This year, the top 10 countries of origin of our admitted candidates via the international procedure, are: the United States, Germany, Italy, India, China, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland.

More
Brexit: Defence is not Dead for the U.K.

Brexit: Defence is not Dead for the U.K.

Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, invited by PSIA Sciences Po, came to discuss with Jean-Claude Cousseran, former director of the French external intelligence service, and Philippe Hayez, former deputy director of the same service, the future of British defence and security post-Brexit. 

More
Volunteer Work at the Heart of the Community

Volunteer Work at the Heart of the Community

Since 2018, Sciences Po requires all of its undergraduate students to participate in the Civic Learning Programme, a compulsory civic engagement over the three years of the Bachelor’s degree. This Programme offers them the chance to learn and understand citizenship and social responsibility through a community internship. Here, two students share their testimonies about their internships and how this has benefited them.

More
Creative Writing: New Visiting Fellowship in Literature

Creative Writing: New Visiting Fellowship in Literature

This semester Sciences Po welcomes its first visiting fellow for literature, celebrated writer, Kamel Daoud, current holder of the Mediterranean Prize (FR). Daoud, who is a renowned writer in the francophone world, will deliver creative writing classes throughout this semester. Linked with the Writing and Rhetoric Centre, this groundbreaking initiative for a French university aims to reinforce students’ creative expression and to stimulate their curiosity. 

More