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Orientation programmes

"Meet the Services" Days

Questions about administrative procedures at the start of the semester?

Come along and meet representatives of the different students’ services at Sciences Po, who will answer your questions on issues such as administrative registration, social security, accommodation, residence permits, health insurance, Sciences Po Health Center and Sciences Po students associations.

Open to all new students.

For more informations on the "Meet The Services" days.

Programmes dedicated to International and Exchange students

Welcome programme

The Welcome Programme is for undergraduate exchange students studying on the Paris campus for a semester or a full year. It runs at the beginning of every semester and provides students with all the information and tools they need to make the most out of their time at Sciences Po.

For more information on the Welcome Programme in Paris.

Welcome Day (apart from Welcome Programme)

This information session is designed for all newcomer exchange students not taking part in the Welcome Programme.

Next Welcome Day: Wednesday January 24 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall Boutmy 27 rue St Guillaume 75007 Paris.

Buddy programme

The Buddy Programme allows international students in Paris to learn the ropes and settle in as soon as they arrive with the friendly help of a Sciences Po Buddy.

Buddies are there to help international students find their feet and integrate into the Sciences Po community to ensure that their year (or semester) here is a rich and lively experience.

If you have any questions about the Buddy Programme, you can write to us.

Orientation programmes for Undergraduate first-year students

Each campus organises its own orientation programme for first-year students one or two weeks before classes start.

Students will be contacted by their academic advisors.

  • Dijon campus: one week, before beginning of classes, the detailed programme is given on the first day
  • Le Havre, Menton, Poitiers and Reims campuses: one week, before beginning of classes, the detailed programme is sent by email.
  • Nancy campus: 10 days, before beginning of classes, the detailed programme is sent by email.
  • Paris campus: orientation week

Orientation sessions for Graduate students

Each Master's programme organises its own orientation session for students. They last from between one days and several weeks depending on the Master's.

We recommend you contact your academic advisor for more information.

"Bienvenue en France" Label

Label Bienvenue en France

The "Bienvenue en France" award, created by Campus France in 2019, aims to certify the quality of international students’ reception in higher education establishments, universities and graduate schools. Sciences Po has been awarded 3 stars, the maximum grade.

Find out more about the "Bienvenue en France" label (PDF,  226 Ko)

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