The Summer School’s University Programme is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on our Paris campus. In 2019, the programme hosted almost 450 students, representing 60 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds.
Please note: This program offers a two sessions each summer, one in June and one in July. Student may elect to participate in one or both sessions of this program.
In 2020, the programme dates are:
June session: 2 - 25 June 2020
July session: 29 June - 24 July 2020
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the summer year will open around December 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
The University Programme offers two academic tracks in social sciences
and French language
. Both tracks are available during each session of the Summer School. In addition to their core social sciences or French courses, students may choose to expand their curriculum by adding an elective course
for an additional cost.
SOCIAL SCIENCES TRACK OVERVIEW
(2 Credits per session)
The social sciences track offers Summer School students the opportunity to delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum. Students in the social sciences track choose one core class of intensive study, which takes the form of 36 contact hours per month. Summer courses are offered the following areas of study: international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.
In 2020, all social sciences classes are taught in English. As part of the application process, candidates who are not native English speakers needed to demonstrate an advanced level of English. Learn more about how to demonstrate English language proficiency on the Eligibility page.
Review the Social Sciences Track website here for full details and course offerings.
FRENCH LANGUAGE TRACK OVERVIEW
(4 Credits per session)
Students of the French language track take classes at one of six levels, which covers learning French for beginners to advanced students. The French language track includes a total of 66 contact hours per session. A student's current level of French is determined by an initial placement test during the application process and a definitive placement test held on the first day. In assessing a student’s level, Sciences Po uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which places full beginners at level A1 and advanced students at level C2. Download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko)
A student’s course schedule is determined by his or her knowledge of French; students take the level of French they wish to reach at the end of the session. For example, a complete beginner should take Level A1, while a student with a B1 level of French will take Level B2 at the Summer School. Learn more about how to demonstrate proficiency at a level of French on the Eligibility page.
Review the French Language Track website here for full details and courses offerings.
ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE OVERVIEW
(1 Credit per session)
In addition to their core studies in the social sciences or French language track, all students may take an elective course. These classes are an opportunity for students to delve more deeply into a subject of interest, or to explore a new topic. Students may take one elective class per session. Different topics are offered for the June and July sessions. Elective courses represent a total of 24 hours per session.
Social Studies Track: Student in the Social Studies Track may select either a topics based course elective class, or may add a French Language elective course. The French Language elective is only available to Social Studies Track students.
French Language Track: Students in the French Language track can select one of the English language based elective topics courses.
Review the Elective Course option website for full details and course options.
While there are multiple credit value options associated with this program, students should plan to enroll in at least 5 Mason Credits worth of course work in order to be considered for need based financial aid.
- 15 Credit Hours = 1 Mason Credit
- Note: Partial credits will not be processed (E.g. 36 hr class = 2 Mason credits)
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Sciences Po.
|Sciences Po Grade
|14 - 20
|12 - 13.9
|11 - 11.9
|10.5 - 10.9
|10.1 - 10.4
|9 - 9.9
|8 - 8.9
|0 - 7.9
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Summer School students have the option to obtain accommodation through the programme, at additional cost, or to find housing on their own. Once admitted, students should not delay in securing housing. Students who elect to secure their own housing should begin that research process as early as possible as housing in Paris is limited and competitive.
Reserving housing through the Summer School:
Students who wish to reserve housing through the Summer School will be able to do so after their admission to the programme as part of their registration process. It is not possible to reserve housing before receiving an offer of admission to the Summer School. Students who wish reserve housing with our three official housing providers must sign up through the Summer School registration platform, not directly through the housing provider. Their reservation will then be communicated to the provider as part of a group Summer School reservation.
Please note that space is limited for the various housing options and that rooms may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who wish to reserve housing through the Summer School are thus recommended to apply early, as housing is not guaranteed for all participants.
Review all housing options offered by Science Po here.
This is a Direct Enroll Program, which means that the program fee is set specifically for this program. This fee is being finalized and will be posted in advance of the program deadline.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Students going to France need to apply through Campus France first, before contacting the Consulate General of France to obtain their visa. Please visit those sites for more information regarding French student visas.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.