Top reasons to study here

  • To make a unique educational experience available to the most promising students, regardless of their location or social origins.
  • To cultivate enlightened citizens and responsible professionals capable of bringing about change.
  • To enhance understanding of an increasingly complex world.

About

History

Sciences Po was founded in 1872 in response to the political and moral crisis that gripped France in the aftermath of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. The intention was to educate a new elite, capable of understanding complex issues, through a cross-disciplinary approach and an international perspective. Today, this ambition is still at the heart of our educational approach.

Education

Students gain admission to Sciences Po after passing the Baccalauréat (or a foreign equivalent) or having completed an undergraduate or graduate programme. We also welcome students with one or more years of professional experience, as well as those preparing for competitive examinations. In addition, Sciences Po runs a popular Summer School and a variety of MOOCs, providing study opportunities for a wide range of students who attend summer courses or benefit from online learning.

Research

Sciences Po is a research university in the social sciences, internationally recognised for the quality of its scientific output. Developed with a strong focus on society, research conducted at Sciences Po enriches public debate.

At Sciences Po, more than 200 faculty members in the fields of humanities and social sciences study transformations at work in the modern world and the challenges they represent.

Career

Sciences Po has a policy of actively assisting students in their professional orientation. Upon admission and for up to two years after graduation, the Career services help students and recent graduates to choose a career path, build a career plan, prepare applications and meet employers.

Thanks to an extensive alumni network, its community of professional teachers and its ties to the business world, Sciences Po publishes thousands of job and internship offers every year (access reserved to students and recent graduates).

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2018
220
2017
220 3
2016
223
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2018
401
2017
-
2016
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

Housing services

Located in the heart of Paris, Sciences Po does not have housing on campus to offer its students. As a result, you must make arrangements to find your own accommodation. Sciences Po has made available numerous housing offers and information to help guide you in your search.

Library services

The library is recognised as a reference library for the social sciences in Europe. Serving Sciences Po students, professors and researchers, as well as external readers from across the world, the library offers an outstanding collection of more than 950,000 titles in the field of social sciences.

The library facilitates access to information for all, especially through its many digital resources.

Medical services

Sciences Po's Health Centre is at your service to:

  • welcome, inform and advise students, teachers, staff and the wider community of Sciences Po
  • carry out certain routine health care services, on prescription or in an emergency
  • schedule medical appointments on site
  • prescribe and renew treatments
  • provide psychological support
  • provide a quiet room if required

Student Life

Campus life

The seven campuses are located in cities boasting exceptional historical and cultural heritage. The campuses are home to a tight-knit multicultural student community and feature a vibrant intellectual and associative student life.

Sports facilities

Attend a public-speaking contest bringing together 600 students in an electrifying atmosphere, have a cup of fair-trade tea in a self-managed cafeteria (fr), listen to Chicago in an amphitheatre (video-fr), cheer for your campus's rugby team: at Sciences Po, students' commitment to sports, the arts and student associations adds spice to daily campus life. 

Student clubs

Student associations and initiatives enable students to interact around common aspirations and share their areas of interest with an academic community of exceptional richness. They provide a means of living their citizenship to the full; they contribute to developing the culture of debate and intellectual curiosity encouraged by Sciences Po; they constitute an invaluable experience in project management and teamwork.