Life at Sciences Po
Sciences Po hosts 14,000 students, of which 47% are international, representing a total of 150 countries.
A part of European heritage, Sciences Po’s seven multicultural campuses are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural legacy. These campuses host an engaged and animated student community that leads a full intellectual and extracurricular life. Students are encouraged to take part in numerous events - conferences, debates, artistic and sporting events and to initiate projects that engage with the wider community, often in collaboration with local institutions.
Study during your year abroad
Sciences Po is made up of a network of seven campuses: Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims.
Study is focused around the study of six core disciplines: law, economics, history, political humanities, political science and sociology.
On the satellite campuses, the core curriculum is complemented by a regional specialisation.
Just like with most major cities around the world, they become synonymous with the country itself. Even though Paris is a big city with a lot to offer, in reality it is just a small part of France. You may wish to consider one of the 6 regional Sciences Po campuses each with a virbrant city feel with a much more authentic French flare and immersion in Fench culture.
At Dijon, the programme focusses on Central and Eastern Europe.
The former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon has a rich historical and artistic heritage with one of the largest protected areas in France, listed by UNESCO as an asset of universal value.
The language of instruction is French with a limited range of courses in English.
The Le Havre campus is Sciences Po's Europe-Asia campus, established in 2007.
Located in Normandy, just two hours by train from Paris, Le Havre is France's biggest port. It is historically linked to Asia as the entry point for Asian products arriving in France.
The Sciences Po Welcome association (SPW!) offers to put you in contact with Le Havre families. They are all enthusiastic volunteers who will help you discover the city, the region and the French art de vivre.
Language of instruction: English. Limited range of courses in French.
The Menton campus is the Undergraduate College's Mediterranean campus, established in 2005 is set in the heart of the old town, in a historic nineteenth-century Italian-inspired building facing the Mediterranean sea.
Menton is located on the French Riviera, bordering Italy and the Principality of Monaco, is a seaside resort that enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
The town's cultural life draws on various influences: painting and poetry took root there thanks to Jean Cocteau, to whom a museum designed by Mediterranean architect Rudy Ricciottiis dedicated; and music is showcased there during the classical music festival, the oldest in France after the one in Aix en Provence. The starting point for hikes in the high country, Menton also offers students the possibility of a number of water and outdoor sports activities.
Language of instruction: English and French.
The Nancy campus was established in 2001 and features a strong European dimension. It accommodates more than 300 students, over half of whom are from outside France.
Close to Germany and Luxembourg, and an hour and a half by high-speed train from Paris, Nancy is a city with a strong European flavour and international perspective.
Thanks to the small class sizes, students on the Nancy campus enjoy very close attention from the faculty for both their studies and extra-curricular activities.
Language of instruction: mainly French with some courses in English and German
Students on the Paris campus follow the multidisciplinary curriculum in the humanities and social sciences common to the entire Undergraduate College without a regional specialisation, which is called the general programme.
The Paris campus, which is Sciences Po’s original campus, is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, five minutes from the Louvre Museum and the Latin Quarter, and close to many other monuments and the major institutions of the French Republic.
The language of instruction: French with some courses in English.
The Poitiers campus was established in 2001 as the Undergraduate College's Europe-Latin America campus and has about 200 students, over half of whom are international students, mainly from Latin America and Spain.
Located an hour and fifteen minutes from Paris by high-speed train, Poitiers is city with an exceptional Gallo-Roman heritage, reflected by a number of historical monuments (including the oldest baptistery in Europe).
Language of instruction: mainly French, some courses in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Established in 2010, the Reims campus offers two distinct programmes: one focussing on transatlantic relations between North America and Europe, and the other oriented towards Africa, examining the continent’s relations with Europe.
The campus is housed in a magnificent seventeenth -century building - near the famous Reims cathedral.
This Gallo-Roman city that has occupied an important place in France’s history: a Roman capital, it was also the city where French kings were coronated. After heavy bombing during World War I, it was rebuilt in an Art Deco style that makes it one of the jewels of French architecture. Three monuments in the city are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites: the Cathedral, the Palace of Tau and the Abbey of St-Rémi.
Apart from its history, Reims enjoys an international reputation thanks to the prestigious houses of Champagne, of which most estates are within the city. The Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars have been on Unesco's heritage landscapes list since 2015.
Students taking this English-language programme explore transatlantic relations through a comparative approach to studying institutions, history, law, sociology, international relations and humanities.
Language of instruction: English.
Students who decide to study in Paris during their year abroad have to find private accommodation, which is not easy in the French capital and is very expensive (similar living cost to London). In the 6 regional campuses, accommodation is cheaper and some rooms are available in student residences.
To help students find a place to stay, Sciences Po has an official housing offers website: Science Po housing service.
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and be active participants.
Please remember this important information from your programme regulations:
Students must pass all assessments set by Sciences Po in order to be eligible for the award of the degree.
Where a student fails an assessment they will be provided a resit either at Sciences Po at the end of the year abroad or when they are back in London at the start of the final year of the programme.