Why choose the Sciences Po Undergraduate College?

Each year, half of new students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College come from outside France. Why do so many international students choose Sciences Po for their undergraduate studies? Here are a few reasons: 

2 years in France + 1 year abroad

All students at the Undergraduate College take a three-year Bachelor's degree programme. They spend the first two years in France and the third year abroad, either on an internship or studying at one of our 470 partner universities. Sciences Po is the only university in the world to have made a year abroad compulsory. The aim is to ensure all students develop their language skills, gain meaningful international experience and open up to other cultures and points of view.

5 core subjects (and many more)

Law, economics, history, political science and sociology: these are the five main subjects taught at Sciences Po. Lectures are complemented by small group classes where students learn to express themselves in public, debate effectively and forge their critical thinking skills.

Non French-speaking students are welcome

French and English are the main languages of instruction. Sciences Po also offers a large range of language courses. Sciences Po is 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.

9 dual Bachelor's degrees

Sciences Po is the only university to offer dual Bachelor's programmes with Columbia University (USA), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Keio University (Japan), National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of California Berkeley (USA), University College London (UK), University of Hong Kong (China) and University of Sydney (Australia). After four years of study, two years at Sciences Po and two years at the partner university, students earn a degree from both institutions, giving them a competitive edge for entering top graduate programmes or the international job market.

150 nationalities, 49% international students

At Sciences Po, nearly half of the 14,000 students come from outside France. Our international students represent more than 150 nationalities and come from many of the world’s leading institutions. This multicultural environment means students live and study in constant interaction with different cultures and viewpoints.

4 in 10 students receive financial assistance

To make sure students can concentrate on their studies, Sciences Po grants tuition exemptions and financial assistance to those in need. Tuition fees are also calculated on a sliding scale based on the resources of each student.

Thinking of applying to the Sciences Po Undergraduate College? Hear from Sciences Po students talking about their experience at Sciences Po during the Sciences Po Q&A broadcasted on 26 November 2018. Watch the Q&A (you can select the particular questions you are interested in).

Related links

Subscribe to News from Sciences Po

What Do Undergraduates Study at Sciences Po?

What Do Undergraduates Study at Sciences Po?

Multidisciplinarity. The third year abroad. History. Political Science. Studying in Paris. Studying outside Paris. Every student has their own reason for choosing to pursue their undergraduate studies at Sciences Po. But what are these social sciences and humanities that are referred to? What can this education lead to in the future? We interviewed Stéphanie Balme, Dean of the Undergraduate College, about Sciences Po’s distinctive education style.

More
Who is Fariba Adelkhah, scientific researcher detained in Iran?

Who is Fariba Adelkhah, scientific researcher detained in Iran?

By Jean-François Bayart, Professor at IHEID (Geneva). Incarcerated in Iran since the beginning of June, Fariba Adelkhah, a specialist in social anthropology and political anthropology of post-revolutionary Iran, has been a researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CERI) since 1993. Her initial work focused on women and the Islamic Revolution. Her current research focuses on the circulation of Shiite clerics between Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq. Internationally recognized and respected by her peers, Fariba Adelkhah is today an academic prisoner.

More
Who is Roland Marchal, scientific researcher detained in Iran?

Who is Roland Marchal, scientific researcher detained in Iran?

Biography written by Didier Péclard, University of Geneva, and Sandrine Perrot (CERI Sciences Po). Roland Marchal is a sociologist with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and he has worked as a researcher at the Centre for International Studies of Sciences Po (CERI) since 1997. Today, he is an academic prisoner.

More
Free Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal

Free Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal

17 October 2019 - The international press has just released the news that our colleague, Roland Marchal, Researcher at the CNRS and CERI Sciences Po, has been incarcerated in Iran since June 2019. 

More
Jeremy Rifkin: The Green New Deal

Jeremy Rifkin: The Green New Deal

American author and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin was at Sciences Po on 17 October, 2019, for a conference and debate centred around the theme of his latest book, The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth. Predicting the collapse of the contemporary energy regime, he outlines a novel and ambitious plan in his book, and he shared some of his ideas and arguments with those in attendance. In particular, he warned them of the dangers of clinging to antiquated industrial and economic models that did not face up to the realities of today. 

More
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.

More
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.

More
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. 

More