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International Admissions (9 questions)
- Do I need to sit a written exam as part of the international procedure?
- Which academic records should I attach to my application ?
- Is it possible to apply through the international procedure for admission to an undergraduate programme at the Paris campus?
- Is there always an oral interview for the international undergraduate admission procedure?
- I obtained a French baccalauréat with the international or European specialisation abroad. Is it possible for me to apply through the international procedure?
- I applied to the undergraduate programme via the international procedure, but I am currently living in France, can I be interviewed in France if my application is pre-selected?
You will be able to choose from a list of available dates and locations through the online application, including the campus you are applying to in France.
You must submit a completed application at least six weeks prior to the interview date most convenient to you.
Please note that the earlier your application reaches us, the more scope you will have to choose the interview location and therefore the more chance you will have to be interviewed in your location of choice.
- Can I be interviewed in the city where I am currently living?
- I hold an International Baccalaureat (IB) diploma, should I sit for the SAT tests in order to apply for undergraduate studies at Sciences Po?
- I have already completed two years of study at a higher education institution, can I apply to the undergraduate programme?
Language requirements (2 questions)
Referees’ information (6 questions)
- Does the referee need to fill the form or may s/he send a letter by email?
We do not accept reference letters sent by email.
The referees need to fill the online form. However, in the event that your referee cannot complete the online referee form, and subject to this stipulation only, she/he must contact us and we will send him/her the form in Word format. He/she must then complete it and send it back to us directly through our contact form (confidentially and from a professional email address).
- How do my referees receive the form to fill out?
Once you have filled in (and saved) your referees' contact information on the online application, an e-mail will be sent automatically inviting them to complete an online recommendation form.
We therefore recommend that you make arrangements with your referees beforehand and make sure that they will be able to respond to your request to fill out the recommendation form sent by Sciences Po. Bear in mind that your referees receive many such requests.
Make sure your referees know the deadline to fill the forms and in what language they must do so. The references can be written in French or English. If you are applying to a Master programme and to a dual degree programme, the references must be written in English.
You should check that they have received this e-mail. If they haven't, please contact us by email.
- When do my referees receive an invitation to submit a reference for me?
Once you have filled in (and saved) your referees' contact information on the online application, an e-mail will be sent automatically by the system inviting them to complete an online reference form. You should check that they have received this e-mail.
- May I submit my application form even if some of my referees have not sent their forms yet?
No, you must make sure your referees have included their forms before submitting your application. Keep in mind your application must be completed, including the references, by the programme's or scholarship's deadline.
- May I read the references submitted by my referees?
No, applicants are not allowed to read references. They are strictly confidential and will only be read by the assessors of your application.
- In what language do the references need to be written?
For regular Master's programmes: references must be written in French or English (unless otherwise instructed).
For international dual degree programmes, they must be written in English (unless otherwise instructed).
If you apply to a master programme and to a dual degree, they must be written in English (unless otherwise instructed).
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?
Practical information (11 questions)
- Do my academic transcripts need to be translated?
- I need proof of my admission in order to obtain my visa, what should I do?
You may download an enrollment certificate through the student services centre in your online student space, once you have accepted our offer of admission. This document will assist you in obtaining a visa.
Depending on the required documents, you may also present the Letter of Admission you received from Sciences Po.
- Do I have to complete my application all at once?
The online application is composed of several sections. Entries for each field may be saved by clicking on the « save changes » link 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.
- I have been admitted, what should I do now to finalize my registration?
- How will I know the outcome of my application?
- I opened an application form in the previous years, may I use it to apply this year?
- Must the required information material be attached to my online application or should I mail it to Sciences Po?
You must attach all the required documents directly to your online application. It is preferable that they be in pdf format.
- Can I apply if I have not obtained my diploma yet?
- Do I have to send the original of my degree certificate?
- How long does it take you to acknowledge that you have correctly received my supplementary information materials?
When you send us missing documents at our request, the status update is not instantaneous: it might take between 7 and 15 days to update.
Please be patient and avoid sending several copies of the same document. It will only slow down the process! Once we have checked out your documents, you will be able to see it directly on your online space.
- I passed the Baccalaureat in France, and the year after I got the High School Diploma in the US. Which admission procedure should I apply through?
In this case, eligibility depends on the first obtained diploma. You must therefore apply through the exam entry procedure and because you received your diploma the previous year you must first request a waiver in order to be eligible to apply. You are not an eligible applicant through the international admission procedure.
Financial Information (4 questions)
- I do not have a credit card, how do I pay the application fee?
If you cannot pay by credit card, you may ask us for the required information to pay by bank transfer. You must send us a proof of payment in the form of an official bank confirmation. Once the payment has been registered it will be updated in the online application, you will receive a confirmation in order for you to continue completing the form allowing you to submit it for review.
Beware: Just because you have paid this fee does not mean that the application has automatically been submitted. You must manually submit your application by clicking "submit application".
- How do I apply for the Emile Boutmy scholarship ?
- How much are the tuition fees at Sciences Po?
- What grants/scholarships are available?
For some of the undergraduate and graduate programmes, you may be eligible to the Emile Boutmy scholarship.
For some graduate programmes you may also be eligible to the Eiffel Scholarship.
For One Year Master's programmes, Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of Students, in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%. For more information, contact the academic advisor of the programme you are applying to.
Other scholarships are available, please check
Personal statement (2 questions)
Other questions (5 questions)
- At what time of the year can I begin studying at Sciences Po?
The academic year at Sciences Po begins by end of August and mid-September, depending on the programmes. Only exchange students may begin in January (second semester). Please consult the information on our Welcome programmes and be aware that certain orientation programmes may be compulsory.
- 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 open to Sciences Po students and certain partner universities students. Please review the eligibility criteria and the specificities of the given programme.
In order to apply to any one of these programmes, you must select the indicated “Partnership Programme” procedure in the online application to view the accurate list of programmes available.
- Will students attending the BASc have to pick a major?
- Is there an age limit for applying to Sciences Po?
- Does my nationality determine the admission procedure through which I should apply?
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, registration, tuition fees, health insurance, orientation programmes and more.
If you have questions regarding bursaries and financial aid, student welfare and support as well as housing and residence permits please contact our Student services through their online contact form.
Please note that the Administrative registration's office and the Student Services do not take questions by phone. The Admissions office call center only answers questions regarding admissions and current applications (newly admitted students must refer to the Administrative registration office or the Student Services Office).
If you are an exchange student, please contact the International Affairs Office.
If you have special needs, please check the Accessibility page.