International Admission Procedure

The international admission procedure is a fully-fledged, independent procedure of admission. It is not compatible with any of the other procedures (through a competitive exam or through the « CEP admission » for example).

  • Who is able to apply through the international admission?

Any student who has obtained either a French baccalaureate abroad, a foreign baccalaureate in France or a foreign baccalaureate abroad is able to apply to the international admission.
Also, any student possessing an International Baccalaureate Diploma, a Selectividad, a Bachibac, an A-level, an Abitur etc… can apply to the international admission.

http://www.sciencespo.fr/admissions/en/content/undergraduate-international-eligibility

  • Which program can I choose if I apply through the international admission?

Applicants through the international admission can only seek regional campuses: Nancy, Le Havre, Dijon, Menton, Reims or Potiers. However, the Europe-Afrique program (located in Reims) is also open to international applicants.

cf. Why apply to a regional campus: https://sosciencespo.fr/cursus-speciaux/coaching-campus-decentralises/pourquoi-choisir-un-campus-decentralise/

An applicant through the international admissions may choose two programs on the application form.

  • Can I apply through both the international admission and another procedure?

As SciencesPo specifies, when applicants are eligible to two different procedures they have to choose only one of them.

  • Is it possible to be on the Paris campus program if I applied through the international admission?

The only program in Paris open to applicants through the international admission is the Europe-Afrique program. Besides, they have to express two choices within the six regional campuses (if you want to choose only one campus, you have to specify that you have made a unique choice).

  • I obtained my baccalaureate a year ago, can I apply through the international admission anyway?

Yes you can, but a derogation given and signed by SciencesPo is needed. Careful! SciencesPo can choose whether or not it agrees to provide the derogation.

  • Do I need to justify a specific language level ?

Yes you do. Each campus requests specific language skills; however some of them offer the possibility to begin a new language according to campus’ demands. For example, the Mediterranean / Middle-East campus offers the possibility to learn Arabic from level 0 to level 5. To know more about those specific language demands, please consult the following page: http://www.sciencespo.fr/admissions/en/content/undergraduate-international-language%20

  • The international admission: how it goes.

Every year around October 20th an online portal opens that allows each applicant to start the procedure. First, you have to create an account to continue the application step by step: personal data, motivation letter, CV, recommendation letters, questions, reports.

The motivation letter is requested in French and must contain no more than 1000 words. Its aim is to expose and defend your project: why would you like to study at SciencesPo, why did you choose this campus, specifically in a close relation with what you do and like and what you want to do, what you expect of this choice.

There are two types of recommendation letters: the academic ones and the professional ones. You would need two or three « Academic » letters, written by teachers. « Professional » letters are facultative but can attest of a long professional experience, relevant to your project.

About reports, you have to scan and upload on the online platform those of the past three years.

Then, you will choose a date and a place for the exams, within those proposed. Usually you will be able to pass the exam where and when you asked as a first choice. It is advised to pass the interview on the campus of your first choice (don’t choose an interview at Le Havre if you want to go to Nancy).

At this moment of the procedure, a SciencesPo jury will examine your file and decide if it is interesting enough to allow you to pass an interview. (Almost all files are interesting, if yours is not selected it doesn’t mean you’re useless.)

There are few stages in the interview. First, you will have 30 minutes to prepare the analysis of a press article, usually in a language corresponding to one of the campus you choose or of the campus you’re in for the interview. This moment is dedicated to reading, the analysis and the preparation of a commentary of the article. In front of the jury, you will have 10 minutes to expose your analysis in the language of the article. The jury will spend 10 more minutes asking you some questions about your analysis or the thematic of the article and, eventually, continue with 10 minutes of questions about you and your motivation. Those last questions are usually asked in your native language. http://www.sciencespo.fr/admissions/en/content/undergraduate-international-procedure

  • Is the international admission better than the competitive exam?

It is and it is not. Actually, it depends on your motivation, your desires, your personality and your language level. If you prefer to study on the Parisian campus or in a double-diploma https://sosciencespo.fr/cursus-speciaux/special-bicus/admission/, it is better not to apply through the international admission.

You feel comfortable with your languages in general and you are good at exams? The competitive exam’s admission is a more clever choice for you. It seems that there are more people coming to SciencesPo through the international procedure but those numbers are just irrelevant numbers because you can’t compare them: criteria to select students are different from one procedure to another.

Your rhetoric is good, you have large general knowledge and great skills to analyze and synthesize a document, you like language and you are oriented to the international (by your past or for your future)? You must try the international procedure.

Both the international admission and the competitive exam’s admission ended with an interview. To prepare yourself to for this moment, follow our 10 pieces of advice to be successful at your interview: https://sosciencespo.fr/conseils/comment-reussir-son-oral-2/reussir-en-10-lecons/

  • Some added information

French state offers scholarships to study in some French lycées abroad for a year. If you choose to spend your « terminale » abroad and obtain your baccalaureate abroad, you are eligible to apply through the international procedure. This opportunity, apart from being a great asset, can be a real help to integrate a regional campus of SciencesPo.

French « lycées » concerned by this scholarship are:

– Lycée de Barcelone

– Lycée de Dublin

– Lycée de Londres

– Lycée de Madrid

– Lycée de Munich

– Lycée de Vienne

For more information, please follow the link: http://eduscol.education.fr/cid54878/bourses-pour-les-lycees-francais-de-l-etranger.html

  • How to behave at the moment of the interview?

Come calm and relaxed. Don’t panic if you don’t understand everything.

Read the article carefully. Don’t try to analyze the document in a « SciencesPo’s way » but do something that looks like you and that is coherent and relevant. If you don’t feel comfortable with the article or the exercise, try a linear analysis. Separate the article in paragraph corresponding to ideas or thematics.

In front of the jury, smile. When you speak, keep an eye on the time to be sure to last 10 minutes.

At the end of your presentation, open to another known thematic (not too far from the article) to make the discussion start on something you master.

So take a deep breath. Pass a wonderful interview. And enter SciencesPo in the end!

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