Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
The process consists of a preliminary admissibility round based on an admissions application and, possibly, a ﬁnal admission round based on an interview. Admissions applications are intended to give candidates an opportunity to present their academic background, their secondary school grades, language skills, and motivation for admission to the Undergraduate Program and to explain how their own goals ﬁt with the mission of the campus to which they are applying. Interviews are conducted in multiple languages and in more than 70 cities throughout the world. The purpose of the approximately 30-minute interview is to evaluate the candidate’s oral expression ability, motivation, open-mindedness, taste for innovation, intellectual curiosity, capacity to call up and bring to bear relevant knowledge, level of awareness of major contemporary issues, critical faculty, and ability to think independently. The interview is based on a commentary on a press article in one of the foreign languages of the Undergraduate Program campus to which the candidate is applying. After thirty minutes of preparation, candidates make a short presentation before the selection committee, which is followed by a discussion in which the committee poses questions on the presentation and of a more general nature. Part of the interview is conducted in a language other than French, depending on the program to which the candidate is applying, in order to evaluate the candidate’s competence in that language. 3. The Priority Education Agreement process is open to students who are completing a French secondary school diploma (general or vocational), in the same calendar year as their application, at an institution that has concluded a Priority Education Agreement with Sciences Po. This process proceeds in two rounds: ﬁrst, a preliminary admissibility round consisting in a press review and the completion of an admissions application. This round is organized by the partner secondary school and is their responsibility. Second, there is an admission round consisting in an interview, which takes place at Sciences Po. The interview committee bases its decision on an evaluation of academic transcripts, performance in the admissibility round (the evaluation of the admissibility committee, the press review), secondary school exam grades, and a graded exam paper from the ﬁnal year of secondary school. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate the candidate’s oral expression ability, motivation, open-mindedness, taste for innovation, intellectual curiosity, capacity to call up and bring to bear relevant knowledge, level of awareness of major contemporary issues, critical faculty, and ability to think independently. Admission is conditional on successful completion of the secondary diploma prior to ﬁrst enrolment. 4. The admissions process for double degree programs is ruled by speciﬁc agreements with partner universities and institutions of higher education in France or abroad.