Foreign Languages

The teaching of languages is part of the basic training provided to students at Sciences Po. At both the Undergraduate College and at Master's level, the objective is not only for students to attain French-English bilingualism but also to acquire knowledge of other languages in order to prepare them for the demands of the job market, whatever the area of activity. The choice of languages, other than French and English, is made by the students in line with their study plans and career objectives.

23 languages are taught on the seven Sciences Po campuses: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French as a Foreign Language (FLE) for non-French speaking students, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and French Sign Language (LSF) as well as languages specific to the Sciences Po regional campuses (Swahili, Persian, Indonesian, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Romanian).

Sciences Po also offers ad hoc language training for students who, as of the second year of their Master's degree, intend to sit competitive examinations for the French and European civil services.

In addition, students in Paris have the opportunity to study rarely taught languages at INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales) under an agreement between the two institutions.

Nearly 500 language teachers work across all the Sciences Po campuses. This reflects the importance that Sciences Po attributes to language training.