How to Apply

Pre-College Programme

Applications for the 2018 Pre-College Programme will open on Monday, 8 January 2018 and close in May 2018. Applications may only be submitted via Sciences Po’s online application platform.

Application Overview

Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process. 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.

Application timeline and deadlines

The Pre-College Programme has rolling admissions; the admission jury meets regularly and candidates may expect to receive a response approximately one month after submitting a complete application.

Please note that there are a limited number of spots available in the programme. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early on in order to maximize the chances of their application being considered. The number of spots available decreases as the deadline approaches and admissions will close when the programme is full.

The final deadline to submit an application for the Pre-College Programme is May 2018.

Required information and documents

If you wish to start preparing your application, please find a list of documents and information you will need to provide:

  • Personal information (name, address, etc.)
  • Identity card or passport
  • Identity photo
  • Academic background information
  1. Certificate of enrolment from current secondary school (official document provided by the school that confirms attendance, current and past enrolment, expected graduation date and/or awarded degrees)
  2. Academic transcripts from the past two years
  • Language level verification for candidates who are not native English speakers and for candidates who wish to apply for the French as a foreign language elective course. Find a list of accepted language level verifications on the Eligibility page.
  • Explanation of motivation (in English): this is an opportunity for you to explain your goals for your course of study at the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. The letter must be written in English and 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 application.
  • Letter of recommendation: this letter may be written by a teacher, a supervisor for an internship, or any other person capable of attesting your personal motivation and academic performance.

Application Processing Fee

Please be aware that a 30 € application fee must be paid upon submission of your application. Payment is only by credit card via the online application platform.