How to Apply

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2016 Summer School Applications

The application for the 2016 Summer School is now open!

If you would like to receive more information about the 2016 programme, including application deadlines, please subscribe to our newsletter or contact the Summer School team summer.school-at-sciencespo.fr.

Application Overview

Applying to the Sciences Po Summer School requires the successful completion of a selective application process.

The Summer School application is submitted via the Sciences Po application tool, which is the same tool used for applications to Sciences Po degree programmes.  Once your application is complete, it will be submitted to the appropriate jury for consideration. The juries meet regularly and you should expect to hear the results of your application in three weeks or less from the moment that your application is complete and you have settled the application processing fee.

The Summer School receives a great number of applications. We are therefore unable to provide individual feedback regarding unsuccessful candidacies. The juries take into account our candidates’ academic backgrounds, grades, and demonstrated motivations when making their selections.

Online Application Instructions

All applications must be completed via the Sciences Po online application tool.  Once you have created your account, it is essential to carefully read the instructions at the beginning of the application.  You can return to these instructions at any time during your application by clicking on the drop-down link “Help” under your name in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.

Choice of programmes in the online application

The Sciences Po application tool asks candidates to select a first and second choice programme to which they wish to apply.  Candidates to the Summer School are not required to indicate a second choice programme; instead candidates should use this option to indicate whether they will attend one session or both sessions according to the instructions below:

  • If you wish to attend only one session (either June OR July), please select only ONE programme of your choice.  Please do not submit a second choice if you only plan to attend one session.
  • If you wish to attend both sessions (both June AND July), please apply to TWO programmes, one in June and one in July.  You may not apply to two programmes that take place during the same session.  You may indicate either programme as your first or second choice.

Information Required to Complete an Application

You will need to provide the following information and documents:

  • Personal information (name, address, etc.)
  • Identity card or passport
  • Identity photo
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic background information
  1. Certificate of enrolment (if currently a student)
  2. Academic transcript (required for current students, recommended for graduates)
  3. Copy of previous diploma(s) obtained (if applicable)
  • Professional background information (if applicable)
  • Language level verification for candidates who are not native speakers of the language of the class they wish to take (see instructions below):
  • Explanation of motivation: this is an opportunity for you to explain your goals for your course of study at the Sciences Po Summer School.  The text space is limited to 1000 words or less. We strongly encourage candidates to prepare their response in advance of logging on so as to streamline your application process and to give due thought to this critical component of your Summer School application.

Language Level Verification

Candidates will be required to demonstrate a CEFR language level in one of three ways:

Option 1: provide an official language test taken within the last three years.

For courses taught in English, the following tests and minimum requirements are accepted:

  • TOEFL (IBT): 90
  • IELTS: 6, no subscore under 5.5
  • TOEIC "listening and reading": 785/990 and "speaking and writing" (IBT or Mobile) : 310/400
  • Cambridge English First (FCE)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For courses taught in French, the level of French required depends on the track.  Students in the French language track must demonstrate proficiency at the level below the level to which they are applying (A1-C2).  For example, a candidate applying to Level B2 must demonstrate a B1 level of French.  Students in the social sciences track must demonstrate high-intermediate level (B2) proficiency or higher.  The following tests are accepted:

  • DELF
  • DALF
  • TCF

Option 2: provide proof of at least two years of study entirely taught in either English or French (ie: enrolment in an English or French-speaking institution; two years of language courses alone are insufficient).

Option 3: complete a Sciences Po language assessment and upload it to the admissions tool. The assessment takes approximately 1 hour to complete and should be taken without the aid of a dictionary.

For more information on the language levels, download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).

Application Processing Fee

A 20€ application fee must be paid upon submission of your application. Payment is only by credit card on the application tool.

Apply Now!

Via the Sciences Po Application tool.