Undergraduate Admissions, Evaluation 1: Secondary School Exams
The first evaluation of the admissions procedure consists of an assessment of the candidate’s results in their final secondary school exams (French Baccalaureate or foreign equivalent).
Undergraduate applicants from the French secondary school system
The first evaluation phase relates to your results in the Baccalaureate exams of your Première and Terminale years of the lycée. These will be visible on the Parcousup platform once your application has been validated.
There are no mandatory special subjects (spécialités), nor combination of special subjects necessary in order to apply to Sciences Po. You should feel free to choose the specialisms and subject combinations that will best allow you to succeed. All combinations are welcome.
In 2021, Sciences Po will evaluate candidates’ results across the following Baccalaureate subjects (subject to changes underway and planned as part of the Baccalaureate reforms for 2021 (FR) and any potential timeline changes):
- Written French exam: one grade in Première
- Oral French exam: one grade in Première
- Core History and Geography exams: two grades in Première
- Special subject exam: one grade in Première
- Core Language exams (first and second language): two grades in Première
- Core Science exam: one grade in Première
Calculation of your mark: By calculating the unweighted average of all these grades, we obtain a single mark out of 20. This mark is your result in the first evaluation of the admissions procedure.
Please note: Candidates are not required to submit any documents for this evaluation. Your secondary school will enter your grades into Parcoursup directly.
Undergraduate applicants from foreign secondary school systems
For candidates applying from non-French systems of secondary education, results in final exams equivalent to the French Baccalaureate will be assessed on the basis of report cards submitted through the Sciences Po admissions website. These report cards will be assessed by experts in systems of secondary education abroad.
There are no specific subject requirements.
How can I prepare for this evaluation?
Sciences Po seeks to select excellent students, whatever their academic path prior to applying. The admissions process at Sciences Po values diversity among applicants and their backgrounds. That means that applications are evaluated in their entirety and excellence in a candidate’s specialities and chosen subjects is one of the factors taken into consideration. You should therefore choose your subjects on the basis of your own skills, interests and curiosity about the specialities on offer.
We would also advise you to familiarise yourselves with our programmes and curriculums, both at the Undergraduate College (Bachelor’s level) and at Master’s level. Whatever subjects and specialities you choose, it is important that you are able to demonstrate an interest in the humanities, social sciences, history and current affairs in the world around you, for example through your personal projects, extra-curricular activities or reading.