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 Reims and Paris

During the Pre-College Programme, 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. This remarkable site has been beautifully restored to mix traditional architectural elements with state-of-the-art amenities. Located in the historical heart of the city, access to the campus is restricted to the Sciences Po community.

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

Accommodation and meals

Students are lodged in shared rooms (with students of the same gender), together with Summer School counselors. In Reims, they stay in a residence located close to the campus and city center. The Paris residence is located in the heart of the historical Marais neighbourhood, a great starting point to explore the capital. Meals will be provided by the Summer School, on campus and off campus.

Activities programme

While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities.  After classes and on weekends, participants will have time to have fun and explore their surroundings during cultural outings, sports or games, and benefit from some personal time to explore the city. 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. 

During their week in Paris, students will go on excursions in and around the capital, 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.

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. 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.