- Student in the library © Paul Rentler / Sciences Po
In response to the uncertainty facing universities worldwide with regards to the start of the next academic year, Sciences Po is mobilising to guarantee all its students as complete and demanding an education as ever. Sciences Po remains faithful to the university’s vocation of training free, critical and socially engaged minds, intellectually informed through research and interaction with professionals at the heart of our teaching. It is this wholesome and well-balanced education that will give you the means to act in a world more uncertain now than ever.
A new and innovative system will allow us to open the entirety of the university’s courses to all 14,000 students enrolled in them, as of the 14 September 2020.
In compliance with all new health regulations, Sciences Po will continue to promote the excellence of its courses and will base its new start to the academic year on three central principles:
- Equality of access for all students to their courses, regardless of their location.
- Hybridity of course content, which will combine remote learning and on-campus teaching.
- Adaptability, so that all courses can be adapted according to the evolution of the health situation.
A new and adapted start to the academic year, following the “dual campus” model
Throughout the entire Autumn Semester 2020, all Sciences Po students will have access to a dual campus:
- A digital campus, providing all course content in a variety of formats, adapted to each class. Any student will be able to complete their entire course remotely.
- A physical campus, in the seven cities where Sciences Po is lucky enough to be based, will be open and will focus on student activities in small groups: course sessions, tutorials, group projects, small group work, supervised community activities, etc. This physical campus will, of course, remain connected to the rest of the community in order to guarantee the participation of students unable to reach our premises.
This dual campus will combine the advantages of digital and face-to-face teaching by linking them closely. It will remain flexible, so as to offer the most complete and rewarding academic experience possible, including for those who are geographically distant and regardless of how long that distance lasts. It will give special attention to the events of all kinds that punctuate life at our institution and ensure the continuity of Sciences Po’s rich student life for all. Emphasis will be placed on personalised support, in both teaching and technical matters, so as to offer all students optimal access to the digital campus.
This system will build on experience gathered since the end of February, with measures adopted across the board as of the 23 March, during which time all Sciences Po courses have been conducted remotely.
The academic staff of the Undergraduate College and each of the Graduate Schools will provide further information by mid-June regarding the pre-back to school terms as well as the curricula and course modules to be offered for the next academic year.
- Entrance of 27 rue Saint-Guillaume ©Sandrine Gaudin / Sciences Po
The following information concerns all applicants and students admitted for the 2020 academic year. It will be updated on a regular basis in order to reflect the course of events and the adjustments made accordingly. Do not hesitate to visit this page regularly to find out about the latest developments.
Our admission campaign for the 2020 intake continues, but the measures taken to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic situation are leading us to adjust our admission schedules and processes.
2020 rules adjustments
- Undergraduate :
- International Admissions
- Bachelor Dual Degrees (available soon)
- Graduate :
- International Admissions: No adjustment for the moment.
- Graduate Dual Degrees: No adjustment for the moment.
- One-Year Master's: No adjustment for the moment.
- PhD : No adjustment for the moment.
Rest assured that every effort is made to ensure that no applicant will be put to a disadvantage. The Sciences Po Admissions Office is making sure that every application file is processed with the utmost care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Admissions to a PhD
- 2nd Place in 2020 QS University Rankings ©Sciences Po
Sciences Po continues to progress in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject (PDF, 9.2Mo), moving from third to second place in the world in "Political Science & International Studies". In this world ranking released on March 4, 2020, Sciences Po is positioned just behind Harvard University, and tied with Princeton University. Sciences Po is for the first time the first university of Europe in this discipline, in front of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Studies (LSE).
For the past seven years the QS World University Rankings by subject which compares more than 1,200 universities around the world, has confirmed Sciences Po as a leading university in the social sciences. In 2020, Sciences Po ranks in the top 50 worldwide in 5 disciplines, with significant leaps in several subjects:
- 2nd in the world in Political Science and International Studies, up one rank from 2019
- 23rd in Social Policy and Administration (22nd in 2019)
- 28th in Sociology (as in 2019)
- 40th in Development Studies (top 100 in 2019)
- 50th in the world in Law (top 100 in 2019)
Sciences Po also made significant progress in Economics and Econometrics, moving from the top 150 to the top 100 worldwide.
- Illustration Admissions Report 2019 ©Sciences Po
Every year, the Admissions Report provides a review of Sciences Po’s applicants and admitted students. This year, it has reconfirmed Sciences Po's global appeal, and that selectivity and student diversity are by no means incompatible.
Our 2019 Admissions Report reaffirms Sciences Po’s appeal as an institution, recording, for the second year running, over 20,000 applications (20,809 in 2019 compared to 20,621 in 2018) from the undergraduate to the doctorate level. An increase in both selectivity and diversity among candidates is a stamp of the excellence of the university’s course offering.
Applicants (across all admissions procedures) came from 137 different countries and nearly 2,600 high schools around the world. In total, 4,218 new students, from undergraduate to doctorate level, joined Sciences Po in September 2019 on one of our seven campuses across France.
Undergraduate College: An International Student Body
Since 2009, the number of applications for the Undergraduate College has doubled, and the number of international candidates has tripled. In 2019, a total of 11,123 candidates applied to the undergraduate college, up 1.5% from last year. Nonetheless, Sciences Po maintains a rate of admission that fulfils the institution’s wish to preserve the selectivity of entry, with an overall acceptance rate of 18% (17% in 2018, 19% in 2017).
In 2019, 46% of admitted students to the undergraduate college applied through the international procedure. Undergraduate candidates who applied via the international procedure or to one of our nine international dual degree programmes came from 137 different countries.
Graduate Schools: An Increase in Selectivity
Out of 8,952 applications for our Graduate Schools, 2,047 candidates were admitted, for an acceptance rate of 23%, compared to 30% in 2017. 72% of these were accepted via the international procedure or for international dual degrees, a result that underlines the success of Sciences Po’s 38 dual degree programmes established with partner institutions from 14 countries around the world.
The top 3 institutions or origin of our master’s students are King’s College London, University College London and McGill University.
In 2019, Graduate School applicants came from 121 different countries, with the top 10 countries represented being the United States, Germany, China, Italy, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and Mexico.
Overall, the number of applications at graduate level has multiplied by 2.3 between 2009 and 2019.
One of the most socially inclusive selective institutions worldwide
Since 2001, over 2,000 students were admitted via our Equal Opportunity Programme. In 2019, we received applications from 195 candidates with a declared disability, which is 12 times more than in 2007. 26% of students admitted are recipients of CROUS scholarships, illustrating the efficacy of our unique social assistance and tuition fee policy.
These numbers testify Sciences Po’s continued efforts to encourage social diversity: in 2018-19, one in three students did not pay any tuition fees, and 36% of all students received financial aid.
- A student at the Reims campus ©Vincent Watel/Sciences Po
Applying to Sciences Po? Read our best tips for writing your personal statement.
Tell a good story
What makes you want to make an impact on the world? At Sciences Po, we look for candidates who seek to become game-changers, who will use their talent to make the world a better place and contribute to their community in a meaningful way. Telling a personal and insightful story to explain your motivations will make you relatable and show your humanity.
Own your letter (and your letter should be your own)
While it is always helpful to get a second opinion on your letter, you shouldn’t get caught up in rewriting and having it edited by someone over and over again. You know your strengths and skills, and another person may not view certain topics the same way you do. At the end of the writing process, you should feel that your letter is genuine, and that you are proud to submit the end product for consideration. Don’t forget that you should be ready to answer any questions about your letter at the interview.
Humility and marketability: find the right balance
You shouldn’t be afraid to put forth your strengths and achievements, but be sure to temper them according to the context and the relevance they have to your academic project. Make sure to give specific examples that support and illustrate the image you want to portray.
A personal statement is always accompanied by a CV. Thus, it is an opportunity to explain more precisely what your motivations are, and why you are well-suited to the programme you are applying for. Your personal statement should compliment your CV, not run through every role you’ve had or activity you’ve participated in.
Edit, design and format
A personal statement cannot be written in one sitting. Give yourself time to brainstorm, to build your story, and then to review, edit, and format. UK English? US English? Realise or realize? Doesn’t matter - as long as you’re consistent . Make sure your sentences are short, your ideas are well thought-out and relevant, and your document is easy to read. Keep it simple, but effective!
- Current Mastercard scholars ©Sciences Po
The Mastercard Foundation, partnered with Sciences Po, provides full scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have great academic potential but limited financial resources. Over six years (from 2017 to 2023), this programme will support a total of 126 students admitted to its undergraduate, graduate and summer programmes. This exceptional scholarship programme aims to recruit talented students who aspire to shape the future of the African continent and help them develop their full potential.
In 2020, 5 scholarships at the Bachelor’s level, 15 scholarships at the Master’s level and 12 scholarships for the Summer School will be awarded to students from Sub-Saharan African countries with an outstanding academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face financial and other barriers to higher education.
Mastercard Foundation scholarships are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorised to nominate candidates.
Deadlines to apply are December 5, 2019 for the Master's scholarship, January 29, 2020 for the Bachelor's scholarship and January 19, 2020 for the Summer School scholarship.
- Students in the Hall ©Marta Nascimento
Throughout November and December 2019, Sciences Po is going live for a series of Q&A sessions to answer all of your questions about our Undergraduate College and our 7 Graduate Schools. Watch the replay of these Q&A sessions below.
Sciences Po’s 3-year Undergraduate College programme for a Bachelor’s degree
For a whole hour, Sciences Po’s deans and current students answered your questions about our programmes and curriculum, admissions procedures, campus life, our many student associations, etc.
- Watch the replay below in English with:
- Tilman Turpin, Director of the Reims campus;
- Morgane Gertz, International Undergraduate Admissions Manager;
- Watch the replay in French with:
- Stéphanie Balme, Dean of the Undergraduate College;
- Gabriela Rehorova Crouzet, Director of Admissions;
You can also watch replays of previous sessions by scrolling down on the same website.
Master’s Degrees and Graduate Schools
In a series of 40-minute Q&As, current students and the deans of each of our 7 Graduate Schools went live to answer questions from students interested in applying to one of our programmes. Watch the replays by clicking on the links below.
- Law School (in French)
- Paris School of International Affairs (in English)
- School of Public Affairs (in English)
- Doctoral School (in English)
- Urban School (in English)
- Journalism School (in French)
- School of Management & Innovation (in English)
You can also watch replays of previous sessions by scrolling down on the same website.
- Berlin and the Spree River ©canadastock / Shutterstock
Cities are at the forefront of the search for solutions to the climate crisis. Future actors in the field of urban governance in Europe now have the possibility to learn how to manage environmental challenges in the new master’s programme of the Urban School “Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities”, opening at the start of the 2020 academic year.
During this two-year Master’s programme - open to holders of a bachelor’s degree and taught entirely in English - students take courses on the ecological transition (mainly at the European level), as well as environmental issues in urban policy. At the end of this programme, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the environmental and climate policies of European cities, their scale, and will be capable of managing the sustainable use of resources and actions mindful of the climate situation.
Resource management and climate action in cities
As with all the master’s programmes of Sciences Po’s Urban School, social sciences are embedded in all of the courses taught over the two years of the programme. Students are expected to participate in a diverse range of field visits and spend a semester studying abroad in a European city. The programme ends with an internship and a real professional project commissioned by a public or private entity.
The opportunities available are varied and include local communities, consulting firms and planning departments specialised in environmental and climate issues, community work and entrepreneurship, research centres, city planning networks, etc.
Admissions are open! Visit the admissions website to apply
- Students conversing in courtyard of the Paris campus ©Manuel Braun
There are several different admissions procedures when applying to Sciences Po, depending on the candidate's profile. Discover the different procedures below and see which one corresponds to your situation.
At which points in my academic journey can I apply to Sciences Po?
Admission to Sciences Po can occur at different times in your academic journey:
- For a Bachelor’s degree, after obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent
- For a Master’s degree, for those having obtained a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- For a doctorate degree, for those having obtained a graduate/Master’s degree or equivalent
- For a One-Year Master’s programme, for those having obtained an undergraduate degree or another university degree equivalent (a Master’s degree or professional experience may also be required)
Applications for the start of the 2020 academic year are open.
Applying to a Bachelor’s degree programme (Undergraduate College)
> If you are pursuing or have obtained a French general or technological baccalaureate in France, then you should apply via the examination admissions procedure (FR).
> If you are pursuing or have obtained in the last two years:
- the French baccalaureate outside of France,
- a foreign diploma in France,
- a foreign diploma outside of France,
then you should apply via the international admissions procedure.
Note: The international procedure provides access to pursue a Bachelor’s degree on one of Sciences Po’s regional campuses. For access to the Paris campus, students who are pursuing a diploma from a recognized high school abroad must apply via the examination admission procedure (FR).
> For applications to an undergraduate dual degree programme, admissions procedures and deadlines are specific to each dual degree. See the procedures specific to international dual degrees and dual degrees with other French universities.
Note: The undergraduate admissions procedures will change for the 2021 intake. The three current admissions procedures will be replaced by one single procedure. See how admissions will change beginning 2021.
Applying to a Master’s degree programme (Graduate Schools)
> You have a university diploma from an institute of higher education in France, equivalent to at least three years of higher education (License or 180 ECTS credits), or you are a student in a partner establishment with Sciences Po for admission to a master’s programme, then you must apply via the French procedure (FR).
> You have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science/ Licenciatura/License), or a foreign Master’s degree, then you should apply via the international Master’s procedure.
> For applications to a graduate dual degree programme, discover the procedures specific to each graduate dual degree.
Applying to a One-Year Master’s programme
> If you have at least an undergraduate degree and some professional experience, you can boost your career by applying to one of our 6 one-year master’s programmes. Discover the admissions procedure and see eligibility conditions for our one-year master’s programmes.
Applying to a Ph.D programme
> If you have a master's degree and you wish to pursue one of the 5 doctoral programmes (Law, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology) offered by the Doctoral School, see the admissions procedure for a Ph.D.
Good to know before applying
Admissions to Sciences Po are for the first year of each proposed programme. It is not possible to be admitted into the 2nd or 3rd year of the undergraduate college or into the 2nd year of our two-year graduate schools.
- Sciences Po, Dijon Campus ©Sciences Po
- Sciences Po, Paris Campus ©Martin Argyroglo
International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!
- Students at the Careers Fair ©Sciences Po
On Friday, 27 September 2019, the Sciences Po Careers Fair took place at the Porte de Versailles with more than 100 employers present (amongst which were private companies, public administrations, international organisations and other entities), all interested in recruiting Sciences Po students and graduates in a wide range of industries and activities. We asked students what mattered to them most when choosing their first internship or job.
Find out more
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At Sciences Po, we firmly believe that financial barriers should not get in the way of education. That is why each year we dedicate 10.5 million euros in scholarships and financial aid. Thanks to this proactive social policy, every year we help 4 in 10 students (figures from 2017-2018).
1 in 3 students studies for free
Sciences Po’s first engagement in its social policy is carried out in its tuition fees. In 2005, Sciences Po devised an innovative system for students of the European Economic Area: tuition fees are determined according to household income, on a sliding scale with 14 different rates of tuition. The first of these 14 ranks, is the zero fee level. This fee waiver is not just applicable to CROUS scholarship holders, but also to non-scholarship holders from low income backgrounds, and to all students with a disability. The result: 1 in 3 students were exempt of tuition fees in 2017-2018.
What is a CROUS scholarship?
European students who have studied in France for at least one year are eligible to apply for the CROUS need-based scholarship. These need-based scholarships are awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research to students under 28 years of age depending on family situation and household income. In 2016, 26% of Sciences Po students were CROUS scholarship fellows.
Living cost loans for hassle-free study
For students from a low-income background, studying for free may not be enough: living costs can be just as expensive. That is why all European students benefiting from the CROUS scholarship – 26% of our students in the 2017/2018 academic year – are also entitled to additional financial aid from Sciences Po, as a top-up to fee exoneration. Any Sciences Po student falling within the lowest CROUS percentile receives 971 euros a month, as opposed to 555 euros a month at any other French institution (2017 figures). In the 2017/2018 academic year, these grants allowed 2,400 European students to complete their studies free of financial constraints.
Faithful to its European commitments, Sciences Po makes additional efforts to help European scholarship students. Although European students aren’t eligible for a CROUS scholarship until their second year in France, Sciences Po substitutes the CROUS scholarship during their first year, a supplementary support which is unique amongst French higher education institutions.
Over 30 scholarships and financial aid opportunities exist for non-European students too, particularly the Emile Boutmy scholarship, named after the university’s founder. Awarded according to both academic and social criteria, there were 281 Boutmy scholars in 2017-2018. Boutmy scholarships can amount to 19,000 euros a year. Other programmes are also available, such as the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme, specifically designed to aid gifted African students.
Finally, many Sciences Po students benefit from public or private scholarship programmes.
On the whole, Sciences Po helps nearly 4 in 10 students: 36% of students are exempt (totally or partially) from paying tuition fees or receive financial aid.
- See the full list of scholarships available for European students
- See the full list of scholarships available for Non-European students
Mobiliy Grants for the Year Abroad
At Sciences Po, a mandatory part of the degree is the 3rd year abroad. This is an unforgettable experience for students but not everybody has the financial means to cover living costs in a foreign country. In order for all students to choose the country of their choice, our mobility grants provide students with financial difficulties the means to pay for the extra costs of a year abroad, or, to make the necessary arrangements in the case of a handicap.
Emergency hardship: tailor-made support
Beyond these financial aid initiatives, Sciences Po’s welfare services are available to support all students so that daily living costs, administrative costs, or any unforeseen challenges they may face do not add excess pressure on their studies.
- The housing service collects adverts and postings, supports students in their search for accommodation whilst proposing housing options in student residences, and can also provide financial aid.
- To help overcome unforeseen financial difficulties or a delayed loan payment, our student welfare and support service adapts to each individual case, even giving out emergency help.
- We also provide help for non-European students with administrative procedures involved in obtaining visas and residence permits or renewing them.
- Finally, to help students make ends meet, we offer more than 600 student jobs each year.
And for concerns that are not uniquely financial, our Health Centre is available to provide further support.
Source: Financial aid policy and student services, admissions report 2017-2018
- A graduate student and her red stole ©Sciences Po
Graduates’ attractivity amongst employers is stronger than ever before. More young graduates declare that they are in a stable job with a permanent contract (76%), and they are also better paid with an average gross annual salary outside of France reaching 40.611 euros. The majority of the Class of 2017 responded that they are satisfied with their job taking into account new measures of professional well-being.
Survey Results in 5 key figures
91% of graduates who decided to enter the job market are currently working (this figure remains stable compared to last year)
87% found their first job less than 6 months after graduating (compared to 83.7% in the 2018 Graduate Employability Survey)
70% work in the private sector (69% in the 2018 survey)
34% are working outside of France (this figure is stable)
The average gross annual income outside of France has gone up to 40.6K€ (compared to 37.4K euros in the 2018 survey)
A Quicker Entrance onto the Job Market
82% of graduates decided to enter the workforce, a stable figure compared to last year’s survey. 91% of them are currently working (either in a stable job, internship, newly created position or student civil servant).
87% of graduates who are working found their job in less than 6 months post graduation (compared with 84% in the 2018 survey), and 44% of them had found their job before graduation (+5 points compared to the previous class).
Stable jobs (CDI/permanent contracts, civil servants, international civil servants, public service contracts) have increased compared to the 2018 survey, from 72% to 76%.
Salaries Are on the Rise
The average gross annual salary is 38.6K euros all countries combined -- or 40.6K euros outside of France. This is higher than last year (the average was 37K euros for the Class of 2016). The average income remains higher abroad than in France with an average gross salary of 40.6K euros, compared to 37.4K euros in the 2018 survey.
70% of Graduates Work in the Private Sector
70% of employed graduates work in the private sector (compared to 69% in the 2017 survey); 10% joined an international organization or work in the European institutions (compared to 9% in 2016) and 20% work in the public sector (22% in 2016).
A Wide Variety of Paths
Auditing and consulting (19%), the public sector (15%) and banking, finance and insurance (10%) remain the top choices for graduates. A new sector that is emerging is technology, data and computing. These jobs attract 4% of graduates.
More Than a Third Start their Career Abroad
As in the 2018 survey, 34% of graduates started their career outside of France. All in all, Sciences Po graduates work in 77 different countries. This strong internationalization is linked in part to international students returning to their country of origin, but it also concerns French students - 21% of them decide to start an international career abroad.
Previous Professional Experience Pays Off
In the search for a first job, statistics show that previous professional experience obtained before graduation- whether it be internships or apprenticeships - is a decisive lever. 40% of the Class of 2017 found their first job thanks to their previous experience, compared to 30% of graduates of the Class of 2016.
Furthermore, the majority of apprenticeship students (59% of them) found a job before even graduating, compared to 42% of the rest of the students. Learn more about apprenticeships at Sciences Po.
The Power of Dual Degrees and One-Year Master Programmes
In general, the situation of young graduates with a dual degree (17% of the class) is similar to that of the entire class but with one significant difference: the choice of a dual degree turns out to be more profitable (13% higher salaries before bonuses). Consequently, it is safe to say that dual degrees tend to give access to higher-paying jobs internationally.
The same is true for graduates of the one-year master’s programmes for young professionals. They benefit from a gross annual salary that is 18% higher than that of other graduates of the Class of 2017. However, this can most often be explained by their previous professional experience.
Job Satisfaction is High
For the first time, the Graduate Employability Survey asked graduates about their professional well-being and their level of satisfaction with their jobs. 86% responded that they were satisfied. More specifically, the satisfaction rate is at 77% for job conditions, location and autonomy. However, it is at 55% when it comes to salary. Over 75% of graduates say they are satisfied with their relationships with their colleagues.
The 2019 edition of the Graduate Employability Survey was conducted by Sciences Po Careers under the scientific supervision of Roberto Galbiati (Professor of Economics at Sciences Po and CNRS) and with the expertise of the Sciences Po Socio-Political Data Center (CDSP). 1,575 graduates of the Class of 2017 responded, which amounts to a participation rate of 66%.
- Read the Press Release
- Sciences Po Careers
- See the 2018 Graduate Employability Survey on the Class of 2016
- Graduate receiving her diploma 2019 ©Corinne Haury
Over 7,300 people attended the four graduation ceremonies of the Class of 2019 on June 28 & 29, 2019. Graduates walked under the proud gaze of their parents, friends, teachers, companions, and sometimes children to receive their diploma. Relive these unforgettable moments in video.
For the first time, the Sciences Po graduation ceremonies were held in the great hall Pierre Boulez of the Philharmonie, the newest concert hall in Paris designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel. Over two days, the ceremonies filled the room with intense pride and joy. On stage, at the microphone, in the room, the singularity of the Sciences Po experience was expressed with fervor. The exceptional diversity of the student community was shown off proudly, from shimmering saris to kilts to military uniforms; talents from all walks of life walked across the stage, smiles on their faces and diplomas in hand.
An Exceptional Diversity of Talent
Our student speakers shared their vision on what brought their talent together, beyond the diversity of their origins, their choice of Master's, and their projects. Graduates of honour, grateful and free-spirited, embody the qualities that Sciences Po strives to place in the forefront: Fatoumata Diallo's commitment, Marie Geoffreoy's duty of impertinence, Anne-Sophie Travert's open-mindedness, but also Mas Mahmud's resilience.
A Diploma and a Responsibility
For the guests of honour, the diploma received is a passport, but also a responsibility. Journalist Gilles Bouleau urged graduates to "reach out beyond themselves." Jacques Toubon, human rights defender, pushed the urgency to think about "the absolute right of dignity." For Entrepreneur Emmanuelle Duez, graduation plants the seed of the energy to create, for Mary Robinson, first woman president of Ireland, the categorical imperative to act against the climate crisis.
Graduates were told to use their diploma to make an impact, but without forgetting to "love with passion", in the words of President Frédéric Mion. The deans of the seven Sciences Po graduate schools also delivered a powerful message: rewatch the speeches of Pierre François of the Doctoral School, Patrick Le Galès of the Urban School, Bruno Patino of the School of Journalism, Christophe Jamin of the Law School, Marie-Laure Djelic of the School of Management and Innovation, Yann Algan of the School of Public Affairs and Enrico Letta of the School of International Affairs.
- Rewatch the 2019 Graduation Ceremonies in full on our YouTube channel
- See the highlights of the 2018 Graduation ceremonies
- Sciences Po Updates Its Admissions for 2021
Starting in 2021, Sciences Po will update its admissions procedure in order to re-align with our world-class international partners, and for all candidates to be evaluated in the same manner and on the same criteria.
Applying for the Sciences Po Bachelor’s degree: 1 procedure for all
As of 2021, all candidates, whether French or international, will follow the same procedure when applying to the Sciences Po undergraduate college, and will be evaluated on the same criteria. (Previously, there has been a French procedure and an international procedure).
The selection criteria can be divided into four dimensions:
- Continuous assessment over the 3 final years of high school
- The average grade on written exams of the Baccalaureat
- The candidate’s profile and motivations
- An oral interview
Above academic excellence, “soft skills” will be more heavily emphasised in the selection process - allowing us to better identify candidates’ talent, whatever their background may be.
An admissions procedure that reflects Sciences Po's academic excellence and social openness
Like our international world-class university partners, this new admissions procedure aims to detect talent in our candidates and further strengthen the social, academic, and geographic diversity of our student body. Students will be assessed on their academic performance, on their experiences and civic engagements, as well as through an interview, in order to perceive candidates’ personality and identify their perseverance, motivation, and commitment.
The emphasis placed on soft skills is more relevant than ever, and Sciences Po wishes to go even further in recruiting the talents that our world will need tomorrow: talents that are open-minded, quick to adapt and capable of changing perspectives, able to communicate efficiently and manage conflict, time, and stress.
An admissions procedure that aims to attract all talents
This reform will allow Sciences Po to make our selection criteria more transparent, more efficient and more just in order to attract all talents. Developed in collaboration with researchers, professors and academic advisors, this update to Sciences Po’s admissions procedures aims to democratise access to our institution and diversify our candidates while continuing to raise the bar of excellence.
Studying at Sciences Po thanks to scholarships and the Equal Opportunity Programme
Sciences Po is committing to recruit a minimum of 30% of scholarship students in each new class. Sciences Po is also extending the Equal Opportunity Programme by doubling the number of partner high schools involved in our programme.
Find out more
- Student walking across the stage at the diplo ceremony
Bright and engaged citizens. Promising futures. Inspiring guests and motivational speeches. Parents brimming with pride. On Friday, 28th of June and Saturday, 29th of June 2019, the Sciences Po graduation ceremonies will bring together over 2,500 graduates and their guests at the grand auditorium of the Philarmonie in Paris. So who are the graduates of the Class of 2019?
2,542 Graduating Students
The total number of students who will walk this year is 2,542.
- They are graduating from our seven Graduate Schools and 56 specialisations within different Master’s programmes
- Half of the students entered as undergraduates on one of our seven campuses; the other half entered as graduate students
- 305 students are part of a Dual Degree programme (French and International)
- Over 1,200 students are international students and represent 95 different nationalities
- 59% of the 2019 graduates are women
The First Ever at the Philharmonie
For the first time in its history, the Sciences Po graduation ceremonies will take place in the prestigious Philharmonie music hall designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel. With 2,400 seats, the "Grande salle Pierre Boulez" will host no less than 4 ceremonies over two days in order for each and every graduate to receive their diploma. With speeches from President Frédéric Mion, Director of Studies and Academic Affairs Bénédicte Durand, graduates and special surprise guests, the 2019 graduation ceremonies promise to be filled with emotion and inspiration!
- Ceremony 3- Saturday, 29 June (10:30am -1pm): School of Public Affairs
With Yann Algan, dean of the School of Public Affairs.
- Ceremony 4- Saturday, 29 June (6pm - 8:30pm): Paris School of International Affairs
With Enrico Letta, dean of the Paris School of International Affairs.
- Graduation Ceremonies website
- Follow our ceremonies live on our YouTube channel and using the hashtag #ScPoGrad201
- Portrait of Marley Fortin ©Sciences Po US Foundation
Every year since 2016, the Sciences Po American Foundation offer the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship for students enrolled in the Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA programme and the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley Dual degree programme.
The $10,000 scholarship is awarded on an annual basis for one year of study. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Marley Fortin, a student in the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley dual BA programme:
"This scholarship offer is a reaffirmation that I made the best possible choice when I chose the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley Dual BA program. It will alleviate a significant financial burden on my family, allowing me to immerse myself in everything that this program has to offer. I've worked really hard these past few years to become a serious and well-rounded scholar. Hearing that I not only have the opportuntiy to join a group of amazing, driven peers at two stellar institutions, but also that my effort over these past four years have been validated by individual support from Sciences Po, the Sciences Po American Foudnation, and Axa, makes me even more eager to continue pursuing my ambitions. I am studying to contribute to my world, in whatever professional form that may take: enshrining human rights globally, crafting policy options that best serve constituents, building international trust and camaraderie." - Marley Fortin
Sciences Po offers a wide range of financial aid for students from all backgrounds, and nearly 1 out of 3 students is exempt of tuition fees.
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- Tuition at Sciences Po
- Financial aid at Sciences Po
- Sciences Po American Foundation
- Dual degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels
- The 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.
It’s not the first time that it has been a “school”
Built at the start of the 18th century, the former Jacobin convent occupied one of the buildings. The new campus reconnects the site with its educational vocation. Former home of the University of Poitiers, the institution created in the Middle Ages by clergymen, successfully survived the ups and downs of history right up to the French Revolution. In 1789, the convent became the seat of the Jacobin club (not to be confused with the previous tenants of the buildings), then barracks and a prison. In 1842, a philanthropist bought the property and transformed it into the Ecole Saint-Vincent de Paul. The owners were no longer religious, but the educative vocation tied in with the building remained. In 1902, the establishment became a boarding school and is renamed Pensionnat Saint-Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. It closed in 1905 and then reopened again, then returned as collège Saint-Stanislas, which it remains until 1980. Acquired and converted by the Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the site welcomed the ESCEM up until 2017. Thanks to the renovations financed by the region and the town, it once again becomes a “school” but this time, of higher education. Read below for a short summary of the history of this exceptional place, 23, rue Jean Jaurès.
Poitiers is the new Paris
By moving to this new site, designed specifically for Sciences Po, we have conceived an “ideal campus” for the needs of students and instructors of the 21st century. First of all, students have more space: there are 3 lecture halls whereas we could only fit 90 students in a lecture on the old site, and 10 classrooms instead of 5. But there is the added benefit of more spaces for other purposes: an art room, a cafeteria, associative offices, coworking spaces, common room etc. The classrooms are equipped with the latest in teaching technology, and students now have access to a health centre in dedicated premises.
The site is thus a pilot, which prefigures other campus improvements, and notably the new site l’Artillerie in Paris, which will open its door in 2021-2022. The signposting, which is entirely accessible, is another example of this.
“Meet you at Mafalda”
Yes, the student common room has been baptised “Espace Mafalda”. But we are not called Sciences Po for no reason…The famous comic character, created by Argentine artist Quino, is very popular in Latin America, and has a political aspect to her. Her editor, Julian Delgado, was tortured and killed.
In total, eight famous personalities from the Latin American and Iberian world give their names to spaces on campus. All of which were chosen from amongst student suggestions:
- Gabriela Mistral lecture theatre - a Chilean poet, the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1889-1957)
- Rubén Darío lecture theatre - Nicaraguan poet, diplomat, and journalist (1867-1916)
- Paulo Freire lecture theatre - Brazilian academic (1921-1997)
- Gabriel García Márquez Library - Colombian novelist, short story writer, journalist, and political activist, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 (1927-2014)
- Cafeteria Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (1935-2009)
- Luis Buñuel videoStudio - Spanish director and scriptwriter
- Frida Kahlo art studio - Mexican artist and painter (1907-1954)
- Ana de Castro Osorio room - Portuguese writer and politician (1872- 1935)
A Global Campus
With 30 different nationalities out of 187 students, the Poitiers campus in parallel with the other delocalised campuses of the Undergraduate college, is both international and anchored in the local framework. 60% of students are international - Brazilians and Spanish being the biggest contingent. But since 2007 the campus has admitted 950 students from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Students from all horizons, are both engaged in their local communities and fortunate enough to meet leaders from all over the world (since 2013, the heads of state of Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Ecuador have visited). These students, once they graduate, do not hesitate to become ambassadors of their campus the world over.
Cohabitation with the Region
The campus building also hosts the offices of 30 personnel from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. And with good reason too! The acquisition of the site was in part financed by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the deparmtent of Vienne and the urban community of Grand Poitiers. The restoration of the building has been overseen by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region since July 2017 and co-financed by Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Grand Poitiers. Sciences Po furnished the buildings with the help of the Region and Grand Poitiers.
- 187 students
- 100 instructors each year
- 2,400 m2
- 15 classrooms
- 30 nationalities represented
- 58% international
- 25.5% scholarship holders
- +15% intake in the past 5 years
- Group photo of Emile Boutmy Scholars ©Sciences Po
This March 2019, Sciences Po marked the 14th anniversary of the Emile Boutmy scholarship for an evening celebrating excellence and diversity. It was an opportunity for Emile Boutmy scholars from the Paris campus to meet each other and Boutmy scholarship sponsors, including BNP Paribas, L’Oréal, TOTAL, Fondation RATP, Chalhoub Group and private donors. Provost Bénédicte Durand, Director of International Affairs Vanessa Scherrer, and Dean Nathalie Jacquet praised students’ ambition and determination, and wished them every success at Sciences Po.
- Portrait of Charlotte ©Sciences Po
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. Today she works as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French MEP at the European Parliament in Brussel
- Master in European Affairs
- School of Public Affairs
- "We must fight to defend Europe": in 2016, European Parliament President Martin Schulz came to Sciences Po
- Caroline a student participating in a community internship ©Thomas Arrivé
Since 2018, Sciences Po requires all of its undergraduate students to participate in the Civic Learning Programme, a compulsory civic engagement over the three years of the Bachelor’s degree. This Programme offers them the chance to learn and understand citizenship and social responsibility through a community internship. Here, two students share their testimonies about their internships and how this has benefited them.
Caroline Pernes, in her first-year internship, worked in a prison and organised a recycling programme with the help of the prisoners. Michaël Saillot helped to organise leisure activities for residents of a retirement home.
These internships show students the value of working in the community and gets them to take social responsibility. Students use their pre-existing academic knowledge and put it into practice in the real world. The community work is usually a month long and carried out over summer. These community projects are assessed in final year, through an analytical report.
Be it focused on education, the environment, culture, social justice, or health, the first-years have engaged with their communities and gained experience in a wide range of sectors. To help students find their projects, an internship forum with partner institutions and associations took place on the 25th January on the Paris campus.
Find out more about the Civic Learning Programme
- Illustration of diversity ©Aniwhite/Shutterstock
In 2018, for the first time, the number of candidates applying to Sciences Po exceeded the 20,000 mark. Up by 16%, the number of applications shows Sciences Po has an unprecedented appeal, in particular for Master’s programmes where reforms made to the French entry procedures have caused a spike in additional applications. Since 2009, the number of international applications has tripled. This year, the top 10 countries of origin of our admitted candidates via the international procedure, are: the United States, Germany, Italy, India, China, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland.
Undergraduate College: Higher Selectivity
This past year, we observed an 8% increase in undergraduate applications from 2017, which has led to a competitive acceptance rate of 17%, compared to 19% in 2017. 46% of admitted candidates to the undergraduate college applied through the international procedure.
The 2018 intake of first-year students came from 93 different countries: European students make up 16% of those admitted, followed by students from Asia (9.3%), and the Americas (6%). 64% of the intake were French students, coming from 1,585 different high schools, and the majority come from regions outside of the capital, (61% of successful French applicants come from different regions or overseas).
This overview testifies Sciences Po’s continued efforts to encourage social diversity, with more than 1,900 students admitted since 2001 via our Equal Opportunity Programme. On a wider scale, 26% of students have received scholarships, illustrating the efficacy of our unique social assistance and tuition fee policy. In 2017-2018, one in three students did not pay any tuition fees, and 37% of them received financial aid.
Master’s Students: Applicants From Across the Globe
Master’s applications peaked with a 30% increase compared with 2017. As the number of applications increased, so has selectivity: out of 8,915 applications, 2,108 were offered places. The acceptance rate is now 24%, comparative to 30% in 2017.
Another trend is the increase in the number of international applicants, with dual degrees gaining in popularity, producing a 16% rise since 2017. In 2018, Sciences Po received international applications coming from 124 different countries.
In general, after several years without change, the admissions reforms adopted in 2017 resulted in a 53% increase in applications throughout the French system. In turn, more applicants have tried their hand at applying to Sciences Po following the removal of the written exam and the introduction of a dual evaluation by means of a dossier.
- Picture of Kamel Daoud ©Philippe Matsas, 2018
This semester Sciences Po welcomes its first visiting fellow for literature, celebrated writer, Kamel Daoud, current holder of the Mediterranean Prize (FR). Daoud, who is a renowned writer in the francophone world, will deliver creative writing classes throughout this semester. Linked with the Writing and Rhetoric Centre, this groundbreaking initiative for a French university aims to reinforce students’ creative expression and to stimulate their curiosity.
Having such a literary tour de force on campus is a huge privilege and we hope that Daoud’s expertise will help students to develop critical thinking skills and push them to come up with their own original ideas. During his stay at Sciences Po, Daoud will offer writing classes on Writing backwards and Writing, reading and constructing meaning. He will also conduct master classes at the heart of the regional campuses and take part in various events linked to literary creation. From now onwards, Sciences Po will welcome a new writer who will assume this position as visiting literary fellow each semester.
For the official launch of the writing fellowship on Wednesday 30th January, Kamel Daoud spoke about the story of Jonah which questions the meaning of literature and authorial skill. Joining him for a discussion on the virtues of reading and writing were several prominent literary figures: Leïla Slimani, writer, Pierre Assouline, journalist-columnist-novelist and biographer, and Aurélie Filippetti, novelist and politician.
- Overview of the Reims campus ©Paul Rentler / Sciences Po
Sciences Po hosts 14,000 students, of which 47% are international, representing a total of 150 countries. International education, excellent academics, promising career prospects, vibrant student life, influential network… Discover ten of the many reasons why students from all over the world choose a Sciences Po education.
1 - An international academic experience
All courses at Sciences Po are taught with an international perspective. Students benefit from a network of over 470 partner universities during a mandatory year abroad for all undergraduate students, and a semester off for graduate students. Sciences Po offers over 40 international dual degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels and several programmes entirely in English.
2 - Study with talented students from all around the world
At Sciences Po, nearly half of the students are international. Representing 150 countries, they come from the best institutions abroad. This multicultural environment allows students to live and study alongside different cultures and world views. 21 languages are taught at Sciences Po.
3 - Access to a wide range of professions
Valued by recruiters for their adaptability, curiosity and international outlook, 84% of Sciences Po graduates find work within 6 months of graduating; 40% are recruited before graduation. Sciences Po Career Services and our network of 65,000 alumni help open doors to a wide range of professions.
4 - Learn from the best professors, both academics and professionals
At Sciences Po, courses are given by talented academics and professionals of the public and private sectors. Knowledge is anchored in the real world and rooted from the latest research in the social sciences.
5 - Meet with leading figures
Sciences Po is a place of debate where major figures in politics, economics, the arts and media come through on a regular basis to exchange with students. These figures have included Kofi Annan, Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Rula Ghani, Harvard professor Yochai Benkler, The New York Times' CEO Mark Thompson, artist and photographer JR, world renowned chef Alain Passard, and many more…
6 - Building a broad understanding of the social sciences
History, economy, law, political science, sociology: Sciences Po’s academics are founded upon the dialogue between major disciplines. Our education gives students the tools needed to better understand the contemporary world.
7 - Developing critical thinking skills
At Sciences Po, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills using pedagogical methods that favour group projects, oral presentations and the confrontation of ideas. By providing a multidisciplinary approach and a wide range of electives such as artistic workshops, students are encouraged to keep an open mind and adopt different perspectives.
8 - Take part in collective projects, realise your potential by participating in campus life
Sciences Po’s educational model emphasises citizenship and civic responsibility, teamwork, and public expression. Undergraduate students cultivate these values through the Civic Learning programme, various group projects and the 130 student associations that bring our campuses to life.
9 - Live in an exceptional environment
A part of European heritage, Sciences Po’s seven multicultural campuses are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural legacy. These campuses host an engaged and animated student community that leads a full intellectual and extracurricular life.
10 - Financial constraints are not an obstacle to studying
At Sciences Po, nearly one out of three students receives financial assistance. In order to allow students to fully concentrate on their studies, Sciences Po grants tuition exemptions and financial assistance to those in need. For students of the European Economic Area, tuition fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on the resources of each student.
- Students posing for a selfie on the Pont des Arts ©Didier Pazery / Sciences Po
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:
University Programme for students and graduates
- Location: Paris Campus
- Programme Dates: Two four-week sessions: 3-28 June & 2-26 July 2019. Held on the Paris campus in the heart of the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, the University Programme proposes two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. Students choose a core class from one track, plus an optional elective class; both tracks are offered during each session.
- Students in the social sciences track delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, with courses in international relations, political science, economics, public policy, sociology, history and more. Courses are taught in English by Sciences Po professors.
- Students in the French language track are placed at one of six levels of French, from complete beginner to advanced. At all levels, students take a variety of courses to reinforce language learning while benefiting from immersion in Paris.
- Optional elective classes, open to students in both tracks, allow participants to combine the study of French language and social sciences.
Pre-College Programme for high school students
- Location: Reims and Paris campuses
- Programme Dates: One three-week session, 7-27 July 2019
The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for secondary school students to discover university life and academics at Sciences Po. Master classes, taught entirely in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers, address current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, while elective classes allow students to delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (international relations, political science, law, etc.) or to study French as a foreign language.
The first two weeks of the Pre-College Programme take place on Sciences Po’s campus in the historic city of Reims, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. During the final week in Paris, students take classes on Sciences Po’s Paris campus and explore the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.