Policies and Procedures

For Students, Parents, and Guardians

Arrival and Departure

Participants are responsible for organising and reserving their transportation to and from Paris. In 2017, the Summer School team met students upon arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The exact timing and details for airport pick-up had been defined with each participant at the moment they registered for the Summer School. At the end of the programme, participants were accompanied to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport for departure.

Programme Evaluation and Academic Integrity

Courses in the Pre-College Programme are academically rigorous and require significant involvement on the part of participants. Class attendance is mandatory for all students, unless they are excused for medical reasons. At the end of the programme, students will validate their studies with a final exam.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who:

  • Fully respect the code of conduct and academic integrity,
  • Attend and fully participate in all classes,
  • Pass the final exam,
  • Complete the programme and professor evaluation survey at the end of the session.

Sciences Po does not award academic credit for the completion of the Pre-College Programme.

Sciences Po’s academic rules and regulations are specified in the code of conduct, which will be distributed to all students. Any failure to abide by these rules will be considered a breach of academic integrity and will prevent a student from obtaining a certificate of completion.

In a case of suspected plagiarism, the professor must inform the Office of Studies and Academic Affairs and transmit the elements suspected of plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as when a student submits work that does not allow the reader to clearly distinguish his or her own thoughts from those of another author. This may include a copied phrase (of at least 5 words), a translation, or rephrasing that is improperly cited.

Supervision

Participants in the Pre-College Programme will be supervised by a team of certified counselors (approximately 10 students per counselor), supervised by the Programme Director. The role of the counselors is to ensure that students experience life at Sciences Po in the best possible conditions for learning and security. They are available to respond to students questions or concerns at all times. Additionally, counselors will organize fun and educational activities throughout the programme.  Finally, the entire programme will take place under the direct supervision of the Director of the Sciences Po Summer School.

Security

Safety and security is a foremost concern for the Summer School, and our team will be on hand to accompany all participants throughout their first forays into university life in a context of a supervised, safe environment.

The city of Reims is a mid-sized urban area in the heart of a charming countryside region. The city boasts all of the comforts of a modern cosmopolitan zone (excellent public transportation and access to local activities) without the hassle and stress of a larger urban area. It’s a place where students will feel happy to explore, and whose relative scale should put parents and guardians at ease. 

Sciences Po’s Reims campus is located in a safe neighborhood near the center of town. Access to the campus is restricted to the Sciences Po community; a Sciences Po card is required to enter the campus. Participants, as well as counselors and the Programme Director, will be housed together five minutes from campus on foot.

On weekends, students will travel with the group to Paris to visit the capital’s historic sites and explore Sciences Po’s flagship campus.

Curfew

In 2017, students returned to the residence around 9:00 P.M. on weeknights, with lights out at 11:00 P.M.  On weekends, students returned to the residence by 11:00 P.M. at the latest, with lights out at midnight.

Behavior and Code of Conduct

Students and parents or legal guardians must sign the Summer School’s Code of Conduct at the moment of registration. This document is intended to ensure the security and well-being of all students and the integrity of the university. Failure to abide by these rules may result in expulsion from the programme. The determination as to whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct is made by program staff, instructors, and administrators.  Students who are expelled from the programme will not receive a certificate of completion. In the event of an explusion, tuition and other programme fees are strictly non-refundable.