Life outside the classroom

Pre-College Programme

"I enjoyed the opportunities to explore French culture and I liked the historical feeling of both Reims and Paris, and felt a strong presence of arts and culture in France." - Cindy, Canada

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Life in France

The Pre-College Programme is designed to be an immersive and holistic experience for our participants, and for them to live the College experience as a group. For the time of three weeks, participants study, live and explore France together. They share not only classes, but also activities, meals, outings, weekend trips, etc.

Students get the chance to live in both Reims and Paris and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses.

The first two weeks of the programme take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, housed in a former Jesuit college from the 17th century. Located in the historical heart of the city, this remarkable site has been restored to mix traditional architectural elements with state-of-the-art amenities.

During the last week of the programme, students have the opportunity to live in Paris, explore the city, and attend classes on the Sciences Po Paris’ flagship campus.

Students also get the chance to spend a whole weekend (13-15 July) in the beautiful city of Strasbourg, located in the historic Alsace region.

Download the Pre-College Programme's provisional calendar (PDF, 80 Ko) for more information

Activities programme

Paris, Strasbourg and Reims

While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities.  After classes and on weekends, participants have time to have fun and explore their surroundings. The activities programme ranges from cultural visits and weekend excursions to social activities, sports games and Bastille Day celebration. 

A medium-sized city with a rich history, Reims is an ideal location for students seeking an immersive experience in French life and culture. For over a thousand years, Reims served as the coronation site of the French monarchy and boasts an impressive architectural heritage, from its renowned cathedral to its world-famous vineyards and Art Deco architecture. 

The first weekend of the programme will be spent in Strasbourg, one of France's most charming cities. Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Students and their counselors will explore the historic city centre, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, discover Strasbourg's idiosyncratic medieval cityscape and join Bastille Day's celebrations on July 14.

During their week in Paris, students will go on excursions in the city, participate in cultural activities, and visit Parisian landmarks. They will get the chance to see the capital from its best vantage point during a Seine river cruise, admire some of the masterpieces of art history in Paris’ many museums, and walk around the capital’s historical neighborhoods.

To find out more about Reims, Paris and Strasbourg, read our article "A tale of three cities".

Accommodation and meals

All participants stay in the same residences during the 3 weeks of the programme. Students are lodged in shared rooms (with students of the same gender), together with Summer School counselors.

In Reims, participants stay in hotels located in the city center, close to the Sciences Po campus. The Paris residence is in the heart of the historical Marais neighbourhood, a great starting point to explore the capital.

Meals are provided by the Summer School, on campus and off campus. 

Arrival and departure

Participants are responsible for organizing and reserving their transportation to and from Paris. For students flying to Paris, the Summer School team will meet them upon arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Another meeting point may be set up for students already present in Paris, or arriving through another means of transportation.

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to leave directly from the Paris residence, or will be accompanied to the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

The exact timing and details for pick-ups will be defined during the registration process.