Academics

Pre-College Programme
  • Pre-College Programme student in a social sciences class (photo: Cyrille Beudot)Pre-College Programme student in a social sciences class (photo: Cyrille Beudot)

"It was a truly amazing experience. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the philosophy so much, that I have no difficulty whatsoever imagining myself at Sciences Po in the future. The courses were extremely interesting and interactive, especially the Master Classes. I was very impressed by the classes and also by how Sciences Po managed to bring together such a diverse and fun group of people." - Luisa, India

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The Pre-College Programme is designed to introduce students to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education. Participants tackle rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science and more. Download the Academic Overview (PDF, 170 Ko) and provisional calendar (PDF, 80 Ko) for the 2018 Pre-College Programme.

The 2018 academic programme includes a variety of courses, representing about 48 contact hours in total, spread over the course of three weeks. All the students attend the same core courses in the social sciences and take an elective class of their choice.

Core courses in the social sciences

Core courses, taught entirely in English, are meant to introduce students to Sciences Po’s core disciplines, through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials (about 30 contact hours). Students will attend a series of six 2.5-hour Master Classes, taught by Sciences Po professors and researchers, that will delve into current world issues:

  • A Common Narrative for Europe, by Christophe de Voogd
  • European Integration, by Jan Rovny
  • Migration Issues, by Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia
  • Sustainable Development, by Tancrède Voituriez
  • International Law, by Martina Smuclerova
  • Peacebuilding, by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

In preparation for Master Classes, students will participate in interactive, small-group tutorials that will allow them to develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed.

Find out more about the 2018 Pre-College Programme's Master Classes

Elective courses

In addition to their core courses, students will participate in one elective class of their choice (about 18 contact hours). Students will be able to choose one elective course among different options: either a French language course or an introductory workshop to one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as political science, international relations, law or sociology.

Please note that the choice of elective classes will be open to admitted students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will list their options among available elective courses in order of preference. The Summer School will make every effort to accommodate students' preferences, but cannot guarantee that students will get their first choices.

More information about the 2018 Pre-College Programme's elective courses

Extracurricular activities

The academic programme includes classes and activities on weekdays, with cultural trips and excursions on weekends. Learn more on life outside the classroom