Apply to the Summer School

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!


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.


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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