Online Learning

Cultivating Curious Minds
  •  Sciences Po student studying online ©Vincent Watel / Sciences Po Sciences Po student studying online ©Vincent Watel / Sciences Po

Every year the Sciences Po Summer School brings together curious minds, who are keen to expand their knowledge of the social sciences through intense coursework, and to expand their perspectives through international friendships. Driven by the challenge to innovate during an unprecedented time, our team has sought to transform our University Programme and Pre-College Programme to meet the growing demands for online learning.

Students, graduates and professionals from around the world can now participate in the Sciences Po Summer School from the comfort of their homes and continue to have access to internationally renowned professors, while connecting to an international online community.

Learning Online Together 

Building on the success of last year’s online offering, the Summer School has developed an expertise in online education and continues to adapt to an evolving educational landscape. In 2021, we welcomed over 150 students representing 37 different nationalities for the online session of the University Programme, while the Online Pre-College Programme gathered together 140 students from over 29 nationalities and representing over 25 countries. Last year the Summer School also transitioned into a different season with the launch of the very first Winter School, providing over 100 students the opportunity to experience a new online winter session of the University Programme.

Although the online courses are certainly intense, creating connections and lasting friendships with classmates from around the world is also a key component of the Summer School experience. Through the exchange of ideas and perspectives, students learn about local and international issues in various countries and continents.

Innovative Pedagogy

What is it that makes the Sciences Po Summer School so appealing to curious minds? Sciences Po’s reputation for academic excellence is often top of mind, but it is the Summer School’s commitment to an innovative pedagogical approach, coupled with a transformative interpersonal experience, that leaves a lasting impression on all participants. Our innovative pedagogical approach is based on three pillars: Interdisciplinarity, the link between theory and practice, and internationalization. These pillars are incorporated into our online course offerings in June and July. Students can delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum by taking one core course of intensive study in areas such as international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.

Pre-College Online Session: World Climate Negotiations Bootcamp

For the first time, the Summer School is offering high school students the opportunity to participate in an online course focused on developing their negotiation skills, as well as introducing them to climate change issues and international relations.

Through this negotiations bootcamp, students will learn about international relations theories and then put them into practice right away with role-playing exercises that include interactive rounds of simulation. Students will be able to combine theoretical insights shared by their professors with collective group work to put their practical experience into perspective. Learn more about the World Climate Negotiations Bootcamp.

University Programme: Online Courses in the Social Sciences Track 

The Summer School will be offering a selection of courses online in June and July in order to allow participants from all over the world to study at Sciences Po this summer.These online courses in the social sciences track will allow students to delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum. Students can choose one core course of intensive study, which takes the form of 36 contact hours per month. Areas of study include international relations, political science, history and human rights.

The following courses in the social sciences track will be offered online this summer:

June Session:

July Session:

Connected Coursework in an Interactive Environment 

Today, students demand for online learning that goes beyond streaming and recorded sessions. Our online courses provide an exclusive experience in a live, synchronous format to allow for students and professors to participate in interactive discussions and debates. Courses are organised in small-group, interactive seminars that are held in 2 to 3-hour time slots and that accommodate various time zones around the world. The seminars include lectures, group sessions and presentations. Class sizes are capped to allow for more intimate interactions and for the opportunity to forge connections through small groups. Students also have access to all of Sciences Po's learning and research tools via their student account, which gives them full access to the online resources of Sciences Po's library.

Curious to learn more about our online courses and our international community at Sciences Po?

Check out our course offerings and apply soon!

Application Deadlines 

University Programme

  • June session: April 14th, 2022
  • July session: May 12th, 2022

Pre-College Programme

  • Online session: May19th, 2022

More from our professors about online learning at the Sciences Po Summer School: 

Professor Emanuele Ferragina is teaching the online course "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective" for the June session of the University Programme.

“It was a fantastic experience. The fact of meeting up every day built a good sense of community. While, I understand that online teaching cannot always replace our traditional way of working, it has some considerable advantage. I think online teaching allows students who are less comfortable to speak publicly to participate more. Honestly, it never happened to me while teaching traditional classes, to have a group of 25 students so involved. The mixture of discussions and the use of the chat made the course incredibly lively, definitely a great experience!”

Here’s our most recent interview with Emanuele to find out more about his approach in addressing these issues and what you can expect to learn in his online courses!

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Summer School Webinars

Sign up today!
  • Sciences Po Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)Sciences Po Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)

Are you curious to know what it would be like to study at Sciences Po during the summer?

Are you a student, graduate or professional looking to expand your knowledge of a social science discipline such as international relations, political science or economics? Perhaps you’re a high school student who would like to find out more about university life?

If so, join our Summer School team for a live online webinar to learn more about our 2022 University Programme and Pre-College Programme at the Sciences Po Summer School in Paris!

These information session webinars will be held entirely in English and will include a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period.

The presentation will help you to find out more about the academic tracks, admissions procedure and activities & cultural programme, as well as life in Paris this summer! You'll also learn more about the options to join us on campus or online from around the world.

Our Summer School team will be available to answer all of your questions about the programmes, and they will also share more about how we are preparing to welcome students in a safe and enjoyable learning environment on campus.

REGISTER HERE TO JOIN US FOR THE NEXT WEBINAR! 

University Programme Webinar:

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)

Pre-College Programme Webinar:

  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)
  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)

Applications for the Summer 2022 programmes are already open. Here’s more info about how to apply and get started!

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Apply to the Summer School

Courses online and on campus this summer!
  • Sciences Po Summer School Student ©Marta Nascimento Sciences Po Summer School Student ©Marta Nascimento

Admissions are open

The Summer School is now accepting applications for the 2022 University Programme and Pre-College Programme.

Apply now via Sciences Po’s online application system.

Given current public health regulations and restrictions on international travel that may prevent some students from attending in person, the Summer School will be offering a selection of courses online in June and July in order to allow participants from all over the world to study at Sciences Po this summer.

The Summer School will also be offering a selection of courses on campus for students who are able to travel to France. The number of students present on campus will be limited in accordance with social distancing and public health measures, allowing us to ensure a safe learning experience for all students.

Building on the Summer School's expertise in online learning, and the success of the 2021 Summer School, we are looking forward to once again providing an enriching and multicultural learning experience for all students online and on campus!

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME

Eligibility: University students, graduates, and professionals, as well as high school students in their final year of secondary studies. Learn more about eligibility and language requirements.

Programme Dates:

  • June session: June 7th - July 1st, 2022
  • July session: July 4th - July 29th, 2022

Students may participate in one or both sessions.

How to Apply: University Programme application instructions.

Application Deadlines:

  • June session: April 15th, 2022
  • July session: May 12th, 2022

The University Programme offers two academic tracks in the social sciences and French language. For each session, students can choose one core course from either academic track and they may choose to take an optional elective course.

For the social sciences track, students have the choice to take a social sciences course online or on campus in Paris, while the French language track will be offered exclusively on campus in Paris.

Students in the social sciences track delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, with courses in international relations, political science, economics, public policy, sociology, history and more. Courses are taught in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers.

*Please note that the course Human Security will now be offered on-campus during the July session

Students in the French language track are placed at one of six levels of French, from complete beginner to advanced. At all levels, classes focus on developing language skills, while also learning about French culture and contemporary issues in France.

Optional elective classes, open to students in both tracks (in the on-campus sessions only), allow participants to explore a new topic, go deeper into a subject of interest or combine the study of social sciences and French language.

Pre-College Programme

Eligibility: High school students who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2022. Learn more about eligibility and language requirements.

Programme Dates:

  • Session 1: June 25th - July 9th, 2022
  • Session 2: July 16th - July 30th, 2022
  • Online Session: June 28th - July 8th, 2022

Students may participate in one or both on-campus sessions or in the new online session.

How to Apply: Pre-College Programme application instructions.

Application Deadlines:

  • Session 1: April 21st, 2022
  • Session 2: May 12th, 2022
  • Online session: May 19th, 2022

The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for high school students to discover university academics at Sciences Po. This summer, students can choose to attend an on-campus session or participate from anywhere in the world through our new online session.

On Campus Sessions in Paris and Reims

During two or four weeks in July, students in the on-campus sessions undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.

Master classes, taught entirely in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers, address current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, while elective classes allow students to delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (international relations, political science, law, etc.).

The first week of the Pre-College Programme takes place on Sciences Po’s campus in the historic city of Reims, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. During the second week, students will take classes in Paris at Sciences Po’s main campus and explore the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

Online Session: World Climate Negotiations Bootcamp

For the first time, the Summer School is offering high school students the opportunity to participate in an online course focused on developing their negotiation skills, as well as introducing them to climate change issues and international relations.

Through this negotiations bootcamp, students will learn about international relations theories and then put them into practice right away with role-playing exercises that include interactive rounds of simulation.

Students will be able to combine theoretical insights shared by their professors with collective group work to put their practical experience into perspective. Learn more about the World Climate Negotiations Bootcamp

Additional Information

Course availability: The Summer School has rolling admissions and admitted candidates may register for courses on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Class sizes are limited and classes will be closed when they fill up.

Housing: The number of spots available in housing options for the University Programme is limited and is not guaranteed for all students. If you would like to ensure that you can reserve housing through the Summer School, we strongly encourage you to apply in advance of the final deadlines. Accommodation is guaranteed for all participants in the Pre-College Programme.

Visas: Every year, a certain number of students need visas in order to attend the Summer School. If this applies to you, please factor this additional time into your application. You will need a Summer School enrolment letter to apply for the visa, which you will only receive once you have been admitted and paid the programme fees.

Covid-19: Sciences Po respects all public health regulations for higher education institutions; measures may evolve following new government recommendations. You can find more information about health regulations currently implemented at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ.

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Covid-19 Information

Travel to France and current regulations
  • Traveling during Covid-19 (photo: pancha.me/Shutterstock)Traveling during Covid-19 (photo: pancha.me/Shutterstock)

In Fall 2021, in-person classes resumed at Sciences Po. While the institution continues to closely follow the global health situation and local public health measures, we look forward to once again opening our doors to students from around the world. In order to help participants organize their plans, please find a summary of current Covid-19 regulations impacting travel and activities in France.

Updated March 24th, 2022.

TRAVEL TO FRANCE

France’s current Covid travel regulations depend on your vaccination status and your country of residence.

Countries have been classified based on health indicators. The lists of countries may be updated as the epidemic situation evolves. You can find a current list of country classifications on the Ministry of the Interior website.

To date, the classification is as follows:

  • "Green" countries/territories: countries/territories in which no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variants of concern are identified. These are the European countries plus Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
  • "Orange" countries/territories: countries/territories where there is active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions. These are all countries/territories not included in the "green" list.

*Travellers are considered fully vaccinated in the following cases:

  • 7 days after receiving a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield).
  • 28 days after receiving one dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  • For persons who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency, 7 days after receiving an additional dose of an EMA-approved mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).
  • Since February 1st, 2022, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a dose of complementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.

Read our brochure Traveling to France during Covid (PDF, 368 KB) for a summary of travel regulations for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

Additionally, please consult the websites of the Ministry of the Interior or France Diplomacy for the most recent Covid travel information.

Please also remember to check standard travel and visa requirements for travel to France. Participants who need a visa should apply for a short-stay visit for tourism.

THE SITUATION AT SCIENCES PO

Sciences Po closely follows the latest government health directives. In-person classes have resumed and the health pass (proof of vaccination or negative Covid test results) is not required for access to teaching, educational activities and libraries. Barrier measures must be strictly respected, and it is compulsory to wear a mask in the interior spaces of the establishment.

Sciences Po has a contract tracing system in place for students who test positive for Covid-19 or who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. The Sciences Po Health Centre is also available to assist students.

You can find current information about Covid-19 procedures at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ.

THE SITUATION IN PARIS AND IN FRANCE

The positive development of the health situation has allowed an easing of the restrictions in force:

  • It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask outdoors;
  • Capacity limits have been lifted in establishments open to the public (cinemas, restaurants, shops, etc.). A health pass is required to enter those public spaces;
  • Festivals and standing concerts resumed on February 17th, 2022, according to a dedicated health protocol
  • The health pass is required in all establishments and public places (restaurants and bars, cultural and entertainment institutions, sports facilities, trains and airports, etc.).

The French health pass allows you to generate a QR code that includes either your proof of vaccination (permanent with respect to booster shots) or the negative results of a Covid test (temporary, only valid for 24 hours).

If you were vaccinated in a Member State of the European Union, Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, the Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom: Your country issues an EU Digital COVID Certificate. You do not need to convert your vaccination certificate.

If you were vaccinated in another country, you can apply to convert your vaccination certificate to a French health pass. Students participating in the Summer or Winter Schools should follow the instructions for non-student foreign nationals. The foreign student procedure is reserved for long-term students traveling on student visas.

If you were vaccinated in another country, you can apply directly at a pharmacy upon your arrival in France to convert your vaccination certificate to a French health pass. The list of pharmacies offering such a service is available here. Students participating in the Summer School should follow the instructions for non-student foreign nationals. The foreign student procedure is reserved for long-term students traveling on student visas.

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2022 University Programme

Study in Paris or online this summer
  • Summer School students studying at the Tuileries Garden ©Marta NascimientoSummer School students studying at the Tuileries Garden ©Marta Nascimiento

The University Programme at the Sciences Po Summer School provides university students, graduates and professionals an engaging learning experience and a unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po over the summer at our Paris campus, or online anywhere in the world!

Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2022 University Programme.

Given current public health regulations and restrictions on international travel that may prevent some students from attending the programme in person, the Summer School will be offering a selection of courses online in June and July in order to allow participants from all over the world to study at Sciences Po this summer.

The Summer School will also be offering a selection of courses on campus in June and July for students who are able to travel to Paris this summer. The number of students present on campus will be limited in accordance with social distancing and public health measures, allowing us to ensure a safe learning experience for all students.

STUDY SOCIAL SCIENCES, FRENCH LANGUAGE, OR BOTH

Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:

Both academic tracks are offered during the June and July sessions. For each session, students pick one core course from either academic track.

For the social sciences track, students have the choice to take a social sciences course online or on campus in Paris.

Given that full immersion in French language and culture is an integral part of the academic experience at the Sciences Po Summer School, the French language track will be offered exclusively on campus in Paris.

Students participating in an on-campus session can choose to take an optional elective course. Elective courses allow participants to explore a new topic, go deeper into a subject of interest or combine the study of social sciences and French language.

STUDY IN THE HEART OF PARIS OR ONLINE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Outside the classroom, participants in the on campus courses will be immersed in French language and culture through daily life in Paris. From Sciences Po’s campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, students can easily reach some of Paris’ most famous landmarks by foot. The Summer School offers a variety of cultural visits and activities to give students the chance to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in career workshops to help them prepare their professional skills for the workplace. Housing options allow students to live together in typical Parisian apartments or student residence halls. Learn more about exploring Paris.

For the online courses, participants will be able to study alongside other students from around the world and connect to an international community that transcends continents and even time zones!

Find out more about the social and cultural programme.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, BECOME PART OF SCIENCES PO'S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students are part of an international community, representing over 65 nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Here’s what some of them had to say about the University Programme:

“My classmates at the Summer School were very friendly and open-minded, and they came from all over the world. The multicultural ambiance was fantastic. The professors were nothing less than excellent, well-prepared and motivating. The French courses were always accompanied with very interesting topics drawn from current events or French culture. It was very enriching to debate these topics in class due to the vast diversity in perspectives given by international students.” - Begona, Italy & Mexico

“The Summer School is an amazing opportunity because you really learn a lot. Our classes are really fun and really open your mind. My classmates are amazing too! We all come from different cultures and backgrounds. The engagement of all these different people from different places around the world makes this a beautiful place to grow because we have so much to offer each other.” - Shamma, United Arab Emirates

“The social science courses I took were excellent. I gained a profound sense of knowledge regarding political science, while getting a well-rounded glimpse of university life. It was a very meaningful experience that I know will help me excel in the future. The Summer School actually helped me to select a college major! And aside from the academics, living in Paris for a month was a blast.” - Qin, China

Find out more about the University Programme's student profiles.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Summer 2022 Calendar

  • June session : June 7th - July 1st, 2022
  • July session : July 4th - July 29th, 2022

Tuition Fees

On Campus Courses:

  • One session on campus: 2500 €
  • Two sessions on campus: 4400 €

Online Courses:

  • One session online: 2000 €
  • Two sessions online: 3500 €

On Campus and Online Option:

  • Two sessions, one online, one on campus: 4000 €
  • Early-bird two sessions: 200 € discount

Admitted students who complete their registration for the programme by March 17th, 2022 are eligible for the early bird discount for two sessions.

Additional fees apply for optional elective classes and accommodations. Get the complete 2022 fees list.

Eligibility

The University Programme is open to university students, graduates and professionals, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enrol in university in Fall 2022. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for this year's Summer School are now open. Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

We are closely monitoring the global health situation in the context of Covid-19. The Summer School is prepared to move sessions entirely online if necessary. As the situation for Summer 2022 becomes clearer, we will adapt our course offering accordingly and update our website with any changes.

Sciences Po respects all public health regulations for higher education institutions; measures may evolve following new government recommendations. You can find more information about health regulations currently implemented at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ.

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2022 Pre-College Programme

Discover university studies this summer
  • PreCollege Summer School students ©Cyrille BEUDOTPreCollege Summer School students ©Cyrille BEUDOT

Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to high 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 university life and academics at France’s leading university in the social sciences.

Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2022 Pre-College Programme.

The Pre-College Programme challenges students’ perspectives and offers them the opportunity to participate in engaging discussions with renowned professors and students from around the world.This summer, students can choose to join us in France for an on campus session or from anywhere in the world through our new online session.

ONLINE SESSION: WORLD CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS BOOTCAMP

For the first time, the Summer School is offering high school students the opportunity to participate in an online course focused on developing their negotiation skills, as well as introducing them to climate change and international relations.

This negotiations bootcamp will not only allow students to learn about international relations theories, but also put them into practice right away through role-playing exercises that include interactive rounds of simulation.

This brand-new online simulation course is ideal for students who are passionate about climate and environmental issues, while also curious to learn more about international relations and diplomacy. Learn more about the World Climate Negotiations Bootcamp

ON CAMPUS SESSIONS

During two or four weeks in July, students in the on campus sessions undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education. Students can choose to participate in one session of two weeks or do both sessions and study for four weeks.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic Master Classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These Master Classes address subjects such as the European Union, global inequalities, and populism, as well as refugee and migrant issues and nuclear weapons challenges. Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology.

Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, such as international relations, political science, sociology or history. Learn more about the academic programme.

Discover Reims and Paris

Students in the on campus sessions of the Pre-College Programme get the chance to live in both Reims and Paris, and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses.

The first week takes place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored former Jesuit college, located in the heart of the historic city centre. Located in the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture. The programme continues with the second week in Paris, where students take classes at Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood.

Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses. A team of certified counsellors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, in a safe and enjoyable environment at Sciences Po. Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus. Discover life outside the classroom.

Make new friends through a social and cultural programme

While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities. The Summer School offers an enriching social and cultural programme. Students have the opportunity to connect and make new friends from around the world through social activities, as well visits of French landmarks, museums and cultural sites.

BECOME A PART OF SCIENCES PO'S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students become part of an international community of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:

“The diversity of student profiles has truly had a huge impact on my experience and made the discussions more entertaining and appealing. I truly enjoy talking with my classmates! I find that they have great mindsets and a very high level of knowledge as well.” -Wonjoon, South Korea

“The Pre-College programme really prepared me for college. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience that I don’t think I would get anywhere else, so this whole experience for me was eye-opening.” -Emma, USA

“You are definitely going to get something out of this programme, whether it’s knowledge, experience or friendships. It’s definitely an opportunity to see the world through a different lens, through the social scientist perspective.” – Kara, Singapore

"This online learning experience made me feel like I was in the classroom. We managed to interact so much. We’ve learned together. We’ve laughed together. We’ve joined the social activities together. I felt that we’ve created a bond, even though it was through a screen, so I’m really grateful for having this class. I think this programme meets the target for how online learning experiences should actually be." - Mara-Denisa, Romania

Find out more about the Pre-College Programme's student profiles.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Dates

  • Session 1: June 25th - July 9th, 2022
  • Session 2: July 16th - July 30th, 2022
  • Online Session: June 28th - July 8th, 2022

Programme Fees

  • 1 session (two weeks): €4830
  • 2 sessions (four weeks): €8550
  • Online session (two weeks): €1230

On Campus Session Fees include:

  • All courses, books and study materials
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Social and cultural programme
  • Transportation during the programme

Online Session Fees include:

  • Online resources and study materials
  • Access to Sciences Po’s library resources

Eligibility

The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2022. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for this year's Summer School are now open. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

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2022 Winter School

Admissions are now open
  • Students at the Sciences Po Paris Campus in the winter ©Caroline Maufroid Students at the Sciences Po Paris Campus in the winter ©Caroline Maufroid

For the first time, Sciences Po will be offering an on-campus winter session of the University Programme during the winter break in January 2022. This inaugural Winter School will allow students to have an intensive learning experience of Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines, while enjoying the city of Paris during the wintertime with an international community of students. The small class sizes provide for an interactive learning environment that creates close connections to other students and professors.

Sciences Po is currently accepting applications for the Winter School via the online application platform. Please read below for application instructions.

STUDY THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HEART OF PARIS

The Winter School provides students the opportunity to explore contemporary challenges by taking one course of intensive study in the social sciences. Taught entirely in English, each course includes 30 contact hours and is worth 4 ECTS. See the course overviews to learn more about these courses.

ENJOY WINTER IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Outside the classroom, participants will be immersed in French language and culture through daily life in Paris. From Sciences Po’s campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, students can easily reach some of Paris’ most famous landmarks on foot. Learn more about exploring Paris.

Students will be able to participate in a variety of social activities and cultural visits, while enjoying a Parisian winter. The programme includes career workshops to help them prepare their professional skills for the workplace. Find out more about the social and cultural programme.

JOIN SCIENCES PO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

In 2021, students from over 31 countries and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds joined the Winter School. Here’s what some of them had to say about the University Programme:

“The backgrounds of the other students are more diverse than I could have ever imagined them to be. The professor is very well informed and there is a nice balance between the lecture formats, smaller group discussions, oral presentations, written papers and guest speakers.” - Hudson, USA

“I think that the diversity really helps because we were able to gather different opinions. The environment is very cooperative; we were able to work so well with each other despite the age, background and profession of all the students.” - Farva, India

“The way in which I will use my studies at the Sciences Po Winter School is to bear in mind how I can be a responsible actor in society to implement sustainable and comprehensive changes, whether it be in my private, academic or professional life.” - Milla, France

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Date

January 5th – January 21st, 2022

Tuition Fees

2 100 €

Eligibility

The Winter School is open to university students, graduates, and professionals, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enrol in university in Fall 2022. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for this year's Winter School are now open. Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

We are closely monitoring the global health situation in the context of Covid-19. The Winter School is prepared to move the January session entirely online if necessary.

Sciences Po respects all public health regulations for higher education institutions; measures may evolve following new government recommendations. You can find more information about health regulations currently implemented at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ.

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Winter School Webinars

Sign up to learn more about the 2022 Winter School in Paris!
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Are you curious to know what it would be like to study in Paris at Sciences Po during the winter?

Are you a student, graduate or professional looking to expand your knowledge of a social science discipline such as international relations, political science or economics? Perhaps you’re looking to gain some ECTS credits during your winter break?

If so, join our Winter School team for a live webinar to learn more about the 2022 Sciences Po Winter School!

These information session webinars will be held entirely in English and will include a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period.

The presentation will help you to find out more about the courses, admissions procedure, accommodations and the activities & cultural programme!

Our team will be available to answer all of your questions about the Winter School, and they will also share more about how we are preparing to welcome students on campus in a safe and enjoyable learning environment in Paris.

Register here to join us for the next webinar! 

Winter School Webinars:

  • Monday, October 18, 2021 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)
  • Tuesday,November 9, 2021 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)

Applications for the 2022 Winter School are now open. Here’s more info about how to apply and get started! The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 25, 2021.

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UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME: SCENES OF SUMMER

Summer 2021 in Paris and online
  • Summer School Students at the Louvre Museum ©Marta NascimentoSummer School Students at the Louvre Museum ©Marta Nascimento

This summer, 300 students from around the world participated in the University Programme, which included both online and on campus sessions! While the June session was entirely online, the July session included an on campus session and an online session. Representing over 45 nationalities and 37 countries, these students took courses in the social sciences and French language, while also experiencing a Parisian summer!

See a selection of photos from the 2021 University Programme.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

SOCIAL SCIENCES, FRENCH LANGUAGE OR BOTH

Making the most out of this unpredictible year, the students in the social sciences track had the opportunity to take a course online or on campus. These keen students explored Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines with a core class that addressed current international issues. Many students enrolled in social sciences courses to expand their understanding of issues they are passionate about such as Sustainable Development and Climate Action, Human Rights and Global Development and the European Union. Other students discovered new topics and gained an increased awareness of Global Diplomacy, Human Security and Media & Politics. The Sciences Po professors and researchers engaged these students in a variety of interactive ways, meeting with students on campus in Paris, as well as staying closely connected to students participating in the online classroom, across continents and time zones.

As immersion in French language and culture is an integral part of the academic experience at the Summer School, the French language track was offered exclusively on campus during the July session. Students in the French language track came to Paris to spend the summer improving their French language skills through intensive classes and workshops adapted to their level. Some students took the classes to gain a new skill, while other students took them to prepare for further advanced studies in French.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES ON CAMPUS AND ONLINE

The Summer School always unites students from many nationalities and countries, but this year the multicultural connections were created on campus and virtually. While some students developed friendships in the classroom and with their professors in Paris, other students around the world virtually welcomed their classmates and professors into the comfort of their own homes. Together they navigated working through group meetings and presentations, while balancing independent study and social time.

EXPLORING PARIS AND STAYING SOCIAL ONLINE

The 2021 Summer School featured an activities programme on campus and online. Students in the on campus session were able to get to know each other outside the classroom, while also discovering Paris and its surroundings. These students participated in tours of Claude Monet’s enchanting gardens at Giverny and the châteaux of the Loire Valley, as well as a Montmartre tour, street art tour and bike tour of Paris.

Students in the online session were also able to get a taste of French culture through virtual tours by expert guides of the Château de Versailles and the Opera Garnier. These students were able to connect with their new friends through ice breakers, escape games and online socials. Students in both sessions were able to participate in career workshops to help them prepare their professional skills for the workplace, as well as attend the Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures to discuss current sociopolitical issues in France and Europe. See a full list of the activities offered in 2021.

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PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

Summer 2021
  • Summer School Pre-College students (photo: Manuel Braun)Summer School Pre-College students (photo: Manuel Braun)

This summer, 140 high school students experienced the Summer School around the world as they participated in the 2021 Online Pre-College Programme.

Joining us from 25 countries and representing 29 nationalities, these enthusiastic students spent two intensive weeks learning more about the social sciences and making friends across continents and time zones. The Summer School offered two sessions of the Pre-College programme during the month of July.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

DISCOVERING UNIVERSITY LIFE

Through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials, students delved into Sciences Po’s core subjects, such as international relations and political science through discussions on current events and major world issues. With the interactive guidance of Sciences Po professors and researchers, students were introduced to the higher education methodology and challenged to meet university standards during their final group presentations.

MAKING FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD

The multicultural classroom environment of the Pre-College Programme expanded ever further this year thanks to the innovative online format of the programme. The students quickly made new friends by coming together through the online social activities organized by the Summer School. After exploring new subjects in class and gaining an understanding of diverse perspectives, the students took the time to get to know each through icebreakers, quizzes and escape games. They also had the chance to virtually visit beloved Parisian landmarks like the Chateau de Versailles, the Opéra Garnier and the Orsay Museum.

ATTENDING MASTER CLASSES AND ELECTIVES

Students attended four Master Classes led by Sciences Po professors and researchers to discuss current issues such as European Contemporary Issues, Human Security, Populism, Sustainable Development and Nuclear Weapons Challenges. Learn more about the 2021 Master Classes and Electives.

They also had the chance to choose one elective course and focus more in depth on a subject of particular interest, such as Foreign Policy and International Relations, International Negotiations and Democracy in Europe. Some students chose electives that allowed them to gain greater awareness of topics such as problem solving, inequalities in social class and rethinking social identities.

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Winter School 2021 Highlights

A New Online Learning Experience
  • Sciences Po Winter School ©Sciences PoSciences Po Winter School ©Sciences Po

Sometimes opportunities arise when you least expect them. Challenging times transform into moments that allow us to expand and innovate. After successfully transitioning the summer programmes online last year, the Sciences Po Summer School offered a bold new initiative to unite students together from around the world, during a different season. In January 2021, Sciences Po launched the very first Winter School with an online winter session of the university programme.

A New Academic Challenge for a New Year 

Students started the New Year challenging themselves academically. By focusing on a course in one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, they expanded their understanding in the areas of international relations, economics and social inequalities, as well as human rights and global development. The 2.5-week intensive online programme allowed them to take their learning beyond borders. Classes transcended time zones and continents, with 104 students participating from 31 different countries and representing 39 nationalities. While some students were just getting their day started, some were squeezing in classes during their work break and others were tuning in before heading to bed.

Their eagerness to keep learning during the winter break was matched only by the enthusiasm of their professors, who ensured their interactive classes inspired lively discussions and debates. The virtual classroom expanded beyond the coursework. Students had the chance to participate in two conferences outside of class, including the Conference: Nuclear Citizens? Being a Citizen in a Nuclear-armed World by Professor Benoît Pelopidas and the Conference: Covid-19, Latest News from the Past by Professor Guillaume Lachenal. The Winter School gave students a good sense of the rigorous academic experience that is distinctive of a Sciences Po education.

Experiencing Paris from Home with New Friends from Around the World 

Though their days were filled with classes, readings and assignments, students also made new friendships and had some time to unwind through the social and cultural programme. The Winter School team brought a touch of Paris into their homes with virtual visits of Parisian landmarks. Students had a peek at some of the masterpieces at the Louvre Museum through a private online visit. A magical evening in Paris seemed to be within reach as they were virtually transported to the banks of the Seine River. They were even able to imagine what life would be like as a king or queen while visiting the Palace of Versailles, all from the comforts of their home. While of course nothing beats being in Paris, it was certainly the next best thing to indulge the inner Francophile!

A Larger Diversity of Professional Profiles Enriches Learning Environment 

The online format of the Winter School allowed for a larger diversity of students that was not only cultural, but also generational. More graduates and professionals joined us than ever before! They ranged in ages and professions, from a new mom on maternity leave, to a business analyst taking classes during his work break, to a doctor participating in classes before seeing patients. Drawn in by the curiosity of a new subject area or enhancing their professional objectives and personal goals, these lifelong learners contributed their extensive experiences to create an even more enriching learning environment for all participants.

We are delighted to continue expanding our programmes to meet the academic aspirations of students from around the world and from a variety of professional backgrounds, who are passionate about the social sciences and desire to experience the academic excellence at Sciences Po.

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2021 University Programme

Study in Paris or online this summer
  • Students at the Sciences Po Paris Campus (photo: Marta Nascimento)Students at the Sciences Po Paris Campus (photo: Marta Nascimento)

The University Programme at the Sciences Po Summer School provides university students and graduates an interactive learning experience and a unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po over the summer at our Paris campus or online, anywhere in the world!

Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2021 University Programme.

Given current public health regulations and restrictions on international travel that may prevent some students from attending the programme in person, the Summer School will be offering a selection of courses online in June and July in order to allow participants from all over the world to study at Sciences Po this summer. 

The Summer School will also be offering a selection of courses on campus for the July session of the University Programme for students who are able to travel to Paris this summer. The number of students present on campus will be limited in accordance with social distancing and public health measures, allowing us to ensure a safe learning experience for all students. 

STUDY SOCIAL SCIENCES, FRENCH LANGUAGE, OR BOTH

Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:

  • study Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as international relations, political science, or economics, in the social sciences track,

  • immerse themselves in intensive language courses in the French language track,

  • combine both subjects through their choice of core and elective courses.

The social sciences track will be offered entirely online for the June session. For the July session, students have the choice to take a social sciences course online or on campus in Paris. 

Given that full immersion in French language and culture is an integral part of the academic experience at the Sciences Po Summer School, the French language track will be offered exclusively on campus in Paris during the July session.

Students participating in the July on-campus session can choose to take an optional elective courseThese elective courses allow participants to explore a new topic, go deeper into a subject of interest or combine the study of social sciences and French language. 

STUDY IN THE HEART OF PARIS or online, anywhere in the world

Outside the classroom, participants in the July on-campus session will be immersed in French language and culture through daily life in Paris. From Sciences Po’s campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, students can easily reach some of Paris’ most famous landmarks on foot. The Summer School offers a variety of cultural visits and activities to give students the chance to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture. Housing options allow students to live together in typical Parisian apartments or student residence halls. Learn more about exploring Paris.

For the online sessions in June and July, participants will be able to study alongside other students from around the world and connect to an international community that transcends continents and even time zones! In 2020, more than 140 students from over 30 countries joined the online edition of the Summer School. 

There will be a separate social and cultural programme for the online session and the on campus session. Both programmes will also include career workshops to help students prepare their professional skills for the workplace. 

Find out more about the social and cultural programme

wherever you are, become part of SCIENCES PO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students are part of an international community, representing over 70 nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Here’s what some of them had to say about the University Programme:

“The professors ask us questions all the time. I really love how they've planned the online classes. There are a lot of debates and interactions, which have been really, really good. For every topic, they bring fresh examples of current events from all over the world. I would just like to emphasize that I'm really impressed with the online system.” - Sofia, Brazil

“My classmates at the Summer School were very friendly and open-minded, and they came from all over the world. The multicultural ambiance was fantastic. The professors were nothing less than excellent, well-prepared and motivating. The French courses were always accompanied with very interesting topics drawn from current events or French culture. It was very enriching to debate these topics in class due to the vast diversity in perspectives given by international students.” - Begona, Italy & Mexico

“The Summer School is an amazing opportunity because you really learn a lot. Our classes are really fun and really open your mind. My classmates are amazing too! We all come from different cultures and backgrounds. The engagement of all these different people from different places around the world makes this a beautiful place to grow because we have so much to offer each other.” - Shamma, United Arab Emirates

“The social science courses I took were excellent. I gained a profound sense of knowledge regarding political science, while getting a well-rounded glimpse of university life. It was a very meaningful experience that I know will help me excel in the future. The Summer School actually helped me to select a college major! And aside from the academics, living in Paris for a month was a blast.” - Qin, China

Find out more about the University Programme's students profiles

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Summer 2021 Calendar

  • June (online) session: June 7th - July 1st, 2021

  • July (online and on campus) session: July 5th - July 30th, 2021

Tuition Fees

  • June (online) session: 2 000 €

  • July (online) session:  2 000 €

  • July (on campus) session: 2 400 €

Additional fees apply for optional elective classes and accommodations. Get the complete 2021 fees list.

Eligibility

The University Programme is open to university students, graduates and professionals, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enrol in university in Fall 2021. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for this year's Summer School are now open. Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

We are closely monitoring the global health situation in the context of Covid-19. The Summer School is prepared to move the July session entirely online if necessary. As the situation for Summer 2021 becomes clearer, we will adapt our course offering accordingly and update our website with any changes.

Sciences Po respects all public health regulations for higher education institutions; measures may evolve following new government recommendations. You can find more information about health regulations currently implemented at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ


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2021 Pre-College Programme

Discover university studies online this summer
  • Summer School students at Sciences Po's Reims Campus (photo: Cyrille Beudot)Summer School students at Sciences Po's Reims Campus (photo: Cyrille Beudot)

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

Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to 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 France’s leading university in the social sciences. 

Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2021 Pre-College Programme.

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.

GET A TASTE OF UNIVERSITY academics

During two or four weeks in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education. Students can choose to participate in one session of two weeks or do both sessions and study for four weeks.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic Master Classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These Master Classes address subjects such as the European Union, global inequalities, and populism, as well as peace-building and sustainable development. Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology.

Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, such as international relations, political science, sociology or history. 

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. 

Learn more about the academic programme.

connecting through a social and cultural online programme

While the academic programme is intense, the Online Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities. The Summer School offers an enriching social and cultural programme online. Students have the opportunity to connect and bond with other students from around the world through icebreakers and collaborative games. The programme also includes virtual visits with professional guides, immersing students in Parisian landmarks and museums, as well as a Sciences Po campus tour and a creativity contest. 

Find out more about the social and cultural programme.

wherever you are, become a part of SCIENCES PO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students become part of an international community of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:

"What I enjoyed the most I'd say is the quality of all the professors. They were truly outstanding! They went out of their way to really provide an interactive experience, great explanations and to include us in their content." - Thibault, France & Netherlands

"The online learning experience made me feel like I was in the classroom. We managed to interact so much. We've learned together. We've laughed together. We've joined the social activities together. I felt that we've created a bond, even though it was through a screen, so I'm really grateful for having this class. I think this programme meets the target for how online learning experiences should really be.  - Mara-Denisa, Romania

"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening." - Jui-Lin, Taiwan

"Most of my classmates are very well informed and I can tell that a lot of them are genuinely passionate about politics. There are many students that have so much knowledge and insight to give to the class. It's very impressive, especially since some of them are only 15, so it definitely enriches the lesson." - Joanna, Greece

Find out more about the Pre-College Programme's student profiles

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Dates:

  • 1st Session : June 28th - July 9th, 2021

  • 2nd Session : July 19th - July 30th, 2021

Learn more about the Programme Calendars: schedule A (PDF, 111 Kb) or schedule B (PDF, 112 Kb).

Programme Fees

  • 1 session (two weeks): 2300 €

  • 2 sessions (four weeks): 4000 €

Fees include:

  • All courses and study materials
  • Online social and cultural programme
  • Access to Sciences Po's library resources 

Eligibility

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

How to Apply

Applications for this year's Summer School are now open. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

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Online Winter School 2021

Spend your winter break with Sciences Po
  • Sciences Po Paris Campus in the winter ©Caroline Maufroid / Sciences PoSciences Po Paris Campus in the winter ©Caroline Maufroid / Sciences Po

For the first time, the Summer School is offering an online winter session of the University Programme during the winter break in January 2021. This brand new Winter School programme allows students to have an intensive online learning experience of Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines, while also being part of an international community of students. The small class sizes provide for an interactive learning environment that create close connections to other students and professors.

Sciences Po is currently accepting applications for the Winter School via the online application platform. Please read below for application instructions.

dates

Winter School session: January 7th – January 22nd, 2021

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

The Winter School provides students the opportunity to explore contemporary challenges by taking one course of intensive study in the social sciences, including international relations, social issues and politics. Classes are led by Sciences Po professors and taught entirely in English. Each course includes 30 contact hours and is worth 4 ECTS. Classes will be held between 13:00 and 17:30 Paris time. The exact schedule may vary by course; individual course schedules will be posted in November. 

course overviews

Winter School students have the opportunity to delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum. Students can choose one core class of intensive online study.

The following courses will be offered this January 2021: 

World Politics

  • Professor: Hélène Thiollet

  • Disciplines: International Relations, Political Science

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "World Politics" (Pdf, 560 KB).

See the 2021 class schedule for "World Politics (Pdf, 299 KB).

Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina

  • Disciplines: Sociology, Social Policy

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks" (Pdf, 475 KB).

See the 2021 class schedule for "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks" (Pdf, 313 KB).

Learn more about the course in this interview with Professor Ferragina. 

The Age of Economists: Globalization, Growth and Inequalities

  • Professor: David Duhamel

  • Disciplines: Economics, History

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "The Age of Economists" (Pdf, 567 KB).

See the 2021 class schedule for "The Age of Economists" (Pdf, 306 KB).

Learn more about the course in this interview with Professor Duhamel

Human Rights and Global Development

  • Professors: Jeremy Perelman, Olivier De Schutter, Joaquin Velez Navarro 

  • Disciplines: Law, International Relations

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Human Rights and Global Development" (Pdf, 547 KB).

See the 2021 class schedule for "Human Rights and Global Development" (PDF, 318 KB).

Cultural and social activities

In addition to the academic programme, the Winter School includes a wide variety of social and cultural activities to allow students to get to know each other outside of class. These include a virtual campus visit, conferences and debates on current events, and virtual cultural visits of sites such as Versailles, Notre Dame, or the Louvre, led by professional guides.

See the 2021 Winter School Schedule of Classes and Activities. (PDF, 365 MB)

Eligibility

The Winter School 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, students benefit from this unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po.

Candidates must be in one of 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.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age.

HOW TO APPLY

Sciences Po is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Winter School. All applications to the Winter School must be completed via Sciences Po's online application platform.

The Winter School has rolling admissions; the admission jury meets regularly and candidates may expect to receive a response approximately one week after submitting a complete application.

Courses are open to admitted students on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed when they are full.  Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply in advance to ensure availability in their first-choice class, if they are admitted.

The final deadline to submit an application to the Winter School is Wednesday, November 25th.

ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applications must be completed via the Sciences Po online application platform. Once you have created your account, it is essential to carefully read the instructions at the beginning of the application. You can return to these instructions at any time during your application by clicking on the drop-down link “Help” under your name in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.

You must choose one course to which you wish to apply for the Winter School. If you wish, you may also select a second choice course.

INFORMATION REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

Candidates will need to provide the following information and documents as part of their application:

  • Personal information (name, address, etc.)
  • Identity card or passport
  • Identity photo
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic background information: 
  1. Certificate of enrolment (if currently a student)
  2. Academic transcript (required for current students, recommended for graduates)
  3. Copy of previous diploma(s) obtained (if applicable)
  • Professional background information (if applicable)
  • Language level verification for candidates who are not native English speakers. See how to demonstrate your level of English below.
  • Explanation of motivation: this is an opportunity for you to explain your goals for your course of study at the Sciences Po Winter School. The text space is limited to 1000 words or less. We strongly encourage candidates to prepare their response in advance of logging on so as to streamline your application process and to give due thought to this critical component of your application.

APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE

A non-refundable 40€ application fee must be paid upon submission of your application. Payment is only by credit card on the application platform.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

Candidates for the Winter School who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate advanced English proficiency in one of three ways:

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

The following tests and minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL (IBT): 90 - Comprehension (Reading + Listening) minimum: 46 ; Expression (Speaking + Writing) minimum: 44.
  • IELTS: 6.5, no subscore under 5.5
  • TOEIC - "Listening and reading": 945/990 ; "Speaking and writing" : 310/400
  • Cambridge English: First (CEF) - "Reading" and "Listening": grade A (minimum:180) ; "Use of English", "Writing" and "Speaking" minimum: grade B (minimum: 173)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

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.

Please note that two years of English language courses alone are not sufficient.

Option 3 : Complete a Summer School English language assessment and upload it as part of your application file.

Tuition fees

  • Fees: 1500 €

View the Winter School 2021 Refund, Cancellation and Modification Policy (PDF, 485 KB).

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University Programme: Scenes of Summer

Summer 2020
  • Student at her computer © Shutterstock / Dragon ImagesStudent at her computer © Shutterstock / Dragon Images

For the very first time, the Summer School’s University Programme transformed into an online edition! For four weeks in July, 135 students representing 37 different nationalities, and many time zones, experienced the Summer School from home.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

SOCIAL SCIENCES OR FRENCH LANGUAGE

Making the most out of this unique year, the students in the social sciences track took on the challenge of a new online learning experience. These keen students explored Sciences Po’s fundamental disciplines with a core class that addressed current international issues. Many students enrolled in social sciences courses to expand their understanding of issues they are passionate about such as Sustainable Development and Climate Action, Human Rights and Global Development and the European Union. Other students discovered new topics and gained an increased awareness of Global Diplomacy, Human Security and Globalization, Growth and Inequalities. The Sciences Po professors and researchers engaged these students in a variety of interactive ways to stay connected and close, as the classroom crossed the continents and time zones.

Students in the French language track spent the summer improving their French language skills through intensive online classes and workshops adapted to their level. Some students took the classes to gain a new skill and stay productive during confinement periods, while other students studied French to prepare for further advanced studies in French.

DIVERSITY ONLINE

The Summer School always unites students from many nationalities and countries, but this year the diversity expanded into their own homes as students virtually welcomed their classmates and professors into the comfort of their own homes. Together they navigated working together through Zoom meetings and breakout sessions, while balancing independent study and social time.

STAYING SOCIAL

Although they could not explore Paris together this year, this did not stop the students from staying social and making new friends. By participating in a variety of online social activities organized by the Summer School, students went beyond their screens and made friends across borders. They participated in icebreakers and escape games, and even visited beloved French landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palace of Versailles through virtual tours by expert guides.

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Pre-College Programme Highlights

Summer 2020
  • Summer School Pre-College students (photo: Manuel Braun)Summer School Pre-College students (photo: Manuel Braun)

This summer, 111 high school students experienced the Summer School in a new digital format as they participated in the first online edition of the Pre-College Programme.

Joining us from 26 countries and representing 29 nationalities, these enthusiastic students spent two intensive weeks learning more about the social sciences and making friends across time zones.

Here are some highlights from their summer:

DISCOVERING UNIVERSITY LIFE

Through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials, students delved into Sciences Po’s core subjects, such as international relations and political science through discussions on current events and major world issues. With the interactive guidance of Sciences Po professors and researchers, students were introduced to the higher education methodology and challenged to meet university standards during their final group presentations.

MAKING FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD

The multicultural classroom environment of the Pre-College Programme expanded ever further this year thanks to the innovative online format of the programme. Although they were separated by time zones and continents, the students quickly made new friends by coming together through the online social activities organized by the Summer School. After exploring new subjects in class and gaining an understanding of diverse perspectives, the students took the time to get to know each through icebreakers, quizzes and escape games. They also had the chance to virtually visit beloved Parisian landmarks like the Opéra Garnier and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

ATTENDING MASTER CLASSES AND ELECTIVES

Students attended four Master Classes led by Sciences Po professors and researchers to discuss current issues such as European Contemporary Challenges, Human Security, Populism and Sustainable Development. Learn more about the 2020 Master Classes and Electives.

They also had the chance to choose one elective course and focus more in depth on a subject of particular interest, such as Foreign Policy and International Relations, International Negotiation and Democracy in Europe. Some students chose electives that allowed them to gain greater awareness of topics such as After the Pandemic, Problem Solving 101 and Understanding Inequalities in Social Class.

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Online Summer School
  • Summer School students on an excursion to Les Invalides (photo: Didier Pazery)Summer School students on an excursion to Les Invalides (photo: Didier Pazery)

The Summer School’s University Programme is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po, France's leading university in the social sciences.

Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2020 University Programme.

Online courses for Summer 2020

After careful consideration of the global health situation, the Sciences Po Summer School has decided to cancel the June session of the University Programme and move a selection of July session courses online for Summer 2020. While we are not able to welcome students on campus, we are committed to providing a safe and enriching academic experience that maintains Sciences Po’s rigorous academic standards

Online courses are organized in small-group, interactive seminars. Courses take place via the Zoom platform in a live, synchronous format to allow for maximum interaction. Course length and content is designed for the online format so that students can take full advantage of this learning experience. Students also have access to all of Sciences Po's online learning and research tools via their student account, which gives them full access to the online holdings of Sciences Po's library.

Study French Language or Social Sciences

Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:

Study Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as international relations, political science, or economics, in the social sciences track.

All classes are taught in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers. Courses taught online in Summer 2020 include :

  • The Age of Economists: Globalization, Growth and Inequalities
  • The European Union at a Crossroads
  • Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
  • Human Rights and Global Development
  • Human Security
  • Sustainable Development and Climate Action

Immerse themselves in intensive French language study in the French language track.

The French language track offers courses for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced speakers. Classes focus on developing language skills while also delving into French culture and contemporary issues in France. Small, interactive classes allow students to make rapid progress and improve their communication and comprehension skills.

JOIN SCIENCES PO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students are part of an international community. In 2019, students representing over 60 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds participated in the Summer School. The Summer School is currently creating a virtual social and cultural programme to allow participants to take part in the multicultural social environment of the Summer School and to discover Paris through unique online activities.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Summer 2020 Calendar

  • Online session: 29 June - 24 July 2020

Tuition Fees

  • Social sciences track: 2 000 €
  • French language track: 1 800 €

Eligibility

The University Programme is open to university students and graduates, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enroll in university in Fall 2020. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and language requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. The deadline to apply to the University Programme is 5 June 2020Learn more about the application process.

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2020 Pre-College Programme

Online Summer School
  • Pre-College students gather on the Reims campus (photo: Cyrille Beudot)Pre-College students gather on the Reims campus (photo: Cyrille Beudot)

Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to 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 academics at one of France’s leading universities.

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Online Courses for Summer 2020

After careful consideration of the global health situation, the Sciences Po Summer School has decided to cancel the 1st session of the Pre-College Programme and move the 2nd session online for Summer 2020. While we are not able to welcome students on campus, we are committed to providing a safe and enriching academic experience that maintains Sciences Po’s rigorous academic standards

Courses take place via the Zoom platform in a live, synchronous format to allow for maximum interaction. Online courses are organized in the same format as offline courses; master classes are taught in a lecture format with all participants, while tutorials and elective classes are organized as small-group, interactive seminars. Course length and content is designed for the online format so that students can take full advantage of this learning experience.

Students also have access to all of Sciences Po's online learning and research tools via their student account, which gives them full access to the online holdings of Sciences Po's library.

GET A TASTE OF UNIVERSITY LIFE

The Pre-College Programme gives high school students a taste of university academics through rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, populist movements, peace-building and sustainable development. Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology. Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, or sociology).

Master classes and tutorials are taught exclusively English, while students have a choice between social sciences elective classes taught in English or French.

Learn more about the academic programme.

JOIN SCIENCES PO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Summer School students are part of an international community, made up of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. In 2019, participants represented 37 different nationalities from 35 different countries. This year, the Summer School is creating a virtual social and cultural programme to allow participants to take part in the multicultural social environment of the Summer School. This optional programme will include guided virtual tours, icebreakers and collaborative games in order to foster student interactions and the discovery of France and Sciences Po.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Summer 2020 Calendar

  • Online session: 20 July – 31 July 2020

Programme fees

  • Online session:  2 300 €

Fees include:

  • All courses, e-books, and study materials
  • Virtual social and cultural activities

Eilgibility

The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2020. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. All students must demonstrate the required level of English and participants who wish to take a class taught in French will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of French.

Learn more about eligibility criteria and language requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. The application deadline for the Pre-College Programme is 19 June 2020.

Learn more about the application process.

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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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Pre-College Programme Highlights

Summer 2019
  • In Summer 2019, 122 high school students studied at Sciences Po.In Summer 2019, 122 high school students studied at Sciences Po.

In July 2019, Sciences Po opened its doors to 122 high-school students from around the world for the third edition of the Pre-College Programme.

See some of the moments captured during the session in the 2019 Pre-College Programme photo album.

Here are some highlights from their experience with the Summer School:

Discovering University Life

Students devoted three weeks in July to the intensive study of social sciences, with elective courses in French language or a social sciences discipline. Through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials, students delved into Sciences Po’s core subjects, such as international relations and political science through discussion of current events and major world issues. Through the mentorship of Sciences Po professors and researchers, students were introduced to higher education methodology and challenged to meet university standards during their final group presentations. They also had the chance to study on Sciences Po’s exceptional historical campus in Reims and on the flagship Paris campus.

Meeting International Students

With participants coming from various global backgrounds and perspectives, the Pre-College Programme is truly an international experience.  Reflecting the multiculturalism of the entire Sciences Po community, the 2019 student cohort represented 37 different nationalities and 35 countries of studies - from France, Singapore and the USA to Brazil, South Africa, Qatar, India and the UK.

Attending Master Classes and Electives

Students attended six conferences led by Sciences Po professors and researchers, to discuss current issues such as international law, migration issues, peace-building and sustainable development. Learn more about the 2019 Master Classes.

They also had the chance to choose one elective course to delve into a subject of particular interest, such as international negociations, migration, gender, or to study French as a foreign language. Learn more about the 2019 elective classes.

Exploring France

While the academic programme was intense, the Pre-College Programme made time for extracurricular activities. The first two weeks of the programme were spent in the city of Reims, where students toured by day the renowned Reims Cathedral, built in 1275, and attended the Cathedral light and music show by night. Students also went on kayaking excursions in the surrounding Champagne region and visited various cultural monuments and centers such as the Sainte Clotilde Basilica and the medieval Palace of Tau, a sight of royal coronation dating back to the 8th century. Students’ skills were put to the test during an Escape Game and enjoyed getting to know each other over soccer games, typical French games such as pétanque, and preparing for the talent show that would take place in Paris on the last day of the programme.  

During the final week in Paris, the group went on excursions through Paris’s most charming neighborhoods, such as Montmartre, where they visited the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and the historic Marais district. Upon exploring the Latin Quarter, students strolled through the Jardin des Plantes, Paris’s famous botanical gardens (dating back 400 years) to arrive at the Grand Mosque for tea. Students were exposed to a wide range of museums and monuments throughout the capital, such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Pantheon, the Orsay Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and the Montmartre Museum.

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Apply to the 2019 Summer School

  • Students exploring Paris in Summer 2018 (photo: Didier Pazery, 2018)Students exploring Paris in Summer 2018 (photo: Didier Pazery, 2018)

The deadline to apply to the 2019 Summer School is rapidly approaching!

Course availability: The Summer School has rolling admissions and admitted students may register for courses on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Class sizes are limited and classes will be closed when they fill up.

Housing: The number of spots available in housing options for the University Programme is limited and is not guaranteed for all students. If you would like to ensure that you can reserve housing through the Summer School, we strongly encourage you to apply in advance of the final deadlines. Accommodation is guaranteed for all participants in the Pre-College Programme.

Visas: Every year, a certain number of students need visas in order to attend the Summer School. If this applies to you, please factor this additional time into your application. You will need a Summer School enrolment letter to apply for the visa, which you will only receive once you have been admitted and paid the programme fees.

Apply now via Sciences Po’s online application system.

University Programme

Application deadlines:

  • June session: 15 April 2019
  • July session: 15 May 2019

Programme info:

Held on the Paris campus in the heart of the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, the University Programme proposes two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. Both academic tracks are offered during the June and July sessions. Each session, students pick one core course from either academic track and, in addition, may choose to take an optional elective class.

  • Students in the social sciences track delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines, with courses in international relations, political science, economics, public policy, sociology, history and more.  Courses are taught in English by Sciences Po professors.
  • Students in the French language track are placed at one of six levels of French, from complete beginner to advanced. At all levels, students take a variety of courses to reinforce language learning while benefiting from immersion in Paris.
  • Optional elective classes, open to students in both tracks, allow participants to explore a new topic, delve into a subject of interest, or combine the study of French language and social sciences.

Pre-College Programme

Application deadline: 30 April 2019

Programme info:

The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for secondary school students to discover university life and academics at Sciences Po. Master classes, taught entirely in English by Sciences Po professors and researchers, address current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, while elective classes allow students to delve into one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (international relations, political science, law, etc.) or to study French as a foreign language.

The first two weeks of the Pre-College Programme take place on Sciences Po’s campus in the historic city of Reims, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. During the final week in Paris, students take classes on Sciences Po’s Paris campus and explore the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

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2019 University Programme Course List

  • 2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)

This June and July, students in the Summer School’s 2019 University Programme will be able to choose from a wide variety of core and elective courses in both social sciences and French language.

Download the 2019 Academic Overview for the University Programme (PDF, 891 KB) for the full course list.

Participants have their choice of:

  • Session: The Summer School offers two distinct four-week sessions in June and July.  Participants may choose to attend one or both sessions.  Both academic tracks are offered each session.
  • Core course: Each session, students choose one core course in either the social sciences track or the French language track for intensive study for the duration of the session.  Students who attend both sessions may choose to remain in the same track, or switch tracks after the first session.
  • Elective class: In addition to their core course, participants may choose to take an optional elective course, which will be held three afternoons per week.

Download the schedules for the June (PDF, 177 KB) and July sessions (PDF, 177 KB).

More Information

Get more information about the 2019 University Programme.

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2019 Pre-College Programme Course List

  • 2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)2018 Summer School students in class (photo: Didier Pazery)

The course list for our 2019 Pre-College Programme is now available! Between Master Classes on current affairs, interactive tutorials, and a variety of elective courses, students are sure to have an enriching summer.

The academic programme represents about 48 class hours in total, spread over the course of three weeks (7-27 July 2019). Participants tackle rigorous academic content through an interdisciplinary lens, exploring current issues in international relations, political science and more. All the students attend the same core courses in the social sciences and take an elective class of their choice.

Core courses in the social sciences

Core courses, taught entirely in English, are meant to introduce students to Sciences Po’s core disciplines, through a combination of Master Classes and tutorials (about 30 contact hours). Students will attend a series of six 2.5-hour Master Classes, taught by Sciences Po professors and researchers that will delve into current world issues. The first week will be dedicated to European issues, the second week will delve into international governance, and the last two Master Classes will address current transnational challenges. 

In preparation for Master Classes, students will participate in interactive, small-group tutorials that will allow them to develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed.

Find out more about the 2019 Pre-College Programme's Master Classes. 

Elective courses

In addition to their core courses, students will participate in one elective class of their choice (about 18 contact hours). Students will be able to choose one elective course among different options (within the limits of spots available): either a French language course or an introductory workshop to one of Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as political science, international relations, or sociology.

Option 1: Elective French Language course

French as a foreign language classes are available at the beginner and intermediate levels. Following a holistic approach to language mastery, French language classes will introduce students to French culture, literature and methodology while improving their knowledge of the French language.

For more information on what a typical French language class looks like, download the course overview for French as a foreign language - Intermediate levels (PDF, 666 KB) or French as a foreign language - Beginner levels (PDF, 178 KB).

Option 2: Elective Social Sciences workshop

The following workshops will be available in 2019:

Read more about the 2019 Pre-College Programme's elective courses. 

More information

Download the Academic Overview (PDF, 778 Ko) for the 2019 Pre-College Programme.

Get the provisional calendar (PDF, 497 KB) for the 2019 Pre-College Programme.

Find more information about the Pre-College Programme.

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2019 University Programme

Live and study in the 'City of Light' this summer
  • Summer School students on a 'History of Paris' visit (photo: Didier Pazery)Summer School students on a 'History of Paris' visit (photo: Didier Pazery)

The Summer School’s University Programme is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on our Paris campus.

Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2019 University Programme.

Study social sciences, French language, or both

Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:

Both academic tracks are offered during the June and July sessions. Each session, students pick one core course from either academic track and, in addition, may choose to take an optional elective class.

Download the 2019 Academic Overview for the University Programme (PDF, 545 KB).

Live and study in the heart of Paris

Outside the classroom, participants are immersed in French language and culture through daily life in Paris. From Sciences Po’s campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, students can easily reach some of Paris’ most famous landmarks on foot. The Summer School also proposes a variety of cultural visits and activities to give students the chance to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture. Housing options allow students to live together in typical Parisian apartments or student residence halls. Learn more about exploring Paris.

Join Sciences Po’s international community

Summer School students are part of an international community, representing over 70 nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds.  Here’s what some of them had to say about the University Programme:

“The social science courses I took were excellent. I gained a profound sense of knowledge regarding political science while getting a well-rounded glimpse of university life. It was a very meaningful experience that I know will help me excel in the future. The Summer School actually helped me to select a college major! And aside from the academics, living in Paris for a month was a blast.” - Qin, China

“My classmates at the Summer School were very friendly and open-minded, and they came from all over the world. The multicultural ambiance was fantastic. The professors were nothing less than excellent, well-prepared and motivating. The French courses were always accompanied with very interesting topics drawn from current events or French culture. It was very enriching to debate these topics in class due to the vast diversity in perspectives given by international students.” - Begona, Italy & Mexico

“Living in Paris was amazing because it’s so different from Melbourne, where I’m living right now. Everyday after class I would explore the city, visit museums and attend different expositions... it was a culturally enriching experience  Actually living in Paris for a month here meant that I could immerse myself and partake in activities that locals would do, as opposed to coming here as a tourist on vacation. One of the best parts was seeing the hidden spots in Paris where you won’t find many tourists! ” - Doorgesha, Mauritius

Practical information

Summer 2019 Calendar

  • June session: 3-28 June 2019
  • July session: 2-26 July 2019

Tuition Fees

  • One session (4 weeks): 2 400 €
  • Two sessions (8 weeks): 4 200 €
  • Early bird fee for two sessions:  4 000 €

Admitted students who complete their registration for the program by March 17, 2019 are eligible for the early bird discount for two sessions.

Additional fees apply for optional elective classes and accommodation. Get the complete 2019 fees list.

Eligibility

The University Programme is open to university students and graduates, as well as students in their final year of secondary school who will enroll in university in Fall 2019.  Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 10th, 2019. Applying to the University Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

Download the brochure for the 2019 University Programme (PDF, EN, 3.17 MB).

View the photo album from the 2018 University Programme.

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2019 Pre-College Programme

This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po
  • Students on the Reims Campus (photo: Manuel Braun)Students on the Reims Campus (photo: Manuel Braun)

Every summer, Sciences Po opens its doors to 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.

Sign up for our Newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2019 Pre-College Programme.

Get a taste of university life

During three weeks in July, students undertake rigorous coursework in the social sciences, which introduces them to the key disciplines and methodologies of a Sciences Po education.

Participants explore current international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective through thematic master classes taught by Sciences Po professors. These master classes address subjects such as the European Union, migration, peace-building and sustainable development.  Interactive tutorials reinforce learning, while preparing students for university studies through an emphasis on academic methodology.

Elective classes allow students to focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law or history) or to study the French language.

Learn more about the academic programme.

Explore Reims and Paris

During the Pre-College Programme, students get the chance to live in both Reims and Paris, and study on two of Sciences Po’s most beautiful campuses.

The first two weeks take place on the Reims campus of Sciences Po, a beautifully restored historical site located in the heart of the city.  A medium-sized city in the heart of France’s famous Champagne region, Reims is an ideal location for participants to immerse themselves in French life and culture.  The programme culminates with a week in Paris, where students take classes on Sciences Po’s flagship campus in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, and discover the capital’s landmarks and cultural sites.

Participants are housed together in shared rooms located in proximity to the Sciences Po campuses.  A team of certified counselors, present 24 hours a day, ensures that students enjoy the best possible conditions for learning, comfort and security at Sciences Po.  Meals are provided by the Summer School both on and off-campus.

Discover life outside the classroom.

Join Sciences Po’s international community

Summer School students are part of an international community, made up of students who come from around the world and share a common passion for the social sciences. Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about their experience in the Pre-College Programme:

"Sciences Po has been a great opportunity to discover what I truly want to do after my studies. Also, people here come from different backgrounds, and getting to know their cultures, values, political opinions, or simply their opinions on life is amazing." - Elisa, France & Greece

"What I liked most about being in France was getting to know the locals, interacting with them, and getting an idea of what it would be like to actually live and study here in the future." - Lina, Sweden

"I loved being able to understand a European perspective on global politics. I also met so many peers from a wide range of different countries, which was very eye-opening." - Jui-Lin, Taiwan

Find out more about Pre-College Programme's student profiles

Practical information

Session dates: 7-27 July 2019

Programme Fees: 5,350€

Fees include:

  • All courses, books, and study materials
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Excursions and activities
  • Transportation during the programme

Eligibility

The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2019. Candidates must be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 10th, 2019. Applying to the Pre-College Programme requires the successful completion of a selective application process; candidates must submit an online application, which will be reviewed by an admissions jury. Learn more about the application process.

For more information

Download the brochure for the 2019 Pre-College Programme (PDF, 4.76 MB).

View the photo album from the 2018 Pre-College Programme.

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