10 reasons to choose the Pre-College Programme

10 reasons to choose the Pre-College Programme

  • The City of Reims (photo: PK.Inspiration_06/Shutterstock)The City of Reims (photo: PK.Inspiration_06/Shutterstock)

1. Experience university life. 

For two weeks, participants will experience student life at one of France’s top universities. The Pre-College Programme is a great opportunity to discover campus life, while gaining exposure to university methodology and Sciences Po’s core academic disciplines. Through master classes, tutorials, workshops and individual projects, students will develop new skills and be challenged to meet the academic expectations of a world-renowned institution.

2. Take courses with top Sciences Po professors.

Students in the Pre-College Programme will get a taste of the social sciences disciplines offered at Sciences Po through four master classes taught by Sciences Po professors and reseachers who are experts in their fields. The master classes are drawn from a variety of fields, including European studies, political science, international relations, and sustainable development. Dr. Alicia-Dorothy Mornington, a lecturer at Sciences Po and the Sorbonne University, will accompany students throughout the programme while teaching introductory seminars on the social sciences.

3. Engage with contemporary world issues.

The Summer School offers students a unique opportunity to acquire an international perspective on current affairs at one of Europe’s top universities. Master classes address some of the most pressing issues of our time: migration, sustainable development, the crisis of the European Union, and security. These classes will provide students will useful tools to better understand the contemporary world. During seminars, students will be encouraged to discuss current events and trends, develop their critical analysis, express their opinions, and debate with their classmates about world issues.

4. Meet students from all around the globe.

With students coming from many different countries, the Pre-College Programme is truly an international experience.  In this multicultural environment, students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from classmates from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, both inside and outside the classroom.

5. Explore future possibilities

The high school years are key for students to determine the academic and professional path they wish to pursue in the future.  In this respect, the Pre-College Programme offers a unique opportunity to explore different social sciences disciplines over two weeks. This experience will confirm some students’ passions and ambitions, while opening others’ minds to new horizons. They will also learn about higher education in France and studies at Sciences Po. Through informal conversations with professors and Sciences Po students, as well as through a formal presentation, participants will be informed about the various tracks of study at Sciences Po.

6. Interact with Sciences Po students and alumni.

Participants in the Pre-College Programme are accompanied throughout their stay by a team of counsellors who study at Sciences Po and know the institution very well. Coming from different years and programmes within Sciences Po, they embody the diversity of our student community. They are the best possible resources to provide advice, information on studies at Sciences Po, and give first-hand accounts of their student experience. 

7. Study on an exceptional historical campus.

The Pre-College Programme is held on the Reims campus, a former Jesuit college from the 17th century that has been beautifully restored to mix traditional architecture with state-of-the-art amenities. Located in the heart of the city, the campus is an inspiring place for studying, where participants encounter history at every step, from the old Jesuit library to the monumental staircases.

8. Participate in a rich programme of activities.

While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities.  After classes and on weekends, participants will have time to have fun and explore their surroundings during cultural outings, sports or games, and many other activities.

9. Explore Reims and the Champagne region.

Weekdays will be spent in the beautiful city of Reims, in the heart of the Champagne region, which served for over a thousand years as the coronation site of the French monarchy. The town boasts an impressive cultural heritage, from its renowned cathedral to its world-famous vineyards and Art Deco architecture. Students will both participate in organized activities to discover the city and its region, and benefit from some personal time to explore the city.

10. Discover Paris on the weekends.

During weekends in Paris, the group will stay at a student residence located in the historic Marais neighbourhood. They will go on excursions in and around the capital, participate in cultural activities, and visit Parisian landmarks and museums. They will also have the chance to visit Sciences Po’s flagship Paris campus and join the Summer School’s University Programme students for a Speaker Series conference. If they’re lucky, students may even have the chance to meet Marcel the cat, the favourite mascot of the Paris campus!

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