Online Learning at the Summer School

Cultivating Curious Minds and Connecting an International Community
  •  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. While in previous years this experience has taken place on the Paris Campus of Sciences Po, this opportunity has now expanded beyond France. Driven by the challenge to innovate during an unprecedented time, our team has sought to transform our University 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 renowned professors, while connecting to an international online community.

Learning Online Together

Building on the success of last year’s first online offering, the Summer School has developed an expertise in online education and continues to adapt to an evolving educational landscape. In 2020, we welcomed 140 students representing 37 different nationalities for an online edition of the University Programme; 97% of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with this experience. Earlier this year, the Summer School transitioned into a different season with the launch of the very first Winter School, providing 104 students the opportunity to experience a new online winter session of the University Programme.

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.

Take a look at the online courses for June and July 2021.

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 2-3 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. Learning extends beyond the coursework, as students can participate in the Summer School's Speaker Series with public and academic speakers from the Sciences Po community. These online conferences allow participants to discuss key issues with experts and thus further their understanding of issues in France and Europe.

Creating a Community with Global Perspectives

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. After classes, students can get to know each other and enjoy a variety of online social and cultural activities organized by the Summer School team. These include icebreakers, coffee socials and escape games, as well a campus tour and a presentation about further studies at Sciences Po. For the Francophiles and those curious to learn more about French culture, there are several virtual visits of French landmarks and museums, such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Louvre Museum, which is the most visited museum in the world! This year we are also offering professional skills workshops to help students explore and develop skills that are important for the workplace, such as presentation skills and online professional branding. Here’s more about our social and cultural programme.

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

Check out our course offering and here's how to apply soon!

Application Deadline

  • June session (online): May 3rd, 2021
  • July session (online and on campus): May 31st, 2021

More from our professors about online learning at the sciences po Summer School:

Professor Emanuele Ferragina is teaching two online courses for the University Programme during the 2021 Summer School: "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective"(June session) and “A Rising Invisible Majority? Capital, Labour and the Welfare State in Contemporary Political Economy” (July session).

“It was a fantastic experience. The fact of meeting up every day for almost three weeks 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!

During the June online session of the University Programme, Professor Tatiana Coutto will be teaching the course “Media and Politics,” together with Professor Emiliano Grossman.

“There is a critical perspective that comes naturally from the discussions, from the debates, and from the lectures. I would say the main takeaway of the course is the combination of the concepts, data analysis and the critical perspective that comes from working in an international online environment.” –Professor Tatiana Coutto

In this interview, Professors Tatiano Coutto and Emiliano Grossman share about how their online course helps students better understand the complex relationship between media and politics, while also learning new transferable skills for the future.

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2021 Summer School Webinars

Sign up for a webinar to learn more about our programmes!
  • 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 prepare for university studies?

If so, join our Summer School team for a live webinar to learn more about our 2021 University Programme and Pre-College Programme at the Sciences Po Summer 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 academic tracks, admissions procedure and the activities & cultural programme!

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 both online and on campus in a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Register here to join us for the next webinar!

University Programme Webinar:

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)

Pre-College Programme Webinar:

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2pm (CET, Paris time)

Applications for the Summer 2021 programmes are already open. Here’s more info about how to apply and get started!

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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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Apply to the Summer School

  • Summer School students at Sciences Po (photo: Manuel Braun)Summer School students at Sciences Po (photo: Manuel Braun)

Given current public health regulations and restrictions on international travel that may prevent some students from attending the University 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.

Due to the suspension of residential summer camps in France, the 2021 Pre-College Programme will be offered entirely online for both sessions.

Building on the Summer School's expertise in online learning, and the success of the 2020 Online Summer School, we are looking forward to once again providing an enriching and multicultural learning experience for all students online and on campus!

ADMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

The Summer School is now accepting applications for the 2021 University Programme and Pre-College Programmes.

Apply now via Sciences Po’s online application system.

You can also participate in one of our live information session webinars to meet our Summer School team and learn more about the programmes and application process.

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 (online): June 7th - July 1st, 2021
  • July session (online and on campus): July 5th - July 30th, 2021

How to apply : University Programme application instructions.

Application deadlines:

  • June session (online): May 3rd, 2021
  • July session (online and on campus): May 31st, 2021

The University Programme offers two academic tracks in the social sciences and French language.

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

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 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.

Students participating in the July on-campus session can choose to take an optional elective course. These 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.

Pre-College Programme

Eligibility : High school students who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2021. Learn more about eligibility and language requirements.

Programme dates :

  • First session: June 28th - July 9th, 2021
  • Second session: July 19th - July 30th, 2021

How to apply : Pre-College Programme application instructions.

Application deadline :

  • First session: May 21st, 2021
  • Second session: June 11th, 2021

The Pre-College Programme is a unique opportunity for secondary school students to discover university 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.).

This online 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 online programme to recreate the multicultural social environment of the Summer School.

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.

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: At this time, the Summer School plans for some of the courses for the July session of the University Programme to take place in-person on Sciences Po's Paris campus. However, we are closely monitoring the global health situation in the context of Covid-19. The Summer School is prepared to move these courses 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. The Pre-College Programme will remain online for both sessions.

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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2020 University Programme

Online Summer School

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.

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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 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.

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

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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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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University Programme Highlights

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

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

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

Here are some highlights from their summer:

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

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

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

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

International exchange

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

Exploring Paris

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

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

Read what some 2018 students have to say:

Joshua, USA

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

Elda, Argentina

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

Ruifeng, China

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

Mary Louise, Tanzania

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

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Scenes from Summer

2018 Pre-College Programme
  • 2018 Pre-College students on the Reims campus (photo: Caroline Fauvel)2018 Pre-College students on the Reims campus (photo: Caroline Fauvel)

In July 2018, 101 students from around the world came to Sciences Po to participate in the second edition of the Pre-College Programme.

Check out a collection of summer snapshots by visiting the 2018 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 2018 student cohort represented 37 different nationalities and 32 countries of studies - from France, China and the USA to Italy, Malaysia, Ivory Coast, India and Turkey.

Attending Master Classes

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 2018 Master Classes.

Exploring France

While the academic programme was intense, the Pre-College Programme made time for extracurricular activities. Weekdays were spent in the city of Reims, where students toured by day the renowned Reims Cathedral, built in 1275, and attended the Cathedral light & music show by night.

Students spent the first weekend of the programme in the charming city of Strasbourg -- classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site -- in Eastern France. Students had the special opportunity to visit the Council of Europe, one of Europe’s largest and most reputable international organizations working to support human rights and democratic governance. Students strolled past picturesque half-timbered houses through the Vieux Centre, celebrated Bastille Day on July 14th in solidarity with the locals, all while discovering  the Franco-German relations that serve to shape the city’s multicultural heritage.

During the final week in Paris, the group went on excursions through the Catacombs, came face to face with some of the world’s most magnificent impressionist art in the Musée d’Orsay, toured the exquisite Notre Dame Cathedral and discovered the surrounding Latin quarter, one of Paris’s most quaint and historic neighborhoods.

Read what 2018 Pre-College alumni have to say about their experiences:

Laura, Brazil

"My classes were amazing. By the end of the classes, I was astonished by everything that I learned. The professors were incredible!"

Elisa, France & Greece

"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."

Lina, Sweden

"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."

Jui-Lin, Taiwan

"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."

Lounis, France & Morocco

"I met with people from all over the world: there were 5 different languages being spoken at the dinner table. During 3 weeks, I made friends that I am sure will be for life."

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Meet our Professors!

Video series
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What is the most important thing students will learn in your class?

Watch the "Meet our Profs" video series, where professors in our University Programme present their class in two minutes or less!

Social sciences track

  • Jeremy Perelman, "Human Rights and Global Development"
    How are human rights and global development related? How can we think more critically about these two notions?
    Watch the interview.

  • Jan Rovny, "The European Union at a Crossroads"
    How did the European Union come to be and what is its future?
    Watch the interview.

  • Emiliano Grossman, "Media and Politics"
    How is human behavior affected by political media?
    Watch the interview.

Find the full course list and syllabi for the social sciences track.

French language track

  • Cédric Rousse, "French Language, Level A2 and Level B2"
    What is the best way to keep up your French after the Summer School?  Do what you love... In French!
    Watch the interview.

  • Marie Demestre, "French Language, Level B1"
    What defines an intermediate level French speaker?  It's when students pass from a "surface" knowledge of the language, where they can describe situations, to a deeper level where they can explain themselves and justify their opinions.
    Watch the interview.

  • Mariame Camara, "French Language, Level C1"
    What is the best way to improve your French while in Paris? There is only one secret: "Don't be shy: go talk to people! Parisians have a reputation for being reserved, but for me, that's a misconception!"
    Watch the interview.

Find the full course list and syllabi for the French language track.

Elective classes

  • Jan Rovny,  "Introduction to Quantitative Analysis: Stress-Free Stats"
    Looking for a stress-free introduction to statistics? Prof. Jan Rovny makes quantitative analysis fun (watch out for his "standard distribution dance")!
    Watch the interview.

Find the full course list and syllabi for the elective classes.

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2018 Application Deadlines

  • Students in the Sciences Po garden (photo: Manuel Braun)Students in the Sciences Po garden (photo: Manuel Braun)

The application deadlines for the 2018 Summer School are as follows:

University Programme

  • June session: 15 April 2018
  • July session: 15 May 2018

Application instructions for the University Programme.

Pre-College Programme

  • 2 May 2018

Application instructions for the Pre-College Programme.

Course availability: The Summer School has rolling admissions, and all courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hence, the earlier you apply, the greater your chances to be admitted to the programme or class of your choice.  Class sizes are limited and classes will be closed when they fill up.

Housing: Housing space for the University Programme is limited, and all housing options are 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.

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.

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24 hours in the Pre-College Programme

  • 1 day in the Pre-College Programme (Photos: Manuel Braun)1 day in the Pre-College Programme (Photos: Manuel Braun)

What is it like to be a student in the Summer School's Pre-College Programme? Follow our 2017 participants step by step to get a sense of a typical day at the Summer School!

Mornings: Rise and shine!

During the Pre-College Programme, students are lodged in shared rooms, in the same residence as their counsellors. In Reims, participants stay in hotels located in the city centre, close to the Sciences Po campus, while the Paris residence is in the heart of the historical Marais neighbourhood.

After breakfast, served in the cafeteria of the hotels or residence halls, students walk to campus with their counsellors.

Classes generally start around 10:30 AM, with one of the core classes: either a tutorial or a Master Class. Each one of the six topics addressed in core courses, such as European integration, migration, sustainable development or peacebuilding, is introduced during small-group tutorials. These interactive tutorials allow students to familiarise themselves with the subject of the following Master Class, review the readings with their tutor, acquire the basis of university-level methodology, and discuss current issues related to the topic of the day. The following morning, a guest professor from the Sciences Po faculty will come to give a Master Class on his area of expertise. All Pre-College Programme participants attend these lecture-style classes.

Afternoons: time for electives

At lunchtime, meals are provided at the campus cafeteria. Students remain on campus during their break, where they have some time to relax in the garden or study at the library.

Afternoons are dedicated to elective courses: while some students will be working on their French language skills, others will delve into the sociology of discrimination, study law through the lens of literature and cinema or learn the basis of international negotiations.

After class: end the day on a cultural note

While the academic programme is intense, the Pre-College Programme makes time for extracurricular activities. Classes end at around 4 PM, and students can join activities and cultural visits led by counsellors or enjoy some quiet study time on campus. Dinner is usually served on campus or in restaurants, before returning to the residence hall. In the evening, students sometimes have the possibility to participate in events and activities, organised in Reims and Paris.

Weekends: get ready to explore

The first weekend of the programme takes place in Strasbourg, one of France’s most charming cities. Students and their counsellors will explore the historic city centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site: They will roam the twisting alleys of the Vieux Centre, lined with crooked half-timbered houses, and walk along canals in la Petite France, all while discovering a city that has been at the crossroads of Europe for centuries.

On the second weekend, participants have the opportunity to stroll the streets of Paris and visit its many landmarks. They will view the capital from its best vantage point during a Seine river cruise, admire artistic masterpieces in Paris’s museums, and explore the capital’s historic neighbourhoods.

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2018 Activities Announced!

University Programme
  • The Summer School organizes many cultural and social activities.The Summer School organizes many cultural and social activities.

The Summer School proposes a variety of cultural visits to give participants the opportunity to discover the city of Paris, as well as French history and culture.  It also offers a full slate of social events and outings that will allow students to get to know each other outside the classroom. Watch our video to find out more about our students' experience discovering Paris and French culture.

Discover the 2018 Activities Programme.

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Introducing the "Media and Politics" course

Interview with Emiliano Grossman
  • Photo: French 2017 Presidential Debate (ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)Photo: French 2017 Presidential Debate (ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)

Ever wondered just how much power the media really has over our elections? Pr. Emiliano Grossman can help answer this complex question, and many others, in his class "Media and Politics". Read our interview with him to know more about the course he is teaching in the June session.

The role of the media in politics has been a major story recently in many different countries.  What are some of the case studies students will examine in your class?

The idea is to focus on participants' proximity to certain cases - linguistic or other. The past two years have been very rich in elections or referenda where media played a major role. This is true for the US election of November 2016 and the Brexit vote, of course, but also for the Dutch, French and German elections, the Czech presidential elections and certainly also for the upcoming Italian general election.

Beyond elections, it would be interesting to concentrate on policy case studies, e.g. focusing on how certain issues are mediatized and how mediatization affects public debate and ultimately public decision-making. A good case in line would be the introduction of gay marriage in several countries over the past ten years. Other issues where the media may play an interesting role are "moral issues", e.g. bioethical issues, or political scandals of all kinds. 

What type of tools will students learn in your course to analyze media discourse?

The course will tend to be divided into more theoretical and conceptual mornings and hands-on afternoons. The goal is to equip participants with a variety of tools of analysis. How far they go will depend a little bit on their prior knowledge of statistical software. 

On the more qualitative side, we will explore a couple of simple tools of textmining to analyse word frequencies, clusters, clouds and some sentiment analysis. Statistical software will allow to do this on larger batches and in a more automated manner. Depending on the general interest and prior knowledge of the group, we may go as far as exploring topic modelling. 

Last year, the Summer School included students from almost 60 different nationalities.  What will this international perspective bring to your class?

I believe this is fundamental. The discussion and comparison of a great variety of media systems is part of the academic goals of this course. The link between political institutions, type of government and media can only be explored through comparison. The more countries are represented among the students, the more we will be able to rely on personal experience to exemplify causal relationships and differences in media-state relations. And we will also be able to better understand the elements that are purely media-specific, i.e. independent from the political context and transnational.

What is the most important thing that students will get out of your class that will help them understand the media and politics in current events?

Students should leave the course with a good knowledge of the major trends in the media-politics relation. They should moreover be able to provide examples, gather data and analyze it to improve data-driven decision-making in the public or private sector. No matter the previous level of proficiency, the idea is to significantly improve your skills in this area. 

For more information, read the 2018 course overview for "Media and Politics".

Professor Biography

Emiliano Grossman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, working at the Centre d'études européennes in Paris. He is originally from Argentina, but grew up in Germany before coming to France for university. He studied at Sciences Po, the LSE and the University of Cambridge. He teaches comparative politics, media and politics, and related subjects. At Sciences Po, he coordinates the program on "Politics and Public Policy" at the School of Public Affairs and co-directs the research axis on "Evaluating democracy" at LIEPP. He is also the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research. His research concentrates on agenda-setting, political institutions and media, and politics. Currently, he is especially interested in the determinants of people's judgements of government performance and the way media influences policymaking.

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