University Programme Overview

  • Summer School Video

    Madeleine, University of Pennsylvania

    Everybody wants to go to Paris. Let’s just get that out there.

    Miyuu, University of Tokyo

    I wanted to learn French in Paris and have challenge in a foreign country.

    Jacopo, University of Bologna

    Sciences Po is well known to be one of the best schools in Europe for social sciences.

    Charles, London School of Economics

    And the opportunity to study abroad was one that I couldn't not take, especially in Paris.

    Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

    Sciences Po is an internationally renowned world-class research university which specializes in the social sciences. Wherever they come from, whatever their academic or professional goals, students will find their place at Sciences Po.

    Nicole Bryant, Head of the Summer School

    Sciences Po’s Summer School is a unique opportunity for students from all over the world to discover Sciences Po during the summer months. The Summer School is held on our Paris campus, located in the heart of the historic Saint-Germain-des-Près neighbourhood.

    Discover Sciences Po

    Charles, London School of Economics

    The reputation of Sciences Po precedes it, especially as a school of social science.

    Jacopo, University of Bologna

    Sciences Po has one of the best programmes in international affairs and political sciences and the Summer School really allows you to understand how things work in a really good university. One of the main reasons I came here to Sciences Po is that it is a melting pot of different cultures, people from all over the world; it is like a representation of the world in a “petit” group.

    Madeleine, University of Pennsylvania

    It’s just been amazing to hear what they think, especially to talk politics with them because I get to learn about what they think about my country and they are passionate about what I am passionate about so we just have amazing conversations.

    A student speaks in French during class.

    Study Social Sciences and French

    Miyuu, University of Tokyo

    I have been learning French in my university as my second foreign language and I wanted to try my French here and I wanted to have challenge in a foreign country.

    Charles, London School of Economics

    When I arrived at the Summer School, I was probably just above the level of a complete beginner but in the three weeks I have been here so far I noticed a pretty rapid improvement. I have a lot more confidence speaking to people in the street, in cafés or restaurants.

    Madeleine, University of Pennsylvania

    Coming to the Summer School and seeing how much I could improve with a programme like this has made studying in a foreign country, getting a job where I would need to speak fluent French much more accessible. It’s possible. I didn’t know it was possible before.

    Explore Paris

    Miyuu, University of Tokyo

    The image I had of Paris before I came here was all the famous world heritage sites like the Musée du Louvre and Notre Dame.

    Madeleine, University of Pennsylvania

    Paris is just such a complex and amazing city that, you know, it is an education outside of the classroom to live here. And it is definitely a privilege.

    Several students say “See you soon at Sciences Po” in French or in their native language.

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  • Summer School students on a Seine River cruise (photo: Siljan Tveitnes)Summer School students on a Seine River cruise (photo: Siljan Tveitnes)

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. In 2019, the programme hosted almost 450 students, representing nearly 70 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Meet some of our students.


The University Programme is open to university students, graduates and students in their final year of secondary school who will be enrolled in university in Fall 2020. Learn more.


The programme is held in two separate sessions during the months of June and July.  Students have the choice to attend one or both sessions.  In 2020, the programme dates are:

  • June session: 2 - 25 June 2020
  • July session: 29 June - 24 July 2020

Academic Programme

The University Programme offers two academic tracks in social sciences and French language. Both tracks are available during each session of the Summer School. In addition to their core social sciences or French courses, students may choose to expand their curriculum by adding an elective course for an additional cost.


The University Programme takes place on Sciences Po’s Paris Campus. Learn more about accommodation and exploring Paris.

Practical Information

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