Cultural Visits and Activities

University Programme
  • The Summer School organizes many cultural and social activities.The Summer School organizes many cultural and social activities.

Students will have the chance to participate and to network in a social and cultural programme to experience a multicultural environment with a variety of social activities and visits of Parisian landmarks. This programme also includes career workshops to help students prepare their professional skills for the workplace.

Activities fall into four types:

  • On-campus open activities are available to all students of the programme, at no additional cost
  • On-campus optional activities are available to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-up is required, as is an additional fee, with Sciences Po students receiving considerable group discounts at major tourist attractions.
  • Online open activities are available to all students of the online programme, at no additional cost
  • Professional skills workshops are available to all students of the online and on campus programmes. With these workshops, we wish to offer the opportunity to all Summer School students to explore and develop core competences that recruiters are looking for nowadays, such as oral communication and presentation skills, or taking advantage of online resource to enhance one’s professional image. For more information about these workshops, read the overview here. The number of participants for each workshop is reserved to 14 students. To apply to these workshops, please send an email to summer.school@sciencespo.fr with a short letter explaining your background and your motivation to attend one of these workshops. 

Please note that this on-campus social and cultural programme will be subject to government health and safety guidelines and university considerations.

The following activities have been offered in past summers:

On-campus Open Activities

The following activities have been offered on-site last summer:

Seine River Cruise: Discover Paris from its best vantage point, the Seine River. As part of Orientation, all Summer School students will have a chance to take a river cruise with the Vedettes du Pont Neuf. You’ll learn about some of Paris’s most famous landmarks, from the Musée du Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, all while kicking back your feet and working on your suntan.

Speaker Series: The Summer School's Speaker Series is an opportunity for participants from all academic tracks to interact with a variety of public and academic figures from the Sciences Po community and French society. These conferences allow participants to discuss key issues with experts and thus further their understanding of France and Europe.

Apéro Hours: Discover the French traditition of the apéro: a drink and light snacks before dinner.  The Summer School interns will organise evenings out in their favourite cafés and bars in different Parisian neighbourhoods.  This is a great opportunity to meet students from outside your classes and discover the best places to go out in Paris.

Continuing at Sciences Po presentation:  Are you interested in continuing your studies at Sciences Po?  Learn more about the different master’s degrees offered at Sciences Po and get your questions answered by a representative from Sciences Po’s International Office.

On-campus Optional Activities
The following activities have been offered on-site last summer:

Visit to Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny: Claude Monet is one of French impressionism’s most famous painters. This day trip will take students to his world-famous garden, outside of Paris – the place where he painted the waterlilies and so much more!  A visit to the Musée des Impressionnismes at Giverny is also included.

French cooking classes: Discover the secrets behind one of French cuisine’s most iconic and delectable desserts: macarons! In this hands-on pastry class, students will put on the chef’s hat and sculpt their own macarons of all different flavors. And of course, students will get to taste-test their masterpieces during a tasting session following the class and take home a box of their creations.

Visit to Normandy: View Normandy's soaring white cliffs on the beach at Étretat, followed by a visit to the charming seaside village of Honfleur. Discover Parisians' favourite seaside getaway, only a day trip from the capital!

Musical Theatre: "The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel." This lively musical tells the creation story of France’s beloved 300-meter monument: the Eiffel Tower. Students will have the cultural experience of seeing a vraie comédie musicale in Paris, in French with English sur-titles.

Visit to the châteaux of the Loire Valley: Join other students in Paris on this excursion proposed by ToBeErasmus, and make the most of your weekend with a trip to the Loire Valley to visit two of its most famous castles: Chambord and Chenonceau. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the Loire Valley without the hassle of renting a car.

Bike tour in Paris: Paris has introduced more and more cycle lanes, car-free districts and bike-only routes in recent years. From the Pont Neuf and the Palais Royal to the Village St. Paul and Ile St. Louis, students will see the city from a different perspective, cycling under the summer sun around some of Paris’s most famous monuments and charming neighborhoods.

More information will be available closer to the start date of the session.

Online Activities

The following activities have been offered online last summer:

Online campus tour: Join us for an online tour of Sciences Po’s Paris campus! We will visit the main locations at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, Sciences Po’s flagship building. We will answer all your questions. 

Ice breakers : Social distancing at its finest! Meet your classmates from around the world, play games, and get to know each other!

Versailles: Put yourself in the shoes of a courtier of Louis XIV at the court of Versailles! Follow in his footsteps throughout his day and along the way you’ll visit such iconic parts of the palace such as the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s bed chamber, or the royal chapel. You will also discover how Louis XIV became a legendary character in French history. Among the crowd of courtiers, you will meet the royal family and the greatest artists of the time, all of whom contributed to making the “Sun King” the real star of 17th century Versailles.

Le Louvre : The most visited museum in the world! The Louvre was first a fortress, then a royal palace, before becoming a museum. After learning the history of this iconic place, you will discover the museum’s key masterpieces, from Greek and Roman antiquities, to Italian and French paintings (including works by David, Ingrès, and Delacroix).

Escape game : Your mission is to help Bruce the robot escape from a terrible fate. With the help of your teammates, you will have an hour to resolve quests and mysteries in order to make this mission a success. 

Coffee social : Log on with your favourite drink, to socialize and get to know your classmates from around the globe. You can stop by to say hi for 10 minutes, or stay for hours.

Speaker Series: The Summer School's Speaker Series is an opportunity for participants from all academic tracks to interact with a variety of public and academic figures from the Sciences Po community and French society. These conferences allow participants to discuss key issues with experts and thus further their understanding of France and Europe.

Continuing at Sciences Po presentation:  Are you interested in continuing your studies at Sciences Po?  Learn more about the different master’s degrees offered at Sciences Po and get your questions answered by a representative from Sciences Po’s International Office.

The detailed online activities schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

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