Student associations and initiatives

Every year, some 200 student associations or initiatives of all kinds contribute to the dynamism of student life throughout the different Sciences Po campuses.

Student associations and initiatives enable students to interact around common aspirations and share their areas of interest with an academic community of exceptional richness. They provide a means of living their citizenship to the full; they contribute to developing the culture of debate and intellectual curiosity encouraged by Sciences Po; they constitute an invaluable experience in project management and teamwork.

Engaging in political, student union and community activities lies at the very heart of Sciences Po’s educational approach.

What is a student association?

A student association is a group of students from Sciences Po who have chosen to work together on a joint project, whether shared with the Sciences Po community or not, or who wish simply to meet around a common aim.

There are various types of student association at Sciences Po:

  • student union associations composed of student representatives elected to the boards of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP);
  • permanent student associations entrusted with the organisation of specific service-oriented missions on behalf of students;
  • recognised student associations whose activities are aimed principally at Sciences Po students;
  • other student associations. They do not benefit from an allocation of resources from Sciences Po.

Consult the list of our student associations on all campuses.

What is a student initiative?

Students wishing to develop a project in connection with student life, either individually or as a group, and who would like to benefit during a semester or an academic year from the same resources as those made available to student associations, can pursue an idea within the framework of student initiatives.