University Programme

The Summer School’s University Programme admits university students and graduates from a variety of backgrounds and situations.  Whether they are preparing for an international career, considering a degree at Sciences Po, or simply intellectually curious, Summer School students benefit from this unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po. To see profiles of some former Summer School students, please visit our students page.

Age and Education Requirements

The University Programme is open to candidates in the following situations:

  • Students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • University graduates who have obtained at least a Bachelor's degree.
  • Students in their final year of secondary school who will receive their secondary diploma by Summer 2020 and who will enroll in an institution of higher education in Fall 2020.

Current secondary students who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2020 are ineligible for the University Programme. These candidates are invited to apply to the Pre-College Programme.

The University Programme does not have a minimum or maximum age.  However, admitted students who meet the above criteria, but are under the age of 18, will need parental consent to participate in the programme.  Please note that not all of the Summer School’s housing partners in Paris accept students under the age of 18, so younger students must choose an option that accepts minors or find alternative accommodation.

Language Requirements

For more information on the language levels, download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).

French language track

The French language track welcomes students at every level of French language learning, from complete beginners (Level A1) to the advanced (Level C2). Students who wish to enter Level A1 do not need to provide proof of their French level.  All other students will need to provide proof of their level of French at the level below the level they wish to obtain.  For example, if you wish to take Level B2, you must demonstrate a Level B1 in French.

Candidates who think that their French level may change between the time of application and the Summer School should take a language assessment based on their current French level. They will then have the opportunity to retake a language assessment immediately prior to beginning classes and will be moved up or down a level according to results.

Candidates applying to Levels A1 to B2 (beginner and intermediate), and who are not native English speakers, also must provide proof of at least a Level B2 in English. Candidates for Levels C1 and C2 only need to provide proof of their level of French.

Social sciences track

In 2019, candidates for the social sciences track who were not native English speakers were required to demonstrate at least high-intermediate (Level B2) proficiency in the language of instruction.

Language Level Verification

Candidates are required to demonstrate their language level in one of three ways:

Option 1: provide an official language certification taken within the last three years.

For an English Level B2, the following tests and minimum requirements are accepted:

  • TOEFL (IBT): 77
  • IELTS: 6, no subscore under 5.5
  • TOEIC "listening and reading": 785/990 and "speaking and writing" (IBT or Mobile) : 310/400
  • Cambridge English First (FCE)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For French, the following tests are accepted:

  • DELF
  • DALF
  • TCF

Option 2: provide proof of at least two years of study entirely taught in English. This includes:

  • An academic transcript showing at least two years of courses entirely taught in English.
  • A diploma from an English-speaking institution (secondary school or above).

Please note that two years of English foreign language courses alone are not sufficient.  Similarly, academic transcripts for French foreign language classes are not sufficient to demonstrate French language level.

Option 3: complete a Summer School language assessment and upload it as part of your application file. The Summer School language assessments include an English language assessment to demonstrate at least Level B2 proficiency and French language assessments for all levels.

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