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

In 2017, classes in the Pre-College Programme were designed to introduce students to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education. Participants tackled rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science, economics and more.

In 2017, the Pre-College Programme included a variety of courses:

Social sciences classes

Social sciences courses introduced students to the key concepts and academic foundations of Sciences Po’s core disciplines. The academic programme included both interactive, seminar-style classes with a lead professor, who worked with students throughout the session to develop their understanding of the material, and thematic master classes. These master classes provided 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 who taught the master classes. Social sciences lectures and master classes were taught in English.

French language classes and methodology workshops

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

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

The academic programme included classes and activities on weekdays, with study trips to Paris each weekend.