Academics

Pre-College Programme
  • 2018 Summer School students in a French language course (photo: Didier Pazery)2018 Summer School students in a French language course (photo: Didier Pazery)

"It was a truly amazing experience. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the philosophy so much, that I have no difficulty whatsoever imagining myself at Sciences Po in the future. The courses were extremely interesting and interactive, especially the Master Classes. I was very impressed by the classes and also by how Sciences Po managed to bring together such a diverse and fun group of people." - Luisa, India

The Pre-College Programme is designed to introduce students to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education. Participants tackle rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science and more.

The academic programme includes a variety of courses, representing about 34 contact hours in total, spread over the course of two weeks. All the students attend the same core courses in the social sciences and take an elective class of their choice.

Core courses in the social sciences

Core courses, taught entirely in English, are meant to introduce students to Sciences Po’s core disciplines, through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials (about 20 contact hours). For each session, students attend a series of four 2.5-hour Master Classes, taught by Sciences Po professors and researchers, that explore current world issues.

For each Master Class, students participate in interactive, small-group tutorials. Tutorials develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed during Master Classes and required readings. They also prepare students for university studies in France and abroad by introducing them to academic methodology that they will encounter at the university level.

As Master Classes are different from one session to the other, students may participate in both sessions and select two elective courses (one for each sessions). 

Learn more about the Master Classes taught in 2020.

Elective courses

In addition to their core courses, students participate in one elective class of their choice (about 14 contact hours per session). Students choose one elective course among different introductory workshops to one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as political science, international relations, or sociology.

Admitted students rank available elective courses in order of preference. The Summer School makes every effort to accommodate students' preferences, but cannot guarantee that students get their first choice. Elective courses are allocated by the Summer School academic team according to the student’s profile, motivation and availability. When an elective course reaches its full capacity, the course is no longer open to registration. 

Learn more about the elective courses taught in 2020.

The 2021 academic programme will be announced in Fall 2020. 

programme CALENDAR

To get a brief overview of the programme, please consult the programme calendar (PDF, 89 KB).

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