Academics

Pre-College Programme
  • Summer School students in a social sciences lecture class (photo: Manuel Braun)Summer School students in a social sciences lecture class (photo: Manuel Braun)

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Challenging coursework in the social sciences and foreign language

Classes in the Pre-College Programme are designed to introduce students to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.  Participants will tackle rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science, economics and more.

The Pre-College Programme includes a variety of courses:

Social sciences classes

Social sciences courses introduce students to the key concepts and academic foundations of Sciences Po’s core disciplines. The academic programme includes both interactive, seminar-style classes with a lead professor, who will work with students throughout the session to develop their understanding of the material, and thematic master classes. These master classes provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge by tackling contemporary issues, including sustainable development, migration, peacebuilding, and the European Union. Learn more about the professors teaching the master classes. Social sciences lectures and master classes are taught in English.

French language classes and methodology workshops

Students have the possibility to study either French as a foreign language or methodology workshops in advanced French or English. French language classes are available at multiple levels, from complete beginner to intermediate levels.

Methodology workshops provide high-level instruction focused on academic writing to students who have an advanced level of English or French. They are designed to prepare students for university studies in France and elsewhere by introducing academic exercises that students will encounter at the university level.

The academic programme will include classes and activities on weekdays, with study trips to reinforce learning each weekend.