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The Bachelor of Arts at Sciences Po

A multidisciplinary education in the humanities and social sciences Accessible after passing the Baccalaureate (or its equivalent abroad), the Sciences Po Undergraduate College offers a Bachelor’s degree that takes place over three years, on one of the institution’s seven campuses.

To learn more about Sciences Po's undergraduate training programmes, download our Undergraduate College brochure, and stay in touch!

Founded in the study of humanities and social sciences, the education spans across six main disciplines - law, economics, humanities, history, political science and sociology - supplemented by artistic and scientific disciplines.

In addition to teaching, field experience is encouraged within the framework of the Civic Learning Programme, study trips, internships, simulations, association and union activities.

  1. First year: Learning the fundamentals: Undergraduate students are introduced to the disciplines and methods taught at Sciences Po – economics, history, humanities, law, political science, and sociology. Certain courses are related to the regional concentrations offered on each campus.
  2. Second year: Acquiring intellectual autonomy: Students choose a major – Economy & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government –, explore a range of multidisciplinary courses, and interact with the research methodologies linked to their chosen major.
  3. Third year: Students spend their their year abroad. They have the choice between a full year of study exchange at one of Sciences Po's 478 partner universities, including: UC Berkeley, Bocconi, Cambridge, Columbia, King’s College, London School of Economics, McGill, MIT, National University of Singapore, Oxford, UBC, University of Cape Town, University of Chicago, University of São Paulo.
A multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking education

In order to provide a comprehensive curriculum, Sciences Po places great emphasis on fundamental academic courses, professional training and extra-curricular activities. Sciences Po also integrates digital teaching methods into its programmes and continues to develop innovative teaching platforms.

Educate enlightened citizens

Courses offered by the undergraduate college allow students to grasp the challenges and evolutions of contemporary societies, and offer them the tools to think critically and act ethically. The goal is to educate enlightened and inventive citizens who work towards the common good.

One degree, countless opportunities

Upon completion of the BA, graduates are equipped to enter the job market, or pursue graduate
studies at one of Sciences Po's seven graduate schools or any of the world's most competitive universities. Common fields of study include communications, economics, finance, international affairs, journalism, law, organisational behaviour, and public affairs.

International Dual Bachelor’s Degrees: Two years at Sciences Po + two years at the partner university

Sciences Po offers dual Bachelor’s degrees with nine of the world’s leading universities, allowing students to study as fully integrated members of two distinct academic cultures. Students are recruited from all over the world and benefit from a unique international experience combining the strengths and academic specialties of both institutions. 

The first two years of all dual Bachelor’s programmes take place on one of Sciences Po’s campuses. In years 3 and 4 at the partner university, students pursue a major offered by the host institution. Upon successful completion of the two curricula, students graduate with two Bachelor’s degrees, offering exceptional access to prestigious graduate studies or to entry into
the job market.

  • Dual Degree with Columbia University (New York, USA)
  • Dual Degree with Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Dual Degree with Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dual Degree with the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Dual Degree with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Dual Degree with the University of California Berkeley (USA)
  • Dual Degree with University College London (UK)
  • Dual Degree with the University of Hong Kong
  • Dual Degree with the University of Sydney (Australia)

Dual Bachelor's Degrees in France

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Applied Mathematics & Social Sciences Sorbonne Université: Social Sciences & Literary Humanities
  • Dual Degree in Human & Social Sciences and Geoscience with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP): "Policies of the Earth"
  • Dual Degree in Human & Social Sciences and Life Science with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA): "Environment, Society and Sustainability"
  • Dual Degree in Life & Social Sciences and Mathematics / Computer Science with the University of Paris:"Algorithms & Decisions"
  • Dual Degree in Life & Social Sciences with the University of Paris: "Politics of Life and Identities"

Our goal is to open minds and develop critical thinking

We seek to provide students with the essential tools that will enable them to make sense of a complex world. As a research university, Sciences Po is focused on excellence, and demands the highest standards from faculty and students. Sciences Po also holds a high degree of social responsibility, and continues to play a pioneering role in the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Sciences Po has an array of financial aid for students of all origins and 26% of the student body hold a scholarship.
Living in France

Students attending university in France are exposed to French culture in their daily lives. The attractiveness of France as a study destination for international students continues to grow in 2018, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents in a recent Campus France survey listing France as the first non-English speaking destination. In 2018, Paris came in 5th place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.

Learn more about the benefits of studying at one of France's leading universities. Get notified about our next Open House Day  by pre-signing up to our Undergraduate Open House day or our Graduate Open House day.

Sciences Po’s 7 campuses in France

Sciences Po's campuses are home to a tight-knit multicultural student community and feature a vibrant intellectual and associative student life.
  1. Dijon Campus: Located in the region of Burgundy in a magnificent 19th century building, the Dijon campus was created in 2001.
  2. Le Havre Campus: On the coast of Normandy, Le Havre has hosted a campus since 2007. Located at the entrance to the port, the Le Havre campus stands out for its all-glass architecture and the red and white lightship docked in front of it.
  3. Menton Campus: Established in the French Riviera city of Menton in 2005, the Menton campus is located in an entirely renovated 19th century building overlooking the Mediterranean.
  4. Nancy Campus: Established in the region of Lorraine in 2000, the Nancy campus is located in a prestigious 18th century heritage site, the Hôtel des Missions Royales.
  5. Paris Campus: Located in the heart of the French capital in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood near the Louvre Museum, the Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens, the Paris campus is the birthplace of Sciences Po, the site where the institution was founded in 1872.
  6. Poitiers Campus: Opened in 2010, the Poitiers campus is located in the heart of the historical city of Poitiers in the Hôtel Chaboureau, a renovated building dating from the 15th Century.
  7. Reims Campus: In the heart of the Champagne region, the Reims campus opened in September 2010 in the “Cité des Rois”.

Undergraduate Europe-Asia Programme: Le Havre Campus

  • Focus on Asia and its relations with Europe and the world
  • Programme taught in English
  • Foreign language study in Chinese, Korean and Japanese
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, National University of Singapore, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney

Undergraduate General Programme + Graduate studies: Paris Campus

  • General programme
  • Programme taught in French, with courses in English
  • Dual Bachelor's degrees with University College London, Université, Paris 1, Sorbonne Université, l'Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and the, University of Paris (Bachelor of Arts  and Sciences) 

Undergraduate Europe-Latin America Programme: Poitiers Campus

  • Focus on Latin America
  • Programme taught in French, with courses in English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Foreign language study in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French as a foreign language
  • Dual Bachelor’s degree with University College London

Undergraduate Europe-North America Programme: Reims Campus

  • Focus on North America
  • Programme taught in English
  • Foreign language study in Arabic, Italian, German, Spanish and French as a foreign language
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, and University of Reims ChampagneArdenne (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)

Undergraduate Europe-Africa Programme: Reims Campus

  • Focus on Africa
  • Programme taught in French the first year, bilingual the second year Foreign language study in Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili
  • Dual Bachelor's degrees with Columbia University, University of British Columbia, University of Hong Kong, and University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)

European Programme, Franco-German concentration: Nancy Campus

Undergraduate European Programme, Central and Eastern Europe concentration: Dijon Campus

Undergraduate Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Programme: Menton Campus

  • Focus on the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Gulf states
  • Programme taught in English or in French
  • Foreign language study in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Italian
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University College London, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney

Student Housing

The Sciences Po Housing Service can help you with your search for accommodation. Our staff will guide you towards the housing solution that best suits your needs. Various partnerships have been established allowing eligible students to receive accommodation in student residences. 

Student Welfare and Support

Sciences Po's Student Welfare and Support Office offers:

  • Information on the social security system and the healthcare system
  • Help with applying for housing benefits with the French governmental agency CAF
  • One-off emergency financial assistance under specific conditions
  • Help finding a student job
  • Help and information on your administrative formalities

Disability and Accessibility

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or disabling health condition, Sciences Po will ensure that you receive the necessary support and adjustments to complete your chosen programme and immerse yourself in student life. In 2020, 336 students with a disability studied at Sciences Po.

Over 275 associations: A whole range of cultural and sporting activities

There are a thousand and one reasons to participate in community life! Culture, sports, environment,
education, solidarity, discovery, reflections and debates are just some of the diverse fields in which more than 275 associations take action on a daily basis on all of our seven campuses.

To ensure that all students admitted to Sciences Po successfully complete their studies, Sciences Po has substantially reinforced its social aid policy. To find out about scholarships at Sciences Po, download our tuition fees and scholarships guide.

1,500 events per year

Athletic competitions, festivals, public speaking competitions, theme weeks, art exhibitions: over 1,500 associative events make our campuses vibrate every day!

Outstanding conference speakers

Leading figures from politics, business and academia regularly make presentations or participate
in conferences at Sciences Po. Recent visitors have included Edouard Philippe, former Prime
Minister of France, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ban Ki-Moon, former SecretaryGeneral of the UN, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Condoleeza Rice, former United States Secretary of State, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Joseph Stiglitz, American Economist, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Alexis Tsipras, former Prime Minister of Greece.

Our admission procedures are designed to give all talents their best chance to integrate Sciences Po. Candidates are given the opportunity to tell us about themselves, express their motivation, academic and professional goals, and put forth their strengths, foreign language skills and extracurricular activities. The selection of candidates is based on students’ background and experience as well as their motivation and academic excellence.

To find out more on admissions : download the application guide.

Sciences Po graduates are highly sought after by employers in both the private and public sectors. Common professions for Sciences Po graduates include:

  • Audit and Consulting: 19% of graduates
  • Public Administration, Public Sector: 17% of graduates
  • International Organisations: 8% of graduates
  • Banking, Finance: 8% of graduates
  • NGOs, Associations: 6% of graduates

Key figures (2020 Graduate Employability Survey) 

  • 9 graduates out of 10 who decided to enter the job market are currently employed (same statistic as the previous year), which is a 5-point increase since 2014.
  • 43% of graduates are recruited prior to graduation
  • 86% found their first job within 6 months of graduating (87% in 2017), which is a 5-point increase since 2014.
  • 66% work in the private sector (compared to 70% of the Class of 2017)
  • 37% have started their career outside of France (34% in 2017)
  • The average annual gross income abroad (excluding bonuses) remains stable at an average of 40,205 €

Where our graduates work

  • Strategy/Development, Audit/Consulting, Finance
  • Public Administration & Politics
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Careers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Careers in Urban Affairs
  • Research & Think-Tanks
  • Press, Media & Publishing
  • International Cooperation and Development

90,000 Alumni

Sciences Po alumni play an important role in political life, international organisations, multinational corporations, academic research, as well as in the media and art world. Notable Sciences Po alumni include:

Heads of State or Government

  • Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka,
  • Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada,
  • Salomé Zourabichvili, President of Georgia, etc.
  • French Presidents: Jacques Chirac, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron, François Mitterrand, Georges Pompidou.
  • French Prime Ministers: Edouard Balladur, Michel Debré, Dominique de Villepin, Lionel Jospin, Alain Juppé, Edouard Philippe, Michel Rocard, etc.

Heads of International Organisations

  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO,
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General,
  • Nicole Fontaine, former President of the European Parliament,
  • Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization,
  • Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank,
  • Simone Veil, former President of the European Parliament, etc. 

Business and Finance

  • Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour,
  • Agathe Bousquet, CEO of Publicis France,
  • Maëlle Gavet, COO of Compass Inc,
  • Jean Lemierre, Chairman of BNP Paribas,
  • Françoise  Mercadal-Delasalles, CEO of Credit du Nord,
  • Laurence Parisot, Vice-President of IFOP,
  • François Riahi, CEO of Natixis,
  • Sibyle Veil, President of Radio France, etc.

Academia, Journalism, Literature and Arts

  • Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, historian, member of the Académie française,
  • Stanley Hoffmann, professor emeritus at Harvard University,
  • Jean-Marie Colombani, former president of Le Monde,
  • Michèle Cotta, journalist,
  • Marcel Proust, novelist,
  • Christian Dior, fashion designer, etc.

About

The Bachelor of Arts at Sciences Po

A multidisciplinary education in the humanities and social sciences Accessible after passing the Baccalaureate (or its equivalent abroad), the Sciences Po Undergraduate College offers a Bachelor’s degree that takes place over three years, on one of the institution’s seven campuses.

To learn more about Sciences Po's undergraduate training programmes, download our Undergraduate College brochure, and stay in touch!

Founded in the study of humanities and social sciences, the education spans across six main disciplines - law, economics, humanities, history, political science and sociology - supplemented by artistic and scientific disciplines.

In addition to teaching, field experience is encouraged within the framework of the Civic Learning Programme, study trips, internships, simulations, association and union activities.

  1. First year: Learning the fundamentals: Undergraduate students are introduced to the disciplines and methods taught at Sciences Po – economics, history, humanities, law, political science, and sociology. Certain courses are related to the regional concentrations offered on each campus.
  2. Second year: Acquiring intellectual autonomy: Students choose a major – Economy & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government –, explore a range of multidisciplinary courses, and interact with the research methodologies linked to their chosen major.
  3. Third year: Students spend their their year abroad. They have the choice between a full year of study exchange at one of Sciences Po's 478 partner universities, including: UC Berkeley, Bocconi, Cambridge, Columbia, King’s College, London School of Economics, McGill, MIT, National University of Singapore, Oxford, UBC, University of Cape Town, University of Chicago, University of São Paulo.
A multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking education

In order to provide a comprehensive curriculum, Sciences Po places great emphasis on fundamental academic courses, professional training and extra-curricular activities. Sciences Po also integrates digital teaching methods into its programmes and continues to develop innovative teaching platforms.

Educate enlightened citizens

Courses offered by the undergraduate college allow students to grasp the challenges and evolutions of contemporary societies, and offer them the tools to think critically and act ethically. The goal is to educate enlightened and inventive citizens who work towards the common good.

One degree, countless opportunities

Upon completion of the BA, graduates are equipped to enter the job market, or pursue graduate
studies at one of Sciences Po's seven graduate schools or any of the world's most competitive universities. Common fields of study include communications, economics, finance, international affairs, journalism, law, organisational behaviour, and public affairs.

International Dual Bachelor’s Degrees: Two years at Sciences Po + two years at the partner university

Sciences Po offers dual Bachelor’s degrees with nine of the world’s leading universities, allowing students to study as fully integrated members of two distinct academic cultures. Students are recruited from all over the world and benefit from a unique international experience combining the strengths and academic specialties of both institutions. 

The first two years of all dual Bachelor’s programmes take place on one of Sciences Po’s campuses. In years 3 and 4 at the partner university, students pursue a major offered by the host institution. Upon successful completion of the two curricula, students graduate with two Bachelor’s degrees, offering exceptional access to prestigious graduate studies or to entry into
the job market.

  • Dual Degree with Columbia University (New York, USA)
  • Dual Degree with Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Dual Degree with Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dual Degree with the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Dual Degree with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Dual Degree with the University of California Berkeley (USA)
  • Dual Degree with University College London (UK)
  • Dual Degree with the University of Hong Kong
  • Dual Degree with the University of Sydney (Australia)

Dual Bachelor's Degrees in France

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Applied Mathematics & Social Sciences Sorbonne Université: Social Sciences & Literary Humanities
  • Dual Degree in Human & Social Sciences and Geoscience with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP): "Policies of the Earth"
  • Dual Degree in Human & Social Sciences and Life Science with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA): "Environment, Society and Sustainability"
  • Dual Degree in Life & Social Sciences and Mathematics / Computer Science with the University of Paris:"Algorithms & Decisions"
  • Dual Degree in Life & Social Sciences with the University of Paris: "Politics of Life and Identities"

Our goal is to open minds and develop critical thinking

We seek to provide students with the essential tools that will enable them to make sense of a complex world. As a research university, Sciences Po is focused on excellence, and demands the highest standards from faculty and students. Sciences Po also holds a high degree of social responsibility, and continues to play a pioneering role in the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Sciences Po has an array of financial aid for students of all origins and 26% of the student body hold a scholarship.
Living in France

Students attending university in France are exposed to French culture in their daily lives. The attractiveness of France as a study destination for international students continues to grow in 2018, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents in a recent Campus France survey listing France as the first non-English speaking destination. In 2018, Paris came in 5th place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.

Learn more about the benefits of studying at one of France's leading universities. Get notified about our next Open House Day  by pre-signing up to our Undergraduate Open House day or our Graduate Open House day.

Sciences Po’s 7 campuses in France

Sciences Po's campuses are home to a tight-knit multicultural student community and feature a vibrant intellectual and associative student life.
  1. Dijon Campus: Located in the region of Burgundy in a magnificent 19th century building, the Dijon campus was created in 2001.
  2. Le Havre Campus: On the coast of Normandy, Le Havre has hosted a campus since 2007. Located at the entrance to the port, the Le Havre campus stands out for its all-glass architecture and the red and white lightship docked in front of it.
  3. Menton Campus: Established in the French Riviera city of Menton in 2005, the Menton campus is located in an entirely renovated 19th century building overlooking the Mediterranean.
  4. Nancy Campus: Established in the region of Lorraine in 2000, the Nancy campus is located in a prestigious 18th century heritage site, the Hôtel des Missions Royales.
  5. Paris Campus: Located in the heart of the French capital in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood near the Louvre Museum, the Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens, the Paris campus is the birthplace of Sciences Po, the site where the institution was founded in 1872.
  6. Poitiers Campus: Opened in 2010, the Poitiers campus is located in the heart of the historical city of Poitiers in the Hôtel Chaboureau, a renovated building dating from the 15th Century.
  7. Reims Campus: In the heart of the Champagne region, the Reims campus opened in September 2010 in the “Cité des Rois”.

Undergraduate Europe-Asia Programme: Le Havre Campus

  • Focus on Asia and its relations with Europe and the world
  • Programme taught in English
  • Foreign language study in Chinese, Korean and Japanese
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, National University of Singapore, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney

Undergraduate General Programme + Graduate studies: Paris Campus

  • General programme
  • Programme taught in French, with courses in English
  • Dual Bachelor's degrees with University College London, Université, Paris 1, Sorbonne Université, l'Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and the, University of Paris (Bachelor of Arts  and Sciences) 

Undergraduate Europe-Latin America Programme: Poitiers Campus

  • Focus on Latin America
  • Programme taught in French, with courses in English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Foreign language study in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French as a foreign language
  • Dual Bachelor’s degree with University College London

Undergraduate Europe-North America Programme: Reims Campus

  • Focus on North America
  • Programme taught in English
  • Foreign language study in Arabic, Italian, German, Spanish and French as a foreign language
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, and University of Reims ChampagneArdenne (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)

Undergraduate Europe-Africa Programme: Reims Campus

  • Focus on Africa
  • Programme taught in French the first year, bilingual the second year Foreign language study in Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili
  • Dual Bachelor's degrees with Columbia University, University of British Columbia, University of Hong Kong, and University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)

European Programme, Franco-German concentration: Nancy Campus

Undergraduate European Programme, Central and Eastern Europe concentration: Dijon Campus

Undergraduate Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Programme: Menton Campus

  • Focus on the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Gulf states
  • Programme taught in English or in French
  • Foreign language study in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Italian
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees with Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University College London, University of Hong Kong, and University of Sydney

Student Housing

The Sciences Po Housing Service can help you with your search for accommodation. Our staff will guide you towards the housing solution that best suits your needs. Various partnerships have been established allowing eligible students to receive accommodation in student residences. 

Student Welfare and Support

Sciences Po's Student Welfare and Support Office offers:

  • Information on the social security system and the healthcare system
  • Help with applying for housing benefits with the French governmental agency CAF
  • One-off emergency financial assistance under specific conditions
  • Help finding a student job
  • Help and information on your administrative formalities

Disability and Accessibility

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or disabling health condition, Sciences Po will ensure that you receive the necessary support and adjustments to complete your chosen programme and immerse yourself in student life. In 2020, 336 students with a disability studied at Sciences Po.

Over 275 associations: A whole range of cultural and sporting activities

There are a thousand and one reasons to participate in community life! Culture, sports, environment,
education, solidarity, discovery, reflections and debates are just some of the diverse fields in which more than 275 associations take action on a daily basis on all of our seven campuses.

To ensure that all students admitted to Sciences Po successfully complete their studies, Sciences Po has substantially reinforced its social aid policy. To find out about scholarships at Sciences Po, download our tuition fees and scholarships guide.

1,500 events per year

Athletic competitions, festivals, public speaking competitions, theme weeks, art exhibitions: over 1,500 associative events make our campuses vibrate every day!

Outstanding conference speakers

Leading figures from politics, business and academia regularly make presentations or participate
in conferences at Sciences Po. Recent visitors have included Edouard Philippe, former Prime
Minister of France, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ban Ki-Moon, former SecretaryGeneral of the UN, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Condoleeza Rice, former United States Secretary of State, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Joseph Stiglitz, American Economist, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Alexis Tsipras, former Prime Minister of Greece.

Our admission procedures are designed to give all talents their best chance to integrate Sciences Po. Candidates are given the opportunity to tell us about themselves, express their motivation, academic and professional goals, and put forth their strengths, foreign language skills and extracurricular activities. The selection of candidates is based on students’ background and experience as well as their motivation and academic excellence.

To find out more on admissions : download the application guide.

Sciences Po graduates are highly sought after by employers in both the private and public sectors. Common professions for Sciences Po graduates include:

  • Audit and Consulting: 19% of graduates
  • Public Administration, Public Sector: 17% of graduates
  • International Organisations: 8% of graduates
  • Banking, Finance: 8% of graduates
  • NGOs, Associations: 6% of graduates

Key figures (2020 Graduate Employability Survey) 

  • 9 graduates out of 10 who decided to enter the job market are currently employed (same statistic as the previous year), which is a 5-point increase since 2014.
  • 43% of graduates are recruited prior to graduation
  • 86% found their first job within 6 months of graduating (87% in 2017), which is a 5-point increase since 2014.
  • 66% work in the private sector (compared to 70% of the Class of 2017)
  • 37% have started their career outside of France (34% in 2017)
  • The average annual gross income abroad (excluding bonuses) remains stable at an average of 40,205 €

Where our graduates work

  • Strategy/Development, Audit/Consulting, Finance
  • Public Administration & Politics
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Careers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Careers in Urban Affairs
  • Research & Think-Tanks
  • Press, Media & Publishing
  • International Cooperation and Development

90,000 Alumni

Sciences Po alumni play an important role in political life, international organisations, multinational corporations, academic research, as well as in the media and art world. Notable Sciences Po alumni include:

Heads of State or Government

  • Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka,
  • Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada,
  • Salomé Zourabichvili, President of Georgia, etc.
  • French Presidents: Jacques Chirac, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron, François Mitterrand, Georges Pompidou.
  • French Prime Ministers: Edouard Balladur, Michel Debré, Dominique de Villepin, Lionel Jospin, Alain Juppé, Edouard Philippe, Michel Rocard, etc.

Heads of International Organisations

  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO,
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General,
  • Nicole Fontaine, former President of the European Parliament,
  • Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization,
  • Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank,
  • Simone Veil, former President of the European Parliament, etc. 

Business and Finance

  • Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour,
  • Agathe Bousquet, CEO of Publicis France,
  • Maëlle Gavet, COO of Compass Inc,
  • Jean Lemierre, Chairman of BNP Paribas,
  • Françoise  Mercadal-Delasalles, CEO of Credit du Nord,
  • Laurence Parisot, Vice-President of IFOP,
  • François Riahi, CEO of Natixis,
  • Sibyle Veil, President of Radio France, etc.

Academia, Journalism, Literature and Arts

  • Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, historian, member of the Académie française,
  • Stanley Hoffmann, professor emeritus at Harvard University,
  • Jean-Marie Colombani, former president of Le Monde,
  • Michèle Cotta, journalist,
  • Marcel Proust, novelist,
  • Christian Dior, fashion designer, etc.

Available programs

University highlights

Sciences Po is one of the top Public universities in Paris, France. It is ranked #=261 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #213
  • 2014
    #214
  • 2015
    #=222
  • 2016
    #223
  • 2017
    #220
  • 2018
    #220
  • 2019
    #=221
  • 2020
    #242
  • 2021
    #242
  • 2022
    #=261

Ranking criteria

37.3
Overall
20.2
Academic Reputation
4.1
Citations per Faculty
31.5
Employer Reputation
91.5
Faculty Student Ratio
37
International Faculty Ratio
99.2
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
11,370

55%
45%

International students
4,841

57%
43%

Total faculty staff
1,808

378
1430

Total students
11,370

55%
45%

International students
4,841

57%
43%

Total faculty staff
1,808

1430
378

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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