University Programme: Scenes of Summer

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

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

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

Here are some highlights from their summer:

Study social sciences, French language, or both

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

Students in the French language track spent over 60 hours improving their French through a variety of language classes and workshops adapted to their level. While many participants studied French language in order to advance in their academic and professional goals in a French context, others were motivated to try something new and become fully immersed in French and Parisian culture.

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

International exchange

The Summer School is a microcosm of the international environment of Sciences Po, reflected through the nearly 70 different nationalities within this year’s student cohort.  In this multicultural environment, students had the opportunity to interact with classmates from a diverse range of backgrounds both inside and outside the classroom.

Exploring Paris

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

The 2019 Summer School featured an expansive activities programme that allowed students to discover Paris and its surroundings, and get to know each other outside the classroom.  Students participated on tours of Claude Monet’s enchanting gardens at Giverny and the châteaux of the Loire Valley.  Students went on outings to the theatre, explored some of the city’s most charming neighborhoods by bike, participated in French patisserie cooking classes, and enjoyed organized outings to Parisian parks, cafés, and bars.  The Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures allowed students to discuss current sociopolitical issues in France and Europe.  See a full list of the activities offered in 2019.

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Pre-College Programme Highlights

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

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

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

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

Discovering University Life

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

Meeting International Students

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

Attending Master Classes and Electives

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

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

Exploring France

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

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

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Apply to the 2019 Summer School

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

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

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

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

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

Apply now via Sciences Po’s online application system.

University Programme

Application deadlines:

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

Programme info:

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

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

Pre-College Programme

Application deadline: 30 April 2019

Programme info:

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

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

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2019 University Programme Course List

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

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

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

Participants have their choice of:

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

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

More Information

Get more information about the 2019 University Programme.

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2019 Pre-College Programme Course List

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

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

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

Core courses in the social sciences

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

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

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

Elective courses

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

Option 1: Elective French Language course

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

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

Option 2: Elective Social Sciences workshop

The following workshops will be available in 2019:

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

More information

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

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

Find more information about the Pre-College Programme.

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2019 University Programme

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

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

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

Study social sciences, French language, or both

Participants in the Summer School’s University Programme can:

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

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

Live and study in the heart of Paris

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

Join Sciences Po’s international community

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

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

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

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

Practical information

Summer 2019 Calendar

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

Tuition Fees

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

How to apply

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

For more information

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

View the photo album from the 2018 University Programme.

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2019 Pre-College Programme

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

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

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

Get a taste of university life

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

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

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

Learn more about the academic programme.

Explore Reims and Paris

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

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

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

Discover life outside the classroom.

Join Sciences Po’s international community

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

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

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

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

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

Practical information

Session dates: 7-27 July 2019

Programme Fees: 5,350€

Fees include:

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

Eligibility

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

How to apply

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

For more information

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

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

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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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"Gender, Societies and Economics"

Interview with Hélène Périvier

Hélène Périvier is a researcher in economics at the OFCE at Sciences Po. She is currently the director of the research and academic programme on gender of Sciences Po, PRESAGE. Her research focuses mainly on social and family policies and gender inequalities. She also works on discrimination processes and on the evaluation of public policies. At the Sciences Po Summer School, she teaches the elective course "Gender, Societies and Economics" in the July session.

What is the main purpose of your course on "Gender, Societies and Economics"?

Through the lens of gender studies, I try to introduce students to the field of social sciences as a whole and to show them what these disciplines can bring to the study of gender. My aim is neither feminist nor ideological. Of course, I am a feminist, but I am not there to voice my opinion: I really want to emphasize the controversies surrounding this question. There is no such thing as a single "gender theory", but there are debates and discussions between researchers holding differing views.

I give my students all kinds of works realized in the field of social sciences and that shed light on the complex interactions between men and women: we confront and compare sociological, psycho-sociological or economic studies. I always pay special attention to dialogue and exchanges in this course. It is the best way to question commonplace and seemingly self-evident "truths".

What kind of topics do you address in this course?

We work on different case studies, including very current topics. It can be Apple and Facebook that decided to cover the cost of egg freezing for their female employees. This example is very telling; it calls into question our relationship to reproduction policies, women’s control over their bodies and what favours or restrains their emancipation.

Typically, we also address topics such as co-educational schooling: several studies seem to indicate that co-educational schools lead to a strengthening of gender norms. In certain underprivileged areas, boys would for instance drop out of school and build their sense of masculinity upon academic failure. In higher education, we also found out that Women’s Colleges, which are very prestigious in the United States, get more female students into scientific careers. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we should reconsider co-education; segregation may not be the right solution either!

I sometimes use cinema as a starting point for reflexion: should we consider "Game of Thrones", which often depicts rape or prostitution, as a sexist or as a feminist series? To make their point, students can refer to various studies on the representations of femininity and masculinity, on the question of sexuality or on the uniformity of female characters – the idea that there would only be one type of "ideal woman".

You have already been teaching this course at the Summer School for a couple of years. At the end of the session, what feedback do you usually get from your students?

The first part of the class focuses on the controversies surrounding the question "What is Gender"? For students with no previous background in gender studies, this part of the course can open up a whole new field - a field that is often much richer than they would have imagined!

But gender studies are not exclusively focused on the question of femininity and masculinity. They are also related to our social organization and social hierarchies, to the division of labour and the efficiency of public policies. For students who already have some knowledge of gender studies, the socio-economic dimension of the course can enrich their reflexion: it gives them concrete arguments - figures, measures - to support their points. They also gain concrete tools to understand issues such as women’s participation in the job market, wage inequality or economic exploitation – topics that can be quite challenging for them!

What is your analysis of the current trends in terms of women’s rights?

We still haven’t solved the problem of the sexual division of labour. In developed countries, there was a widespread movement of women emancipation in the 1970s and 1980s. But nowadays, the context is less favourable: we have reached a kind of stagnation, a status quo in terms of wage inequality and women’s access to leadership positions. In Europe, we are bogged down in a social structure that we are having difficulties reforming: France, for instance, is not able to overhaul its family policies and family law.

In some countries, there is even a backlash in terms of women’s fundamental rights – a trend in which the resurgence of religions plays a certain part. Poland is one of the countries that is backtracking on those rights, and the European Union’s inability to raise women’s rights to the status of fundamental requirements is worrying. It is the question of universality: shouldn’t Europe hold and defend universal values, and have the authority to impose them on its Member States?

But we should remain optimistic: in a country like Spain, women took to the streets to demonstrate against a draft law negating the right to abortion, and the governments yielded. This hopeful examples shows that, in many countries, political institutions and "checks and balances" work well; and that these acquired rights are firmly rooted in society.

To learn more about Hélène Périvier’s elective course at the Summer School, download the course overview for "Gender, Societies and Economics" (PDF, 457 Kb).

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Reims, Paris, Strasbourg

A tale of three cities
Pre-College Programme
  • Paris, Strasbourg and ReimsParis, Strasbourg and Reims

Summer is a time for discovery: not only intellectual, but also cultural discoveries. Participants in the Pre-College Programme will have the chance to live in both Reims and Paris, and spend a weekend in the historic city of Strasbourg.

Discovering Reims

Did you know that, for over a thousand years, Reims served as the coronation site of the French monarchy? This is only one of the many stories underpinning the city’s rich heritage, which started as a Roman colony and ended up today as the heart of the world-famous Champagne region. As a result, Reims boasts an impressive architectural heritage, from its renowned cathedral and world-famous vineyards to its Art Deco architecture. 

But history doesn’t stop at the Sciences Po campus’ doorstep: the Reims campus is housed in a former Jesuit college dating from the 17th century. This remarkable site makes for an inspiring study environment, where history is encountered at every step, from the old Jesuit library to the monumental staircases…

Exploring Paris

Montmartre, the Musée d'Orsay, l'Ile de Cité and the Pont des Arts… Who has never dreamt of studying in the City of Lights?

During the last week of the programme, 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. They may even get the chance to discover lesser-known areas in Paris and learn some of its well-guarded secrets…

Visiting Strasbourg

With its medieval cityscape and Venice-like canals, Strasbourg may well be one of France’s most charming cities!

For a whole weekend, 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.

Last but not least, students will discover the glittering EU Quarter, home to many institutions such as the European Parliament and the Council of Europe: a perfect way to conclude their first week of courses, dedicated to European narratives and integration!

Learn more about life outside the classroom in the Pre-College Programme.

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Read Marc's testimonial

Pre-College Programme
  • Students in the courtyard of the Reims campus (photo: Manuel Braun)Students in the courtyard of the Reims campus (photo: Manuel Braun)

Marc is a 16 year-old high school student in Barcelona, Spain, and an alumni from the last Pre-College Programme edition. In this interview, he shares some of the highlights of his stay at Sciences Po. 

What has been your experience studying in France?

"France is not so far from where I come from: it is only an hour and a half by car. However, living and studying there offered things that I just can’t find back home. The French educational system is much more devoted to reflection and critical thinking than to memorising concept and it is quite different to mine."

What did you learn at Sciences Po?

"The structure of the programme was both original and practical. We were introduced to different disciplines within the field of social sciences and had the chance to examine current issues such as European integration or peacebuilding. As an elective course, I chose to study the French language and thoroughly enjoyed the lessons.

Throughout the programme, we also explored ideas and authors that have helped me better analyze recent events in my country: in the debates surrounding Catalan independence, concepts such as nation, nation-state and self-determination are key to understanding what is at stake. One of the most important contributions of the Summer School has been the study of concepts and ideas that are relevant to my political reality."

And what about the encounters you made?

"That’s one of the things that impressed me the most - and to this day I’m still thankful for it: the programme gave me the oportunity to meet people from all around the world and I still keep in touch with many of them. We all had different nationalities, different languages, different lifestyles but the atmosphere at the Summer School couldn’t be more welcoming! We had the opportunity to feel part of one big community. Weeks after we all left, many of us still keep in touch and comment on our daily lives, on political topics or on our applications."

Retrospectively, what would you say you have gained from these two weeks?

"Looking back at these two weeks gives me an intense feeling of nostalgia. First of all, it gave meaning to the days when I was preparing my application, writing my motivations and asking for recommendation letters. I still remember the feeling of joy when I was accepted in the programme.

And it didn’t disappoint me: I gained friends, knowledge and many, many memories. I gained a whole experience that, frankly, can’t compare to anything that came before. I had never experienced such a different educational system, met people from so many nationalities or immersed myself in daily life in a different country. Now I’m back here, in Barcelona, but something has changed in my mindset and I can only be thankful to Sciences Po for that."

If you would like to know more about what our alumni have to say on their experience in the Pre-College Programme, read their testimonials on our Students page.

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Meet our Profs!

Jan Rovny on the European Union
  • European Parliament (Photo: Mehr Demokratie via Wikimedia Commons)European Parliament (Photo: Mehr Demokratie via Wikimedia Commons)

How did the European Union come to be and what is its future? Watch an interview with Prof. Jan Rovny, who teaches the class "The E.U. at a Crossroads" at the Summer School. 

Jan Rovny is an assistant professor at Sciences Po, Center for European Studies (CEE) and the Interdisciplinary Research Center for the Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP). His research concentrates on political competition in Europe with the aim of uncovering the ideological conflict lines in different countries.

In the Summer School's University Programme, he will teach the themes “History of the European Integration” and “The Political System of the E.U.”. To know more about the class "The E.U. at a Crossroads", read the 2018 course overview.

Jan Rovny will also be teaching the Master Class "European Integration: Calming a Conflicted Continent" in our summer Pre-College Programme.

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Apply to the 2018 Summer School

  • Studying in Luxembourg Gardens (photo: Shutterstock/Yahdi Bin Rus)Studying in Luxembourg Gardens (photo: Shutterstock/Yahdi Bin Rus)

The Summer School is now accepting applications for the 2018 University and Pre-College Programmes!

Apply now via Sciences Po’s online application system.

University Programme

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 by Sciences Po professors in both English and French.
  • 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

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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University Programme course list

Social sciences, French language, electives
  • French language classes, Summer 2017 (photo: Manuel Braun)French language classes, Summer 2017 (photo: Manuel Braun)

This June and July, students in the Summer School’s 2018 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 2018 Academic Overview for the University Programme (PDF, 180 Mo) 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, 118 Mo) and July sessions (PDF, 118 Ko).

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2018 Pre-College Classes Announced

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The class list for our 2018 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... Read on to discover what's on offer this year.

The academic programme represents about 48 class hours in total, spread over the course of three weeks (8-28 July 2018). 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 address current transnational challenges, and the last two Master Classes will delve into international governance. 

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 2018 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, law 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, 184 Ko) or French as a foreign language - Beginner levels (PDF, 178 Ko).

Option 2: Elective Workshop

The following workshops will be available in 2018:

Read more about the 2018 Pre-College Programme's elective courses

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2018 University Programme

Study social sciences or French language in Paris
  • Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)Summer School students in Paris (photo: Manuel Braun)

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.

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 2018 Academic Overview for the University Programme (PDF, 180 Mo).

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 almost 60 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 at Sciences Po are amazingly knowledgeable and can discuss complex issues in a straightforward way. It’s not every day that you get to take classes from professionals from the European Court of Justice or the former economic advisor to the Italian Prime Minister!” – Kyle, USA

“My main goal was to improve my French, but in the end I learned more about French history and culture than I ever expected, and I discovered the real, non-touristy Paris.  As for speaking French, my progress was amazing – by the end of the summer, I was able to discuss any topic at a decent level." – Anastasia, Russia

“The best part of the Summer School is its international student body. There are people here from all kinds of backgrounds, cultures and corners of the world. This unique atmosphere really enriches the experience of being in Paris.” – Yiyi, China.

Practical information

Summer 2018 Calendar

  • June session: 4-28 June 2018
  • July session: 3-27 July 2018

Tuition Fees

  • One session (4 weeks): 2 400 €
  • Two sessions (8 weeks): 4 200 €

Additional fees apply for optional elective classes and accommodation. Get the complete 2018 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 2018.  Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for this year's Summer School will open on January 8th, 2018. 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

Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2018 Summer School.

Download the brochure (PDF, 2 Mo) for the 2018 Univeristy Programme.

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2018 Pre-College Programme

This summer, experience college life at Sciences Po
  • Pre-College students on the Reims campus (photo: Manuel Braun)Pre-College 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 to our Newsletter to be informed of the latest news about the 2018 Summer School.

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 either focus on one of Sciences Po’s core disciplines (such as international relations, political science, law or sociology) or to study 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:

"Looking back at these two weeks gives me an intense feeling of nostalgia. I gained friends, knowledge and many, many memories. I gained a whole experience that, frankly, can’t compare to anything that came before." - Marc, Spain

"I learned so much not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of life." - Cindy, Canada

"The best experience I had during the Summer School is the opportunity of exchanging of opinions and ideas about almost anything with classmates [and] to get to know people living in other parts of the world. Gladly, the Summer School provides this kind of chance. Frankly, I really enjoyed it." - Mingxi, China

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

Practical information

Session dates: 8-28 July 2018

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 2018. Candidates have to 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 8th, 2018. 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.

Download the brochure (PDF, 2 Mo) for the 2018 Pre-College programme.

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University Programme Highlights

From Summer 2017
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Summer doesn’t mean vacation at Sciences Po!  This year, the Summer School’s University Programme welcomed over 380 participants during the months of June and July on Sciences Po’s Paris campus.

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 migration, the rise of populism, 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 to statistical analysis, which allowed them to make the most of their summer at Sciences Po.

International exchange

With students representing 57 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.

Extracurricular activities

The 2017 Summer School featured an expansive activities programme that allowed students to discover Paris and get to know each other outside the classroom.  Students visited the Palace of Versailles, Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and the châteaux of the Loire Valley.  They went to the theatre and cinema, participated in wine tasting classes, and enjoyed organized outings in Paris. The Speaker Series conferences with Sciences Po researchers and public figures allowed students to discuss current issues in France and Europe, such as the rise of right-wing populist parties.  See a full list of the activities offered in 2017.

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!

Read what some 2017 students have to say:

Rachel, United States, social sciences track, “World Politics”

“I loved studying World Politics with a knowledgeable professor, then having interesting discussions with my classmates and friends from around the world about the issues we were studying in class.  One of the best points of the Summer School is the diversity in nationalities, in experiences, and how that contributes to the educational experience.”

Tobias, Germany, French language track, Level C1

“My French professor was amazing and I learned so much from her!  The language classes were well-designed; I made real progress in the classroom, while also having enough time to explore Paris and practice speaking in real life.”

Anmol, India, French language track, Level B1

“The best thing about my Summer School experience was the friends I made.  I arrived in Paris by myself, but I left with friends from all over the world.  I came back a changed person because of the people I met at the Summer School!”

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2017 Pre-College Programme

Scenes of last summer

Highlights of the 2017 Pre-College Programme

In July 2017, for the first time, Sciences Po opened its doors to high school students from around the world!

Here are some of the highlights from the first edition of the Pre-College Programme:

Discovering university life

Students devoted two weeks in July to the intensive study of social sciences, with additional workshops in French language or university methodology. They delved into Sciences Po’s core subjects, such as international relations, political science and social sciences, 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 to visit the flagship Paris campus. 

Meeting international students

With participants coming from many different countries, the Pre-College Programme is truly an international experience. Reflecting the multiculturalism of the entire Sciences Po community, the 2017 student cohort represented 24 different nationalities and 25 countries of studies - from France, China and the USA to Italy, Mexico, Ivory Coast, India or Jordan.

Attending Master Classes

Students attended four conferences led by top-notch Sciences Po professors and researchers, to discuss current issues such as European Integration, migrations, peace-building and sustainable development. Learn more about the 2017 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 visited the beautiful Pommery Champagne cellars, the renowned Reims Cathedral and participated in Bastille Day's concerts and musical fireworks. During weekends in Paris, the group went on excursions to the Versailles castle, participated in a scavenger hunt in Montmartre, walked around historical neighbourhoods or observed Paris from a great vantage point during a cruise on the river Seine.

Read what 2017 Pre-College alumni have to say on their experience:

Isabelle, 17 years old, USA

"To be able to interact with a diverse body of individuals has been one of the biggest highlights of my experience at Sciences Po. It is rare to be surrounded by so much culture, energy, and passion in one environment."

Marc, 16 years old, Spain

"I gained friends, knowledge and many, many memories. I gained a whole experience that, frankly, can’t compare to anything that I had had before. I had never experienced to this extent contact with a totally different educational system, with people from so many nationalities or with daily life in a different country." 

Luisa, 15 years old, India

"It was a truly amazing experience. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the philosophy so much, that I have no difficulty whatsoever imagining myself there in the future. The course was extremely interesting and interactive, especially the Master Classes. I was very impressed by the classes and also by how Sciences Po managed to bring together such a diverse and fun group of people."

Ana Sofia, 17 years old, USA

"My French language class was extremely useful to an international student unfamiliar with the French system. The teacher was amazing, super interesting, and knew how to keep us interested. Thumbs up!"

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