Sciences Po, home to a vibrant international student community

The international dimension constitutes one of the assets of our educational programmes.

For many years now, Sciences Po has been committed to pursuing an ambitious international policy. A member of numerous university alliances, the institution has a total of 478 partner universities worldwide. Sciences Po comes in high in international rankings, most notably in the QS World University Rankings By Subject 2019 where it ranks 3rd worldwide for ‘Politics and International Studies’. Read below about some of the ways you can internationalise your curriculum at Sciences Po.

Follow a curriculum entirely in English

Sciences Po offers certain programmes taught entirely in English. Mastery of the French language is therefore not a prerequisite.

At the undergraduate level, the Euro-American, Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean and Euro-Asian programmes are taught entirely in English. It is the same for the international dual bachelor’s programmes with Columbia University, Keio University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University College London, University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, all of which are taught in English.

At the graduate level, 16 master’s programmes are offered in English, which are complemented by the 23 dual master’s programmes with international universities, and six one-year master’s programmes.

It is also possible to pursue doctoral studies in English, with the Doctorate in Economics

Finally, the Sciences Po Summer School offers intensive summer programmes in English to high school students, university students and graduates from around the world.

Experience a multicultural student community

The academic community of Sciences Po is unique for its multiculturalism. Every year, Sciences Po hosts nearly 7,000 international students, representing over 150 nationalities. Almost 50% of our students hold a non-French passport.

Deepen the understanding of a geographical zone

The regional campuses, which host our undergraduate programme and its common core curriculum, have geographical specialisations. Students learn more about the challenges of specific geographical zones:

These campuses are home to an international and multicultural community welded and enlivened by an intense intellectual and community life.

Learn foreign languages

Language instruction forms an integral part of the fundamental education given to Sciences Po students.

25 languages are taught at Sciences Po: Arabic, Chinese, English, French as a second language for non-francophone students, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and French Sign Language (LSF), as well as the languages specific to the regional campuses: Swahili, Persian, Indonesian, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Romanian.

Study abroad

Spending the third-year abroad is the best way to immerse oneself in a new culture!

Participating in an international exchange programme is the best way to learn about another country and its people. Thanks to 478 partnership agreements established with universities worldwide, undergraduate students are able to embark on a year-long exchange programme during the final year of their Bachelor’s degree. Students must validate the number of credits equivalent to what they would have received during an academic year in France.

Among our 478 partner universities are UC Berkeley (USA), University of Cambridge (UK), Columbia University (USA), Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany), Fudan University (China), Keio University (Japan), London School of Economics (UK), MGIMO (Russia), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Ghana (Ghana), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), National University of Singapore (Singapore) and the University of Sydney (Australia), and more.

Master’s students also have the possibility of spending a semester abroad at an international partner university, within over 100 university departments on offer.

Sciences Po also promotes the exposure of doctoral and postdoctoral students to international research networks under the exchange programme for doctoral students.

Follow a dual degree programme

These study abroad programmes, lasting between 12 and 24 months, allow students to have a unique international experience and open doors to the academic specialisations of each institution, all while combining their strengths. These programmes also boost employability in the host country and give students the opportunity to acquire specialisations that are often complementary to the studies offered at Sciences Po.

Sciences Po offers 9 international dual degree programmes at the bachelor’s level and more than 30 at the master’s level.

Students can pursue a dual bachelor’s or a dual master’s programme, allowing them to obtain degrees from the partner universities in addition to that of Sciences Po. 

Meet international public figures from the political, economic, and academic worlds

Each year, more than 600 events are organised on our campuses. These include conferences with international public figures from the worlds of politics, economics and academia. Among our most recent visitors are Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly of the UN; Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the UN; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google; Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State of the US; Sheryl Sandberg, Director of Operations at Facebook; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google; Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning American economist; and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Benefit from the contributions of heavily internationalised research

At Sciences Po, 230 researchers in the humanities and social sciences study the transformations of the contemporary world and their challenges. A third of the members of the newly-recruited permanent faculty completed their PhD at a university abroad. 
The research programmes at Sciences Po are selected by international public agencies and are regularly recognised by European Research Council Grants and the National Agency of Research in France. 

Start an international career after graduation

34% of Sciences Po graduates begin their professional career outside of France, according to the Employability survey of the Class of 2017. This strong internationalisation is linked in part to international students who return to their countries of origin, but also concerns French students who make up 21% of those who find their first job abroad. The Sciences Po community is also made up of an influential community of 80,000 alumni worldwide.

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Erasmus Days: Sciences Po in Europe and beyond

Erasmus Days: Sciences Po in Europe and beyond

This year, 512 Sciences Po students participated in an Erasmus+ programme, while 650 students came to the university for their Erasmus+ in 2018-2019. Sciences Po not only actively participates in Erasmus+ programmes by sending and receiving large numbers of students each year, but also takes part in a multitude of initiatives to build a stronger and more unified Europe in terms of education and mobility.

Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

“In French, we would say Gérard Araud est très cash”, concluded Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, towards the end of his introduction of the experienced diplomat. The phrase referred to the former Ambassador’s famously blunt honesty, which is something that made him a uniquely insightful guest at the conference that took place on the occasion of the launch of his memoirs, titled Diplomatic Passport: 40 Years at the Quai d’Orsay (FR). Organised by the Paris School of International Affairs, the event allowed students to have their most pressing questions about diplomacy and international relations answered by a man whose career as a diplomat spanned nearly four decades.

Student and parent: combining the two

Student and parent: combining the two

Sciences Po is proud to have been one of ten academic institutions selected by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, to act as a “HeforShe Champion”. As part of the annual HeforShe Summit on 26 September 2018, Director Frédéric Mion discussed the actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. We share the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, graduate of the Class of 2018, and mother of three children. 

What Sciences Po students look for in their first job

What Sciences Po students look for in their first job

On Friday, 27 September 2019, the Sciences Po Careers Fair took place at the Porte de Versailles with more than 100 employers present (amongst which were private companies, public administrations, international organisations and other entities), all interested in recruiting Sciences Po students and graduates in a wide range of industries and activities. We asked students what mattered to them most when choosing their first internship or job.

Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

With the death of Jacques Chirac, a light goes out on a chapter of French political history and on one of Sciences Po’s most illustrious alumni. During his three years at the Institut d’études politiques, from 1951 to 1954, France’s former president would take his first strides into the dazzling career that was to follow.


"Brexit is a strange decision"

On 24 September, 2019, renowned British author Jonathan Coe delivered a masterclass at Sciences Po as part of a series of literary conferences of this back-to-school season. The central theme of the conference: Brexit. Coe explained that he wrote his latest novel, Middle England, because he “didn’t understand the way British people [had] voted in 2016”. More