Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to secondary school students from around the world as part of the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. This programme is an opportunity to discover Sciences Po and experience college life and academics at one of France’s leading universities.
Get a taste of university life
During three weeks in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.
Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, migration, peace-building and sustainable development. Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology.
Elective classes allow students to either focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law or sociology) or to study French language.
Explore Reims and Paris
During the Pre-College Programme, students get the chance to live in both Reims and Paris, and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses.
The first two weeks take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored historical site located in the heart of the city. A medium-sized city in the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture. The programme culminates with a week in Paris, where students take classes on Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, and discover the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.
Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses. A team of certified counselors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, comfort and security at Sciences Po. Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus.
Join Sciences Po’s international community
With participants coming from many different countries, the Pre-College Programme is truly an international experience. Reflecting the multiculturalism of the entire Sciences Po community, the 2017 student cohort represented 24 different nationalities and 25 countries of studies in total - from France, China and the USA to Italy, Mexico, Ivory Coast, India or Jordan.
Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:
"Looking back at these two weeks gives me an intense feeling of nostalgia. I gained friends, knowledge and many, many memories. I gained a whole experience that, frankly, can’t compare to anything that came before." - Marc, 16 years old, Spain
"My French language class was extremely useful to an international unfamiliar with the French system. The teacher was amazing, super interesting, and knew how to keep us interested. Thumbs up!" - Ana Sofia, 17 years old, USA
"The best experience I had during the Summer School is the opportunity of exchanging of opinions and ideas about almost anything with classmates [and] to get to know people living in other parts of the world. Gladly, the Summer School provides this kind of chance. Frankly, I really enjoyed it." - Mingxi, 17 years old, China
Eligibility and how to apply
The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2018. Candidates have to be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Online applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 8th, 2018. Learn more about eligibility criteria and how to apply.
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