The main peculiarity of political sciences studies is that it is a multidisciplinary approach to excellence. The training provides future generalists with the high level of grounding in History, Law, Economic and Political Sciences, Sociology, International Relations and Foreign languages.

Students will choose between IEP “Instituts d’Etudes Politiques” and universities.

10 IEP “Instituts d’Etudes Politiques”

The ten IEP are highly selective “Grandes Ecoles”. They constitute the leading institutions for the study of international relations and political sciences in France. They aim to train future leaders in the fields of business, public administration, research, international institutions, NGOs, journalism and legal affairs. An international admissions process exists for all undergraduate, masters, doctorate, and dual degree programs.  

Sciences Po Paris 

The most prestigious one is Sciences Po Paris. Created in 1872, this prominent institution of higher education and research is internationally recognised for the excellence of its curriculum, teaching methods and research. It offers traditional degree programs as well as continuing education, research and publications. The undergraduate programme, a bachelor in humanities and social sciences, is offered on seven campuses in France. Le Havre Campus focuses on Europe’s relations with Asia and offers programmes taught in English with intensive French language studies.

NUS and Sciences Po recently introduced a 4-year double degree programme with a first intake starting in August 2016.   

Sciences Politiques in French universities

In the French Universities, it is also possible to specialise in political science at Masters level. French universities offer a large number of such Masters programs to foreign students with at least three years of post-secondary studies in related fields (law, political sciences, economics, history, …)


Vu Tran, who is actually student at Sciences Po in Le Havre, kindly accepted to answer our questions: 

Why did you decide to study in France? Sciences Po played a huge part in my decision to study in France. Since junior college, I had always wanted to pursue a degree in political sciences. Moreover, I’d like to challenge myself with an unfamiliar, yet interesting environment. And it thus seemed like a very logical choice for me.

Can you describe your time in France? I am currently living in Le Havre (Normandy) - 2-hour train ride from Paris. For the 2 years here, I am staying in a CROUS studio apartment, just right across my campus.

What about your school and the quality of the program? The English-track Le Havre campus specializes in Europe-Asia relation. The highlight of the undergraduate programme here must be the compulsory third year abroad in which we are allowed to enroll in another partner university or pursue an internship of our choice.

What are the main challenges you faced in France? The language barrier posed a lot of problems for me at first, in terms of integration. However, the English-track programme here includes compulsory 6 hours of French classes. There are also several language clubs in which you can teach your schoolmates your mother tongues in exchange for French. 

What are the main positive points in this experience? Firstly, the cultural diversity of the students: I’ve made a lot of good friends here. Secondly, a sense of independence: I enjoy cooking, studying and taking care of myself in a foreign country. And of course, travelling around Europe is definitely one of the highlights of my experience here.

Do you have an advice for students who would like to study in France? While you are studying in France, try your best to master the language, immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle. And don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore Europe.

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