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 150 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 4th internationally among research universities for Politics & International Studies (QS rankings). 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 150 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 470 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 42 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 200 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 65,000 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.
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