Welcome Programme

The Welcome Programme is an orientation programme for undergraduate exchange students who will be studying at Sciences Po campus of Paris for a semester or a full academic year. Organized at the beginning of each semester, its objective is to provide students with all the information and tools necessary for a successful stay at Sciences Po.



The Welcome Programme has three objectives:

- To instruct students how to work according to the expectations and academic requirements of Sciences Po. During their stay at Sciences Po, undergraduate exchange students will be expected to use the same methodology as degree-seeking Sciences Po students. It is good to know these rules before the start of lessons.
During the ten hours of Methodology courses taught by experienced instructors of the school, the participants in the Welcome Programme will have the opportunity to get fully acquainted with the working methods of Sciences Po and put them into practice.
A guided tour of the library introduces students to our information and documentation services.
An introductory lecture to Political Life in France will allow student to gain an insight into Science Po's curriculum and its spirit.

- To familiarize exchange students with Sciences Po and its services: housing searches, obtaining a residence permit, completing administrative registration, etc.

- To create a setting for establishing contacts with others. A series of outings and social events (visits of Paris, sport, etc.) enable students to make new friends, socialize and discover Paris.

- All students who have taken part in Sciences Po's Welcome programme will be awarded 2 ECTS credits for their participation.


 “I have learnt a lot about France and Paris,aside from improving my French language skills. This is very useful for exchange students and interesting to them. The class atmosphere is not stressful and everyone has the opportunity to contribute in class.” A student from the University of Hong Kong


A typical week


The first day of the Welcome programme (Friday) is dedicated to a presentation of Sciences Po and its different services (finding housing, obtaining a residence permit, completing administrative registration, etc.).
In small groups, the students will also discover the Sciences Po Paris Campus. They are introduced to the location of different student services, classrooms and amphitheatres.

During the following week (Monday-Friday), students follow methodology workshops in small groups (10h), a methodology module in the amphitheatre and an introductory lecture into French Political Life. Nearly 18 hours of methodology and introductory lessons taught by experienced Sciences Po teachers enable students to put their skills into practice!


Friday Welcome programme information day
Saturday Group activity
Sunday _
_ 9:00-11:00 11:15-13:15 14:30-16:30 Evening
Monday Methodology Class _ Methodology Module Activity
Balades parisiennes
Tuesday Methodology Class _ Methodology Module Activity
Treasure Hunt
Wednesday Methodology Class

Library and
laboratory visit

French Political life
(in English)

Cinema club evening
Thursday Methodology Class  _ Lecture
French Political life
(in French)
Wine and cheese
Friday Methodology Class _
Saturday Bateaux Mouches boat visit
Sunday Integration Day with the Buddy Programme


Practical information

Participation for the Welcome Programme is optional but recommended for a smooth start at Sciences Po.

- Dates: 21-28 August, 2015 (Autumn Semester 2015-2016)

- Eligibility: Undergraduate exchange students coming to Sciences Po campus of Paris for one or two semesters. Please note that spaces are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis!!

- Price: 250 euros

- Registration: Once an exchange student receives their Sciences Po ID number, they must register online for the Welcome Programme and confirm their registration by paying the correct fees.
- Payment: The registration for the Welcome programme cannot be confirmed if we have not received payment.
Please ensure that the payment reaches us as soon as possible. For another means of payment, processing time is necessary. No refunds will be given. If you have registered and decide to no longer take part in the Welcome
programme, you must inform us by email.

Contact: candidature.echange@sciencespo.fr