University Programme: Scenes of Summer

University Programme: Scenes of Summer

Summer 2019
  • Scenes from the 2019 University Programme (photo: Didier Pazery)Scenes from the 2019 University Programme (photo: Didier Pazery)

Student life at Sciences Po thrives even after the academic year has come to an end.  This June and July, the Summer School’s University Programme welcomed almost 450 participants from nearly 50 different countries on Sciences Po’s Paris campus.

See a full selection of photos from the 2019 University Programme.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

Study social sciences, French language, or both

Students in the social sciences track delved into Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines with a core class that addressed current international issues.  Many students enrolled in social sciences courses to complement their home university studies, while others sought to expand their horizons and discover various topics ranging from Human Rights and Global Development, to Media and Politics, Global Migration Governance, the European Union at a Crossroads, Populism in Europe and the Americas, and Sustainable Development, all under the instruction of Sciences Po professors and researchers.

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. While many participants studied French language in order to advance in their academic and professional goals in a French context, others were motivated to try something new and become fully immersed in French and Parisian culture.

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

International exchange

The Summer School is a microcosm of the international environment of Sciences Po, reflected through the nearly 70 different nationalities within this year’s student cohort.  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

While Paris ranks as one of the most exciting cities for student life worldwide, summertime in Paris creates an especially unique atmosphere for our students.  Each summer, numerous celebratory and cultural events take place across the capital, such as the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day), where live music floods the streets of Paris on the longest day of the year.  On July 14th, students gazed at the dazzling fireworks launched from the Eiffel Tower, celebrating Bastille Day with Parisians and tourists alike.  Participants also benefitted from student discounts at museums, venturing into the Musée du Louvre after sundown or the Musée d’Orsay between classes.  Needless to say, living in the City of Lights is a learning experience outside the classroom as well!

The 2019 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 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, explored some of the city’s most charming neighborhoods by bike, participated in French patisserie cooking classes, and enjoyed organized outings to Parisian parks, cafés, 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 2019.

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