Back-to-School 2020: Schedule of Inaugural Lectures

Discover this year’s guest speakers
  • Inaugural Lecture on the Reims Campus © Thomas Arrivé /Sciences PoInaugural Lecture on the Reims Campus © Thomas Arrivé /Sciences Po

Welcome new and welcome back, Sciences Po students! Despite an unprecedented and peculiar global context, our 2020 Back-to-School programme of inaugural lectures - which are, for many, open to the general public - promises to set you on the right track to begin an inspiring, fulfilling, and challenging academic year.

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A "Welcome Pack" for the newcomer students

Discover the digital welcome session for the Fall semester
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The start of the 2020/2021 academic year allows all of our students to embark on a new year at Sciences Po in a safe and serene manner. With both physical campuses and an all-new digital campus available to them, courses have been redesigned to best suit all students.

To meet health requirements and maintain equality between students regardless of their country of origin, Sciences Po has set up a new academic offer detailed on this dedicated page.

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Key takeaways from a semester unlike any other

Results of our survey
  • A student in the library post-lockdown @Caroline Maufroid/ Sciences PoA student in the library post-lockdown @Caroline Maufroid/ Sciences Po

The 2019/2020 academic year has come to an end, and our students have experienced a semester unlike any other. What takeaways can we draw from this unprecedented period? How did this hurried switchover go over for students and teachers? The verdict that we are able to draw today shows a successful adjustment for the vast majority and provides useful lessons for the upcoming semester.

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A New Online Campus Starting Fall 2020

Modalities of the Fall 2020 semester
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After a successful online spring 2020 semester despite an unprecedented emergency context, the start of the 2020/2021 academic year will allow all of our students to embark on a new year at Sciences Po in a safe and serene manner. With both physical campuses and an all-new digital campus available to them, courses have been redesigned to best suit all students.

Meet Zina Akrout, Laureate of the 2020 Max Lazard Award

Interview on her journey so far, distinctive for her unbounded curiosity and in its strong international dimension
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Zina Akrout is a graduate student in the Master’s of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs and has been awarded the Max Lazard Prize to carry out her project “Berbers of Tunisia”. Interview on her journey so far, distinctive for her unbounded curiosity and in its strong international dimension.

Sciences Po Student Services: Helping all our talents to succeed

Hear more about them from Sciences Po’s Director of Students and Teachers’ Support and Services, Francesca Cabiddu
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Succeeding as a student isn’t just about your studies! From accommodation and visas to health and accessibility, Sciences Po staff support students across a whole range of issues. We work hard to free our students of all unnecessary difficulties so that they can complete their studies without hassle and make the most of this unique period in their lives. Our personalised student services are available to students at every stage of their degrees and can be adapted to the full range of their circumstances and needs.

The Nancy Campus is 20 Years Old!

Our very first regional campus hosts the European programme with a focus on Franco-German relations
  • Nancy campus © Martin Argyroglo / Sciences PoNancy campus © Martin Argyroglo / Sciences Po

In October 2000, 42 first-year and second-year students arrived on Sciences Po’s first international campus outside of Paris, in Nancy. Inaugurated by Richard Descoings, then President of Sciences Po, the Nancy campus hosts the Undergraduate College’s European programme with a focus on Franco-German relations. In twenty years, over 2,000 students have studied at the Nancy campus.

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Back to School 2020: a "dual campus" model

Discover the modalities for the Fall 2020 semester
  • Student in the library © Paul Rentler / Sciences PoStudent in the library © Paul Rentler / Sciences Po

In response to the uncertainty facing universities worldwide with regards to the start of the next academic year, Sciences Po is mobilising to guarantee all its students as complete and demanding an education as ever. Sciences Po remains faithful to the university’s vocation of training free, critical and socially engaged minds, intellectually informed through research and interaction with professionals at the heart of our teaching. It is this wholesome and well-balanced education that will give you the means to act in a world more uncertain now than ever.

Solidarity

Solidarity ©Viktoria Kurpas / ShutterstockMany organisations are currently seeking volunteers to care for individuals in isolation, to maintain a sense of community throughout confinement, and to help those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

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