University Programme Highlights

University Programme Highlights

From Summer 2018
  • Students in the 2018 University Programme (photo: Didier Pazery)Students in the 2018 University Programme (photo: Didier Pazery)

Summer doesn’t mean vacation at Sciences Po!  This year, the Summer School’s University Programme welcomed over 400 participants during the months of June and July on Sciences Po’s Paris campus.

See a full selection of photos from the 2018 University Programme sessions.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

Study social sciences, French language and culture, or both.

Students in the social sciences track delved into Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines with a core class that addressed current international issues, such as Human Rights and Global Development, the Media and Politics, or the crisis of the European Union.  

Students in the French language track spent over 60 hours improving their French through a variety of language classes and workshops adapted to their level.

Students in both tracks had the opportunity to add an optional elective class, in subjects ranging from French history and politics to statistical analysis, which allowed them to make the most of their summer at Sciences Po.

International exchange

With students representing over 70 different nationalities, the Summer School is a microcosm of the international environment of Sciences Po.  In this multicultural environment, students had the opportunity to interact with classmates from a diverse range of backgrounds both inside and outside the classroom.

Exploring Paris

From student discounts at museums, the Fête de la Musique, Bastille Day fireworks on July 14th, and more, living in the City of Lights is a learning experience outside the classroom as well!

The 2018 Summer School featured an expansive activities programme that allowed students to discover Paris and its surroundings, and get to know each other outside the classroom.  Students celebrated Bastille Day by gathering for a giant picnic on the Champs de Mars, and toasted beneath a glistening fireworks show above the Eiffel Tower.  They participated on tours of Claude Monet’s enchanting gardens at Giverny and the châteaux of the Loire Valley.  Students went on outings to the theatre, participated in thematic wine tastings, and enjoyed organized outings to Parisian parks, cafes, and bars.  The Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures allowed students to discuss current sociopolitical issues in France and Europe.  See a full list of the activities offered in 2018.

Read what some 2018 students have to say:

Joshua, USA

"Getting to know people from such varied backgrounds was great! I befriended people at every level of education (recent high school graduates to PhD candidates), from (I'm pretty sure) every continent, with wildly different perspectives, which was absolutely wonderful. The professors were also incredible! I took a social sciences class and a French language elective, and I found both to be excellent professors with whom I'm very glad to have connected."

Elda, Argentina

“Making friends, exchanging experiences, getting to know people – this aspect is very important, because the Summer School is not only about learning. It’s also about the also the cultural experience of living in Paris, which is amazing... There is so much to see and do here in the summer!”

Ruifeng, China

“It was fantastic to be immersed in the French culture and language for a month by living in Paris. The program allowed me to speak French with confidence and to communicate with the locals. I especially appreciated the phonetics class, which taught me many useful tips regarding prononciation and rhythm of the language, which I had never learned in my home university.“

Mary Louise, Tanzania

“The Summer School gives you an international exposure, because in a class of 21 people, you might encounter people representing 18 different nationalities. It’s a very diverse place, which makes it a good place to learn about cultures from different parts of the world. Also, as a renowned university, Sciences Po motivates you to aspire to be like professionals who once studied here. The environment here gives you this power inside which tells you, ‘you are here because you are capable of doing something, of going somewhere.’”

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