Why choose Sciences Po?

Find out the top ten reasons to study at Sciences Po.

1 - An international academic experience

All courses at Sciences Po are taught with an international perspective. Students benefit from the network of 410 partner universities during a mandatory year abroad for all College students, a semester off for master students. Sciences Po offers 34 international dual degrees and several programmes entirely in English.

2- Study with talented students from all around the world

At Sciences Po, nearly half of the students are international. Representing 142 countries, they come from the best institutions abroad. This multicultural environment allows students to live and study alongside different cultures and world views.

3- Access to a wide range of professions

Valued by recruiters for their adaptability, curiosity and international outlook, 80% of Sciences Po students work in the private sector. Nearly 90% of graduates find work within 6 months of finishing their studies. Sciences Po graduates exercise a wide range of professions, with a concentration in consulting, banking and public administration.

4- Learn from the best professors, either academics or professionals

At Sciences Po, courses are given by talented academics and professionals in the public and private sectors. Knowledge is anchored in reality and rooted in the best research in the social sciences.

5- Meet with leading figures

Sciences Po is a place of debate where major figures in politics, economics, the arts and media come to exchange with students. These figures include Ban Ki-MoonKofi Annan, President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Condoleeza Rice, Joseph Stiglitz or Mario Draghi.

6- Building a broad understanding of the social sciences

History, economy, law, political science, sociology: Sciences Po's academic project is to foster dialogue between the major disciplines. It gives students the tools they need to better understand the contemporary world.

7- Developing critical thinking skills

At Sciences Po, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills using pedagogical methods that favour group projects, oral presentations and the confrontation of ideas. By providing a multidisciplinary approach and range of electives, such as artistic workshops, students are encouraged to adopt different perspectives.

8- Take part in collective projects, realise your potential by participating in campus life

Sciences Po's educational model emphasises personal responsibility, teamwork, public expression, citizenship and humanism. Students cultivate these values through group projects and the 130 associations that punctuate student campus life.

9- Live in an exceptional environment

A part of European heritage, Sciences Po's seven multicultural campuses are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural legacy. These campuses host an engaged and animated student community that leads a full intellectual and extracurricular life.

10- Financial constraints are not an obstacle to studying

At Sciences Po, nearly one out of three students receives financial assistance. In order to allow students to fully concentrate on their studies, Sciences Po grants tuition exemptions and financial assistance to those in need. Tuition fees are also on a sliding scale based on the resources of each student.

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"I met students I would like to work with in the future"

Japanese, economics and Asia. Samuel Flambard's three passions naturally led him to the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre. Here, some 250 students from around the world take the Undergraduate College programme in English with a special focus on the countries of Asia. As president of the Bureau des Élèves, or student bureau, on a campus with nearly 60 percent international students, Samuel knows what "multicultural" means on a day-to-day basis.


"Looking for the meaning behind appearances"

Sophie Rochefort Guillouet has been teaching history and art history on the Le Havre campus since it opened in 2007. Her classes are very popular, and given her infectious enthusiasm and the dozens of cultural references that pepper her conversation, it's easy to understand how two hours spent with her would make you more cultivated. Interview with a professor who makes ideas travel.

“The more we move up the social scale, the more discreet students are about their personal opinions”

“The more we move up the social scale, the more discreet students are about their personal opinions”

Ylva Bergström is an associate professor of sociology of education at Sciences Po and senior lecturer at Uppsala University. Her recent research on the connection between political position-taking and social background highlights the “burden” of a person’s origins. She is a member of the research group Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC), which is a hub in Scandinavia for research centered on certain French traditions founded by Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Paul Benzécri and others.

“Law shouldn’t be dogmatic”

“Law shouldn’t be dogmatic”

Martina Smuclerova has taught Public International Law at Sciences Po since 2011. This Sorbonne-educated international legal expert and Czech diplomat has previously served as a delegate to the United Nations, the European Union and the European Space Agency.  We asked her about her course.

What do you learn at the Sciences Po Law School ?

What do you learn at the Sciences Po Law School ?

“Our educational objective is to equip you with both theoretical knowledge and the expertise which can only be acquired through practice and close contact with practitioners. We also aim to teach soft skills. Our goal is to train you through the law, no matter which profession you go on to practice” Christophe Jamin, dean of the Sciences Po Law School.


"I did my gap year in a war zone"

Pierre Sautreuil, a student at the Sciences Po School of Journalism, is doing his Master's through the dual education programme with an apprenticeship at Agence France Presse. He spent his gap year on the front lines in Ukraine with pro-Russian separatists. This experience of war reporting at 21 years old earned him the Prix Bayeux Calvados in the Young Reporter category in October 2015. Interview.

What do you learn at the Sciences Po Urban School?

What do you learn at the Sciences Po Urban School?

“The Master’s programmes at the Sciences Po Urban School are designed to address questions both of governance and of the implementation of public policy through a social science-based approach.” Patrick Le Galès, dean of the Sciences Po Urban School.

Discover the school that trains urban and regional policy makers.