University Programme Highlights

From Summer 2017
  • Highlights from the 2017 University ProgrammeHighlights from the 2017 University Programme

Summer doesn’t mean vacation at Sciences Po!  This year, the Summer School’s University Programme welcomed over 380 participants during the months of June and July on Sciences Po’s Paris campus.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

Study social sciences, French language and culture, or both.

Students in the social sciences track delved into Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines with a core class that addressed current international issues, such as migration, the rise of populism, or the crisis of the European Union.  Students in the French language track spent over 60 hours improving their French through a variety of language classes and workshops adapted to their level. Students in both tracks had the opportunity to add an optional elective class, in subjects ranging from French history to statistical analysis, which allowed them to make the most of their summer at Sciences Po.

International exchange

With students representing 57 different nationalities, the Summer School is a microcosm of the international environment of Sciences Po. In this multicultural environment, students had the opportunity to interact with classmates from a diverse range of backgrounds both inside and outside the classroom.

Extracurricular activities

The 2017 Summer School featured an expansive activities programme that allowed students to discover Paris and get to know each other outside the classroom.  Students visited the Palace of Versailles, Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and the châteaux of the Loire Valley.  They went to the theatre and cinema, participated in wine tasting classes, and enjoyed organized outings in Paris. The Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures allowed students to discuss current issues in France and Europe, such as the rise of right-wing populist parties.  See a full list of the activities offered in 2017.

Exploring Paris

From student discounts at museums, the Fête de la Musique, Bastille Day fireworks on July 14th, and more, living in the City of Lights is a learning experience outside the classroom as well!

Read what some 2017 students have to say:

Rachel, United States, social sciences track, “World Politics”

“I loved studying World Politics with a knowledgeable professor, then having interesting discussions with my classmates and friends from around the world about the issues we were studying in class.  One of the best points of the Summer School is the diversity in nationalities, in experiences, and how that contributes to the educational experience.”

Tobias, Germany, French language track, Level C1

“My French professor was amazing and I learned so much from her!  The language classes were well-designed; I made real progress in the classroom, while also having enough time to explore Paris and practice speaking in real life.”

Anmol, India, French language track, Level B1

“The best thing about my Summer School experience was the friends I made.  I arrived in Paris by myself, but I left with friends from all over the world.  I came back a changed person because of the people I met at the Summer School!”

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