SCIENCES PO – FRANCE

*details are correct as of May 2024

  • public research university
  • aka Paris Institute of Political Studies
  • established 1872
  • 15,000 students
  • 150+ nationalities / 50% of students come from outside France
  • 90,000 alumni include: Emmanuel Macron, François Hollande, Marcel Proust and Christian Dior

Location

  • Science Po has seven multicultural campuses in France – each teach in different languages and offer certain geographical minors.
  • The campuses are located in Paris, Le Harve, Reims, Nancy, Dijon, Menton and Poitiers.
  • Le Harve, Menton and Reims offer programmes taught in English – these are also the most international campuses.

Academic

  • Sciences Po offer 1 Bachelor of Arts programme / 30 master’s programmes / 63 dual degree programmes – they have 480 partner institutions
  • The bachelor programme offers a progressive and international curriculum – all students spend 2 years in France and 1 year abroad
  • Covers 6 fundamental disciplines: Economics, History, Law, Political Science, Sociology, Political humanities.
  • Students can choose from 3 multidisciplinary majors: Economy and Society / Political Humanities / Politics and Government
  • There are also 6 geographical minors: Latin America and the Caribbean; Asia-Pacific; Mediterranean region and the Middle-East; North America; Africa; European Union, Franco-German partnership; European Union, Central & Eastern Europe Minor
  • An important element of the course is the Civic Learning Programme – students learn to be engaged citizens through a 3 year personal project, including a 140 hours civic internship
  • 3rd year is a mandatory year abroad – eg. UC Berkeley, Bocconi, Cambridge, Cape Town University, University of Sydney, LSE, National University of Singapore, Stockholm University of Economics, and many more.
  • 10 international dual degree bachelors – 2 years at Sciences Po + 2 years at the partner university – eg. University College London, University of British Columbia, Columbia University New York, University of Hong Kong, Keio University Tokyo and others.

Application

  • Apply directly on the Sciences Po website
  • October to April rolling admission
  • Applications are accessed in 2 stages
  • Stage 1: based on a holistic review of the application documents
  • Stage 2: shortlisted applicants are invited to an interview
  • Documents required: secondary school diploma a final results, transcript of last three years of high school, three statements and essays – motivation and project for Sciences Po + an essay on one of five proposed themes
  • Interview – conducted online for 25 minutes by a panel of two members

Finances

  • Tuition fees for EU students are Individualised and tailored to the financial circumstances of every family. For the 2023-24 academic year, tuition fees ranged from €0 to €14,210 per year.
  • Tuition fees for students whose parents whose tax residence is outside the EU – €14,210
  • In 2021/22 33% of all students paid no tuition fees at all. The average was €4,530
  • During the same period 35% of students received some form of financial aid
  • Scholarships for non-EU students: 80 funding opportunities, hundreds awarded on the basis of academic excellence, socioeconomic background, and selected course.
  • These include the Boutmy Scholarship (amounts awarded range from €3,600 to €13,000 per year for Bachelor’s student recipients), the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, the Eiffel Scholarship, the René Seydoux Scholarship, the Kuwait Excellence Scholarship, the Chalhoub Scholarship, and many others

Accommodation

  • Accommodation arrangements vary between campuses but each offer a choice of university managed accommodation and private. Further information for each campus is found here.

Activities

  • Sciences Po have many outstanding conference speakers – recent guests have included: Maria Fernanda Espinosa former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ban Ki-Moon former Secretary-General of the UN, Paul Smith Fashion designer, Condoleeza Rice former United States Secretary of State, Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, former Governor of California.
  • 200+ student associations from debate, gardening, wine appreciation, politics, dance, etc.
  • 100s events throughout the year: festivals, competitions, masterclasses
  • 40 credit bearing sports classes
  • Non academic student support: Student Housing, Financial Aid and Student Support, Residence Permit, Disability and Accessibility.

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