Paris Institute of Political Science (SciencesPo)

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    Paris Insti­tute of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence (Sci­ences Po) is a selec­tive and diverse French uni­ver­sity spe­cial­is­ing in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences. It devotes 40% of its bud­get to research.

    Key figures

    • 11,000 stu­dents
    • 42% of stu­dents are international
    • 1,300 Mas­ters degrees awarded per year
    • 400 part­ner uni­ver­si­ties and 35 dual degrees
    • 60 uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors (25 in 2000)
    • 3 lev­els of train­ing: under­grad­u­ate pro­gramme (7 cam­puses), 20 mas­ters pro­grammes, 5 PhD programmes
    • Nearly 200 con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion pro­grammes and over 6,000 trainees, 13 research units and 1 media lab
    • 21% of all Sci­ences Po stu­dents have schol­ar­ships, 26% of stu­dents com­ing from the French school sys­tem have scholarships
    • 950 employ­ees

    Key dates

    • 1871: Émile Boutmy founds the École Libre des Sci­ences Politiques
    • 1945: insti­tu­tional change with the found­ing of the Fon­da­tion Nationale des Sci­ences Poli­tiques and the Insti­tut d’Etudes Poli­tiques de Paris
    • 1984: Savary Law: Sci­ences Po is defined as a “major pub­lic establishment”
    • 2000: open­ing of the 1st regional cam­pus the Franco-​German and German-​speaking Coun­try cam­pus in Nancy
    • 2010: 42% of stu­dents are international
    • 2010: open­ing of the 7th regional cam­pus, the Euro-​American cam­pus in Reims

    Sci­ences Po’s missions

    Train­ing, research, doc­u­men­ta­tion and pub­lish­ing

    Sci­ences Po is a uni­ver­sity engaged in teach­ing and research, with four fun­da­men­tal and com­ple­men­tary missions:

    Ini­tial and exec­u­tive education

    • Stu­dents apply for ini­tial edu­ca­tion programmes:
    • either imme­di­ately after com­plet­ing their high-​school stud­ies (after the bac­calau­re­ate in France)
    • or to enrol in a master’s programme
    • or to enrol in the Doc­toral School

    Along­side the courses aimed at stu­dents under­go­ing ini­tial edu­ca­tion, Sci­ences Po has, for over 30 years, been devel­op­ing train­ing pro­grammes for exec­u­tives and man­agers in the pub­lic and pri­vate sectors.


    Sci­ences Po relies on a research plat­form made up of uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, researchers, doc­toral stu­dents and some 9 research cen­tres. Sci­ences Po car­ries out research in five main dis­ci­plines: his­tory, eco­nom­ics, polit­i­cal sci­ence, soci­ol­ogy and law; this research finds appli­ca­tions in a great num­ber of fields (pub­lic poli­cies, social inequal­i­ties, urban, secu­rity and defence issues, devel­op­ment, the envi­ron­ment, migra­tions, etc.


    The Sci­ences Po library offers access to an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of works (almost 900,000 vol­umes). It has more than 15,000 news­pa­pers, jour­nals and annual pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing 2,650 ongo­ing sub­scrip­tions. Many of its resources can be accessed off-​campus: 14,500 online jour­nals (full text), plus 50 online data­bases (includ­ing over 20,000 press titles from all over the world), and 520 e-​books.

    • Over 2,500 dig­i­tized press clip­pings are also available.
    • More than 1.3 mil­lion items are down­loaded from the library every year.


    • Les Presses de Sci­ences Po, a lead­ing research and uni­ver­sity press, helps dis­sem­i­nate French intel­lec­tual pro­duc­tion in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties (some 10 jour­nals, a cat­a­logue of 1,000 titles, some 30 new works a year and many translations).

    On top of these mis­sions, we must add the sup­port teams (human resources, finan­cial depart­ment, gen­eral ser­vices and real estate, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, com­mu­ni­ca­tion) that enable Sci­ences Po to suc­cess­fully carry out its every­day activities.


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