International graduate admissions: Cumulative Grade Average

Last Update: 
25 September 2019

In the Academic background section, you are required to indicate your cumulative/final grade average for each university degree (Bachelor and Master level if adequate) in the dedicated box.

If you have not yet finished your degree, please write your average obtained to this date.

No conversion is required. You must write your average as it is using the grading scale of your university.

How to declare your cumulative grade average

• If your final average (or average obtained to this date) is provided on your official transcripts by your university, please:

  • Write this average (no calculation will be required) in the dedicated boxes
  • Attach these same transcripts where asked to attach « Undergraduate cumulative grade average proof »

If your final average (or average obtained to this date) is not provided on your official transcripts, please:

  • Ask your university to provide an official document stating what is your average
  • Write this average (no calculation will be required) in the dedicated boxes
  • Attach these same transcripts where asked to attach « Undergraduate cumulative grade average proof »

If your university does not provide such a document, please:

  • Calculate your average yourself including all grades (to this date). Make sure you do not weight the grades
  • Write this average in the dedicated boxes
  • Attach where asked to attach « Undergraduate cumulative grade average proof», a document certifying that all the information declared is true to the best of your knowledge (see the template in the appendix section). Please also write down the details of your calculation.

Special cases

  • If you studied in several institutions, you are required to indicate your academic results separately for each institution. For example :  average grade Prépa Littéraire Years 1 et 2 = 11/20 ; average grade University Year 3 = 14/20.
  • For the exchange terms, please indicate your average grade separately unless it is already stated in your home university transcript and add a document according to the case (please see above, how to declare your cumulative/final grade average for each degree).
  • If you enrolled in a new institution for the current academic year and you have no grade yet, please enter “00” in both dedicated boxes.
  • If your university grades are expressed in letters (example: A, B, C, D), you are required to convert your grades in numbers. If your university provides a conversion table for your grade A, B, C or D, please use it, if not, please use the table below. If each letter corresponds to a scale (for example A= 70%-100%), please write the highest grade (100% in the example).
    Conversion table
    Grades expressed in Number 20 15 13 11 10 9
    Grades expressed in Letters A B C D E Fail
  • For applicants who studied in Germany and in Austria, please write your average as such : 1.5 / 5
  • For applicants who study in the UK, please take all your grades into account, including those of your first year.
  • For applicants who study in Sweden, please use the following table:
    Conversion Table
    Grades expressed in Number 20 15 13 9
    Grades expressed in Letters VG ou AB G ou AB B U

Certificate Template

Download the Certificate Template (Word, 12 Ko)

Please note: Sciences Po will be prompt to recalculate all cumulative/final point averages. Your application could be declared ineligible in the event of a false declaration.

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