Personal Statement: Tips and Tricks

Applying to Sciences Po? Read our best tips for writing your personal statement
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Applying to Sciences Po? Read our best tips for writing your personal statement.

Tell a good story

What makes you want to make an impact on the world? At Sciences Po, we look for candidates who seek to become game-changers, who will use their talent to make the world a better place and contribute to their community in a meaningful way. Telling a personal and insightful story to explain your motivations will make you relatable and show your humanity.

Interested in Sciences Po's Programmes? Follow our Live Q&A Sessions

All you need to know about Sciences Po
  • Students in the Hall ©Marta NascimentoStudents in the Hall ©Marta Nascimento

Throughout November and December 2019, Sciences Po is going live for a series of Q&A sessions to answer all of your questions about our Undergraduate College and our 7 Graduate Schools. Watch the replay of these Q&A sessions below.

Sciences Po’s 3-year Undergraduate College programme for a Bachelor’s degree

For a whole hour, Sciences Po’s deans and current students answered your questions about our programmes and curriculum, admissions procedures, campus life, our many student associations, etc.

Admissions procedures: How to Apply to Sciences Po

See which admissions procedure corresponds to your situation
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There are several different admissions procedures when applying to Sciences Po, depending on the candidate's profile. Discover the different procedures below and see which one corresponds to your situation.

At which points in my academic journey can I apply to Sciences Po?

Garden of the Reims campus ©Manuel Braun

International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!

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International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!

No Barriers to Education: Financial Aid at Sciences Po

4 in 10 Sciences Po students benefit from financial aid
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At Sciences Po, we firmly believe that financial barriers should not get in the way of education. That is why each year we dedicate 10.5 million euros in scholarships and financial aid. Thanks to this proactive social policy, every year we help 4 in 10 students (figures from 2017-2018).

Sciences Po Updates Its Admissions for 2021

See what changes
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Starting in 2021, Sciences Po will update its admissions procedure in order to re-align with our world-class international partners, and for all candidates to be evaluated in the same manner and on the same criteria.

Applying for the Sciences Po Bachelor’s degree: 1 procedure for all

As of 2021, all candidates, whether French or international, will follow the same procedure when applying to the Sciences Po undergraduate college, and will be evaluated on the same criteria. (Previously, there has been a French procedure and an international procedure).

QS Rankings 2019: Sciences Po, 3rd in "Politics and International Studies"

  • Sciences Po, 3rd in "Politics and International Studies"Sciences Po, 3rd in "Politics and International Studies"

Sciences Po improves once again its global position in "Politics and International Studies", moving up, after three successive years in 4th place, to 3rd position globally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject, released on 27 February, 2019.

2018 Admissions: More Applicants, Greater Selectivity

Over 20,000 applications received
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In 2018, for the first time, the number of candidates applying to Sciences Po exceeded the 20,000 mark. Up by 16%, the number of applications shows Sciences Po has an unprecedented appeal, in particular for Master’s programmes where reforms made to the French entry procedures have caused a spike in additional applications. Since 2009, the number of international applications has tripled.

10 Reasons to Choose Sciences Po

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Sciences Po hosts 14,000 students, of which 47% are international, representing a total of 150 countries. International education, excellent academics, promising career prospects, vibrant student life, influential network… Discover ten of the many reasons why students from all over the world choose a Sciences Po education.

Summer School: Applications are Open

Every summer, Sciences Po offers intensive courses to students from around the world
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The Summer School is an opportunity for students from around the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on our Paris and Reims campuses.  Here’s what you need to know before starting your application!

In 2019, the Summer School offers two programmes:

This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po

Discover the Pre-College Programme
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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.

Subscribe to our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2019 Pre-College Programme

Live Q&A Sessions on our Master's Programmes

Ask Sciences Po students your questions live
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This November and December, the Sciences Po undergraduate college and seven graduate schools will run a series of live Q&A sessions. Tune in live to meet current Sciences Po students and graduate school deans and ask any questions you may have about admissions, education, financial aid, career prospects, life in Paris and more!

Ask Sciences Po Undergrads your questions live

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On Monday 26 November 2018, undergraduate students and staff went live to answer all your questions and queries on the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. What and where will I study? How and when do I apply? Find all this out and more by watching the Q&A replay below.

All You Need to Know About Undergraduate Applications

The Sciences Po Admissions team answers some of the most frequently asked questions from international applicants
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The Sciences Po Undergraduate College is now accepting applications from international students for the 2019 intake. To help you with your application, our admissions team has selected some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective international undergraduates.

Open House Days 2019: Visit our Regional Campuses

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Visit Sciences Po and discover our Bachelor's degree in the Humanities & Social Sciences! You can study the Sciences Po undergraduate programme in one of our 7 campuses all over France. Get to know the programme, courses and all the benefits of studying at one of France's leading universities.

"We learn from one another"

Watch the video
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Sciences Po, France's leading institution in the social sciences, is open to the world. Nearly half of our student body is made up of international students, coming from 150 nationalities. 

The education we offer is instrinsically outward-looking. With 470 partner universities worldwide, we seek to provide students with the essential tools that will enable them to make sense of a complex world. Our goal is to open minds and develop critical thinking. 

Meet Robert Tindwa, recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award

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Robert Tindwa started as an undergraduate on the Sciences Po Reims Campus. Today he is a Master's student and the recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award Africa. Read the interview.

Why choose the Sciences Po undergraduate college?

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Each year, half of new students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College come from outside France. Why do so many international students choose Sciences Po for their undergraduate studies? 

Sciences Po invests in African talent

New office opens in Nairobi
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Today is the official opening of Sciences Po’s office in Nairobi, Kenya—our first in Africa. This makes Sciences Po the first French university to have an office in an English-speaking part of the continent. The office will coordinate and run a whole series of activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The opening of the Kenya office is part of a partnership with the Alliance Française in Nairobi. A dedicated team will run the office in pursuit of the following objectives:

Stay calm and relaxed!

Our tips to prepare for the admissions interview
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Each year, half of new students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College come from outside France.

International applicants go through a two-step procedure. First, they complete and submit an online application. Based on this application, certain candidates are then pre-selected for an interview, which can be held in various cities around the world.

Admissions report 2017: Sciences Po's attractiveness confirmed

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The 2017 admissions report confirms Sciences Po’s attractiveness, with nearly 17,000 candidates in total and international students in particular applying in increasing numbers. The success of our Master’s programmes is also underscored with a 6 percent rise in applications to our seven graduate schools.

Why choose Sciences Po over another university ?

Secondary school students gain valuable insight from Sciences Po undergrads
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“What can I learn at Sciences Po?”, “Are all the courses in English?”, “Why choose Sciences Po rather than another university?”, “What is the best way to prepare for the interview?”, “Is accommodation available on campus?”, “What are the best clubs and societies at Sciences Po?”, ... These are some of the questions that secondary school students asked current undergraduates and Sciences Po representatives during the live Q&A on 28 November.

7 reasons to choose a One-Year Master's at Sciences Po

Sciences Po offers one-year Master’s for young graduates and early- to mid career- professionals seeking to take their career to the next level
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Sciences Po in Paris offers one-year Master’s programmes for young professionals who want to fast-track their career. Each of these intensive programmes is taught in English in Paris. Discover seven of the many reasons young professionals from all over the world choose Sciences Po to take their expertise to the next level.

A healthy passion for helping others

Meet Ashale Chi, a student on the Reims campus
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Ashale Chi from Cameroon is part of the first cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po. Ashale talked to us about her first months in the Europe-Africa programme on the Sciences Po campus in Reims and her healthy passion for helping others.

"The Middle East is a region that Americans tend to misjudge"

Watch the video
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Rosalyn Jeffries, 19, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from San Mateo High School in the United States, she joined the first cohort of the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley dual BA programme in 2016.

Rosalyn has just started the academic year on the Sciences Po campus in Menton, where she is specialising in Middle-Eastern studies. She will spend years 3 and 4 at UC Berkeley where she intends to major in Global Studies. In the video, Rosalyn shares her first impressions of the programme, her classmates and life by the Mediterranean.

Two years in France, Two years in Japan and friends for life

Sciences Po-Keio graduate Marius Harnischfeger
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Marius Harnischfeger graduated with a dual Bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po and Keio University in 2016. On his way to visit former classmates in Paris, he shared his best memories from his time in France and in Japan.

"Sciences Po is now my child's extended family"

Hear from parents visiting the Le Havre campus
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On Friday 25 August, parents of first-year students on the Sciences Po campus in Le Havre came from all over the world to attend Welcome Parents Day. Parents were given a tour of the Le Havre campus, which is located on the Normandy coast, and met with the campus director and staff. Following an information session where they were able to discuss their questions and concerns, parents were shown areas of interest near campus, including the cliffs of Étretat.

"I hope one day we will see the positive outcome of the 2011 Egyptian revolution"

Meet first-year student Malak Gadalla
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Malak Gadalla, who comes from Egypt, will matriculate to the Sciences Po Campus of Menton in the fall, where she will pursue the Europe-Middle East programme. The second in our 2017 #FirstYearsScPo series. Read the interview below.

The Pulitzer prizes in an era of change

Opening lecture at the School of Journalism
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On 1 September 2017, Mike Pride, former administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, gave the opening lecture at the Sciences Po School of Journalism. 

Financial aid for your housing

All students need to know about the C.A.F.
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The following information is important to keep in mind when filing for housing aid. 

From Mexico to France

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As Adán Corral finishes the second semester of his Master’s in International Public Management at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, he is coming close to completing an essential part of his studies.
The 27-year-old, born in Morelia, Mexico, has had a remarkably dynamic education: he has studied in both Mexico and China, and did internships in Iceland, Italy and Belgium. None of these international experiences would have been possible without financial support.

Training students to be media-savvy

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Structuring one’s ideas to be read by a lay audience, using social networks to build a community focused on one’s area of expertise, writing a column or being interviewed on camera or the radio are all situations that Sciences Po graduates are likely to face in their professional lives, whatever career they go into.

To prepare students for this type of exercise, the School of Journalism is setting up a “Media and Narrative Centre” which will be open to all Master’s students who want to understand different types of media and how they work.

A new dual master's degree with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs are launching a two-year double degree programme between their respective Master in Public Policy and Master in European Affairs.

"Staff ride" in Normandy: learning from the past

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For the first time, 40 students from the Master in International Security at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) took part in a “Normandy Student Staff Ride" as part of a class offered within the PSIA Master’s program.

"Management skills are crucial for anyone interested in public policymaking"

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Paul Laurent is a student enrolled in a dual Master’s degree offered by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and Bocconi University. He is currently completing his year at Bocconi University in Milan. Interview.

You’re studying management at Bocconi University this year. Can you tell us about your courses and about the educational approach at Bocconi University more generally?

U Multikrank confirms Sciences Po's strong performance for research & international orientation

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U Multirank* has just released its university rankings for 2017. Sciences Po maintains excellent scores for international orientation and research.

A new dual master's degree with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto

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The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto are launching a dual degree program between their respective Master in Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Global Affairs (MGA). 

Reasons for choosing Sciences Po in the words of guidance counsellors

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In March 2017, guidance counsellors from around the world visited the Sciences Po campus in Reims. They took a closer look at the day-to-day life of our undergraduate students and discovered Sciences Po's distinctive qualities for themselves: a core social science curriculum delivered in English; an international outlook; a strong commitment to diversity; a real capacity to enhance graduate employability; and an exceptional study environment.

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

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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.

Discover the Kuwait Scholarship Programme

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The Kuwait Scholarship Programme (KSP) Excellence Scholarship supports outstanding students admitted to Sciences Po and enrolled in a programme at Master’s level.

Students may apply in one of the three categories outlined below depending on their eligibility:

New scholarships for students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Sciences Po joins the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
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The MasterCard Foundation has just announced a six-year, USD$8.2 million (around €7.6 million) partnership with Sciences Po, to offer 120 bright, next-generation leaders from African countries a world-class social sciences education at one of Europe’s leading universities.
 

A new dual degree in public policy and management with Bocconi University

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On 22 February, Sciences Po and Bocconi University announced the launch of a unique dual Master’s degree programme in Public Policy and Management.

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

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The US Sciences Po Foundation has just announced the introduction of the Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship is designed to attract the brightest and most deserving students to the dual Bachelor’s degree programme at Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin.

"India's immense historical heritage significantly influenced my decision to study social sciences."

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Lavanya Pai was born in Bangalore, a city in the South of India, and has lived there for most of her life. Now a second-year student in the Europe-Asia undergraduate programme at Sciences Po, she talks about her life in Le Havre, a small city which now feels like home.

On 25 January, Lavanya will take part in the Sciences Po Live Q&A. Watch the Q&A, and ask Lavanya all your questions about studying at the Sciences Po undergraduate College.

Pre-College Summer School

  • Students at the Sciences Po Summer School ©Manuel BraunStudents at the Sciences Po Summer School ©Manuel Braun

This summer, from July 9-23, Sciences Po will open 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.

Learn more about the Summer School's Pre-College Programme.

Who are the first-year students at Sciences Po?

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The academic year has just got underway on the seven campuses of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. Our undergraduate students come from many different backgrounds and they each have their own story to tell about their journey to Sciences Po. Why did they choose this university? What are their goals? Take a tour of the campuses and meet the students.

Why choose Paris for your Master's degree?

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Khasan Redjaboev is from Uzbekistan and a graduate of the dual degree programme between Sciences Po and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.

Sciences Po launches the School of Management and Innovation

To train professionals capable of rethinking the role of business in society
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Today, business is under increasing scrutiny with regard to its social responsibilities. By contributing to economic growth, companies play a significant social and political role in addition to their economic one, with an impact at the local, national and transnational levels. They are now expected to reconcile the interests of their shareholders with those of many other stakeholders, while addressing issues of the common good.

"I want to work with communities that i'm not familiar with and try to solve problems together"

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Libertad Sobrado started volunteering with non-profit organisations when she was at high school in Costa Rica. She has been involved in various initiatives to help improve living conditions for local populations through recycling, environmental protection and education. Libertad looks at her studies at Sciences Po as a way to further her engagement. The fourth in our series #FirstYearsScPo.

Campus on the docks: study in Le Havre

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Located in a city listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Le Havre campus is home to the Europe-Asia undergraduate programme. Students spend their first two undergraduate years in Le Havre and then go on a year abroad to complete an internship or study at one of Sciences Po’s 470 partner universities.

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