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- Students exploring Paris in Summer 2018 (photo: Didier Pazery, 2018)
The Summer School is now accepting applications for the 2019 University and Pre-College Programmes!
- Eligibility: University students, graduates, and high school students in their final year of secondary studies. Learn more about eligibility and language requirements.
- Programme Dates: Two four-week sessions: 3-28 June 2019 & 2-26 July 2019.
- How to Apply: University Programme application instructions.
Held on the Paris campus in the heart of the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, the University Programme proposes two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. 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.
- Students in the social sciences track delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, with courses in international relations, political science, economics, public policy, sociology, history and more. Courses are taught in English by Sciences Po professors.
- Students in the French language track are placed at one of six levels of French, from complete beginner to advanced. At all levels, students take a variety of courses to reinforce language learning while benefiting from immersion in Paris.
- Optional elective classes, open to students in both tracks, allow participants to explore a new topic, delve into a subject of interest, or combine the study of French language and social sciences.
- Eligibility: High school students who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2019. Learn more about eligibility and language requirements.
- Programme Dates: One three-week session, 7-27 July 2019.
- How to Apply: Pre-College Programme application instructions.
The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for secondary school students to discover university life and academics at Sciences Po. Master classes, taught entirely in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers, address current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, while elective classes allow students to delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (international relations, political science, law, etc.) or to study French as a foreign language.
The first two weeks of the Pre-College Programme take place on Sciences Po’s campus in the historic city of Reims, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. During the final week in Paris, students take classes on Sciences Po’s Paris campus and explore the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.
- 2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)
This June and July, students in the Summer School’s 2019 University Programme will be able to choose from a wide variety of core and elective courses in both social sciences and French language.
Participants have their choice of:
- Session: The Summer School offers two distinct four-week sessions in June and July. Participants may choose to attend one or both sessions. Both academic tracks are offered each session.
- Core course: Each session, students choose one core course in either the social sciences track or the French language track for intensive study for the duration of the session. Students who attend both sessions may choose to remain in the same track, or switch tracks after the first session.
- Elective class: In addition to their core course, participants may choose to take an optional elective course, which will be held three afternoons per week.
- 2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)
The course list for our 2019 Pre-College Programme is now available! Between Master Classes on current affairs, interactive tutorials, and a variety of elective courses, students are sure to have an enriching summer.
The academic programme represents about 48 class hours in total, spread over the course of three weeks (7-27 July 2019). Participants tackle rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science and more. All the students attend the same core courses in the social sciences and take an elective class of their choice.
Core courses in the social sciences
Core courses, taught entirely in English, are meant to introduce students to Sciences Po’s core disciplines, through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials (about 30 contact hours). Students will attend a series of six 2.5-hour Master Classes, taught by Sciences Po professors and researchers that will delve into current world issues. The first week will be dedicated to European issues, the second week will delve into international governance, and the last two Master Classes will address current transnational challenges.
- A Common Narrative for Europe, by Christophe de Voogd – Master Class overview
- European Integration: Calming a Conflicted Continent, by Jan Rovny – Master Class overview
- Coercion in International Law: Who is the World Police?, by Martina Smuclerova – Master Class overview
- Challenges & Opportunities on a Finite Planet, by Tancrède Voituriez – Master Class overview
- The Concept of Human Security and its Application to Building Peace, by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh – Master Class overview
- Populism versus Democracy, by Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser – Master Class overview
In preparation for Master Classes, students will participate in interactive, small-group tutorials that will allow them to develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed.
In addition to their core courses, students will participate in one elective class of their choice (about 18 contact hours). Students will be able to choose one elective course among different options (within the limits of spots available): either a French language course or an introductory workshop to one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as political science, international relations, or sociology.
Option 1: Elective French Language course
French as a foreign language classes are available at the beginner and intermediate levels. Following a holistic approach to language mastery, French language classes will introduce students to French culture, literature and methodology while improving their knowledge of the French language.
For more information on what a typical French language class looks like, download the course overview for French as a foreign language - Intermediate levels (PDF, 666 KB) or French as a foreign language - Beginner levels (PDF, 178 KB).
Option 2: Elective Social Sciences workshop
The following workshops will be available in 2019:
- La démocratie en Europe, by Mathieu Fulla (taught in French) – Elective Class overview
- Get a Deal, by Barthélémy Michalon – Elective Class overview
- Discrimination Worldwide, by Lisa Buchter – Elective Class overview
- Gender in the Making, by Prunelle Aymé – Elective Class overview
- Politics, Violence and Resistance: Introduction to the Humanities, by Vincent Millou – Elective Class overview
- Migration Issues in Comparative Perspective, by Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia – Elective Class overview
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.
For more information