Pre-College Programme Overview

  • Students in the courtyard of the Reims campus (photo: Vincent Watel)Students in the courtyard of the Reims campus (photo: Vincent Watel)

Due to the suspension of residential summer camps in France, the Summer School has decided to move the 2021 Pre-College Programme online. 

Every year, Sciences Po welcomes secondary school students from around the world as part of the Summer School’s Pre-College Programme. This programme is an opportunity to discover Sciences Po and experience college life and academics at one of France’s leading universities.

The Online Pre-College Programme challenges students’ perspectives and offers them the opportunity to participate in lively discussions with renowned professors and students from around the world. In addition, the programme includes a rich social and cultural programme to recreate the multicultural social environment of the Summer School.


The Online Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school and who will still be in secondary school in Fall 2021. Applicants must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme.  Learn more.

Academic Programme

The Online Pre-College Programme gives high school students a taste of academics at Sciences Po through rigorous coursework in the social sciences. Students have core courses in the social sciences, including Master Classes and tutorials taught in English. They also have an elective course of their choice in one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, taught in English or French.

The overall structure and content of the course (tutorials, Master Classes and elective) have been maintained. All classes will be taught online, in a live, synchronous format to allow for maximum interaction among students and their professors. Courses are scheduled to accommodate various time zones,  to allow students to participate throughout the world. In addition, cultural and social activities are organised online for students. Learn more.


In 2021, the Pre-College Programme features two separate sessions of two weeks each. Students are welcome to participate in one or two sessions. Students who attend both sessions will be able to take different classes during each session. Learn more.

Summer 2021 Calendars

The Pre-College Programme offers two remote sessions this summer: 

  • Session 1: June 28th - July 9th, 2021
  • Session 2: July 19th – July 30th, 2021

Learn more about the Programme Calendars: schedule A (PDF, 111 Kb) or schedule B (PDF, 112 Kb). Schedules have been adapted to accomodate different time zones. Students' choice of elective course will determine in which schedule they can participate. Detailed course schedules are available on the elective course webpage. 

Practical Information

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