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Academic programmes (12 questions)
Courses (4 questions)
- How many classes may I take?
For the social sciences track, all students take ONE core social science class at Sciences Po, with the possibility to add on one optional class. In 2016, optional classes included additional French language classes at the Alliance Française or History of France Through Parisian Footprints. For the French language track, students take a variety of classes according to their French language level.
- Is it possible to sign up for two tracks during the same session?
- What if my French level changes between the time I sign up and the summer?
All students will be re-tested on the first day of the programme. If your level has substantially changed or was mis-evaluated at the outset, the Summer School will move you to the appropriate level. Please refer to the Certification page for more information on level changes for those who have signed up for the DELF-DALF tests.
- I like both French and social sciences... which track should I apply for?
It depends on what your academic priorities are.
If above all you wish to improve your French language skills, you shoud apply to the French language track, which features over 60 hours of classes devoted to language learning, plus introductions to Sciences Po classes in social science topics.
If delving into a social sciences class is your priority, you should pick the social sciences track. You may then choose 9 hours a week of additional French language classes at the Alliance Française. And, if you are already at an advanced level of French, at least one social sciences class will be taught entirely in French!
If you still can't decide, you always have the option to apply for two sessions and take one track each month.
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Certification - General (2 questions)
- If I am not a Sciences Po student, how many credits will my home university grant me?
Sciences Po awards the following number of credits for one session of each class:
- Social sciences track (36 contact hours): 4 ECTS
- French language track (66 contact hours): 5 ECTS
- Elective classes (24 contact hours): 2 ECTS
We encourage you to to confirm the process for transfering credits with the International Office or your academic department at your home university.
- Do I have to sit for the End-of-Course Exams?
Certification – French Language Track DELF and DALF Exams (4 questions)
- What are the advantages of taking the DELF or the DALF tests?
The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF – levels up to B2) or Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF – levels C1 and C2) are internationally-recognized French language diplomas given by the French Ministry of Education and valid for life. Students who are able to successfully pass the DELF or DALF tests will receive an official diploma and MAY be able to obtain credit from their home university. Please check with your home university to learn if you are able to receive credit if you pass a DELF or DALF test.
- How do I know which DELF-DALF level to sign up for?
Students have the option to sign up either for the same DELF or DALF test as their Summer School language level, or to take the test at the level below (if they are not confident of valdiating the level at the end of the session).
While the Summer School would prefer that students attempt the level they are enroled in, we recognize that each student arrives with a different knowledge of French and familiarity with these types of exercises. Your home university may also require that you reach a certain level in order to obtain credit. Your French language class professor will be available to help you make the final decision regarding your level on the first day of classes.
- What if I sign up for a DELF or DALF level and my Summer School language level changes at the start of the programme?
Sciences Po will re-test all students at orientation. If you have signed up for the DELF or the DALF and your level changes, Sciences Po and our partner the Alliance Française will make every available effort to change your DELF or DALF test level. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee changes once you have signed up for a test. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students make very careful decisions when considering what level of the DELF or DALF to sign up for. No changes to DELF or DALF levels will be permitted after the first day of classes. Finally, students will be responsible for settling any additional fees that may result in the change of a DELF or DALF test.
- May I decide to take the DELF or DALF exams once the programme starts?
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How to Apply (4 questions)
- When does the application open?
- How soon after I apply will I learn if I am accepted or not?
- What information and documents are needed to apply?
All applications must be completed online. You will need to provide the following information and documents:
- Personal information (name, address, etc.)
- Identity photo
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic background information:
- Certificate of enrolment (if currently a student)
- Academic transcript (required for current students, recommended for graduates)
- Copy of previous diploma(s) obtained (if applicable)
- Professional background information (if applicable)
- Letter of motivation
- Language level verification (instructions on the page How to Apply)
- What level of English is required?
In the social sciences track, for classes taught in English, students must demonstrate at least a high-intermediate level (B2) of English.
In the French language track, a minimum B2 level of English is also required for Levels A1-B2. There is no minimum English requirement for Levels C1-C2.
The following tests are accepted to demonstrate a minimum B2 level of English:
- TOEFL (IBT): 90
- IELTS: 6, with no subscore under 5.5
- TOEIC "listening and reading": 785/944 and "speaking and writing" (IBT or Mobile) : 310/399
- Cambridge English First (FCE)
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)