Sciences Po ranks 2nd in the 2021 QS Rankings for Politics & International Studies

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Sciences Po remains a top university in the social sciences in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by subject, keeping its second place worldwide in "Politics & International Studies" for the second year.

In this world ranking released on March 3, 2021, Sciences Po is positioned just behind Harvard university. Sciences Po is the first university in Europe in this discipline, in front of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.

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Holiday Season Contact Information

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Please check the International Office Holiday season contact list (750 Ko) (December 23th until January 2nd, 2017).

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Beyond picture postcard Paris

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The class “Paris dans la littérature” is offered during the Sciences Po Summer School's University Programme in July. The class draws on literary sources to examine the historical, cultural and social forces that have shaped Paris through the centuries. Interview with the two professors who teach the class.

What is the most important thing that students in your class "Paris dans la littérature" will learn?

Christophe Reffait:

I hope that we will go beyond “picture postcard Paris” to examine the various cultural, political, economic and social factors that have contributed to shaping the city. By the end of the course, students will have gained a familiarity with Paris that will allow them to appreciate the richness and depth of its history. For example, they will learn how the boundaries of Paris developed and how these were described by 19th century authors; they will learn when certain avenues were built and gain an understanding of the architectural homogeneity of the city.

Matthieu Vernet:

They will learn to see Paris and its portraits in literature as complex and multi-layered; constructed over time and of their time. This mix of timelessness and immediacy seems to me to be the richest and most important element of literature. Furthermore, Paris is a remarkable observation point, as, rather like Rome, the city is full of traces of past lives that only reveal themselves when the layers of its history are examined and brought to light.

What is your favourite book situated in Paris?


In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. It’s a long and challenging novel, but one of the most important works in world literature. It isn’t a book about Paris, but it is situated in Paris during the Belle Époque, at a time of great change, before and after the First World War. Proust describes the changes in what was at the time considered to be the greatest capital in the world. These changes appear not only in the streets, in social interactions, and in technical progress, but also in man’s changing relationship with himself. It’s a life-changing novel.


I’m not sure if I have a favourite “Parisian” book. Sentimental Education (1869) by Flaubert, perhaps. What interests me most are the glimpses of Paris we get through literature, starting with Le Roman Bourgeois by Furetière in 1666 and continuing with the novels of Modiano and Echenoz today. Bygone detective novels, such as those written by Emile Gaboriau in the 19th century, are treasure troves of information about everyday Parisian life, even though they don’t necessarily have the detailed descriptions found in Zola’s novels. In fact, it seems to me that the question should be the other way around: Paris is made up of favourite books. A sketch of Parisian rooftops by Verlaine, a stroll through the streets by characters from Flaubert or Zola, a woman’s shadow by André Breton: these are the things that create Paris.

What advice would you give to a student who is coming to Paris for a summer in order to improve their French? And what tips would you give them for exploring the city?


Contrary to the stereotype, Parisians are much more talkative and curious than they might seem. I recommend that students go exploring in the neighbourhoods of Paris, that they get off the beaten tourist track and become flâneurs like Baudelaire, Hemingway and Walter Benjamin. They can get to know the unseen side of the city by opening doors, asking questions, or even by just sitting on a bench and watching the world go by.


I think that improving their French and exploring Paris go together, and both require students to set very simple and specific goals. For example, eat lunch at a café counter and listen to the customers’ conversations; go shopping at a bakery, a butcher's, or a fishmonger's rather than at a supermarket; go to a bookstore and ask them to recommend a contemporary novel; go to an antique store in the vicinity of Sciences Po and ask for information about a particular object; get a length of fabric cut at the Saint-Pierre fabric market; buy a ticket to the theatre, and so on. These everyday situations require significant linguistic abilities. They also require students to spend some time alone in the city, without their Summer School friends, in order to immerse themselves and force themselves to speak French.

You have both taught at the Summer School for several years.  What are you most looking forward to about this summer?


The first day and meeting the students. Since I began teaching at the Summer School, this has always been a fun and exciting moment. The students, who come from all over the world, are enthusiastic and happy to spend part of their summer in Paris. It’s an important moment of exchange when everyone says: this month is going to be exciting.


I enjoy the moment a few days after the start of class when the students get into the habit of eating lunch together as a group in the garden or on the banks of the Seine.

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Parents, the other heroes of Graduation Day

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On Friday, June 30th, and Saturday, June 31st, in the presence of their proud parents, Sciences Po celebrated the graduation of 2,404 students at the Maison de la Radio in Paris.

Given the diversity of the students, with the 2017 cohort comprising 150 nationalities, the event drew parents from all over the world. Watch the video in which the parents of these outstanding graduates reflect on their child’s journey and anticipate their future success.

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Holiday Season Contact Information

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Please check the International Office Holiday season contact list (PDF, 640 Kb).

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Sciences Po awarded quality label for French as a foreign language

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Sciences Po has been awarded the Qualité Français langue étrangère label (Quality Label for French as a Foreign Language), attaining the maximum score of three stars. Sciences Po has been attributed this label for the quality of its teaching of French as a foreign language, the professionalism and commitment of the teachers and staff, and the conditions in which the students are taught.

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Meet Indian scholarship students at Sciences Po

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Romasha comes from Calcutta, Alleiah from Ahmedabad and Akhil from Hindupur.
All three are outstanding students who could not have come to study in France or at Sciences Po without the various types of financial aid they receive. In this video, they talk about their life in France and their plans for the future.
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Why Sciences Po?

Ask your counsellor!
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In March 2017, guidance counsellors from around the world visited the Sciences Po campus in Reims. They took a closer look at the day-to-day life of our undergraduate students and discovered Sciences Po's distinctive qualities for themselves: a core social science curriculum delivered in English; an international outlook; a strong commitment to diversity; a real capacity to enhance graduate employability; and an exceptional study environment.

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Yale University senior Zachary M. Young awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

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Yale University senior Zachary M. Young has been awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.
The Michel David-Weill Scholarship selects one American student each year from applicants at 30 top U.S. universities. Its criteria include: literary and scholastic achievements, capacity for critical analysis, demonstrated history of leadership, and proven commitment to the community. 
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Discover the Kuwait Scholarship Programme

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The Kuwait Scholarship Programme (KSP) Excellence Scholarship supports outstanding students admitted to Sciences Po and enrolled in a programme at Master’s level. In 2017, several scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to the best candidates. Applications accepted until 8 March.

Students may apply in one of the three categories outlined below depending on their eligibility:

  • KSP Excellence Scholarship for the Study of the Arab World and Gulf Region: open to students of all nationalities. Candidates must be accepted to the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and have chosen to focus on the study of the Arab World and Gulf Region. Please see the call for applications 2017 for more information.
  • KSP Excellence Scholarship for Arab Students: open to citizens of Arab countries. Candidates must be accepted to the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs for study in any Master's programme. Please see the call for applications 2017 for more information.
  • KSP Excellence Scholarship for Least Developed Countries: open to citizens of Least Developed Countries accepted to study in any Master's programme at Sciences Po. Please see the call for applications 2017 for more information.

Since 2012, the Kuwait Scholarship Programme at Sciences Po has benefitted over 70 Sciences Po students through various funding initiatives. These initiatives include the KSP Excellence Scholarship, KSP Mobility Grant and KSP Paper Award. 

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New scholarships for students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Sciences Po joins the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
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The MasterCard Foundation has just announced a six-year, USD$8.2 million (around €7.6 million) partnership with Sciences Po, to offer 120 bright, next-generation leaders from African countries a world-class social sciences education at one of Europe’s leading universities.

Open to both English-speaking and French-speaking candidates, the partnership will increase the options available to students from Francophone Africa to study in their language of choice through The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

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"I want to make Yangon a liveable city again"

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Alex Aung Khant is one of the few Burmese nationals to have graduated from Sciences Po. Now back home in Myanmar, he works as a project manager at Flyover Art Project, an organisation which aims to bring pedestrians back onto the streets of Yangon. Alex tells us about his wish to make his home city liveable in once again.

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Congratulations to the Lohez Scholars

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The Lohez Foundation announced its five scholarship recipients for 2016-2017. This stellar group includes three students enrolled in a dual degree programme between Sciences Po and an international partner.

Sciences Po offers its congratulations to all five scholars, particularly to Le Yao and Katrin Büchenbacher, students in the Sciences Po-Fudan University dual Master's programme, and Diego Filiu, a student in the Sciences Po-Columbia University dual Bachelor’s programme.

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Tips and tricks for your arrival

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La bise, La Péniche, Urkund.... Learn a few basics about daily life in France and at Sciences Po.

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"I wanted to do something good enough to put my name on"

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After ten years in the banking industry, Sciences Po alumnus Samuel Maruta aspired to do something simpler, more fulfilling and more creative. In 2011, he co-founded Marou Chocolate, a trendy artisanal chocolate brand made in Vietnam and distributed all over the world. Interview.

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Welcome Refugee Programme

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Building on the shared success of the first cohort, Sciences Po, in partnership with the association Wintegreat, is welcoming a new class of 20 refugees on its Parisian campus. The students are refugees or asylum seekers, aged from 21 to 36, from Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Kenya. They have all had some higher education and have a good command of English. Some already had an occupation—dentist, graphic designer or engineer—before leaving their country of origin. 

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Le Gala de la US Sciences Po Foundation

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À l’occasion du gala annuel de US Sciences Po Foundation qui s’est tenu le 25 octobre à New York, Frédéric Mion a présenté aux partenaires américains et à la communauté des Alumni de Sciences Po les dernières nouvelles de l'institution, notamment l'acquisition de l'Hôtel de l'Artillerie ainsi que la politique d'égalité des chances de Sciences Po.

Au cours de la soirée, la bourse Michel David-Weill, décernée chaque année sur critères d'excellence, a été remise à Emily de la Bruyère, étudiante américaine en master à l'École des affaires internationales (PSIA) en sécurité internationale qui envisage une carrière militaire aux États-Unis. L’événement s'est terminé par une table ronde "Women Leaders" animée par Sophie L'Hélias (Kering), avec Bianca Jagger (militante des droits humains), Virginie Morgon (vice-présidente d'Eurazeo) et Karen Donfried (présidente du German Marshall Fund).

En savoir plus sur la US Sciences Po Foundation.

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Sciences Po in Mexico

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Sciences Po will be present à the Europosgrados Fair in Mexico City on 5 and 6 November 2016 and in Monterrey on 8 November 2016.

More information on Europosgrados (Spanish).

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Get ready to go!

Study abroad step by step
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Are you planning to study abroad on the 2017 intake? 

Check our pages Study abroad, step by step, come to the information sessions and make sure to take an appointment with the international manager of the region you are interested in.

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Study in Brazil Fair

20 September 2016 in Paris
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The Brazilian Embassy in France invites you to the first "Study in Brazil Fair" that will be held in Paris on September the 20th from 2pm to 6pm at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Campus - Hall de l'Atrium, 4 place Jussieu 75005 Paris.

20 brazilian higher education institutions will be represented. It would be a great opportunity to get to know about studying in Brazil!

If you want to attend the fair, please register simply by sending an email to the following mail:

Please note that is not a Sciences Po event and all represented brazilian universities are not Sciences Po partners.

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Asia, The Pacific, Africa and Middle-East Info Day

29 September 2016 in Paris
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Thinking of spending a year in Asia, the Pacific region, Africa or the Middle East? 

This information day on the Paris Campus is for you!

September 29th, 2016 from 1pm to 5.30pm in the lobby of the 13, rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris. 

Curious about these regions? Interested in spending a year abroad there? Come and get all the information on our partner universities, on exchange programmes and take some time to meet both international students and Sciences Po students coming back from these regions.

2nd year students: Come and discover the region!

3rd and 4th year students: Share your experience!

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Eighth edition of the LAPO

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Sciences Po’s Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC) recently released its eighth Latin American Political Outlook (LAPO). Edited by professor Olivier Dabène, LAPO is published each year in French by Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (Les Etudes du CERI series). The Colombian Externado University publishes a Spanish translation. Both versions are available on OPALC’s website.

In its introduction, LAPO describes the political climate that prevailed in Latin America in 2015. In the backdrop of the end of the commodity export boom, the year was marked by a widespread crisis of governability, with presidents’ approval rates at record low levels. The news wasn't all bad in 2015: Cuba resumed its diplomatic relations with the US, and Colombia made significant steps towards a peace agreement that would put an end to 50 years of conflict.

The first part of the report provides insights on five countries that were under the spotlight in 2015: in Venezuela, President Maduro lost the control of the legislative assembly. The Bolivarian revolution suffered its first electoral defeat since 1998. In Argentina, the election of Macri triggered a turn to the right, after twelve years of left-wing domination. In Nicaragua, the president Ortega insisted on construction of a massive canal by a Chinese investor. The Colombian peace negotiations are also closely examined. Finally, the reasons and potential impact of the US/Cuba reconciliation are assessed.  

The second part of 2015 LAPO examines the legacy of important historical events: 100 years of violence in Mexico, 30 years of democracy in Uruguay and Brazil, and 10 years of relations between Latin America and Arab countries.

The third part is dedicated to a comparative analysis of electoral outcomes, both at the national and local level. The issue of a possible “turn to the right” is addressed. The writer takes issue with such an appraisal, widely conveyed by the media. It argues that it is too soon to tell if the political shifts in the region are the product of a new ideological inclination or are simply the result of an economic crisis that is penalising the leftist incumbents.

The last part is a lengthy look at the conclusions of recent research. Transparency is an obligation for the extractive industry in the Andean countries.

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