2021 University Programme

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!

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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. 


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


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.


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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