- 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
Covid-19 Information: Due to the global Covid-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to cancel the first session of the Pre-College Programme and to organise the second session online.
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 30 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.
The 2020 academic programme includes the following courses:
2020 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 16 contact hours). Students attend a series of four 2-hour Master Classes, taught by Sciences Po professors and researchers, that explore current world issues:
Online Session: 20 July - 31 July 2020
- European Contemporary Challenges: Calming a Conflicted Continent, by Jan Rovny. Download the course overview (PDF, 323 Kb).
- Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities on a Finite Planet, by Tancrède Voituriez. Download the course overview (PDF, 417 Kb).
- The Concept of Human Security and its Application to Building Peace, by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh. Download the course overview (PDF, 623 Kb).
- Populism vs. Democracy?, by Nonna Mayer. Download the course overview (PDF, 327 Kb).
For each Master Classes, students participate in interactive, small-group tutorials that allow them to develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed.
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.
Online Session: 20 July - 31 July 2020
- After the Pandemic : an Introduction to Science, Technology and Politics, by Pablo Cussac. Download the course overview (PDF, 561 Kb). Previously titled Beyond Neutrality, the professor has adapted the course content to the current situation. The course is constructed around the coronavirus outbreak and the issues this crisis raises.
- La démocratie en Europe, by Mathieu Fulla (taught in French). Download the course overview (in French, PDF, 323 Kb).
- Foreign Policy and International Relations in a Globalized World, by Carl Rihan. Download the course overview (PDF, 227 Kb).
- Get a Deal: International Negotiation in Practice, by Barthélémy Michalon. Download the course overview (PDF, 315 Kb).
- Problem Solving 101: Understanding Public Action in the 21st Century, by Fatoumata Diallo. Download the course overview (PDF, 305 Kb).
- Social Class: How inequalities shape our lives, by Benjamin Brundu-Gonzalez. Download the course overview (PDF, 223 Kb).
2020 Pre-College Programme Calendar
The Summer School is currently adapting the schedule and class organisation for an online format, which includes making courses available to the maximum number of students in different time zones. Precise course schedules are available below. In the meantime, the key dates for the programme are as follows:
- July 20th : Orientation and start of classes
- July 20st-29th: Classes
- July 30th-31st: Exam period
Each day is structured around a 2-hour elective class and either a 2-hour tutorial or Master Class, (about four contact hours per day).
- Master Classes are taught from 2 pm to 4 pm (Paris time)
- Tutorials are taught at different times to adapt to most time zones. Download the tutorial schedule for different times : 9-11 am, or 10 am-12 pm, or 2-4 pm, Paris time (CET).
- Elective course schedules are the following: