Sciences Po

Introduction

Sciences Po is France’s leading university in the social sciences and has been educating decision-makers in the public and private sectors for the past 140 years. Today, half of Sciences Po’s 13,000 students hail from 140 countries outside France. Why do so many international students choose Sciences Po? Here are 10 of the many reasons why students from all over the world choose a Sciences Po education.

1 - Boost your career with a degree from a world-renowned university

Sciences Po is ranked 5th internationally among research universities for Politics & International Studies. Our degrees fast-track graduates to key positions in both the public and private sectors. Nearly 90% of Sciences Po graduates find work within six months of graduation. They work in a wide range of sectors, with a concentration in consulting, banking and public administration.

2 - Engage with a unique multicultural community of top international students

At Sciences Po, nearly half of the students come from outside France. Our international students represent more than 140 countries and many of the world’s leading institutions. This multicultural environment means students live and study in constant interaction with different cultures and viewpoints.



3 - Gain an international academic experience

All courses at Sciences Po are taught from an international perspective, and Sciences Po’s network of 410 partner universities ensures students are spoilt for choice when it comes to studying abroad. All our students benefit from an international experience: undergraduate students complete their third year abroad, graduate students can take advantage of a semester outside Sciences Po, and PhD students can participate in doctoral exchange programmes.

Sciences Po offers 34 international dual degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels and several programmes are taught entirely in English.

4- Learn from the best academics and professionals

Courses at Sciences Po are taught by distinguished professors and internationally-renowned practitioners. This blend of academic and practical instruction gives students a unique, well-rounded profile which is highly sought after by leading recruiters.

5- Meet with leading figures

Sciences Po is a place of debate where major figures in politics, economics, the arts and media come to exchange with students. Past speakers include Kofi Annan, President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Al Gore, Condoleeza Rice, Joseph Stiglitz and Mario Draghi.

6- Develop a broad understanding of the social sciences and critical thinking skills

Education at Sciences Po fosters dialogue between the major disciplines of the social sciences – economics, history, political science, law and sociology. It gives students the tools they need to understand the contemporary world.

Students also develop critical thinking and public speaking skills through pedagogical methods that favour group projects, oral presentations and the confrontation of ideas. By providing a multidisciplinary approach and a range of electives, such as artistic workshops, Sciences Po encourages students to adopt different perspectives.

7- Take part in group projects and realise your potential by engaging in campus life

Sciences Po’s educational approach emphasises personal responsibility, teamwork, public expression, citizenship and humanism. Students cultivate these qualities through group projects and the 130 associations that make life on campus so exciting.

8- Live in an exceptional environment

Sciences Po’s seven multicultural campuses are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural heritage – Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims. The campuses are home to a tight-knit multicultural student community and feature a vibrant intellectual and extra-curricular student life.

9 - Join Sciences Po’s international network of 55,000 alumni

Sciences Po has been educating decision-makers in the public and private sectors for the past 140 years. Notable Sciences Po alumni include heads of state, government and international organisations, and leading figures in business and finance, academia, journalism, and the arts.

10 - Financial constraints are not an obstacle to studying

At Sciences Po, nearly one out of three students receives financial assistance. To make sure students can concentrate on their studies, Sciences Po grants tuition exemptions and financial assistance to those in need. Tuition fees are also calculated on a sliding scale based on the resources of each student.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Master

Master in Advanced Global Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 France Paris

This one-year master's program is designed for candidates with an undergraduate degree and 5 years of professional experience, seeking to immerse themselves in a challenging university environment and gain further expertise or new horizons in one of the cardinal fields of international affairs. [+]

Join a one-year Master at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) to fast-track your career in International Affairs This one-year master's program is designed for candidates with an undergraduate degree and 5 years of professional experience, seeking to immerse themselves in a challenging university environment and gain further expertise or new horizons in one of the cardinal fields of international affairs. KEY BENEFITS The Master in Advanced Global Studies is: An opportunity for early- and mid-career professionals to follow a one-year accelerated program in International Affairs; The possibility to specialise in both a master's track and a concentration (regional or thematic); Access to PSIA's regular broad and world-class curriculum offer, as well as dedicated and customised courses; Joining Sciences Po and PSIA's vast, active and international alumni network. CURRICULUM AND STRUCTURE 7 tracks, 23 concencentrations and PSIA's offer of 350 courses This unique accelerated program will allow students to take a full year out of their careers to specialise in one of the 7 existing tracks at PSIA: International Security International Public Management International Economic Policy Environmental Policy Development Practice Human Rights and Humanitarian Action International Energy Like all students at PSIA, students in the Master in Advanced Global Studies will also have the opportunity to specialise in a concentration program chosen from PSIA's rich offer of 23 concentrations, both regional and thematic. Students within the Master in Advanced Global Studies will be immersed in PSIA's wider community of 1300 degree seeking students from over 100 countries, thus having access to the world's broadest curriculum with an offer of over 350 individual courses a year and taking advantage of this breadth and scope in the same way that all students at PSIA do, but graduating after only one year of study. Dedicated courses and language training Students in the program will also be offered a series of dedicated courses and workshops designed to cover transversal skill-sets for early to mid-career professionals in international affairs. These workshops will span topics such as, amongst others, management and leadership, policy brief methods, public speaking and policy evaluation. Students from all tracks of the Master in Advanced Global Studies will take these workshops, thus creating space for further intellectual and professional exchange with peers from diverse backgrounds and sectors. Foreign language training is also one of PSIA's pillars, and students in the program will be required to take at least one foreign language course per semester, chosen from Sciences Po's in-house offer of 10 languages. A full-time program in the heart of Paris The one-year Master in Advanced Global Studies is a full-time program, running from late August to the end of June, and including a January intersession. Classes are taken in the heart of Paris, at Sciences Po's main campus in the St Germain neighbourhood. [-]

Master in Corporate Strategy

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 France Paris

The Master in Corporate Strategy is Sciences Po’s one-year program for young graduates interested in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship and humanities. [+]

The Master in Corporate Strategy is Sciences Po’s one-year program for young graduates interested in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized corporate strategists in consulting firms or “in-house”, within firms. Objectives The program focuses on business fundamentals and, in particular, provides students with critical knowledge concerning financial and strategy skills. These foundational courses are contextualized and grounded in the humanities through SciencesPo’s core curriculum courses in political science, law, sociology, history and economics and completed by specialized skills training in entrepreneurship. In particular, the Master in Corporate Strategy will: - Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach - Develop their managerial skills in general, with an emphasis on leadership, negotiation and digital skills - Offer a privileged connection to SciencesPo’s network of corporate partners and facilitate access to the labor market - Prepare for recruitment processes by providing intense and thorough case-cracking tutorials all year long Innovative teaching methods The master emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops as essential to understanding and performing in the field of corporate strategy. It is built on a case study approach that is further enriched by the experience and the diversity of the cohort. A high level of interaction is fostered by the small size of the class (the program enrolls 25 to 30 students a year). Students also have access to the full curriculum of SciencesPo’s Department of Economics in business, management, finance and economics as well as SciencesPo’s graduate “common core curriculum” in the humanities. They may choose from a wide range of courses and workshops offered in English and French, according to their individual academic and professional needs and interests. Faculty The Master draws upon SciencesPo’s world-class faculty and its unparalleled network of experts. The program also mobilizes the SciencesPo alumni community, whose members are committed to mentoring and guiding students in their projects and career development as well as to teaching “master classes”. Core courses are taught by members of its permanent faculty – notably calling upon the deep knowledge and expertise of Sciences Po’s Department of Economics in the field of microeconomics - and by adjunct professors who are leading industry specialists from SciencesPo’s corporate partners. Structure and Curriculum The program includes: A one-week orientation period in August in order to refresh fundamentals of quantitative skills The Fall Semester made up of seven core courses and two electives A two-week training session in January to develop practical skills and to further prepare for typical corporate screening procedures of the labor market The Spring semester made up of seven core courses and two electives The final Summer semester made up of six advanced courses and which is dedicated to developing practical leadership and management/professional skills. In addition to these courses, students may choose to enroll in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enroll in French language classes. The overall required number of credits is 100 ECTS, the equivalent of about 25 courses, which makes the curriculum one of the most demanding specialized master programs. Admissions The candidates must hold at least a bachelor degree with either 3-year work experience or a Master Year 1 under validation and, ideally, internship experience. They must demonstrate proficiency in English. Admissions open in October for the 2016 intake. . [-]

Master in Financial Regulation and Risk Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 France Paris

The Master in Financial Regulation and Risk Management is Sciences Po’s one-year program for young graduates interested in regulatory issues, corporate finance, risk management, compliance and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized in the field of financial regulation and risk management whether it is in the private or public sector. [+]

The Master in Financial Regulation and Risk Management is Sciences Po’s one-year program for young graduates interested in regulatory issues, corporate finance, risk management, compliance and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized in the field of financial regulation and risk management whether it is in the private or public sector. Objectives The program focuses on the fundamentals of finance and, in particular, provides students with critical knowledge regarding corporate finance, regulation and risk management. These foundational courses are contextualized and grounded in the humanities through SciencesPo’s core curriculum courses in political science, law, sociology, history and economics and completed by specialized skills training in ethics and compliance. In particular, the Master in Financial Regulation and Risk Management will: - Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach - Prepare students for a wide range of professional exams, including those for Chartered Financial Analyst, Financial Risk Manager, French, British and US regulatory and compliance certificates - Develop their corporate and market finance skills - Offer a privileged connection to SciencesPo’s network of corporate partners and facilitate access to the labor market Innovative teaching methods The master emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops as essential to understanding and performing in the field of regulation, compliance, corporate finance and asset management. It is built on a case study approach that is further enriched by the experience and the diversity of the cohort. A high level of interaction is fostered by the small size of the class (the program enrolls 25 to 30 students a year). Students also have access to the full curriculum of SciencesPo’s Department of Economics in business, management, finance and economics as well as SciencesPo’s graduate “common core curriculum” in the humanities. They may choose from a wide range of courses and workshops offered in English and French, according to their individual academic and professional needs and interests. Faculty The Master calls upon SciencesPo’s world-class faculty and its unparalleled network of experts. The program also mobilizes the SciencesPo alumni community, whose members are committed to mentoring and guiding students in their projects and career development as well as to teaching “master classes”. Core courses are taught by both members of its permanent faculty and by adjunct professors who are leading industry specialists from SciencesPo’s corporate partners. The program draws upon the deep knowledge and expertise of SciencesPo’s Department of Economics and notably its cuttingedge research activities supported by the Banque de France Chair in Banking Regulation. Structure and Curriculum Taught entirely in English with optional courses taught in English and French, the program includes: A one-week orientation period in August in order to refresh fundamentals of quantitative skills The Fall Semester made up of seven core courses and two electives A one-week training session in January that focuses on interview skills in order to prepare for the labor market The Spring semester made up of seven core courses and two electives The final Summer semester made up of six advanced courses and which is dedicated to developing practical leadership and management/professional skills. In addition to these courses, students may choose to enroll in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enroll in French language classes. The overall required number of credits is 100 ECTS, the equivalent of about 25 courses, which makes the curriculum one of the most demanding specialized master programs. Admissions The candidates must hold at least a bachelor degree with either 3-year work experience or a Master Year 1 under validation and, ideally, internship experience. They must demonstrate proficiency in English. Admissions open in October for the 2016 intake. [-]

Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 France Paris

The Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management is SciencesPo’s one-year program for young graduates interested in private banking, wealth and asset management and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized private bankers and wealth managers. [+]

The Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management is SciencesPo’s one-year program for young graduates interested in private banking, wealth and asset management and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized private bankers and wealth managers. Objectives The program focuses on the fundamentals of banking and, in particular, provides students with critical knowledge regarding assets, compliance, and the ethical and legal environment of wealth management. These foundational courses are contextualized and grounded in the humanities through SciencesPo’s core curriculum courses in political science, law, sociology, history and economics and completed by specialized skills training in ethics and compliance. In particular, the Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management will: - Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach - Develop their skills in client relationship management, and managerial skills in general, with an emphasis on professional negotiation and digital skills - Develop their expertise across all asset classes and in global investment strategy optimization - Offer a privileged connection to SciencesPo’s network of corporate partners and facilitate access to the labor market Innovative teaching methods The master emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops as essential to understanding and performing in the field of private banking and wealth management. It is built on a case study approach that is further enriched by the experience and the diversity of the cohort. A high level of interaction is fostered by the small size of the class (the program enrolls 25 to 30 students a year). Students also have access to the full curriculum of SciencesPo’s Department of Economics in business, management, finance and economics as well as SciencesPo’s graduate “common core curriculum” in the humanities. They may choose from a wide range of courses and workshops offered in English and French, according to their individual academic and professional needs and interests. Faculty The Master draws upon SciencesPo’s world-class faculty and its unparalleled network of experts. The program also mobilizes the SciencesPo alumni community, whose members are committed to mentoring and guiding students in their projects and career development as well as to teaching “master classes”. Core courses are taught by both members of its permanent faculty - notably calling upon the deep knowledge and expertise of Sciences Po’s Department of Economics - and by adjunct professors who are leading industry specialists from SciencesPo’s corporate partners. Structure and Curriculum Taught entirely in English with optional courses taught in English and French, the program includes: A one-week orientation period in August in order to refresh fundamentals of quantitative skills The Fall Semester made up of seven core courses and two electives A three-week internship in January in private banking as a first step onto the labor market and as a networking opportunity – provided by SciencesPo The Spring semester made up of seven core courses and two electives The final Summer semester made up of six advanced courses and which is dedicated to developing practical leadership and management/professional skills. In addition to these courses, students may choose to enroll in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enroll in French language classes. The overall required number of credits is 100 ECTS, the equivalent of about 25 courses , which makes the curriculum one of the most demanding specialized master programs. Admissions The candidates must hold at least a bachelor degree with either 3-year work experience or a Master Year 1 under validation and, ideally, internship experience. They must demonstrate proficiency in English. Admissions open in October for the 2016 intake . [-]

Master in Public Affairs

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 France Paris

The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) is Sciences Po's flagship full-time one-year programme for mid-career professionals interested in public policy and the interaction of public and private sectors. It prepares students for today's policy environment which is co-developed, co-produced and co-managed by empowered individuals. [+]

1-year Master for mid-career professionals The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) is Sciences Po's flagship full-time one-year programme for mid-career professionals interested in public policy and the interaction of public and private sectors. It prepares students for today's policy environment which is co-developed, co-produced and co-managed by empowered individuals. Objectives The programme focuses on policy design and implementation as well as on the management of public affairs, and introduces participants to real-world policy problems. Graduates will be equipped with news skills to navigate between local and global perspective, and from public-private partnerships to international organisations and civil society. In particular, the MPA will: Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach Develop their managerial skills, with a focus on leadership, negotiation, crisis communication, decision-making and budgeting Equip graduates with a multidimensional and panoramic vision of public affairs that embraces a plurality of values, ethics and cultural contexts. Innovative teaching methods The MPA emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops. It uses case studies and relies on the experience and the diversity of the student body. A high level of interaction is enabled by the small size of the class (the programme enrols 25 to 30 students per year). Students are also engaged in a policy lab exercise, which gives them the opportunity to collaborate with clients to co-develop and test solutions for public policy challenges in the field. Structure and Curriculum Two-week orientation period in August to refresh students' quantitative skills, to introduce major policy issues which will be discussed throughout the year, and to launch their individual projects. Fall Semester consisting of two core courses*, Politics of Policy Making and Economics of Public Policy, one common core curriculum course and two elective courses. Two-week session in January to develop practical skills. Spring semester consisting of two core courses, Policy Implementation and Leadership & Organizational Change, combined with two elective courses, and the Policy Lab. Summer semester consisting of advanced courses and focusing on developing practical leadership and management skills. Students can specialize by choosing courses in the following policy streams: Administration publique Cultural Policy and Management Digital, New Technology and Public Policy Economics and Public Polic Energy, Resources and Sustainability Global Health Management of Public Affairs Social Policy and Social Change In addition to the above, students may choose to enrol in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enrol in French language classes. The overall required number of credits is 82 ECTS (or 20.5 standard Sciences Po courses). *Standard courses at Sciences Po are 24 contact hours (12 sessions of 2 hours, over 12 weeks) with about the same number of hours of work outside the classroom. One 24 hour-class is worth 4 ECTS credits. Eligibility and admissions The candidates should be committed to promoting public good. They should have at least five years of professional experience in the public, private or non-profit sector, be proficient in English ((demonstrated C1 level), and hold at least a Bachelor's degree. Admissions open in October for the August intake. [-]

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