You have been accepted, here’s what’s next …



You have been accepted to study at Sciences Po. Once you’ve received your letter of admission, here are the initial steps to take before the beginning of the academic year:

  • Accept the offer of admission sent to the email address you listed on your application. This email contains your student ID number and a temporary password which will allow you to connect to your online student account. Once you are connected you can accept the offer, complete your registration and sign up for courses online.
  • Access Sciences Po’s online services and resources (Google Apps, WiFi, digital library resources, etc.). Your account access to all Sciences Po IT systems is created automatically the day after you accept our offer of admission. You will receive your login information by email. We recommend you change your password as soon as possible. For more information, go to Authentication and login ID
  • Complete your administrative registration.
  • Complete your course registration.
  • Learn about and sign up for orientation programmes (if necessary).
  • If you are an international student, begin the administrative formalities required to obtain a visa.


To study in France, certain conditions of entry and stay in the country need to be respected, including various visa and residence permit procedures.

You will need to provide a number of supporting documents for all of your administrative procedures (for Sciences Po, accommodation, social security, residence permit, etc.).

All official documents in foreign languages must be translated into French by a certified translator.


We recommend that you arrive at least two weeks before classes start so you have time to complete all your administrative formalities without getting stressed.

Settling in to a new environment can take time – you need to find accommodation, open a bank account, deal with administrative tasks, etc.

Please note: start dates for courses may vary depending on your programme. View the University Calendar.

To make your arrival easier, Sciences Po organises different welcome or orientation programmesdepending on your profile. These take place before classes start.


By plane

If you arrive in Paris: you will land at one of the city’s two main airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Paris-Orly (ORY), from which the are several transport options to reach central Paris quickly. There is also Paris-Beauvais airport (BVA), which specialises in low-cost flights all over Europe. However, this airport is located one hour and fifteen minutes (by special shuttle from Porte Maillot) to the west of Paris.

Sciences Po does not have a transport service to collect students from Paris airports.

If you are heading to the Menton campus, you can also fly directly to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (30 minutes by bus to Menton).

Customs declaration

Only sums of money (cash or cheques), securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) and valuables worth 10,000 euros or more need to be declared at customs (fr.).

Getting to your campus

If your destination is one of the campuses outside Paris, you may have to pass through Paris to catch a train:


Once you arrive in the city you’re studying in you will have to find accommodation, open a bank account, get a mobile phone plan and internet provider, settle administrative procedures, etc.

The cost of living will depend on which city you live in. There is a big difference between Paris and other cities. Don’t forget to prepare a budget for the duration of your studies.

Please note: When you first arrive in France you will probably have to find temporary accommodation in Paris while you look for something long-term or until you transfer to a regional campus. Youth hostels are the cheapest option in Paris. There are also budget hotels that can tide you over.




  • On the Paris campus, the Sciences Po Health Centre is open to students in need of advice, rest, psychological support or a general practitioner.
  • On the regional campuses, healthcare professionals are available at regular times.

In need of special assistance ?

As soon as you’re admitted, the Disability Support Service will discuss your needs with you and arrange accommodations and accessibility support so you can make the most of your studies and student life.


Violent crime is relatively rare in France, especially in broad daylight in well-populated areas. However, as in most countries, petty crime such as bag snatching and phone theft is widespread, especially in “risk areas” such as airports, train stations, in the metro and busy shopping centres.

To limit these risks, we advise you to exercise caution and follow some basic safety rules:

  • Don’t carry around large amounts of cash (in France you can pay for almost anything with a bank card)
  • Never leave your bags and other luggage unattended
  • Make several copies of your ID card/passport and your credit cards. In case of theft, this will make it easier to cancel you bank card and make a declaration of theft to the police.
  • While at a restaurant or bar (particularly if you’re at an outside table), never leave your cell phone, wallet, laptop, or anything valuable on the table. You would be a very easy target for a passing thief who knows where to hide quickly with your valuable item.
  • Avoid attracting attention to your mobile phone on the metro or in the street, particularly at night. Today’s expensive smart phones are an easy and attractive target for thieves. Keep in mind that ear phones, particularly the classic white ear buds, are a clear signal to a potential thief that you have something worth stealing.
  • Ask friends to see you home or take a taxi if you have to return home late at night.
  • Don’t accept a first meeting in an isolated place with a stranger you have met over the internet.
  • Watch out for people who stop you in the street asking you to sign a petition (often while pretending to be deaf), to watch a show or bet on a card game or otherwise, or who approach you in a panic. These are very common strategies to distract you and steal from you. These criminals sometimes act alone, or often in groups of several young teenagers hoping to overwhelm you and make an easy profit.

If you are robbed or a victim of some other petty crime, you should go to a police station (commissariat de police) to make a declaration, which you can then use for insurance claims etc., such as for a stolen mobile phone.


In an emergency, or if you can’t reach a doctor in the evenings for example, you should of course go to hospital, which should be covered by your insurance policy. Be sure to check the hospital’s website for details of reimbursement for emergency room visits. List of hospitals with English-speaking staff (PDF, 404 Ko).

  • 112 is the number to call for emergency services throughout the European Union.
  • 15 is for the SAMU (ambulance/paramedics service)
  • 18 is for the nearest fire station, which also administers first aid
  • 3624 for SOS médecin (12c/minute), for doctors who make house calls, 365 days/year, 24/7
  • Find a duty chemist/night pharmacy
  • +33 1 45 49 54 00 or for the Sexual Harassment monitoring unit

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Emile Boutmy Scholarships for Non-EU Students at Sciences Po

Sciences Po 
Bachelors/Masters Degree

Deadline: 3 Jan/26 Apr 2018 (annual)
Study in:  France
Course starts September 2018

Brief description:

Sciences Po created the Emile Boutmy Scholarships after the founder of Sciences Po in order to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union who are first time applicants and who have been admitted to an Undergraduate or Master’s programme offered at the University.

Host Institution(s):

Sciences Po University, Paris, France

Level/Fields of study:

Bachelors or Masters Programme offered at the University

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

Non-EU international students

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

Undergraduate Level
The Emile Boutmy Undergraduate Programme can take different forms ranging from €3,000 to €12,300 for 3 years of undergraduate study. On an exceptional basis, a scholarship of €19,000 may be granted to cover the three years of College.

Masters Level
The Emile Boutmy Master’s Programme can take different forms – either a grant of €10,000 per year to cover tuition fees for the two years of the Masters or a tuition grant of €5,000 per year for the two years of the Masters.


Eligible students are those, first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, whose household does not file taxes within the European Union, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master’s programme.

This scholarship is awarded based on factors of excellence and according to the type of profile sought for this programme. Social criteria are also taken into account.

Application instructions:

Students must indicate that they are applying for the Emile-Boutmy scholarship in the “Financial information” section of their Sciences Po application. Students will also be required to include proof of income and documents explaining their family situation. For the academic year 2018-2019, the deadline for undergraduate programmes is 26 April 2018 while the deadline for Master’s programmes is 3 January 2018.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.



Sciences Po created the Emile-Boutmy scholarship, named after the founder of Sciences Po (1871), in order to welcome the very best international students from outside the European Union. The Emile Boutmy Scholarship is awarded to top students whose profiles match the admissions priorities of Sciences Po and individual course requirements.


To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be, first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, whose household does not file taxes within the European Union, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master’s programme.

Students who are not eligible are:

  • Swiss and Norwegian applicants, since they may be entitled to CROUS scholarships
  • Candidates who have dual citizenship, including an EU citizenship
  • Candidates from Quebec for master’s degree (since they may take advantage of sliding scale fees same as European applicants). Candidates from Quebec for a bachelor’s degree are eligible
  • Master’s level dual-degree candidates. Only applicants for the following dual degrees are eligible:
    • the dual degree in Journalism Sciences Po/Columbia University
    • the dual degree Sciences Po/Fudan University with the concentration Europe-Asia in Global Affairs (only applicants with Chinese nationality)
    • the dual degree Sciences Po/Peking University (only applicants with Chinese nationality)
  • Ph.D. programme students (thesis)
  • Candidates for the 1 year Master’s programmes
  • Exchange students

The Emile-Boutmy scholarship may not be combined with other scholarship (Eiffel scholarship, AEFE scholarship, BGF…).

This scholarship is awarded based on merit and according to the type of profile sought for this programme. Social criteria are also taken into account.

This scholarship is not automatically awarded: candidates must indicate their wish to apply directly in their online bachelor or master’s application form.


  • Deadline for undergraduate programme: April 26, 2018
  • Deadline for master programme: January 3, 2018

Students must indicate that they are applying for the Emile-Boutmy scholarship in the “Financial information” section of their Sciences Po application. Students will also be required to include proof of income and documents explaining their family situation (e.g. income tax return for both parents, payslips, divorce certificate, unemployment benefits, documents related to alimony, child support or retirement pensions, death certificate…). Applicants must also attach, if applicable, their language test before the application deadline of the scholarship.

The Admissions Department is responsible for awarding Emile-Boutmy scholarships. Please note that your scholarship request will only be taken into account if you are admitted to one of our eligible programmes.

For more information on scholarships and financial aid


For more information contact the Admissions Department either by filling out this contact form, or by phone +33 (0)1 45 49 50 82


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