A multidisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences

Sciences Po offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a multidisciplinary foundation in the humanities and social sciences and an emphasis on civic, linguistic, artistic, and digital education.

Undergraduate Studies

The Sciences Po Undergraduate College admits students with a secondary education (French Baccalauréat or foreign equivalent). After three years, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and may go on to a Master's programme at Sciences Po or another institution in France or abroad, or go straight into the workforce.

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The mandatory year abroad is specific to Sciences Po. It allows students to deepen their knowledge in the social sciences or to specialise in a particular discipline, and to reinforce their language skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for students to open their minds. When they come back, they often think in a different way. 

Multidisciplinary studies with an international focus

The educational programme at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology -, a major - Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government,  as well as specialised courses according to specific regional focuses:

The Paris Campus offers a general social sciences programme.

Two years in France, one year abroad

Undergraduate students spend the first two years on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses in France, and are then required to spend their third year abroad studying in one of Sciences Po's 478 partner universities.

Year 1: Learning the fundamentals

On each of the campuses, undergraduate students are introduced to the disciplines and methods taught at Sciences Po – Economics, History, Humanities, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Some courses will have links to the regional concentrations offered on each campus.

Year 2: Acquiring intellectual autonomy

Students choose a major –  Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government –, explore a range of multidisciplinary courses, and interact with the research methodologies linked to their chosen major.

Year 3: Expanding one’s academic project

During their year abroad, undergraduates complete their major at one of Sciences Po's partner universities. This international academic experience may be complemented by an internship. 

All undergraduate students also engage in civic coursework and practical experience during each of the three years of the Bachelor’s programme.

A curriculum open to non French-speaking students

French and English are the main languages of instruction. In addition, Sciences Po offers language courses in 25 languages. Sciences Po is also open to non French-speaking students, who may enrol in one of the English language programmes offered in Le Havre, Menton and Reims. They learn French while studying at Sciences Po.

A perennial dialogue with the sciences

In addition to the humanities and social sciences, science courses are integrated into the curriculum. In the first year, students take statistics applied to the social sciences, and in the second year follow fundamental courses focusing on digital issues and sociology.

For students who wish to deepen their knowledge in these disciplines, a new degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, offered starting in the fall of 2020 offers programmes that combine the study of liberal arts and hard sciences:

  • "Politics of the Earth" with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris. Offered on the Paris campus, it combines geosciences and human and social sciences;
  • "Environment, Society and Sustainability" with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Offered on the Reims campus, it combines the study of life sciences and social sciences.

At the end of this four-year programme, students obtain the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Sciences Po and an undergraduate degree from the partner university. Other interdisciplinary courses are in preparation for the start of the 2021 academic year.

Develop critical thinking skills

At Sciences Po, students take full advantage of formal instruction thanks to interactive classes. This format fosters skills such as public speaking, debate and critical thinking.
The undergraduate curriculum also features artistic, literary and scientific disciplines. The overarching goal is to provide students with all the tools they need to understand the world.

Learn from academics and practitioners 

Courses at Sciences Po are taught by renowned academics and professionals working in the public and private sectors. The knowledge they transmit is thus nurtured by innovative research in the social sciences, while remaining rooted in reality.

Sciences Po Graduates in the International Job Market
Sciences Po Graduates in the International Job Market

A degree that creates opportunities

Following their three years of study, students earn their Bachelor of Arts degree. They can then choose to begin their professional lives or to continue their studies at the master's level at Sciences Po or in any other university in France or abroad.

 

Sciences Po offers dual Bachelor degree programmes with both leading international and French universities. These programmes offer a carefully coordinated curriculum. Students graduate from both institutions, providing access to leading graduate studies and prominent markets in the world.

DUAL BACHELOR DEGREES WITH INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES

Dual Bachelor's degree with Columbia University

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Reims, Menton or Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at Columbia
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po, students choose their major at Columbia
  • Programme in English with no prior study of French required

Dual Bachelor's degree with Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Nancy Campus) + 2 years at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po and on political science at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Trilingual programme in English, French and German

Dual Bachelor's degree with Keio University

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at Keio University
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po. Focus on economics and Japanese language and culture at Keio University
  • Programme in English, no prior knowledge of Japanese or French required

Dual Bachelor's degree with the National University of Singapore

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Reims, Menton or Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po. Students choose one of four majors at NUS: Political science, Economics, Sociology or History.
  • Programme in English with no prior study of French required

Dual Bachelor's degree (BA) with the University of British Columbia

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Reims, Menton or Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at UBC
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po. At UBC, students choose their major, including options in economics, geography, history, political science, or sociology
  • Programme in English with no prior study of French required

Dual Bachelor's degree with University of California Berkeley

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Reims, Menton or Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at UC Berkeley
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po. Students choose their major at UC Berkeley
  • Programme in English with no prior study of French required

Dual Bachelor's degree with University College London

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Dijon, Nancy, Poitiers, Paris or Menton Campus) + 2 years at UCL
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po, including a major European language 
  • Students choose one of 5 majors at UCL - economics, history, international relations, law, philosophy or politics
  • Programme in English, French or English/French

Dual Bachelor's degree with The University of Hong Kong 

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Le Havre, Reims or Menton Campus) + 2 years at the University of Hong Kong.
  • Focus on political science, law, economics, history, sociology and international affairs at Sciences Po. Focus on economics, business, social sciences or arts at The University of Hong Kong.
  • Programme in English, no prior knowledge of Chinese or French required. 

Dual Bachelor's degree with the University of Sydney

  • 2 years at Sciences Po (Reims, Menton or Le Havre Campus) + 2 years at the University of Sydney
  • Focus on the social sciences at Sciences Po. Students choose one of two possible degrees at the University of Sydney: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Economics
  • Programme in English with no prior study of French required

DUAL BACHELOR DEGREES WITH FRENCH UNIVERSITIES

Sciences Po has created partnerships with several universities in France in order to offer students a unique path, combining academic excellence in social science studies with that of studies in hard sciences and humanities. Students thus benefit from a unique experience in two partner universities, at the end of which they obtain two undergraduate degrees in separate and complementary fields. These dual degree programmes are taught in French.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASC): Dual degree with the Institut Physique du Globe de Paris (IGPG) - "Politics of the Earth"

  • The first two years and the fourth year are spent in Paris, France: students follow both the Sciences Po undergraduate programme on the Paris campus and classes in the sciences taught by the IPGP. Classes take place at both institutions.
  • The third year is spent abroad at one of Sciences Po or IGPG's partner universities.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASC): Dual degree with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) - “Environment, Society and Sustainability”

  • The first two years and the fourth year are spent in Reims, France: students follow both the Sciences Po undergraduate programme on the Reims campus and classes in the life sciences at URCA. Classes take place at both institutions.
  • The third year is spent abroad at one of Sciences Po or URCA's partner universities.

Dual degree with Sorbonne Université (faculté de lettres): Social Sciences & Literary Humanities

  • Two years in Paris, France: students follow both Sciences Po's social sciences programme (Paris campus) and courses in literature, philosophy or history at Sorbonne Université (faculté des lettres).
  • One year abroad at a partner university of Sciences Po or Sorbonne Université.

Dual degree with Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Applied Mathematics & Social Sciences

  • Two years in Paris, France: students follow both Sciences Po's social sciences programme and courses in applied mathematics (algebra, analysis, probabilities and statistics) and computer science at Paris 1.
  • One year abroad at a partner university of Sciences Po or Paris 1.
  • 4,000 undergraduate students
  • 7 campuses in France
  • 3 years of study
  • 1 year abroad
  • 3 dual degrees with universities in Paris
  • 9 dual international Bachelor's degrees

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