Rosalyn Jeffries is enrolled on the Dual

Undergraduate College student Rosalyn Jeffries chose the dual degree between Sciences Po and the University of California, Berkeley to get the “best of both worlds”: a strong base in the social sciences with an international exposure and a precise geographic focus, enriched by a traditional American college experience.

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The spy who studied at Sciences Po

After graduating at the top of her class in July 1940, Jeannie de Clarens, née Rousseau, set out on an extraordinary career in the world of interpretation and espionage. At 23 years old, she was to hand Allied Forces one of the Second World War’s most precious pieces of intelligence. In memory of de Clarens, a true heroine of the French Resistance, Sciences Po now pays homage by giving her name to a lecture hall.

It can often be from the blandest of backgrounds that history begins to unfold. Yet few reading the report card of Sciences Po student Jeannie Rousseau today would fail to be moved. As brilliant as it is completely banal, this report produced in Autumn 1940 reminds its reader that “due to current events, you have not been able to sit the entirety of the exams necessary for the awarding of your degree”. In the neutral language of bureaucracy, no elaboration follows as to what these “events” might be. Nor that these pages, which did not ultimately prevent Jeannie from graduating first of her class in 1940, had as their subject one of the most distinguished female spies of the Second World War. A heroine at the centre of scenes like those immortalized in Jean-Pierre Melville’s iconic film Army of Shadows, Jeannie more recently caught the attention of journalists at the New York Times. The American newspaper published in August 2017 an obituary that pays homage to the spy’s “heroic and momentous achievements” on behalf of the French Resistance. French journalists have yet to produce an equivalent.

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Sciences Po, one of the six founding members of the Paris Peace Forum

Sciences Po is proud to be one of the six founding members of the Paris Peace Forum, a global platform for governance projects spearheaded by President Emmanuel Macron (FR). The first ever edition will take place this 11-13 of November, and is to become an annual international event promoting governance solutions in five key areas: peace and security, environment, development, new technologies, and inclusive economy.

Inspired by the COP 21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a forum for discussion and debate, but also a space for showcasing projects led by various stakeholders in governance, including international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, universities, companies and individuals.with special emphasis on civil society initiatives.

My world view has been entirely shaken

Isabel O’Brien, first year student in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po and Columbia University, has been awarded the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarship. Below is an excerpt of her personal statement.

"My father lived in Oswego his whole life, as did his father, as did my great-grandfather before him. When I meet a stranger who has never heard of Oswego (and, to be frank, most people haven’t), the first way I describe my hometown is through numbers — 18,000 people, 300 inches of snow each winter, 25% of the population below the poverty line, and just one hour’s drive from the Canadian border.

Still, there are a lot of things that numbers don’t say. I can express that Oswego is small, but it’s hard to explain to outsiders the quietness of Oswego, and its stillness. I’ll state that Oswego is snowy, but I can’t explain the cyclicality of the seasons — the five-month winter, the muddy spring, the mild summer and ephemeral fall, which come and go each year eerily unchanging, just like they did the year before. I can claim that Oswego is poor, but it’s hard to explain the way that our one bookstore is always empty, but the bars which litter nearly every street corner are always full, no matter what day of the week it is.

At the age of eighteen, I got on a plane and bid Oswego goodbye. Unlike many of my friends, I wasn’t staying in Upstate New York, not even the tri-state area. I was heading to France.

To make an eighteen-year-long story short, my ‘‘academic interest,’’ or rather, my passion, is travel. Not just in the literal sense, with planes, trains, and automobiles, but travel through experience. Reading was the first type of travel I experienced, and I often wonder what could have happened to me had I not read as a child. I was always fascinated by something new, whether it be the French Revolution one month or Ancient China the next. I would devour books at what felt like the speed of light, being taken places that I could only dream of going to.

And then I came to Sciences Po. Today, my best friends are from all over the world — from China to Colombia to, of course, France. The amount that I’ve learned from them in the past eight months is too much to describe in a 1,500-word essay. Nonetheless, my world view has been entirely shaken. The globe to me now is simultaneously both bigger and smaller than how I saw it less than a year ago.

I’ve met people from what feels like everywhere. I see their issues as more nuanced and complicated than I originally did. I see their struggles and their politics and know that, even if I study them my whole life, I will never truly understand it the way they do. Yet, I know there is an inherent similarity between us, and on campus it stretches beyond our obsessions with politics and social sciences. As a child, people who lived abroad were a fascination that I read about in books, incomprehensible and insurmountable in their differences from my own way of life. Now I see that, at the very core of it all, we have the same goals, the same fears. The world is complicated, diverse, and different, but at their very core, people are not."

Gala 2017

On October 8, 2017, the US Sciences Po foundation hosted its 7th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of New York in Midtown. Over 250 Sciences Po alumni, family, friends, and distinguished guests attended an evening celebrating the of the accomplishments of Foundation in 2017. 

The event opened with remarks from Frederic Mion, the President of Sciences Po. He thanked our guests for their continued support for the Foundation, and discussed the ambitious objectives of the university as it approaches its 150th Anniversary. Stephan Haimo, President of the US Sciences Po Foundation, then took the stage to formally welcome those attending to an evening that brought together artists, academics, men and women of business, and world leaders. Following Mr. Haimo’s remarks, Bruce Oberfest, Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Foundation, formally introduced Zachary Young, the 2017 Laureate of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Mr. Young, a graduate of Yale University, was invited to the stage to speak about embarking his studies at Sciences Po, made possible by the generosity of Mr. David-Weill. While guests enjoyed dinner, Cornelia Woll, Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, highlighted the school’s continued dedication to the field of innovation and research, exemplified by the establishment of the Sciences Po Center for Entrepreneurship in Paris.

The evening was highlighted by a thought-provoking discussion between the honoree speaker, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and CEO of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and special guest Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times. Lady Rothschild stressed the importance of a conscience form of capitalism that is sourced from all members of society: not just firms, but governments, individuals, and communities. The discussion opened up to members of the audience, who held dialogues with Lady Rothschild about the movement for inclusive capitalism.

Nathalie Jacquet, the new Head of Strategy and Development of Sciences Po, closed the dinner portion by drawing the name of a lucky guest who purchased one of the evening’s raffle tickets, presenting the prize of two free, roundtrip business class tickets to anywhere in the United States. After dinner, guests were invited to a dessert and cocktail reception in the Metropolitan Club’s Atrium. The dinner portion finished with the remarks of Ms. Jacquet, who stressed the vital importance of the Sciences Po alumni community in furthering the efforts of the US Foundation and the university as a whole.

Alexandra Oh, first recipient of the Henri de Castries Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Alexandra Oh '21, new student at Sciences Po in Reims, and first laureate of the Henri de Castries Scholarship.

The Henri de Castries scholarship, intended to support transatlantic bonds, is awarded to French or American students pursuing Dual BA programs with Sciences Po.

After only a few weeks at Sciences Po she

"has already fallen in love with the the campus and the city. My first week here was the “Integration Week” which consisted of an academic and a social orientation. On the academic side, we simulated a global conference on food and represented different countries, companies, and other major players. We held round-table discussions and lively debates in an attempt to write a resolution on the future of food and sustainability. It was my first time experiencing such a conference, and I was drawn in by everyone’s infectious passion and energy. It really set the stage for the welcoming, intellectual, and outspoken community here at Sciences Po. On the social end, the Bureau des Eleves arranged parties, picnics, and even a “Civil War” where the second year’s put us through our paces. Both years participated throughout the week and I made some great connections with my classmates."

The campus is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building—the former Jesuit College—near the famous Reims cathedral. A real historical monument and architectural wonder, the College was renovated so as to preserve the stones, woodwork, stained glass windows and paintings of the period, while integrating the modern spaces (classrooms and library) required to offer all the services and features of a world-class campus. 

Ms. Oh decribes it as

"a beautiful former Jesuit college with the most amazing library reminiscent of something from a fairytale- and its expanding and renovating!"

Sciences Po ranks 4th in the world for Politics and International Studies

The QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 have just been released. This year, Sciences Po remains in fourth place worldwide for Politics & International Studies, alongside Harvard University, Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and is again the highest ranked in the subject in Continental Europe.

Sciences Po has made remarkable progress in Sociology, climbing to 44th place internationally from 50th last year, and becoming the top French university in the subject.
Another notable breakthrough has been made in History, with Sciences Po entering the world top 100 in 2017. Sciences Po also keeps its top-100 spot in Law and remains the second highest-ranking French university in the subject.
Finally, Sciences Po is first in France for Social Policy & Administration, second for Communication & Media Studies and Development Studies, and third for Economics and Econometrics.

Yale University Senior Zachary M. Young awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Yale University senior Zachary M. Young has been awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship selects one American student each year from applicants at 30 top U.S. universities. Its criteria include: literary and scholastic achievements, capacity for critical analysis, demonstrated history of leadership, and proven commitment to the community.

Young is an Ethics, Politics and Economics major from Cincinnati, Ohio. During his time at Yale, he has been a forceful advocate for free speech and cross-party dialogue. He has been president of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, a team-member of the Yale Debate Association, and the founder of multiple campus discourse groups.

Through his studies at Sciences Po, Young is eager to examine the policy implications of new communications technologies. “I want to assess how the rise of social media companies has altered traditional models of free speech,” Young said.

He added that Sciences Po’s multidisciplinary, hands-on curriculum would allow him to build upon his undergraduate coursework. “I hope to apply my knowledge of free speech to critical areas of public policy, from campaign finance reform to terrorist surveillance rules,” Young said.

Young is especially enthusiastic to be studying in France. “I have always dreamed of spending time there,” he said, “and France’s free speech tradition represents a fascinating counterweight and complement to our American model.” He will be contributing to a student body whose members represent 150 nationalities.

Young has interned at the Wall Street Journal as a Bartley Fellow and at the U.S Senate Finance Committee. He has also worked at New Haven City Hall and in the office of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Before coming to Yale, Young spent a summer in Israel as a Bronfman Youth Fellow. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal and made several appearances on television and radio.

Upon hearing that he had been awarded the scholarship, Young said: “It’s an incredible honor, and I am fortunate to have received it. Now is a momentous time to be studying free speech, in Paris no less, and I am immensely thankful to the David-Weill Foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

A new scholarship for students in the dual BA with Freie Universität Berlin

Thanks to the support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the introduction of the Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship.

The Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship designed to attract the brightest and most deserving students to the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin.

It encourages promising young individuals to commit to Europe by giving them the keys to law, economics, history, political science, and sociology; the opportunity to speak at least three languages; and the ability to navigate in both German and French cultures.

One Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship will be awarded each year starting in 2017. The Stephen M. Kellen scholarship covers two years of tuition fees at Sciences Po, in addition to a living allowance of $6.000/year for the two years spent on Sciences Po's French-German European Campus in Nancy, and a living allowance of $7.000/year for the two years spent at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of Freie Universität.

The Henri de Castries Scholarship

On 20 July 2016, AXA and Sciences Po launched the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a new merit-based scholarship for students in the Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA program and the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley Dual degree program.

The $260,000 donation will provide students with an annual scholarship of $10,000.

The first Henri de Castries Scholarship will be awarded in 2017 and will continue to be offered on an annual basis. 

For more information on eligibility, application and selection process, visit