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The African continent is central to teaching and a major focus of research at Sciences Po's research centres. Through these activities, conducted in close collaboration with African universities, Sciences Po supports the necessary renewal of perspectives on Africa.
Africa at Sciences Po
Bachelor's programme focused on Africa
The Europe-Africa programme on the Reims campus offers a bilingual, multidisciplinary core curriculum in the social sciences and humanities, enriched with a focus on the African continent and its challenges. 40 percent of the students on the programme come from the African continent.
Africa concentration in the Master's programme
Several Master's degrees offer courses or specialised programmes on Africa within the general subjects (human rights, international relations, public affairs, urban studies, public health, finance, economics, development, security, etc.)
Each year, Sciences Po hosts students and faculty from African partner universities under exchange agreements.
More about: Come to Sciences Po on exchange
Researchers at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) include internationally recognized specialists on African topics. They address African-related issues from the perspective of international relations, comparative politics, historical sociology or political economy.
The journal Politique Africaine was born at CERI and maintains close ties with the centre. CERI also runs a research group called "Africa: Citizenship, Violence and Politics" (FR).
A dozen researchers and doctoral students (from CERI, the Department of Economics, the Law School, etc.) work on topics related to the African continent (FR), including security, assessment of public policy, and sustainable development.
Thanks to resources dedicated to Africa, Sciences Po Executive Education has developed programmes that cater to executives, managers and leaders of the public and private sectors in Africa.
Sciences Po in Africa
Since 2009, Sciences Po has gone from having three partner universities in Africa to 19. Sciences Po students complete exchanges at these universities, either in their third undergraduate year or during their Master's programme.
See the list of our partner universities.
More about: Study in Africa
Many educational projects within the Master's programmes are related to Africa. These include study trips, field research, capstone projects, etc.
The Sciences Po Law School has developed law clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Ghana. The School of Urban Affairs conducts capstone projects with the Agence Française de Développement.
Information about financial aid.
As part of its Africa strategy, Sciences Po works hard to strengthen its ties with African institutions and companies so as to enhance the employment prospects for its graduates in Africa and increase internship opportunities. To do so, Sciences Po can count on the support of a dynamic and well-organized alumni network in several African countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Madagascar and Senegal).
More about: Sciences Po Alumni international sections (FR)
Sciences Po is the first university in continental Europe to join the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme. Within this international network, 27 prestigious institutions in Africa, America and Europe are committed to ensuring that all young people, whatever their background, have the same opportunities to get a quality education and fulfil their potential. At Sciences Po, the programme aims to support, between 2017 and 2022, 120 talented African students through their studies and to offer the next generation of leaders a world-class social science education, so they can go on to become change makers in their home countries.
More about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme.
Companies and foundations
Total, L'Oréal, Vivendi, the RATP Foundation and the Mac Millan Foundation contribute to a scholarship programme based on social and academic criteria that helps finance the studies of African students admitted to Sciences Po's Europe-Africa programme. The scholarships ensure they can study in optimum conditions during the three years of their programme. These companies also help students launch their future careers by offering internships in Africa.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Five students per year from the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po (PSIA) benefit from a partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD). This partnership also enables several Sciences Po Master's programmes to develop capstone projects.
Some French embassies support African students wishing to come to Sciences Po for a semester on an exchange programme (especially students from South Africa).
The French Council for Investors in Africa (CIAN)
CIAN was a key participant in setting up the Executive Master of Development Policy and Management - Potential Africa.
Sciences Po worked in close collaboration with the AfricaFrance foundation as part of the LeAD Campus project.
At a glance
- Nearly 200 students from Sub-Saharan Africa study at Sciences Po each year
- 19 partner universities
- Over 20 scholarships specifically for African students
- 9% of graduates work in Africa (2015)
- Over 600 Sciences Po alumni in Africa