Discover the Sciences Po Experience
France’s leading university in the social sciences
Founded in 1871, Sciences Po is France’s leading university in the social sciences. Sciences Po offers degrees at the undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels in a broad range of subjects including international relations, public affairs, communication, management, law and finance. As a world class university, Sciences Po has developed close collaborations abroad, with a special focus on the United States.
A social sciences education with a global perspective
Education at Sciences Po is interdisciplinary, with an international and comparative perspective, and the programs are directly enhanced by current research work. Coursework is multilingual, with a majority of bilingual programmes and 25 foreign languages taught. In order to train well-rounded students, Sciences Po places great importance on practical application of knowledge, interaction with professionals, extra-curricular activities and student engagement. As a result of this complete education, Sciences Po graduates are highly sought by top recruiters.
Sciences Po has designed exchange and dual degree programs with prominent universities including Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, LSE, Keio University, amongst others.
This global education relies on a unique network made of key leaders, internationally-renowned practitioners, notable alumni over 400 partner universities, national governments, NGOs and corporations.
Bachelor degree and dual Bachelor degrees on seven multicultural campuses
The Bachelor degree at Sciences Po consists of two years in France at one of the seven multicultural Sciences Po campuses, and a compulsory third year abroad at one of Sciences Po’s 400 prestigious partner universities. In France, each campus is dedicated to a specific geographical area.
Three campuses offer core curriculum in English (Le Havre, Menton and Reims). The campus in Reims hosts the Europe-North American program.
Sciences Po has developed dual Bachelor degrees with Columbia University, University College London, University of British Columbia, Keio University and Freie Universität Berlin. Students who join these programs spend two years in France and two years at the respective partner university. They graduate with a diploma from both universities.
Master degrees and dual Master degrees combining academic and professional perspectives
Sciences Po offers more than 20 Master degrees, most of which are taught in English. Each Master consists of four semesters: three semesters are spent at Sciences Po in Paris. The fourth semester is spent in an internship or at one of Sciences Po’s partner universities.
Sciences Po has also developed dual degrees and joint programs at the Master level with partner universities including the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, amongst others.
All Master programs focus on both academic fundamentals and professional practice. As a result of this academic and professional preparation, Sciences Po students are highly sought by top recruiters.
A dual doctoral program with Columbia University
Sciences Po's doctoral programs offer an education at the highest international standard, ultimately leading to the award of a Ph.D. International students can also participate in these programs. Sciences Po offers a unique dual Ph.D. program with the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Exchange programs with more than 400 partner universities
Sciences Po offers exchange programs (one or two semesters) at the undergraduate, Master and Ph.D. levels. These exchange programs are organized in partnership with the Sciences Po partner universities. In the United States, Sciences Po has developed partnerships with more than 80 universities including Georgetown University, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, among others.
Student life at Sciences Po and financial aid
Life at Sciences Po takes place on seven multicultural and plurilingual campuses. Each campus hosts a warm student and staff community, bringing together a total of 150 nationalities. As soon as they arrive in France, students from across the world participate in numerous activities and welcome programs so that they quickly integrate into the Sciences Po community. American students can take advantage of financial aid from Sciences Po or their own country, such as the Emile Boutmy scholarship, the Michel David-Weill scholarship, or US federal loans.
>> Visit the Sciences Po Welcome website
>> More information about financial aid for non-European students
Want to apply?
As part of its effort to recruit more international students, Sciences Po has designed specific international admissions procedures. This enables students from abroad to apply conveniently to each of our programs. For undergraduate applicants in the US, Sciences Po organizes admissions interviews in several American cities each year, including New York and Washington, DC.
>>Visit the Sciences Po Admissions website
Want to come to Paris in the Summer?
The Sciences Po ummer chool is a unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po, learn French and enjoy summer 2014 in Paris.
46% of students have a nationality other than French and come from 150 different countries
1,700 incoming exchange students
400 prestigious partner universities
35 dual degree programs
25 foreign languages taught
Member of the College Board and the Alliance Program
13 research units
More than 5,000 lecturers with backgrounds in academia, business or public administration
365 events each year with leading figures (Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice, Joseph Stiglitz, among others)