Our ambition

Open-minded education
  • Façade of Sciences Po, 27, rue Saint-Guillaume © Martin Argyroglo / Sciences PoFaçade of Sciences Po, 27, rue Saint-Guillaume © Martin Argyroglo / Sciences Po

An international research university, ranked among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

Sciences Po’s educational model is all about learning to learn. We deliver a broad-based, academically demanding education encompassing five social science disciplines: economics, law, history, sociology and political science. This multidisciplinary approach aims to develop students’ intellectual curiosity and ability to understand and analyse complexity–indispensable qualities for working effectively in constantly changing environments.

Concern for the common good

At Sciences Po, academic learning is complemented by a strong professional focus. Students acquire both wide-ranging general knowledge and a sense of action, equipping them to take on positions of responsibility. All our teaching is backed by a combination of innovative research and real-world experience, thanks to a teaching staff of more than 4,000 that includes leading academics in the social sciences and 2,400 experienced practitioners (corporate executives, senior French and international civil servants, etc.), and to the internships which are an integral part of all degree our programmes.

Notable alumni

  • Heads of state or government: Chandrika Kumaratunga (former president of Sri Lanka), Sir Austen Chamberlain (former British foreign secretary), Emmanuel Macron (current French president), Edouard Philippe (current French prime minister), François Hollande (former French president), Jacques Chirac (former French president), François Mitterrand (former French president).
  • Heads of international organisations: Simone Veil (former president of the European Parliament), Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former UN secretary general), Pascal Lamy (former director-general of the World Trade Organization).
  • Business & finance: Jean-Claude Trichet (former president of the European Central Bank), Michel Camdessus (former president of the International Monetary Fund), Bertrand Puech (CEO of Groupe Hermès).
  • Academia, journalism, literature & arts: Stanley Hoffmann (professor at Harvard University), Jean-Marie Colombani (former editor of Le Monde), Marcel Proust (novelist), Christian Dior (fashion designer).

Open to all talent

At Sciences Po, an international spirit pervades every dimension of academic and student life. Students learn to work as early as possible with classmates from different cultural backgrounds and in different languages; develop a broader worldview thanks to compulsory year-long study-abroad programmes; and study every subject from a European and/or global perspective. Our multicultural community is composed of 47 percent international students and a network of 478 partner universities.

Sciences Po has served the public interest from the day it was founded. Social responsibility influences all of our activities, from student recruitment and teaching to research and institutional governance. The proportion of students benefiting from financial support has grown fourfold over the past decade. Today, 26 percent of students receive grants and other needs-based financial support. This rate exceeds most other selective higher education institutions, and is the result of a proactive financial support policy combined with the Equal Opportunity programme. This social diversity goes hand in hand with geographic diversity: in September 2015, first-year students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College came from 878 secondary schools.

Sciences Po has kept reinventing itself since it was founded nearly 150 years ago. Sciences Po today is above all a place where new ideas can be put forward and implemented.

Open to all knowledge

Breaking down borders between disciplines also means introducing new perspectives: the arts and natural sciences are an integral part of the intellectual experience at Sciences Po.

Learning to learn

To prepare students for a constantly changing world, Sciences Po’s educational approach aims to develop specific qualities: intellectual curiosity and agility, an aptitude for oral and written expression, and adaptability. At Sciences Po, academic and personal development are intimately linked. Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and self-examination are all developed throughout the course of study. These qualities are continuously cultivated through teamwork, student presentations, small classes, debates and participation in student associations.

Key figures

  • 14,000 students
  • 7 multicultural campuses
  • 49% of international students
  • 150 nationalities represented
  • 43 dual degree programmes
  • 470 partner universities
  • 25 languages taught
  • 26% of students receive financial support
  • 230 researchers
  • 80,000 alumni
  • 3rd in the 2019 QS World University Rankings for Politics and International Studies

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