Why choose Sciences Po?

Find out the top ten reasons to study at Sciences Po.

1 - An international academic experience

All courses at Sciences Po are taught with an international perspective. Students benefit from the network of 410 partner universities during a mandatory year abroad for all College students, a semester off for master students. Sciences Po offers 34 international dual degrees and several programmes entirely in English.

2- Study with talented students from all around the world

At Sciences Po, nearly half of the students are international. Representing 142 countries, they come from the best institutions abroad. This multicultural environment allows students to live and study alongside different cultures and world views.

3- Access to a wide range of professions

Valued by recruiters for their adaptability, curiosity and international outlook, 80% of Sciences Po students work in the private sector. Nearly 90% of graduates find work within 6 months of finishing their studies. Sciences Po graduates exercise a wide range of professions, with a concentration in consulting, banking and public administration.

4- Learn from the best professors, either academics or professionals

At Sciences Po, courses are given by talented academics and professionals in the public and private sectors. Knowledge is anchored in reality and rooted in the best research in the social sciences.

5- Meet with leading figures

Sciences Po is a place of debate where major figures in politics, economics, the arts and media come to exchange with students. These figures include Ban Ki-MoonKofi Annan, President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Condoleeza Rice, Joseph Stiglitz or Mario Draghi.

6- Building a broad understanding of the social sciences

History, economy, law, political science, sociology: Sciences Po's academic project is to foster dialogue between the major disciplines. It gives students the tools they need to better understand the contemporary world.

7- Developing critical thinking skills

At Sciences Po, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills using pedagogical methods that favour group projects, oral presentations and the confrontation of ideas. By providing a multidisciplinary approach and range of electives, such as artistic workshops, students are encouraged to adopt different perspectives.

8- Take part in collective projects, realise your potential by participating in campus life

Sciences Po's educational model emphasises personal responsibility, teamwork, public expression, citizenship and humanism. Students cultivate these values through group projects and the 130 associations that punctuate student campus life.

9- Live in an exceptional environment

A part of European heritage, Sciences Po's seven multicultural campuses are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural legacy. These campuses host an engaged and animated student community that leads a full intellectual and extracurricular life.

10- Financial constraints are not an obstacle to studying

At Sciences Po, nearly one out of three students receives financial assistance. In order to allow students to fully concentrate on their studies, Sciences Po grants tuition exemptions and financial assistance to those in need. Tuition fees are also on a sliding scale based on the resources of each student.

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