Diversity and inclusion

  • Students in La Péniche, Sciences Po entrance hall © Thomas Arrivé / Sciences PoStudents in La Péniche, Sciences Po entrance hall © Thomas Arrivé / Sciences Po

Because the diversity of student backgrounds and viewpoints is a source of enrichment for our institution, Sciences Po places social responsibility at the heart of its public interest mission.

Our institution stands out for its multicultural nature. Almost half our students are international and at the start of the 2017 academic year, 37 % of our students received financial aid. Our inclusive policy is based on several emblematic programmes designed to promote social and international diversity.

Equal Opportunity Programme (CEP)

The most talented and deserving students must have access to higher education, regardless of their family, social and cultural background. It is therefore the university’s duty to recognise this plurality of talented people and to promote it through teaching programmes and a special admissions procedure.

Sciences Po has played a pioneering role in this respect with the establishment of the Equal Opportunity programme in 2001. The first cohort comprised 17 students admitted through agreements with seven high schools. At present, while the majority of the 106 partner high schools are located in the Paris region, almost all regional education authorities are now involved, including deindustrialised, rural or overseas regions (New Caledonia and French Guiana for example).

Key figures

  • 1,769 students admitted through this procedure since 2001
  • 11,900 high-school students participated to workshops
  • 106 high-schools partners

Our corporate partners for the Equal Opportunity programme: Banque Palatine (FR), Engie, HSBC, LVMH, Mazars (FR), Société Générale, Rothschild & Cie, Total Foundation, L'Oréal, BNP Paribas, EY, Hachette Livre, Vivendi, Fondation du Crédit Agricole du Nord-Est (FR).

Premier campus

The latest addition to our social responsibility policy, the Premier campus programme, is designed for scholarship high school students. The programme’s goal is to prepare them for new methods of study and structuring thought (analysis, summary, research, academic writing, etc.), and to provide them with cross-disciplinary educational content that will help them complete their high school studies with confidence and prepare effectively for entry into higher education. The first cohort of high school students was hosted in the summer of 2017.

Our corporate partners for Premier Campus : Axa FranceL'OréalSociété Générale, The Coca-Cola Foundation, HSBC Foundation for Education (FR)Total Foundation.

Accessible Sciences Po

We also practice social responsibility through the development of our accessibility programme for people with disabilities: Accessible Sciences Po. Sponsored by 17 companies, the programme supports students with disabilities from admission through to their entry into the workforce and ensures they can study in the best possible conditions. The number of students with disabilities has increased significantly since the programme was launched in 2008.

Key figures

  • 250 students benefit from this programme
  • 17 corporate partners support the programme

Our corporate partners for Sciences Po Accessible: Accenture, AFD, ArkemaBNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Cardif, Canal +, Capgemini Consulting, EY, GE Healthcare, Groupe Casino - MercialysHandiem (FR)HSBC, La Banque Postale (FR)L'Oréal, Natixis Asset ManagementSociété Générale, Total.

An ambitious scholarship programme

Sciences Po proactively supports social inclusion with a unique tuition fee and financial aid policy.

To allow all students to focus freely on their studies, Sciences Po grants significant financial aid to those who need it. French and European students with a CROUS scholarship, in addition to benefitting from a full tuition fee waiver, receive a considerable top-up grant from Sciences Po amounting to 75 percent of their CROUS scholarship.

In order to attract top students from around the world, Sciences Po also awards more than 200 Emile Boutmy Excellence Scholarships, which include a needs-based component. Between two equally outstanding students, the scholarship will be awarded to the one with the lowest income.

In 2017, Sciences Po launched a six-year scholarship programme worth US$8.2 million (approximately €7.6 million) in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation. This scheme will enable 120 talented African students to pursue their university education in the social sciences at one of Europe’s leading institutions.

Discover the story of Robert, who receives a scholarship funded by L'Oréal.

Our partners for the Boutmy scholarships: BNP Paribas, Chalhoub Group, RATP FoundationL'Oréal, RATP DEV,Banco Santander (ES)Total.

Discover the stories of some of our international Boutmy scholars: