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Applicants from foreign secondary school systems (24 questions)
- How many times may I apply through the international undergraduate admission path?
- I have obtained a French baccalauréat in France with an International or European specialisation. Am I eligible to apply through the international undergraduate admission path?
- I have obtained a French baccalauréat abroad. Am I eligible to apply through the international undergraduate admission path?
- I hold both a French baccalauréat and a foreign secondary school diploma. Am I eligible to apply through the international undergraduate admission path?
- I hold an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, should I sit for the SAT tests in order to apply for undergraduate studies at Sciences Po?
- Does my nationality determine the admission pathway through which I should apply?
- I have been admitted. What steps do I need to take in order to finalise my registration?
The admission offer includes your student ID and a temporary password that enable you to sign in your online student account and accept the offer. Check the Student website to find out about the first steps (online student account, registrations, courses selection, calendars, and everything you need to know for your enrolment at Sciences Po).
- Do all applicants sit for an interview?
- May I view the letters provided by my referees?
- Does my referee have to fill the online form, or can he/she write a letter or email?
We do not accept references written on plain paper or sent by e-mail.
In the interests of fairness, we encourage referees to complete the online form. However, if your referee is unable to use the online form, and only in this exceptional case, he or she should contact us to request the Word version of this form.
The completed form should then be returned to us directly, in a confidential manner and from the referee’s professional address, through our contact form.
- I will be obtaining a binational diploma (Esabac in Italy), am I eligible to apply through the international pathway?
- I have applied for a dispensation, should I submit my application while I wait for the decision?
- I will be graduating at the end of the year (October, November, December), therefore I will obtain my degree at the end of 2022. Am I eligible to apply or do I need to request a dispensation?
- I have been admitted to the undergraduate programme. May I defer my enrolment?
- I applied to the Boutmy scholarship in my application file. When can I expect to receive a decision?
- My application to the Boutmy scholarship was placed on a waiting list. When can I expect to receive a decision?
- I am an applicant with a European refugee status, is there a specific procedure for applying?
There is no specific procedure for applicants with refugee status. You are therefore invited to submit your application online.
However, applicants who are able to justify their refugee status with official supporting documents will, upon verification, benefit from an exemption from application fees.
You may be interested in our “Professional certificate for young refugees” program which aims to improve the employability of participants by acquiring skills adapted to the world of work.
- I hold a CEGEP diploma, am I eligible to apply through the international admission pathway? Will the credit system, and my pre-college year – two specific features of this secondary school system – be taken into account?
- Should I write my CV in English or in French?
- Do my academic transcripts need to be translated?
- Should I provide a language proficiency test with my application?
No proof of language proficiency is required at the time of application, but you must ensure that your level allows you to apply to the programmes you are interested in and, should you be admitted, to attend classes taught in these languages.
- Is there a waiting list?
- When will my interview take place?
- Which language test should I take when applying to Sciences Po programmes?
Financial Information (2 questions)
- I do not have a credit card, how do I pay the application fee?
If you do not have a credit card, you can use someone else's card or ask for Sciences Po's bank details and make a transfer. If you have a bank account in France, you can also pay by cheque. Before making a transfer or sending a cheque, please contact us.
We will send you an email as soon as we receive the money. Once the payment is registered, you will see it on your dashboard.
Please note: Paying the fee does not automatically submit your application. Once the payment is registered, you must manually submit your application by clicking "Submit application".
- How much are the tuition fees at Sciences Po?
Practical information (4 questions)
- I need proof of my admission in order to obtain my visa, what should I do?
Once you have accepted our offer of admission, you may download an enrollment certificate through the student services centre in your online student space. This document will help you in obtaining a visa.
- Do I have to complete my application in one go?
The online application is composed of several sections. Entries for each field may be saved by clicking on the « save changes » button at the bottom of the page. This allows you to save your information as you are completing your application. It will be saved until the next connection. You can thus complete your application in several steps.
Once you have completed every section and attached every requested document (including recommendations), do not forget to submit your application.
- How will I know the outcome of my application?
- Can I apply if I have not yet graduated?
You may apply during the academic year in which you will obtain the undergraduate diploma (bachelor's degree or equivalent) which will make you eligible for the chosen Master's programme. Should you be selected, your admission will be confirmed at the time of your administrative registration and once you have obtained your degree.
Other questions (3 questions)
- At what time of the year can I join Sciences Po?
The academic year at Sciences Po begins between the end of August and mid-September, depending on the programmes. Only exchange students may begin in January (second semester).
For some programmes, mandatory orientation sessions are scheduled before classes start; We recommend you contact your academic advisor for more information.
- What is a Partnership Programme?
They are unique programmes in partnership with an affiliated university characterized by specific enrolment requirements and diplomas. These programmes are only opened to students from Sciences Po and from partner universities. Please review the eligibility criteria and the specificities of each programme.
In order to apply to any of these programmes, you must select the “Partnership Programme” procedure in the online application to view the accurate list of programmes available.
- Is there an age limit for applying to Sciences Po?
Dual Degree Programmes (12 questions)
- May I apply for a Dual Bachelor Degree and for an undergraduate programme at Sciences Po at the same time ?
Yes, but depending on the programme you must submit either one or two online applications.
If you apply to the Dual Bachelor Degree with Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Hong Kong or Keio University, you only need to submit one application through Sciences Po, you must select the Dual Degree as a first choice of programme as well as one of our undergraduate programmes as a second choice.
For any other Dual Bachelor Degree: Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, University of British Columbia, and University College London, you must submit two applications. One on the website of the partner university for the dual degree and the other on the Sciences Po website in which you will be able to select one of our undergraduate programmes.
- If I apply to the Bachelor of arts and Sciences on the Reims Campus, can I then put the Nancy Campus as my second choice?
- When applying in 2021, will I be able to select this programme from the list of undergraduate programmes offered at the partner university?
If I am not accepted to the BASc, will my application be considered for another Sciences Po campus?
When submitting your application form on the Sciences Po Admissions site, you will be able to highlight a first and second choice of course: the first being one of the courses of the BASc and the second being Sciences Po’s standard Bachelor of Arts programme at any of the university’s six regional campuses.
- Is it possible to be admitted to the Paris Campus and then apply for the BASc?
No, in order for your application to be considered for this programme in collaboration with the partner institution (either the Institut de physique du globe de Paris, University of Paris or the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne), you must select the course as your first choice and validate the place via our online application form.
- In which language are classes on the Reims Campus taught?
- What are the tuition fees for this 4-year course?
The tuition fees operate in the same way as for our other dual degrees with French partner institutions, in that students must pay the fees set by both the universities at which they are enrolled. During their third year abroad, students of the dual degree can benefit from the mobility grants offered at Sciences Po. For all students in their fourth year, in the case that a significant proportion of teaching is conducted at the partner university, Sciences Po will reduce its own tuition fees.
- Where does teaching take place for the BASc?
Your first two years of study will be split between Sciences Po and the University of Paris (UP) or between Sciences Po and the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), depending on the dual degree you have chosen. You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of Sciences Po’s international partner institutions, before returning to France for a fourth year of study at the BASc partner university (i.e. either UP or URCA)
- How do I demonstrate my competence in mathematics on the application form?
The mathematic requirements of the BASc vary depending on each course: for the dual degree in Liberal Arts and Earth Sciences, offered on Sciences Po’s Paris Campus, students must demonstrate excellent mathematic ability within a scientific course of secondary education. However, for the dual degree in Liberal Arts and Life Sciences, offered on the Reims Campus, it is not mandatory for students to have completed a scientific course. They must, above all, be able to demonstrate their curiosity for issues relating to the environment, biodiversity, and the challenges of ecological transition.
- Can I apply to the Sciences Po BASc alone, without completing a dual degree?
- If I am applying for the BASc, can I select a second choice of dual degree with another French partner university?
No, candidates are only permitted to select one dual degree programme on their Sciences Po application form. However, if you are also applying to an international dual degree at one of the six dual degree programmes that require candidates to apply through the partner institution and not Sciences Po, in this case alone, you will be permitted to submit two separate application forms.
- If I attend the BASc in Reims, will I have to pick a regional focus? Will I have obligations in terms of language courses?
Useful Contacts (1 question)
- I am newly admitted, who are my new contacts?
If you have been admitted to Sciences Po, please check the Students website for information on your next steps, orientation programmes and more.
If you need information on your registration (tuition fees, health insurance, student card...) or scholarships and financial aid, student welfare and support as well as housing and residence permits please contact the Student services center through their online contact form.
The Admissions office only answers questions regarding admissions and ongoing applications (newly admitted students must refer to the Student Services Center).
For any question related to your programme (choice of courses, gap year, internships, etc.), please contact the academic advisor of the programme.
If you are an exchange student, please contact the International Affairs Office.
If you have special needs, please check the Accessibility page.