Why support Sciences Po?

Sciences Po has reinvented itself many times over its 150-year history. Today, Sciences Po is first and foremost a place where new ideas are developed and put into practice. This is what has made our institution capable of adapting so successfully to the demands of international competition, becoming one of the best teaching and research universities in the world.

To continue in this vein, we intend to expand our diversity policy, invest in the quality of our teaching and research, and modernise our urban campus. Our ambitious strategy relies on the generosity of a broad community of supporters.

Diversty and Inclusion

Because the diversity of student backgrounds and viewpoints is a source of enrichment for Sciences Po, it places social responsibility at the heart of its public interest mission.

Sciences Po stands out for its multicultural nature. Almost half our students are international and at the start of the 2017 academic year, 37 % of the student body received financial aid. Sciences Po’s inclusive policy is based on several emblematic programs designed to promote social and international diversity.

Equal Opportunity Programme (CEP)

The most talented and deserving students must have access to higher education, regardless of their family, social and cultural background. It is therefore the university’s duty to recognize this plurality of talented people and to promote it through teaching programs and a special admissions procedure.

Sciences Po has played a pioneering role in this respect with the establishment of the Equal Opportunity program in 2001. The first cohort comprised 17 students admitted through agreements with seven high schools. At present, while the majority of the 106 partner high schools are located in the Paris region, almost all regional education authorities are now involved, including de-industrialised, rural or overseas regions (New Caledonia and French Guiana for example).

Premier campus

The latest addition to Sciences Po’s social responsibility policy, the Premier campus program, is designed for high school students. The program’s goal is to prepare them for new methods of study and structuring thought (analysis, summary, research, academic writing, etc.), and to provide them with cross-disciplinary educational content that will help them complete their high school studies with confidence and prepare effectively for entry into higher education. The first cohort of high school students was hosted in the summer of 2017.

Accessible Sciences Po

Sciences Po also practice social responsibility through the development of its accessibility program for people with disabilities: Accessible Sciences Po. The program supports students with disabilities from admission through to their entry into the workforce and ensures they can study in the best possible conditions. The number of students with disabilities has increased significantly since the programme was launched in 2008.

An ambitious scholarship program

Sciences Po proactively supports social inclusion with a unique tuition fee and financial aid policy.

To allow all students to focus freely on their studies, Sciences Po grants significant financial aid to those in need. French and European students with a CROUS scholarship, in addition to benefitting from a full tuition fee waiver, receive a considerable top-up grant from Sciences Po amounting to 75 percent of their CROUS scholarship.

In order to attract top students from around the world, Sciences Po also awards more than 250 Emile Boutmy Excellence Scholarships, which include a needs-based component.

Innovative Teaching

Education is undergoing a revolution driven by new technologies and digital practices.

Access to information and the transformation of learning practices have inevitably changed the university’s role. Higher education must now equip students with new skills suited to the jobs of the future: creativity, the ability to collaborate and to put ones ideas into practice.

Fostering innovative educational practices

Building on a tradition of pedagogical innovation and freedom, Sciences Po wants to contribute to this revolution by enabling innovative teaching and learning methods and practices to emerge. Sciences Po’s educational approach gives the opportunity to be at the forefront of several key aspects of the current revolution: the general breaking down of barriers between disciplines and communities, learning by doing and connection to educational resources.

Undergraduate College

The Sciences Po Undergraduate College admits students with a secondary education (French Baccalauréat or foreign equivalent). After three years, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and may go on to a Master's program at Sciences Po or another institution in France or abroad, or go straight into the workforce. Undergraduate students spend the first two years on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses: Paris, Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, or Reims; and the last year abroad. The curriculum includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology -, a major - Economy & Society, Political Humanities or Politics & Government, as well as specialized courses according to specific regional focuses.

Seven Graduate Schools

Sciences Po’s seven Graduate Schools welcome graduate students from all over the world. The two years of Master’s study include three semesters at Sciences Po in Paris and one semester away interning or studying in France or within our partner network abroad. Our graduate programs provide students with both an in-depth academic background in the social sciences and hands-on experience of the professional field they aim to work in. In order to recruit the best students from all around the world, Sciences Po offers Master's programs taught entirely in English. No need to speak French to enroll in these programs: students can become multilingual with intensive French language courses during their studies at Sciences Po.

  • The School of Public Affairs educates public affairs professionals who understand multiple layers of governance. Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers worldwide, spanning the public and private sectors and the local to global levels.
  • The Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) offers a comprehensive education in international affairs. Graduates embark on careers in international organisations, NGOs, public administration, research institutes, etc. 
  • The Sciences Po Doctoral School offers research-based Master's programs and PhD programs in law, economics, history, political science and sociology. A graduate education at the Doctoral School equips students to pursue teaching or research careers and for senior positions in international organisations, consulting firms and businesses.
  • The Law School educates high-calibre legal professionals with the skills to adapt and flourish in a constantly changing professional environment. Graduates have the opportunity to join the Bar or to work in business, economic regulation agencies or the judiciary.
  • The School of Journalism prepares students for careers in all sectors of the news media – written press, radio, television and the web. The program combine a solid foundation in the social sciences and practice-focused instruction provided by media professionals.
  • The School of Management and Innovation trains students for positions in consulting/auditing, banking/finance/insurance, marketing/communication, human resources, regulations and compliance, and the creative industries.
  • The Urban School prepares students and professionals for urban governance in all its forms. Graduates find employment in the public, private and non-profit sectors at the local, national and international levels.

Short programmes

Sciences Po offers a wide range of shorter programs and certificate courses catering to diverse needs.

Sciences Po’s six one-year Master’s programs are designed for young professionals seeking to take their career to the next level. The intensive curricula are taught in English.

Competitive exam preparation is one of Sciences Po's traditional fields of expertise. Our effective approach is based on a simple idea: success requires a comprehensive understanding of the exam format, from senior civil service recruitment to the bar exam.

Sciences Po Executive Education offers courses designed for public- and private-sector executives in 11 diverse fields. Our multidisciplinary intellectual training helps to broaden participants’ horizons and develop their self-confidence, and equips them to respond to difficulty and complexity with boldness and intellectual courage. The following fields of expertise offered by the Executive Education programs: Public affairs and regulation; Strategy, leadership and governance; Digital and media communication; Personal Development. The Preparatory Certificate for High Performance Athletes (fr) is a certificate course for high performance athletes offered by Executive Education. The course allows them to acquire a base of general knowledge and the keys to understanding current affairs so they can prepare to take up university studies and think about their future career transition.

The Emouna program (fr) offers current and future ministers of religion and leaders of religious communities, both men and women, a training course designed to enrich their knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective, to develop their network of relations, and thereby to contribute to inter-religious dialogue in France.

The Summer School gives students from all around the globe the chance to discover Sciences Po, one of the world's leading universities in the social sciences, over the course of a summer. Participants have the opportunity to experience Sciences Po’s academic environment, to become a part of its international community, on the campuses of Paris and Reims, and to practice French as a foreign language.

Maximizing the chances of success

Student success requires quality infrastructure and cutting-edge online services. Students have access to a vast array of learning opportunities that extend and facilitate their learning experience. The recording and distribution of lectures on the Moodle platform, e-learning resources, educational fact sheets published on Openclassroom, MOOCS, a mapping workshop, and of course a library containing one of the largest social science collections in France are among the elements available to our students to guarantee their access to learning.

Supporting student initiatives

Cultural, sporting and civic life at Sciences Po has always been particularly dynamic. There are currently 200 associations. These activities are an integral part of the university’s educational model, which emphasizes accountability, teamwork, public speaking, civic-mindedness and humanism. Sciences Po encourages and supports involvement in clubs and associations as a means to develop these essential qualities.

Promoting entrepreneurship

The Sciences Po Entrepreneurs program launched in 2008 also leverages and contributes to the wealth of the Sciences Po community. Young project leaders can draw on an active network of faculty members and partner companies to make their initiative a success.

Our incubator hosts about fifteen startup projects per year. Each startup becomes a part of this community and benefits from services including legal advice, accounting expertise, access to Sciences Po’s business angel fund and the partner network.


Research is central to Sciences Po’s intellectual approach. Sciences Po’s research mission is twofold: to contribute to the analysis and understanding of the contemporary world and to enrich the content of our teaching programmes.

Sciences Po’s research community consists of over 220 internationally recognized academics and 350 PhD candidates. Their work covers a wide range of topics including education, democracies, urban development, globalisation and public health.

One of Sciences Po’s key objectives is to make a significant contribution to methodological, epistemological and theoretical advances in the humanities and social sciences. Sciences Po’s mission is also to share the results of its research with the international academic community, students and society as a whole.

Ever since Sciences Po was first assessed in the QS rankings in 2007, it has ranked among France’s top institutions: first in political science and sociology, second in law, third in history and fourth in economics. Internationally, Sciences Po has improved its performance in political science and international studies, moving up three places to 13th for this discipline, and has maintained its position for Sociology (36th).

Contributing to scientific and public debate

Research at Sciences Po contributes to knowledge and debate in five overarching disciplines: law, particularly private and international law; economics, focusing on issues such as international trade, monetary policies, labour markets and innovation; history, particularly political history and the study of conflicts, world history and the history of knowledge and cultures; political science in all its forms: study of voter behavior, international relations, compared political and cultural areas, political theory, administration and public policy; and sociology, particularly organizational sociology, economic sociology and sociology of social stratification.

Researchers study major issues such as public health, education, urban development, security, the environment and democracy all over the world, with an extensive range of approaches, from ethnography to the most sophisticated econometric methods.

Six of Sciences Po's research centres are associated with France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as “joint research units” (UMR in French), and four of them are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as “host teams” (EA in French). In addition to these ten centres, the OFCE serves as both a research centre and economic forecasting organisation. Sciences Po's academics publish over 800 books and articles each year, which are available in our open archive Sciences Po Institutional REpository - SPIRE.

Research chairs

Sciences Po began to set up research chairs in 1999 with the aim of making a significant contribution to topics that remain difficult to grasp, either because they are new or because they have undergone recent developments. Among our established chairs, the Sustainable Development Chair is part of this approach. The chairs take various forms. Some are led by academics who conduct research and teach; others are oriented towards running a sector-specific network (companies, politicians, regulators, etc.) and act more like think tanks, studying behaviors and contributing to debate.

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