Online Winter School 2021

Online Winter School 2021

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

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

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


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


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

course overviews

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

The following courses will be offered this January 2021: 

World Politics

  • Professor: Hélène Thiollet

  • Disciplines: International Relations, Political Science

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

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

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

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina

  • Disciplines: Sociology, Social Policy

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

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

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

The Age of Economists: Globalization, Growth and Inequalities

  • Professor: David Duhamel

  • Disciplines: Economics, History

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

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

Learn more about the course in this interview with Professor Duhamel

Human Rights and Global Development

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

  • Disciplines: Law, International Relations

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

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

Cultural and social activities

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

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


The Winter School admits university students and graduates from a variety of backgrounds and situations. Whether they are preparing for an international career, considering a degree at Sciences Po, or simply intellectually curious, students benefit from this unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po.

Candidates must be in one of the following situations:

  • Students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • University graduates who have obtained at least a Bachelor's degree.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

The following tests and minimum scores are accepted:

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

Option 2 : Provide proof of at least two years of study entirely taught in English. This includes:

  • An academic transcript showing at least two years of courses entirely taught in English.
  • A diploma from an English-speaking institution.

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

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

Tuition fees

  • Fees: 1500 €

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

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