Several admissions procedures for a greater diversity of profiles
Sciences Po brings together a student community unique in its academic excellence, social diversity and multiculturalism. To ensure the recruitment of outstanding students from all backgrounds, Sciences Po offers different types of admissions procedures: examination-based admission, international admission, dual-degree admission and admission through the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programme.
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. (Leading up to 2021 admissions, there are separate procedures for French students and international students).
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
Which procedure is right for me?
How can I apply through the international admissions procedure?
The international admissions procedure is a two-step process. First, applicants must submit an application online which undergoes an initial pre-selection process. Next, the selected candidates are invited to take part in an individual interview, either in France or in one of a number of cities abroad. For more information, refer to our international admissions procedure.
When can I submit an application?
The international admissions procedure for the following year intake opens mid-October every year. International admissions are conducted on a rolling basis from mid-October until early May of the following year. Please refer to the international admissions calendar and the interview calendar.
What kinds of qualities does Sciences Po look for in an international applicant?
Applications must demonstrate the candidate’s academic excellence, desire to study at Sciences Po, a clear and purposeful set of personal goals, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. The application and interviews give each candidate the opportunity to present his or her qualities and potential.