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What is the most important thing students will learn in your class?
Watch the "Meet our Profs" video series, where professors in our University Programme present their class in two minutes or less!
Social sciences track
- Jeremy Perelman, "Human Rights and Global Development"
How are human rights and global development related? How can we think more critically about these two notions?
Watch the interview.
- Jan Rovny, "The European Union at a Crossroads"
How did the European Union come to be and what is its future?
Watch the interview.
- Mathieu Fulla, "La démocratie en Europe (XXe-XXIe siècles)"
How can history shed light on today's political trends, such as the rise of populism and the obsolence of political parties?
Watch the interview.
French language track
- Mariame Camara, "French Language, Level C1"
What is the best way to improve your French while in Paris? There is only one secret: "Don't be shy: go talk to people! Parisians have a reputation for being reserved, but for me, that's a misconception!"
Watch the interview.
- Christophe Reffait, "Paris dans la littérature"
Literature is a great lens through which to look at a city, discover its history and get a sense of its identity. "Paris dans la littérature" will make you travel through the City of Lights' past and present.
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- Jan Rovny, "Introduction to Quantitative Analysis: Stress-Free Stats"
Looking for a stress-free introduction to statistics? Prof. Jan Rovny makes quantitative analysis fun (watch out for his "standard distribution dance")!
Watch the interview.
- Students in the Sciences Po garden (photo: Manuel Braun)
The application deadlines for the 2018 Summer School are as follows:
- June session: 15 April 2018
- July session: 15 May 2018
- 2 May 2018
Course availability: The Summer School has rolling admissions, and all courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hence, the earlier you apply, the greater your chances to be admitted to the programme or class of your choice. Class sizes are limited and classes will be closed when they fill up.
Housing: Housing space for the University Programme is limited, and all housing options are not guaranteed for all students. If you would like to ensure that you can reserve housing through the Summer School, we strongly encourage you to apply in advance of the final deadlines.
Visas: Every year, a certain number of students need visas in order to attend the Summer School. If this applies to you, please factor this additional time into your application. You will need a Summer School enrolment letter to apply for the visa, which you will only receive once you have been admitted and paid the programme fees.
- 1 day in the Pre-College Programme (Photos: Manuel Braun)
What is it like to be a student in the Summer School's Pre-College Programme? Follow our 2017 participants step by step to get a sense of a typical day at the Summer School!
Mornings: Rise and shine!
During the Pre-College Programme, students are lodged in shared rooms, in the same residence as their counsellors. In Reims, participants stay in hotels located in the city centre, close to the Sciences Po campus, while the Paris residence is in the heart of the historical Marais neighbourhood.
After breakfast, served in the cafeteria of the hotels or residence halls, students walk to campus with their counsellors.
Classes generally start around 10:30 AM, with one of the core classes: either a tutorial or a Master Class. Each one of the six topics addressed in core courses, such as European integration, migration, sustainable development or peacebuilding, is introduced during small-group tutorials. These interactive tutorials allow students to familiarise themselves with the subject of the following Master Class, review the readings with their tutor, acquire the basis of university-level methodology, and discuss current issues related to the topic of the day. The following morning, a guest professor from the Sciences Po faculty will come to give a Master Class on his area of expertise. All Pre-College Programme participants attend these lecture-style classes.
Afternoons: time for electives
At lunchtime, meals are provided at the campus cafeteria. Students remain on campus during their break, where they have some time to relax in the garden or study at the library.
Afternoons are dedicated to elective courses: while some students will be working on their French language skills, others will delve into the sociology of discrimination, study law through the lens of literature and cinema or learn the basis of international negotiations.
After class: end the day on a cultural note
While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities. Classes end at around 4 PM, and students can join activities and cultural visits led by counsellors or enjoy some quiet study time on campus. Dinner is usually served on campus or in restaurants, before returning to the residence hall. In the evening, students sometimes have the possibility to participate in events and activities, organised in Reims and Paris.
Weekends: get ready to explore
The first weekend of the programme takes place in Strasbourg, one of France’s most charming cities. Students and their counsellors will explore the historic city centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site: They will roam the twisting alleys of the Vieux Centre, lined with crooked half-timbered houses, and walk along canals in la Petite France, all while discovering a city that has been at the crossroads of Europe for centuries.
On the second weekend, participants have the opportunity to stroll the streets of Paris and visit its many landmarks. They will view the capital from its best vantage point during a Seine river cruise, admire artistic masterpieces in Paris’s museums, and explore the capital’s historic neighbourhoods.
- The Summer School organizes many cultural and social activities.
The Summer School proposes a variety of cultural visits to give participants the opportunity to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture. It also offers a full slate of social events and outings that will allow students to get to know each other outside the classroom. Watch our video to find out more about our students' experience discovering Paris and French culture.
Interview with Emiliano Grossman
- Photo: French 2017 Presidential Debate (ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)
Ever wondered just how much power the media really has over our elections? Pr. Emiliano Grossman can help answer this complex question, and many others, in his class "Media and Politics". Read our interview with him to know more about the course he is teaching in the June session.
The role of the media in politics has been a major story recently in many different countries. What are some of the case studies students will examine in your class?
The idea is to focus on participants' proximity to certain cases - linguistic or other. The past two years have been very rich in elections or referenda where media played a major role. This is true for the US election of November 2016 and the Brexit vote, of course, but also for the Dutch, French and German elections, the Czech presidential elections and certainly also for the upcoming Italian general election.
Beyond elections, it would be interesting to concentrate on policy case studies, e.g. focusing on how certain issues are mediatized and how mediatization affects public debate and ultimately public decision-making. A good case in line would be the introduction of gay marriage in several countries over the past ten years. Other issues where the media may play an interesting role are "moral issues", e.g. bioethical issues, or political scandals of all kinds.
What type of tools will students learn in your course to analyze media discourse?
The course will tend to be divided into more theoretical and conceptual mornings and hands-on afternoons. The goal is to equip participants with a variety of tools of analysis. How far they go will depend a little bit on their prior knowledge of statistical software.
On the more qualitative side, we will explore a couple of simple tools of textmining to analyse word frequencies, clusters, clouds and some sentiment analysis. Statistical software will allow to do this on larger batches and in a more automated manner. Depending on the general interest and prior knowledge of the group, we may go as far as exploring topic modelling.
Last year, the Summer School included students from almost 60 different nationalities. What will this international perspective bring to your class?
I believe this is fundamental. The discussion and comparison of a great variety of media systems is part of the academic goals of this course. The link between political institutions, type of government and media can only be explored through comparison. The more countries are represented among the students, the more we will be able to rely on personal experience to exemplify causal relationships and differences in media-state relations. And we will also be able to better understand the elements that are purely media-specific, i.e. independent from the political context and transnational.
What is the most important thing that students will get out of your class that will help them understand the media and politics in current events?
Students should leave the course with a good knowledge of the major trends in the media-politics relation. They should moreover be able to provide examples, gather data and analyze it to improve data-driven decision-making in the public or private sector. No matter the previous level of proficiency, the idea is to significantly improve your skills in this area.
For more information, read the 2018 course overview for "Media and Politics".
Emiliano Grossman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, working at the Centre d'études européennes in Paris. He is originally from Argentina, but grew up in Germany before coming to France for university. He studied at Sciences Po, the LSE and the University of Cambridge. He teaches comparative politics, media and politics, and related subjects. At Sciences Po, he coordinates the program on "Politics and Public Policy" at the School of Public Affairs and co-directs the research axis on "Evaluating democracy" at LIEPP. He is also the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research. His research concentrates on agenda-setting, political institutions and media, and politics. Currently, he is especially interested in the determinants of people's judgements of government performance and the way media influences policymaking.