Opening of 1, Saint-Thomas campus

In bringing our research and teaching activities together, the 1, Saint-Thomas site will foster a collaborative environment and promote interdisciplinarity. All members of the Sciences Po community—students, alumni, staff, faculty, public authorities and private partners—will be able to live the Sciences Po experience. This shared home base will highlight both the diversity of their activities and their complementary nature.

Thanks to 1, Saint-Thomas, Sciences Po has the means to reinvent itself, to become even more deeply rooted in the heart of our city, Paris, and to build an urban campus known throughout the world.

A 150,000 sq ft site.

A 10,700 sq ft library, 23 000 books available 

3,200 sq ft dedicated to entrepreneurship and business incubation

A “learning garden” of nearly 10,700 sq ft

150 doctoral student workstations

5 spaces dedicated to Research

Hundreds of square meters of new communal and social areas for students, including a new 5,300 sq ft cafeteria

A “Maison des Sciences Po”, a meeting place for external and internal communities

An exceptional heritage to develop and promote

The estate has seen four centuries of history since the Dominicans were established here in 1632. The coming renovations will seek to reveal the original structure and put all the past “lives” of the building on display by showcasing elements of great historical and heritage value. The authenticity of the facades will be preserved, the decor and gallery of the cloister restored, the landscaped areas corresponding to the kitchen garden and the cloister garth recreated, and the canons conserved to recall two centuries of military use.

Sciences Po, with project management assistance from JLL, selected the design project proposed by a team which combines architectural creativity and university design engineering :

A campus open to the city and to the world

Cour René Seydoux

The René Seydoux courtyard (previously Sébastopol courtyard) now has the name of the man who served as Secretary General of the École libre des sciences politiques from 1928 and 1936. it hosts the areas dedicated for researchers, allowing them calm and light.
The design mixes a sober landscaping with benches created by Colombian artist Iván Argote that contain messages designed by students.

Rachel Lambert Mellon garden

The garden was named in honor of an American donor who was a supported of the gardens of Georgetown University and of the White House in Washington DC. It now includes a hanging garden and a vegetable garden. The garden is organised in two levels. On its lower level, a semi-open path along the professional facilities of the School of Journalism.

The great Cour Gribeauval 

The Cour Gribeauval is the centre of the new campus and connects the communal spaces: the library, incubator, Innovation Pavilion, and cafeteria. It’s a dynamic space that people cross a thousand times a day and an exceptional setting for holding events. 

The Innovation Pavilion

This is the only new construction of the site. Supported by Ile de France Region, The Innovation Pavilion animated an integrated ecosystem centered on entrepreneurship, digital technology, and artificial intelligence. The upper levels of the building are named Mc Court Institute. The pavilion also houses the cafeteria, free work spaces and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

This new and innovative center, strongly connected to parisien ecosystem will multiply interactions between students, researchers, teachers and our partners to work on the subjects of innovation.

Les Salons Scientifiques

The salon bearing the name of Marguerite de Witt – Schlumberger is located in the building that separates the Cour René Seydoux and the Cour Gribeauval. It includes three ceremonial rooms which have been restored in accordance with historic standards. The rooms host all types if scientist events.

La Maison des Sciences Po

Located between the Cour René Seydoux and the Cour Gribeauval on the ground floor, the ‘Maison des Sciences Po’ is a reception and meeting space designed to bring together the external and internal communities, in particular donors, partners, partner foundations, with students and researchers.


Sponsorship Funding

The acquisition and renovation of 1, Saint-Thomas cost nearly €200 million :

Name a space

Whether you are a corporate or individual donor, you have the opportunity to have your name associated with one of the main spaces of 1, Saint-Thomas or other sites on the Paris campus.

Campus 2022

Saint Thomas new campus opening reaffirms Sciences Po's historical roots in the heart of the city and consolidate its international renown at the forefront of educational innovations.