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.
- 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
- 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.