126 Mastercard Scholars to study at Sciences Po

An exceptional scholarship programme for students from Sub-Saharan Africa
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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.

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All you need to know about Sciences Po
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It’s that time of year again!where Sciences Po will be going live to answer all the questions you may have about our programmes, admission procedures, courses, student life and so on!

Sciences Po’s 3-year Undergraduate College programme for a Bachelor's degree

Are you currently in high school and interested in attending college abroad? Sciences Po offers a 3-year bachelor’s degree programme in the social sciences and humanities. You may have questions about our undergraduate college, international admission procedure, life on campus, etc.

Don’t let them go unanswered! Ask us your questions today and we will livestream all of our answers on 5 November 2019 (in English) and 13 November, 2019 (in French).

Master’s Degrees and Graduate Schools

Deans of our 7 Graduate schools will answer all of your questions about the programmes, admission procedures, student life, career perspectives, etc.

More information about the 2019 Q&A sessions.

How Cities Adapt to Climate change

Opening of a new master’s at the Urban School
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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.

More information about the new Master's "Governing Ecological Translations in European Cities"

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

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Admissions procedures: How to Apply to Sciences Po

See which admissions procedure corresponds to your situation
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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?

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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 programmediscover the procedures specific to each graduate dual degree.

Applying to a One-Year Master’s programme

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> 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.

International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!

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International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!

What Sciences Po students look for in their first job

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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.

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No Barriers to Education: Financial Aid at Sciences Po

4 in 10 Sciences Po students benefit from financial aid
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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. 

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 

Graduate Employability: Where Are Our 2017 Graduates Now?

Results of the 2019 Graduate Employability Survey
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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.

See the full results of the survey and read the press release

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%.

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Highlights of the 2019 Graduation Ceremonies

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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.

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Sciences Po Updates Its Admissions for 2021

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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.

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2019 Graduation: Who Are Our Graduates

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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! 

The Programme

With Bruno Patino, Director of the School of Journalism, Pierre François, dean of the Doctoral School, and  Patrick Le Galès, dean of the Urban School. 

With Marie-Laure Djelic, dean of the School of Management and Innovation, and Christophe Jamin, dean of the Sciences Po Law School.

With Yann Algan, dean of the School of Public Affairs.

With Enrico Letta, dean of the Paris School of International Affairs. 

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A scholarship for Students in the Dual Programmes with Columbia and Berkeley

Discover the Henri de Castries Scholarship
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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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Poitiers: 5 Surprising Things About our New Campus

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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.  

Key Figures

  • 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

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Emile Boutmy Scholars 2019: Gateway to Education

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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. 

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From Sciences Po to the European Parliament

Hear from Charlotte, a Sciences Po alumna and European Parliamentary Assistant
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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

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QS Rankings 2019: Sciences Po, 3rd in "Politics and International Studies"

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Sciences Po improves once again its global position in "Politics and International Studies", moving up, after three successive years in 4th place, to 3rd position globally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject, released on 27 February, 2019. Just behind Harvard University and the University of Oxford, Sciences Po is the first university of continental Europe and this discipline

For the sixth year in a row, the QS rankings by subject, comparing over 1,200 universities, continue to illustrate that Sciences Po is at the heart of leading social science universities.

This trend can also be observed in sociology; after being ranked 44th and then 37th in the past two years, Sciences Po has now leaped ahead to the 28th place. 

Further progress has also been made in the “Social Policy and Administration” subject, as Sciences Po jumped from 48th to 22nd place in the world rankings. 

In law, Sciences Po maintains its place within the 51st and 100th positions. Sciences Po also upholds its rank in economics and history, between the 101st and 150th positions.

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Volunteer Work at the Heart of the Community

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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.

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2018 Admissions: More Applicants, Greater Selectivity

Over 20,000 applications received
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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.

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Creative Writing: New Visiting Fellowship in Literature

Writer Kamel Daoud will teach masterclasses this semester
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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. 

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10 Reasons to Choose Sciences Po

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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 AnnanJacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau, President of Estonia Kersti KaljulaidRula Ghani, Harvard professor Yochai Benkler, The New York Times' CEO Mark Thompsonartist 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. 

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:

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

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.

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Building Bridges for Solar Power

After graduating from PSIA, Immaculada Miracle has entered the realm of international collaboration on solar energy projects
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Immaculada Miracle graduated in June 2018 with a Master’s in International Development from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs. She now works as an International Manager at both the French National Institute for Solar Energy (INES) (fr) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Immaculada Miracle started her Master’s degree in International Development at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), concentrating in Human Rights, Environmental Policy and European Studies. During the course of her Master’s, she completed trainings in Green Fiscal Reform and Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace, which led her to seek a career in the spheres of fiscal consolidation, environmental protection and reduction of poverty.

After graduating in June 2018, she began working as International Officer at the Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire (INES) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA). This dual role entails promoting capacity-building and research alliances between the two organisations and Latin America, by building bridges between countries’ Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, solar energy industries, NGOs, universities and laboratories. She also is leading a project on solar pumping, focusing on the elaboration of quality guidelines and training programmes with European working groups and ISA member countries. Finally, she organises and advocates for international events such as BePositive (fr), which will take place in February 2018 in Lyon, sponsored by INES, ISA and Forum Eurafric (fr).

"The most fascinating aspect of my role is the opportunity to connect nature, perspectives and knowledge from the social, political and environmental realms through solar energy projects. In order to see a project through, various stakeholders come together from different areas, exchanging diverse viewpoints and planning collaborative actions."

Immaculada regards PSIA’s openness to the international community and its rigorous academics as a launchpad for her career in international collaboration. "The holistic approach to international relations and its rich programme of events help to broaden one's outlook. PSIA also instilled a meticulous and ambitious work ethic which have proven incredibly formative."

This interview was originally published on the Sciences Po Careers website.

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Learning by Doing at the Missouri School of Journalism

Gaëlle Fournier, an undergraduate of the Reims Campus, shares her experience of her third year abroad
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At Sciences Po, students automatically spend their third year abroad. It’s a time for students to get to know a new culture, practice another language, expand their skill set, and open their minds. Gaëlle Fournier, who spent two years studying on our campus in Reims, chose to spend her third year at the Missouri School of Journalism, one of the world’s oldest dedicated journalism institutions. In her first term, she won the School’s prestigious undergraduate photojournalism contest, along with two other students. We asked her about her experience on exchange in Missouri and her plans when she returns to Sciences Po.

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Keeping Raqqa Alive

Student Lamis Al Jasem has a passionate mission to restore the memory of her hometown in Syria
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Sciences Po student Lamis Al Jasem was born in Raqqa, Syria. Tired of the onslaught of images of destruction that have characterised Raqqa in the media since its capture by the Islamic State in 2013, Lamis decided to show the world her hometown as she once knew it. While completing a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Lamis launched See My Raqqa, a social media project that shares positive photography of the Syrian city, both before the invasion and today. Now See My Raqqa has become a community, a place for Syrians to exchange stories and memories, transforming rubble back into the monuments that existed before. Lamis told us about her mission.

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This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po

Discover the Pre-College Programme
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Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to secondary school students from around the world as part of the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. This programme is an opportunity to discover Sciences Po and experience college life and academics at one of France’s leading universities.

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Get a taste of university life

During a three week period in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, migration, peace-building and sustainable development. Through interactive tutorials and debate, students prepare for university learning with an emphasis on academic methodology.

Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law, or history) or to study the French language.

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Explore Reims and Paris

During the Pre-College Programme, students get the chance to live and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses, Paris and Reims.

The first two weeks of the programme take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored historical site in the city centre. Located at the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture. The programme culminates with a week in Paris, where students take classes on Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, and discover the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses. A team of certified counselors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, with comfort and safety being a priority. Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus.

Exploring outside the classroom

Join Sciences Po’s international community

Summer School students are part of an international community, made up of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:

"Sciences Po has been a great opportunity to discover what I truly want to do after my studies. Also, people here come from different backgrounds, and getting to know their cultures, values, political opinions, or simply their opinions on life is amazing." - Elisa, France & Greece

"What I liked most about being in France was getting to know the locals, interacting with them, and getting an idea of what it would be like to actually live and study here in the future." - Lina, Sweden

"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening." - Jui-Lin, Taiwan

Find out more about the Pre-College Programme's student profiles

Practical Information and How to Apply

Session dates: 7-27 July 2019

Programme Fees: €5,350 

Fees include:

  • All courses, books, and study materials
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Excursions and activities
  • Transportation during the programme


The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Autumn 2019. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this year's Summer School will open on 10 January 2019. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

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