Poitiers: 5 Surprising Things About our New Campus

Take the Guided Tour
  • The entrance to the new Poitiers campus ©Sylvain RochasThe entrance to the new Poitiers campus ©Sylvain Rochas

Since 2001 Sciences Po has had a campus in Poitiers, but the undergraduate college was pushed for space at the Hôtel Chaboureau. There was a 15% increase in students in the space of 5 years, with the attractiveness of the Latin-American programme making new premises necessary. This became a reality in September 2018 at the heart of a new site built in the 18th century and reinvented for the 21st. Watch the guided tour on the occasion of the official inauguration which takes places on Wednesday, 10th April.

From Sciences Po to the European Parliament

Hear from Charlotte, a Sciences Po alumna and European Parliamentary Assistant
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Charlotte Nørlund-Matthiessen did her undergraduate studies on the Dijon campus, which hosts the European specialisation programme with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, before enrolling in the European Affairs Master’s programme at Sciences Po. Since graduating in 2012, she has worked on multiple projects inspired by her drive to build a stronger Europe.

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:

Learning by Doing at the Missouri School of Journalism

Gaëlle Fournier, an undergraduate of the Reims Campus, shares her experience of her third year abroad
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At Sciences Po, students automatically spend their third year abroad. It’s a time for students to get to know a new culture, practice another language, expand their skill set, and open their minds. Gaëlle Fournier, who spent two years studying on our campus in Reims, chose to spend her third year at the Missouri School of Journalism, one of the world’s oldest dedicated journalism institutions.

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

Sciences Po Girls Conquer Rugby

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Tabea Biesemeier, a student from Germany, sees joining Sciences Po’s all girls rugby team as the best decision she made while an undergraduate on the campus of Nancy. Playing rugby has allowed her to practice her French and meet new people, from Sciences Po as well as outside.

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.

Meet Sciences Po's 2018 Undergraduates

Take a tour of the campuses and meet our new cohort of undergraduates
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It’s the start of the academic year at Sciences Po, which means welcoming another cohort from across the globe to each of the seven undergraduate campuses. What do our students think of their new university? Why did they choose Sciences Po and what do they hope to achieve before the end of their studies? Hear their responses.

Rosalyn Jeffries is enrolled on the Dual BA degree between Sciences Po and UC Berkeley

"The best of both worlds"
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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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At the service of others through civic engagement

Learn about the Civic Learning Programme
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As of 2018, Sciences Po requires all of its undergraduate students to take part in and complete the Civic Learning Programme, a compulsory engagement over the three years of the Bachelor’s degree. 

The Civic Learning Programme offers Undergraduate College students the chance to learn and understand citizenship and social responsibility through an experience of engagement out in the field.

"Succeeding in a different academic environment"

Agathe Grégoire, winner of the UCL John Pencavel Prize in Economics, discusses her experience studying abroad
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Agathe Grégoire has just returned from her third year abroad at University College London, where she received the John Pencavel Prize for her outstanding performance in Economics. Here is her interview on her time spent at UCL and her plans for the future.

CORE: A different way to study economics

A new manual to better understand the world we live in
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In recent years, students and teachers alike have come to realize that there is an insufficient culture and knowledge of economics in our society. The study of economics and the reality of how our world operates differ enormously. This realization led to the creation of CORE, a new course and manual developed by professors of economics from around the world, including Yann Algan at Sciences Po.

The Civic Learning Programme: Humanism in Practice

Civic Learning Programme
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As of this year, Sciences Po requires all of its undergraduate students to take part in and complete the Civic Learning Programme, a compulsory engagement over the three years of the Bachelor’s degree. 

The Civic Learning Programme offers Undergraduate College students the chance to learn and understand citizenship and social responsibility through an experience of engagement out in the field.

Summer in Paris is a moveable feast

Learn about the Sciences Po Summer School
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Every summer, Sciences Po opens the doors of its Parisian campus to students from all over the world for the Sciences Po Summer School. An exceptional opportunity for cultural exchange, immersion and discovery, this year’s activities programme includes theatre and cinema outings, wine tasting classes, day trips to Monet’s home and garden in Giverny, the Loire Valley castles, Normandy, Reims and more. Discover in this video some of the highlights of the 2017 edition from the students themselves.

Performance or Potential: what world-class universities look for

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Performance or Potential; Diversity, Common Good, Civic Engagement… In March 2018, deans, provosts and faculty of Sciences Po and our prestigious global partner universities including Princeton University, Columbia University, Ashoka University, University College Maastricht, University of Sydney, National University Singapore, and more, reunited for the 3rd edition of the International Seminar on Undergraduate Studies to discuss, debate and brainstorm on the recruitment of outstanding and evermore diverse upcoming generations of students. Here are some of their thoughts.

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? 

"Living in Beirut has confirmed my love for the Middle East

Meet Wendy, student on her 3rd year abroad in Beirut
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After spending two years at the Sciences Po Reims campus in the Europe-Africa programme, Wendy Trogneux is spending her third year abroad in Beirut, Lebanon. She is learning Arabic, taking journalism and gender studies classes, interning at the Institute of Women Studies in the Arab World, and immersing herself in the effervescent street art and culture of Beirut. Discover her everyday life.

"Even small actions can have a great ripple effect"

Interview of Mastercard Foundation Scholar Zipporah Gakuu
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Zipporah Gakuu is a first-year student and part of the first cohort of Mastercard Foundation scholars at Sciences Po. From Kenya to her first steps on campus to today, her commitment to giving back to society and defending women and children’s rights is growing everyday.

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.

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.

So It Begins

Take a tour of our undergraduate campuses
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Sciences Po undergraduates have just started their academic year at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. These students come from many different backgrounds and they each have their own story to tell about their journey to our university. Why did they choose Sciences Po? What are their ambitions? Take a tour of our undergraduate campuses in France and meet the students.

"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.

What Bachelor's graduates take away from their studies at Sciences Po

Hear from students at the graduation ceremony
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On 6 September, students celebrated their graduation from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. They all spent two years at one of the seven Sciences Po campuses in France, and one year abroad studying at a partner university. Those enrolled in a dual Bachelor’s degree programme spent two years in France then two years at the partner university abroad.

"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.

Meet the first Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po

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The first five students to benefit from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po come from across sub-Saharan Africa. Astou Diouf, 18, is from Senegal, Zipporah Gakuu, 19, from Kenya, Romaric Compaore, 18, from Burkina Faso, Ashale Chi, 17, from Cameroon, and Fitiavana Andry, 17, from Madagascar, making this first cohort representative of Africa in all its diversity.

The campus of Le Havre turns 10

Watch the video
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The Sciences Po Campus of Le Havre is one of seven campuses and offers the Europe-Asia programme, which is taught in English with intensive French language study. In addition, the campus offers Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, the National University of Singapore, the University of British Columbia, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Sydney.

The new features of the Bachelor's Degree

Find out more about the programme
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The recent redesign of the Sciences Po Bachelor's degree programme reaffirms a commitment to the principles of humanism and scientific intellectual inquiry. The four key points below outline what first year students at the Undergraduate College can expect to find. 

"You can pick up Sciences Po's WiFi connexion from the beach!"

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Hardy Hewson, a British student in the second year of the dual Bachelor’s programme between Columbia and Sciences Po, describes his time on the Menton campus, from classes specialised in the Mediterranean and the Middle East to parties on the beach and playing rugby in the town where Webb Ellis, the sport’s founder, lies in rest.

"The question of ethics hasn't been sufficiently addressed"

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In the run up to the French presidential election, the famous weekly Paris Match invited international students from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College to shed some light on the words that matter to them in politics. Lukas Hochscheidt, 19, a German student in the dual Bachelor's degree programme with Freie Universität Berlin on the Nancy campus, chose the word ‘ethics’.

Why did you choose the word ‘ethics’?

Students in Reims redefine diplomacy

2017 Reims International Model United Nations
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Each year the Reims International Model United Nations (RIMUN) welcomes over 300 delegates to the Sciences Po Campus in Reims for a two-day conference simulating debates at the United Nations.

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.

Beyond picture postcard Paris

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The class “Paris dans la littérature” is offered during the Sciences Po Summer School's University Programme in July. The class draws on literary sources to examine the historical, cultural and social forces that have shaped Paris through the centuries. Interview with the two professors who teach the class.

What is the most important thing that students in your class "Paris dans la littérature" will learn?

Christophe Reffait:

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 multicultural campus in an historic French city

Students discuss what they like most about studying on the Reims campus
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Just a 45-minute train ride from Paris, the Sciences Po campus in Reims combines a historical legacy with modern facilities to offer an exceptional environment for study. Student numbers are deliberately small, with roughly 800 students, enabling the development of a strong sense of community and the provision of high quality student services.

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"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

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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.

"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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