Exploring Paris

University Programme
  • 2016 Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)2016 Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)

"It is hard not to be educated after spending a month in Paris." - Fan, China

Paris Before, During and After Class

The opportunity to spend a month or two in the “City of Light” is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Summer School. Summer School courses make the most of their Parisian setting, with class trips to museums and guided tours. Outside of class time, Summer School students use their Sciences Po student card to benefit from significant admissions discounts to a vast number of cultural institutions, including most museums, cinemas, concerts and theatres, and monthly metro passes.

Throughout their stay, Summer School students have the opportunity to get acquainted with Paris’ legendary neighbourhoods like Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, or the Marais…as well as to discover many others they may never have heard of before: Buttes-Chaumont, Boulogne, Sentier, and the canals of the northern arrondissements. With an excellent transportation system, any destination in Paris is a mere bus or metro ride away. On weekends, day trips to nearby sites such as the Château de Versailles or Champagne tasting in and around the city of Reims are excellent opportunities to cross over Paris city limits and still be back in time for dinner.

See more images of our students exploring Paris in our Life in Paris video

Summer Events

In the summer, Paris plays host to some of Europe’s top events such as Paris Plage, Rock en Seine and the finish line of Le Tour de France.  Shopping lovers will take advantage of the soldes, the June and July sales that occur in stores all over the city. And of course, the summer months are the perfect time when the canals, river banks and parks of Paris come alive with endless picnics, outdoor cinema and strolls amongst friends. 

Cultural Visits and Activities

The Summer School proposes a wide variety of cultural visits and other activities to give students the opportunity to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture.  Summer 2016 activities included walking or bike tours that introduce students to off-the-beaten-path Parisian neighbourhoods, wine tastings with an oenologist, and day trips to sites such as Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny.  Additionally, the Summer School organises social events and outings, such as picnics, which allow students to get to know each other outside of the classroom.

Student Guide

To help orient them in the city, Summer School students will receive a copy of A Sciences Po Student’s Guide to Paris, written by and for Sciences Po students. The guide covers all the important information required for an extended stay, from navigating public transportation to discovering secret restaurants on the fringes of the city.