International undergraduate admissions: the references

Last Update: 
11 October 2019

Choice of referees

The reference supplied in the application form is very important document for us. You should therefore take the utmost care when choosing your referee. Do not choose someone only because of their title or position. What matters most is that you choose someone who knows you well and who can evaluate your skills and personal qualities.

The chosen referee must have assessed you academically (written work in particular) and must be able to evaluate you in an impartial and precise manner. Please note that referees must be teachers and not personal acquaintances.

If your referees are teachers, choose those who have taught the main disciplines you have studied or disciplines that are taught at Sciences Po. Do not choose language or physical education teachers, as indications of your level in those areas are provided elsewhere in your application. If you have been enrolled in several institutions in the last two years, it is a good idea to choose referees from each one of them.

Make sure that person you have chosen is prompt to give a positive reference. Take the time to meet them in order to explain the reasons and motivation behind your choice. Take this time to remind them of the strong elements of your personality, interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and/or of your experience that you would like them to highlight.


We advise you to start your application by filling in the reference section. This will ensure that referees have adequate time to reply.

You may submit your application even if certain referees have not yet replied to the reference request. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that they submit the reference before the deadline of the programme to which you are applying.

Applications that do not include the required references will be considered incomplete and will therefore not be processed.

Practical questions

Add and save your referees personal and contact information one by one. Once the information for the second referee has been saved the page will be considered as complete, but a third referee may be added.

Once your referee' contact information has been saved, an email will be automatically sent out inviting the referee to complete a recommendation form. We encourage you to verify if your referee has indeed received this email.

Important: If you copy/paste the email address of your referee in the space provided, do not space before providing the contact information. Failure to register the information correctly will nullify the link which is later sent to the referee. Once validated, registered information will not be modified.

References can be written in French, English or one of the languages of the programme you have chosen. If your reference is in Russian, please make sure that your name and your referee's name is written using the Latin alphabet.


Candidates are not permitted to view their reference letters. They are strictly confidential and will only be read by those responsible for assessing your application.

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