This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po

Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to secondary school students from around the world as part of the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. This programme is an opportunity to discover Sciences Po and experience college life and academics at one of France’s leading universities.

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Get a taste of university life

During a three week period in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, migration, peace-building and sustainable development. Through interactive tutorials and debate, students prepare for university learning with an emphasis on academic methodology.

Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law, or history) or to study the French language.

Learn more about the academic programme

Explore Reims and Paris

During the Pre-College Programme, students get the chance to live and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses, Paris and Reims.

The first two weeks of the programme take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored historical site in the city centre. Located at the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture. The programme culminates with a week in Paris, where students take classes on Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, and discover the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses. A team of certified counselors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, with comfort and safety being a priority. Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus.

Exploring outside the classroom

Join Sciences Po’s international community

Summer School students are part of an international community, made up of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:

"Sciences Po has been a great opportunity to discover what I truly want to do after my studies. Also, people here come from different backgrounds, and getting to know their cultures, values, political opinions, or simply their opinions on life is amazing." - Elisa, France & Greece

"What I liked most about being in France was getting to know the locals, interacting with them, and getting an idea of what it would be like to actually live and study here in the future." - Lina, Sweden

"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening." - Jui-Lin, Taiwan

Find out more about the Pre-College Programme's student profiles

Practical Information and How to Apply

Session dates: 7-27 July 2019

Programme Fees: €5,350 

Fees include:

  • All courses, books, and study materials
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Excursions and activities
  • Transportation during the programme


The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Autumn 2019. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this year's Summer School will open on 10 January 2019. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

Download the brochure for the 2019 Pre-College Programme (PDF, 4.76 MB)

View the photo album from the 2018 Pre-College Programme

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