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Live and study in the 'City of Light' this summer
- Summer School students on a 'History of Paris' visit (photo: Didier Pazery)
The Summer School’s University Programme is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on our Paris campus.
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Study social sciences, French language, or both
Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:
- study Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as international relations, political science, or economics, in the social sciences track,
- immerse themselves in intensive language courses in the French language track,
- combine both subjects through their choice of core and elective classes.
Both academic tracks are offered during the June and July sessions. Each session, students pick one core course from either academic track and, in addition, may choose to take an optional elective class.
Live and study in the heart of Paris
Outside the classroom, participants are immersed in French language and culture through daily life in Paris. From Sciences Po’s campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, students can easily reach some of Paris’ most famous landmarks on foot. The Summer School also proposes a variety of cultural visits and activities to give students the chance to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture. Housing options allow students to live together in typical Parisian apartments or student residence halls. Learn more about exploring Paris.
Join Sciences Po’s international community
Summer School students are part of an international community, representing over 70 nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Here’s what some of them had to say about the University Programme:
“The social science courses I took were excellent. I gained a profound sense of knowledge regarding political science while getting a well-rounded glimpse of university life. It was a very meaningful experience that I know will help me excel in the future. The Summer School actually helped me to select a college major! And aside from the academics, living in Paris for a month was a blast.” - Qin, China
“My classmates at the Summer School were very friendly and open-minded, and they came from all over the world. The multicultural ambiance was fantastic. The professors were nothing less than excellent, well-prepared and motivating. The French courses were always accompanied with very interesting topics drawn from current events or French culture. It was very enriching to debate these topics in class due to the vast diversity in perspectives given by international students.” - Begona, Italy & Mexico
“Living in Paris was amazing because it’s so different from Melbourne, where I’m living right now. Everyday after class I would explore the city, visit museums and attend different expositions... it was a culturally enriching experience Actually living in Paris for a month here meant that I could immerse myself and partake in activities that locals would do, as opposed to coming here as a tourist on vacation. One of the best parts was seeing the hidden spots in Paris where you won’t find many tourists! ” - Doorgesha, Mauritius
Summer 2019 Calendar
- June session: 3-28 June 2019
- July session: 2-26 July 2019
- One session (4 weeks): 2 400 €
- Two sessions (8 weeks): 4 200 €
- Early bird fee for two sessions: 4 000 €
Admitted students who complete their registration for the program by March 17, 2019 are eligible for the early bird discount for two sessions.
Additional fees apply for optional elective classes and accommodation. Get the complete 2019 fees list.
The University Programme is open to university students and graduates, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enroll in university in Fall 2019. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.
How to apply
Applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 10th, 2019. Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.
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This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po
- Students on the Reims Campus (photo: Manuel Braun)
Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to secondary school students from around the world as part of the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. This programme is an opportunity to discover Sciences Po and experience college life and academics at one of France’s leading universities.
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Get a taste of university life
During three weeks in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.
Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, migration, peace-building and sustainable development. Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology.
Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law or history) or to study the French language.
Explore Reims and Paris
During the Pre-College Programme, students get the chance to live in both Reims and Paris, and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses.
The first two weeks take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored historical site located in the heart of the city. A medium-sized city in the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture. The programme culminates with a week in Paris, where students take classes on Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, and discover the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.
Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses. A team of certified counselors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, comfort and security at Sciences Po. Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus.
Join Sciences Po’s international community
Summer School students are part of an international community, made up of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:
"Sciences Po has been a great opportunity to discover what I truly want to do after my studies. Also, people here come from different backgrounds, and getting to know their cultures, values, political opinions, or simply their opinions on life is amazing." - Elisa, France & Greece
"What I liked most about being in France was getting to know the locals, interacting with them, and getting an idea of what it would be like to actually live and study here in the future." - Lina, Sweden
"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening." - Jui-Lin, Taiwan
Session dates: 7-27 July 2019
Programme Fees: 5,350€
- All courses, books, and study materials
- Accommodation and meals
- Excursions and activities
- Transportation during the programme
The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2019. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Learn more about eligibility criteria.
How to apply
Applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 10th, 2019. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.
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From Summer 2018
- Students in the 2018 University Programme (photo: Didier Pazery)
Summer doesn’t mean vacation at Sciences Po! This year, the Summer School’s University Programme welcomed over 400 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 Human Rights and Global Development, the Media and Politics, 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 and politics to statistical analysis, which allowed them to make the most of their summer at Sciences Po.
With students representing over 70 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.
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!
The 2018 Summer School featured an expansive activities programme that allowed students to discover Paris and its surroundings, and get to know each other outside the classroom. Students celebrated Bastille Day by gathering for a giant picnic on the Champs de Mars, and toasted beneath a glistening fireworks show above the Eiffel Tower. They participated on tours of Claude Monet’s enchanting gardens at Giverny and the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Students went on outings to the theatre, participated in thematic wine tastings, and enjoyed organized outings to Parisian parks, cafes, and bars. The Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures allowed students to discuss current sociopolitical issues in France and Europe. See a full list of the activities offered in 2018.
Read what some 2018 students have to say:
"Getting to know people from such varied backgrounds was great! I befriended people at every level of education (recent high school graduates to PhD candidates), from (I'm pretty sure) every continent, with wildly different perspectives, which was absolutely wonderful. The professors were also incredible! I took a social sciences class and a French language elective, and I found both to be excellent professors with whom I'm very glad to have connected."
“Making friends, exchanging experiences, getting to know people – this aspect is very important, because the Summer School is not only about learning. It’s also about the also the cultural experience of living in Paris, which is amazing... There is so much to see and do here in the summer!”
“It was fantastic to be immersed in the French culture and language for a month by living in Paris. The program allowed me to speak French with confidence and to communicate with the locals. I especially appreciated the phonetics class, which taught me many useful tips regarding prononciation and rhythm of the language, which I had never learned in my home university.“
Mary Louise, Tanzania
“The Summer School gives you an international exposure, because in a class of 21 people, you might encounter people representing 18 different nationalities. It’s a very diverse place, which makes it a good place to learn about cultures from different parts of the world. Also, as a renowned university, Sciences Po motivates you to aspire to be like professionals who once studied here. The environment here gives you this power inside which tells you, ‘you are here because you are capable of doing something, of going somewhere.’”
2018 Pre-College Programme
- 2018 Pre-College students on the Reims campus (photo: Caroline Fauvel)
In July 2018, 101 students from around the world came to Sciences Po to participate in the second edition of the Pre-College Programme.
Check out a collection of summer snapshots by visiting the 2018 Pre-College Programme photo album.
Here are some highlights from their experience with the Summer School:
Discovering university life
Students devoted three weeks in July to the intensive study of social sciences, with elective courses in French language or a social sciences discipline. Through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials, students delved into Sciences Po’s core subjects, such as international relations and political science through discussion of current events and major world issues. Through the mentorship of Sciences Po professors and researchers, students were introduced to higher education methodology and challenged to meet university standards during their final group presentations. They also had the chance to study on Sciences Po’s exceptional historical campus in Reims and on the flagship Paris campus.
Meeting international students
With participants coming from various global backgrounds and perspectives, the Pre-College Programme is truly an international experience. Reflecting the multiculturalism of the entire Sciences Po community, the 2018 student cohort represented 37 different nationalities and 32 countries of studies - from France, China and the USA to Italy, Malaysia, Ivory Coast, India and Turkey.
Attending Master Classes
Students attended six conferences led by Sciences Po professors and researchers, to discuss current issues such as international law, migration issues, peace-building and sustainable development. Learn more about the 2018 Master Classes.
While the academic programme was intense, the Pre-College Programme made time for extracurricular activities. Weekdays were spent in the city of Reims, where students toured by day the renowned Reims Cathedral, built in 1275, and attended the Cathedral light & music show by night.
Students spent the first weekend of the programme in the charming city of Strasbourg -- classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site -- in Eastern France. Students had the special opportunity to visit the Council of Europe, one of Europe’s largest and most reputable international organizations working to support human rights and democratic governance. Students strolled past picturesque half-timbered houses through the Vieux Centre, celebrated Bastille Day on July 14th in solidarity with the locals, all while discovering the Franco-German relations that serve to shape the city’s multicultural heritage.
During the final week in Paris, the group went on excursions through the Catacombs, came face to face with some of the world’s most magnificent impressionist art in the Musée d’Orsay, toured the exquisite Notre Dame Cathedral and discovered the surrounding Latin quarter, one of Paris’s most quaint and historic neighborhoods.
Read what 2018 Pre-College alumni have to say about their experiences:
"My classes were amazing. By the end of the classes, I was astonished by everything that I learned. The professors were incredible!"
Elisa, France & Greece
"Sciences Po has been a great opportunity to discover what I truly want to do after my studies. Also, people here come from different backgrounds, and getting to know their cultures, values, political opinions, or simply their opinions on life is amazing."
"What I liked most about being in France was getting to know the locals, interacting with them, and getting an idea of what it would be like to actually live and study here in the future."
"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening."
Lounis, France & Morocco
"I met with people from all over the world: there were 5 different languages being spoken at the dinner table. During 3 weeks, I made friends that I am sure will be for life."
- Actualité Sciences Po
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.
Watch the interview.
- 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.