High School Programmes
Before the Undergraduate College, Sciences Po offers high school students specific pedagogical support through two programmes: Premier Campus and the Summer School, which are designed to foster cultural diversity, intellectual curiosity and personal reflection.
The Premier Campus programme is aimed at scholarship high school students in the French school system. It offers preparation for higher education with a goal of success at Bachelor's level. Students are selected at the end of their third-to-last year at partner high schools, and take part in the programme until their final year with four immersion sessions at one of the Undergraduate College campuses. These intensive week-long sessions focus on the acquisition of linguistic tools (vocabulary, concepts, argumentation) and working methods (note-taking, gathering information, reading and writing academic texts). These sessions are combined with mentoring throughout the year by Sciences Po students, enabling the high school students to participate in cultural activities and receive guidance with regard to their future study path.
Find out more: Inauguration of the programme (fr.)
On the Reims campus, French and international high school students have the opportunity to take a short programme in English, for two weeks in July.
Students are introduced to the humanities and social sciences in lectures exploring contemporary issues (the EU, migrations, sustainable development, etc.). In small groups, they learn about the methodological tools (literature-based research, academic writing, etc.) necessary for developing independent thought. The programme also allows them to improve their proficiency in French. Cultural visits and group projects are offered in addition.
Find out more: Pre-College programme overview