Sciences Po

Discover France's leading university in the social sciences
  • The main entrance of Sciences Po's Paris campus (photo: Manuel Braun)The main entrance of Sciences Po's Paris campus (photo: Manuel Braun)

Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is France’s leading university for the social sciences. Sciences Po offers degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. levels. Its mission is to educate open-minded individuals who can understand the world and who will have a profound impact upon it.

An interdisciplinary approach focusing on the social sciences and professional integration

At Sciences Po, students complete both fundamental academic courses in social sciences such as economy, history, law, political science, and sociology, as well as a range of professional courses. As a result of this academic and professional mix, 87% of Sciences Po graduates are hired within six months of graduation.

A European education in the context of a globalized world

Almost half of Sciences Po’s 13,000 students hold a nationality other than French, representing 150 different countries from around the globe. At the undergraduate level, our commitment to international education is evident in the 410 partnerships with universities around the world who welcome our third-year students for a year abroad. Furthermore, Sciences Po has developed innovative dual degrees with some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Columbia University, FGV EAESP Sao Paulo, Freie Universität Berlin, Fudan University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Johns Hopkins University, Keio University, London School of Economics, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University College London, and the University of Tokyo, to name but a few.

A unique combination of selectivity and diversity

Sciences Po is known for both its highly selective admissions process, and the large diversity of its students’ profiles. It was the first higher education institution in France to create innovative partnerships with underprivileged high schools across the country in order to admit more diverse candidates. Today, almost one-third of Sciences Po students receive financial aid towards their degree.

Facts and Figures

  • 13,000 students
  • 1,700 incoming exchange students
  • 27% of European students receive financial aid
  • 400 partner universities
  • 35 dual-degree programmes
  • 25 foreign languages taught
  • 13 research units
  • More than 5,000 lecturers with backgrounds in academia, business or public administration