The Sciences Po Undergraduate College's Programmes
Sciences Po is the highest-ranked university in France for social sciences (Times Higher Education, 2019) and ranks second in the world for Politics and International Studies (QS Ranking, 2021).
Sciences Po has been awarded the "Bienvenue en France" label by Campus France with the highest level of recognition. The label recognises the actions undertaken by the university concerning hospitality and support for international students.
The Undergraduate College Bachelor's Degree
The Bachelor's Degree programme in the humanities and social sciences is founded on three central pillars: academic excellence, an international outlook and civic engagement.
A multidisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences
The programme centres on six core courses within the humanities and social sciences - economics, law, history, humanities, political science and sociology. These are complemented by artistic and scientific disciplines.
The objective: to give students all the tools they need to understand the contemporary world.
- The first year is devoted to study of the core disciplinary courses.
- In the second year, students choose one of three multidisciplinary majors: “Economy and Society”, “Political Humanities” or “Politics and Government”.
- The third year gives students the opportunity to deepen their studies during an international placement at one of Sciences Po's 470 partner universities.
Geographical specialisations to understand global challenges
The Undergraduate College is comprised of seven campuses, where all students study the same core courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, each campus offers a specific geographical specialisation. This specialisation allows students to deepen their knowledge of contemporary political, economic and social issues from a regional perspective, and gives them a broader insight into the processes of globalisation:
- Central and Eastern Europe specialisation (Dijon Campus)
- Asia and the Pacific specialisation (Le Havre Campus)
- Middle East and Mediterranean specialisation (Menton Campus)
- European & Franco-German specialisation (Nancy Campus)
- Latin America, Spain and Portugal specialisation (Poitiers Campus)
- North America specialisation (Reims Campus)
- Africa specialisation (Reims Campus)
A general programme with no geographical specialisation is offered on the Paris Campus.
Learning about citizenship: students committed to society
Through a variety of course formats (in-person instruction, distance learning and off campus excursions), students develop their critical thinking, public speaking skills and intellectual rigour.
Over the course of the three years, the Civic Learning Programme allows students to establish links between the citizenship issues their course addresses through active involvement in them. This involvement can take the form of activities carried out at Sciences Po or externally, in the public, private and non-profit sectors in France and abroad.
Dual degree programmes
Sciences Po offers 15 dual Bachelor degree programmes with leading universities around the world, including 9 international dual degrees and 6 French dual degrees.
9 international dual degrees
- Columbia University (New York, USA)
- University of California (Berkeley, USA)
- Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
- University of Hong Kong (HKU)
- Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)
- National University of Singapore (Singapour)
- University of British Columbia ( Vancouver, Canada)
- University College London (London, United Kingdom)
- University of Sydney (Australia)
6 French dual degree programmes
- Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris: Social Sciences & Earth Sciences, exploring “Politics of the Earth" (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)
- University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne: Social Sciences & Life Sciences, on the theme of “Environment, Society and Sustainability” (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)
- UFR de Mathématiques, Université de Paris: Social Sciences & Mathematics, on the theme of “Algorithms and Decisions” (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)
- UFR des Sciences du vivant, Université de Paris: Social Sciences & Life Sciences, considering issues around “Politics of Life and Identities” (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)
- Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Applied Mathematics & Social Sciences
- Sorbonne Université (faculté des lettres): Social Sciences & Literary Humanities
Continuing studies and professional opportunities
Upon graduating from the Undergraduate College, the majority of our students choose to continue their studies in a Master's degree at Sciences Po or at another institution in France or abroad. You may also choose to enter the professional world directly.
The broad scope of knowledge, practical and life skills taught at Sciences Po opens up a wealth of career options in a number of sectors. Discover the full range of graduate career pathways in our recent Graduate Employability Survey.
Our international community
Sciences Po selects its students from among the finest candidates in France and abroad. The university welcomes 14,000 students each year, of which nearly half are international students from 130 nationalities. The multiculturalism and academic excellence of our student community are part of what makes Sciences Po so attractive as an institution internationally.