Innovative teaching

  • A group of students at the library © Marta Nascimento / Sciences PoA group of students at the library © Marta Nascimento / Sciences Po

Education is undergoing a revolution driven by new technologies and digital practices.

Access to information and the transformation of learning practices have inevitably changed the university’s role. Higher education must now equip students with new skills suited to the jobs of the future: creativity, the ability to collaborate and to put ones ideas into practice.

Fostering innovative educational practices

Building on a tradition of pedagogical innovation and freedom, Sciences Po wants to contribute to this revolution by enabling innovative teaching and learning methods and practices to emerge. Sciences Po’s educational approach gives it the opportunity to be at the forefront of several key aspects of the current revolution: the general breaking down of barriers between disciplines and communities, learning by doing and connection to educational resources.

Undergraduate College

The Sciences Po Undergraduate College admits students with a secondary education (French Baccalauréat or foreign equivalent). After three years, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and may go on to a Master's programme at Sciences Po or another institution in France or abroad, or go straight into the workforce. Undergraduate students spend the first two years on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses: Paris, Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, or Reims; and the last year abroad. The educational programme includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology -, a major - Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government, as well as specialised courses according to specific regional focuses.

"I can only appreciate the obvious geographic and social diversity of the campuses today".

Michel Tourmen, Class of 1974, patron of the Menton campus, funds scholarships for students in financial need on the Menton campus.

Seven Graduate Schools

Sciences Po’s seven schools welcome graduate students from all over the world. The two years of Master’s study include three semesters at Sciences Po in Paris and one semester away interning or studying in France or within our partner network abroad. Our graduate programmes provide students with both an in-depth academic background in the social sciences and hands-on experience of the professional field they aim to work in. In order to recruit the best students from all around the world, Sciences Po offers Master's programmes taught entirely in English. No need to speak French to enrol in these programmes: students can become multilingual with intensive French language courses during their studies at Sciences Po.

The School of Public Affairs educates public affairs professionals who understand multiple layers of governance. Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers worldwide, spanning the public and private sectors and the local to global levels.

The Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) offers a comprehensive education in international affairs. Graduates embark on careers in international organisations, NGOs, public administration, research institutes, etc. Learn more about the Paris School of International Affairs.

The Sciences Po Doctoral School offers research-based Master's programmes and PhD programmes in law, economics, history, political science and sociology. A graduate education at the Doctoral School equips students to pursue teaching or research careers and for senior positions in international organisations, consulting firms and businesses.

The Law School educates high-calibre legal professionals with the skills to adapt and flourish in a constantly changing professional environment. Graduates have the opportunity to join the Bar or to work in business, economic regulation agencies or the judiciary.

The School of Journalism prepares students for careers in all sectors of the news media – written press, radio, television and the web. The programmes combine a solid foundation in the social sciences and practice-focused instruction provided by media professionals.

The School of Management and Innovation trains students for positions in consulting/auditing, banking/finance/insurance, marketing/communication, human resources, regulations and compliance, and the creative industries.

The Urban School prepares students and professionals for urban governance in all its forms. Graduates find employment in the public, private and non-profit sectors at the local, national and international levels.

Short programmes

Sciences Po offers a wide range of shorter programmes and certificate courses catering to diverse needs.

Sciences Po’s six one-year Master’s programmes are designed for young professionals seeking to take their career to the next level. The intensive curricula are taught in English.

Competitive exam preparation is one of Sciences Po's traditional fields of expertise. Our effective approach is based on a simple idea: success requires a comprehensive understanding of the exam format, from senior civil service recruitment to the bar exam.

Sciences Po Executive Education offers courses designed for public- and private-sector executives in 11 diverse fields. Our multidisciplinary intellectual training helps to broaden participants’ horizons and develop their self-confidence, and equips them to respond to difficulty and complexity with boldness and intellectual courage. The following fields of expertise offered by the Executive Education programmes: Public affairs and regulation; Strategy, leadership and governance; Digital and media communication; Personal Development. Two particularly original programmes are supported by our partners:

The Preparatory Certificate for High Performance Athletes (fr) is a certificate course for high performance athletes offered by Executive Education. The course allows them to acquire a base of general knowledge and the keys to understanding current affairs so they can prepare to take up university studies and think about their future career transition. The programme celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 (fr).

This programme is supported by Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation (fr), FDJ Foundation (fr), Accor Hotels Group and BNP Paribas.

Preparatory certificate for high performance athletes, class of 2016 © Thomas Arrivé / Sciences Po

The Emouna programme (fr) offers current and future ministers of religion and leaders of religious communities, both men and women, a training course designed to enrich their knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective, to develop their network of relations, and thereby to contribute to interreligious dialogue in France.

This programme is supported by the Notre Dame Foundation (fr), the Maayan Foundation (fr), the Caritas France Foundation (fr), the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, and the Fondation de l'Islam de France (fr).

One of the graduates of Emouna’s 2016 cohort speaks at the certification ceremony © Alain Azria

The Summer School gives students from all around the globe the chance to discover Sciences Po, one of the world's leading universities in the social sciences, over the course of a summer. Participants have the opportunity to experience Sciences Po’s academic environment, to become a part of its international community, on the campuses of Paris and Reims, and to practice French as a foreign language.

Maximising the chances of success

Student success requires quality infrastructure and cutting-edge online services. Students have access to a vast array of learning opportunities that extend and facilitate their learning experience. The recording and distribution of lectures on the Moodle platform, e-learning resources, educational fact sheets published on Openclassroom, MOOCS, a mapping workshop, and of course a library containing one of the largest social science collections in France are among the elements available to our students to guarantee their access to learning.

Supporting student initiatives

Cultural, sporting and civic life at Sciences Po has always been particularly dynamic. There are currently 200 associations keeping our university community lively. These activities are an integral part of the university’s educational model, which emphasises accountability, teamwork, public speaking, civic-mindedness and humanism. Sciences Po encourages and supports involvement in clubs and associations as a means to develop these essential qualities.

Students, La Péniche, the hub for student associations © Martin Argyroglo / Sciences Po

Promoting entrepreneurship

The Sciences Po Entrepreneurs programme launched in 2008 also leverages and contributes to the wealth of the Sciences Po community. Young project leaders can draw on an active network of faculty members and partner companies to make their initiative a success.

Our incubator hosts about fifteen startup projects per year. Each startup becomes a part of this community and benefits from services including legal advice, accounting expertise, access to Sciences Po’s business angel fund and the partner network.