Admissions: Information for Candidates

Deadlines and modalities for the 2021 intake
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Are you applying to Sciences Po's for the fall 2021 intake? Here is everything you need to know before starting your application. 

Undergraduate Candidates (Bachelor’s degree): the new procedure

Four evaluations

All applicants to the Sciences Po Undergraduate College - whether French or international - will be evaluated in the same ways, on identical criteria.  The four evaluations are broken down as follows: performance on the French Baccalaureate exam or foreign equivalent, the academic record of the candidate, three essays, and an interview.

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:

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.

Tips and tricks for your arrival in France and at Sciences Po

Bienvenue in France
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La bise, La Péniche, Urkund... Learn a few basics about daily life in France and at Sciences Po.

“La bise” is a custom you cannot escape

In France, almost every time you greet or say goodbye to someone, you have to “faire la bise”. Basically this means kissing each other’s cheeks, but there are subtle details to understand before you really master the art of “la bise”. 

"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. 

Latin American student: six reasons to choose Sciences Po

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Are you a Latin American student looking for a selective international university? Sciences Po is one of the world’s leading universities for social sciences and the humanities. Each year we welcome around 600 Latin American students keen to benefit from our multidisciplinary programmes. Still uncertain? Here are six great reasons to choose Sciences Po.

Prepare for your move to France

Find information on housing at each campus
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Finding accommodation is a key step to take care of before arriving at Sciences Po. Given the urban locations of each of the seven Sciences Po campuses, various options are available. Below are general descriptions of the options available, as well as links to information specific to each campus. It is recommended that students act swiftly and find a place to stay well in advance of their arrival. 

New students preparing for their arrival to Sciences Po are encouraged to visit the following website.

Online registration: how to register for courses?

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Each semester:

  • Early July and late August (according to your campus calendar) for the Fall semester;
  • Early January for the Spring semester.

For more information, go to online registrations calendar.

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.

Pride and emotion

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On 9 and 10 July, parents from all over the world came to Paris to celebrate their son’s or daughter’s graduation.

For parents no less than for graduates, the graduation ceremony often marks the end of an era. The next stage will see their sons and daughters leave the nest for good to embark on whichever career they choose from the limitless possibilities now open to them.

On graduation day, parents look back at the years gone by, recall the path their children have followed, and reflect on how they have blossomed during their studies.

Welcome ceremonies 2016

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Welcome to a new year at Sciences Po.

Like every year, the Welcome ceremony is an important moment that marks the start of the academic year. It is an opportunity for Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion to welcome the new cohorts and for them to hear a guest speaker give the inaugural lecture.

It is also a convivial event where students can share their first impressions and chat with the faculty members who will be supporting them throughout the year.

You will find the dates for the Welcome ceremonies below.

2016 Women of the Mediterranean Gender and Leadership programme

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On May 20, a closing ceremony capped off the two-week Women of the Mediterranean training programme, held for the second time this year.

Cofounded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Families, Children, and Women's Rights and the Inter-ministerial Delegation for the Mediterranean, and backed by the Union for the Mediterranean, this advanced training programme aims to guide and empower young Mediterranean women as the leaders of tomorrow and advocates for gender equality in their countries.

What I liked most about my education at Sciences Po

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Andrea Klaric graduated with a Master’s in European Affairs in 2013, but she is still nostalgic about the halls of the Sciences Po campus in Paris, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume.

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