The international undergraduate and graduate admissions for the 2015 intake are now open. The application is only available online.
The international admissions procedure allows Sciences Po to recruit students from all over the world and to provide students with a truly international environment. The student community at Sciences Po gathers 13,000 students -- half are international, coming from 130 countries.
Why did these students choose Sciences Po? Watch the video to learn more about their journey to this university
In October, Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, struck a pose in support of the HeForShe initiative led by the actress Emma Watson. This supportive photo campaign was initiated by Politiqu’elles, a student association at Sciences Po. HeForShe is a joint movement for diversity, inciting men, amongst others, to take part in the struggle for gender equality.
Sciences Po’s commitment to gender equality is nothing new. The research programme PRESAGE, the European project EGERA, and the action of student associations such as Politiqu’Elles, WomenWork and Garçes, are all part of this engagement.
Juliette Galonnier is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Studies in Social Change - OSC - at Sciences Po and a student from the dual PhD programme Sciences Po/Northwestern University. The department of Sociology of Northwestern University recently awarded her the Robert F.Winch prize for her paper entiled “When White Devils Join the Deen: White American Converts to Islam and the Experience of Non-Normative Whiteness”. Juliette proposes us a summary below:
“This paper focuses on white converts to Islam as anomalous individuals in a world where race and faith have become closely intertwined. Because they disrupt classic understandings of whiteness and enter a setting, the Muslim community, where whiteness is neither unmarked nor dominant, I argue that white converts to Islam can be characterized as “non-normative whites.” I show that, by virtue of their discordant racial and religious identities, white converts to Islam develop a form of reflexivity that sheds light on the underlying assumptions attached to white skin in America. Using ethnography and in-depth interviewing with converts, I thus explore how non-normative whites relate to their own whiteness. I demonstrate that whites too are subjected to racial objectification, although in ambivalent and at times contradictory ways. The last part of the paper examines the daily strategies used by white converts to maneuver their whiteness and defuse racial tensions within the Muslim community. The wide range of interpretive repertoires they employ presents a picture of whiteness that is more complex than what most academic studies make it seem.”
Students enrolled in the dual PhD programme Sciences Po/Northwestern University spend the 2nd and 3rd year of their PhD studies at the Department of Sociology of Northwestern University. The 1st and 4th years take place at the departement of Sociology at Sciences Po, in Paris.
This programme is part of the 34 dual degrees hosted by Sciences Po with international partners.
On the 22 September, one day after the climate-change march in New-York and one day before the United Nations Climate Summit, Bruno Latour, professor at Sciences Po, gave a public lecture at Columbia University on the theme “Gaia intrudes”.
Bruno Latour notes that with the advent of the epoch known as the 'Anthropocene,' the Earth is no longer in the background. Today the earth is very much in the foreground, and in constant rivalry with human intentionality. Latour confronts head on the figure of Gaia, that is, understanding the Earth not as a biogeophysical system but rather as a full-fledged actor, an agent of history--or rather “geostory." Gaia is not Nature, nor is it a diety. It is a new form of political power, an intruder, a gate-crasher demanding our attention.
For Latour, geopolitics is not about human politics overlaid on the static frame of the Earth, but politics about contradictory portions, visions, aspects of the Earth and its contending humans.
Such is the new situation for which we don’t seem to be intellectually well-equipped.
Bruno Latour is a sociologist and professor at Sciences Po. In 2015, he and Laurence Tubiana will lead “Paris Climat 2015 : Make It Work”. This initiative aims to help communities of students and researchers, as well as the general society in France and abroad, to address climate change and related geopolitical issues.
Watch the video of the public lecture “Gaia Intrudes” by prof. Bruno Latour.
In September, more than 1500 undergraduate students started the school year at the College of Sciences Po.
Representing 82 nationalities, these students of different origins all have personal stories about their journey to Sciences Po.
Why did they choose this University? What are their goals? How do they feel about their first day at Sciences Po?
Let’s take a tour of the seven campuses to learn more about these new students.
The Campus of Sciences Po in Reims is located in a former Jesuit College constructed during the 17th and 18th century. The Jesuit College has been in renovation since 2010, and the campus improvements will be completed by the end of 2016. Classified as historical monument, this site offers students from all over the world an exceptional study environment in the heart of the warm city of Reims. A Gallo-Roman city, and the traditional site of the coronation of France’s kings, Reims has a rich architectural legacy. It is also the capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region, world-renowned for its production of champagne.
The Reims Campus welcomes 400 undergraduate students, from 38 countries, as part of the Europe-North America programme, the dual bachelor's degrees with Columbia and UBC, and the exchange programme. The campus in Reims is the only campus offering a certificate-awarding exchange programme for students who wish to enhance their studies in international relations.
In 2018, the Reims campus will welcome 1,600 students and will become, in terms of size, the largest campus of the Sciences Po College. At that date, it will be larger than the Paris Campus.
Let's take a video tour of the facilities.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is a historian specialised in the Middle East. Throughout his career as an academic and as a diplomat, he has been startled to observe that Gaza is consistently referred to in relationship with a wider context, without bringing specific attention to its history.
In the video below, Jean-Pierre Filiu talks about the difficulties he encountered while writing Gaza: A History, a book released in 2012 and which has recently been published in English. He also explains why his book represents, in his eyes, a way to contribute to peace in the Gaza territory.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is a researcher at the CERI and professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS). Prof. Filiu was a career diplomat from 1988 to 2006, following humanitarian missions in Afghanistan (1986) and Lebanon (1983-84). His works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages.
Fitch, which confirmed Sciences Po’s A+ rating today, recognises the positive evolution of the institution and affirms the rationality of its decision.
Christophe Jaffrelot has been awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in the commentary and interpretative category for "incisive writing on India's new political sadhus", which included his articles on Swami Aseemanand and Baba Ramdev, published in the Indian magazine Caravan in 2011.