Analysis of the program by Campus-Channel

What we noted

Sciences Po

Paris School of International Affairs

The Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) is the largest school of international affairs in the world, with a community of 1500 students, of which 70% are international representing 105 nationalities. PSIA's curriculum is highly flexible and customized, with students selecting from 9 Master's degrees, 24 concentration programs and an offer of over 400 courses each year. PSIA students are immersed in a multilingual environment, where 70% of courses are taught in English, 30% in French, and training is provided in over 15 foreign languages. There is however no French language requirement for admission. All students in PSIA's regular 2-year degree programs complete an embedded professional development semester, thus further strengthening the practice-oriented nature of the school.

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Entry Requirements: 3-year bachelor degree or higher depending on the Master
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Location: Paris
Language: English
Selection: application + TOEFL
Membre de la Conférence des grandes écoles

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2017-11-22

Analysis

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Participants:

  • Enrico LETTA - Doyen
  • 00:12

    The Pitch

    01:39

    If I want to specialize in environmental policy, will I be able to still take courses from other concentrations such as human rights or security?

    02:52

    Who are your main internship partners? Does PSIA provide students with different internship opportunities or do they have to find them on their own?

    05:51

    What are the characteristics of the perfect student at PSIA?

  • 07:19

    For the economic policy program, how many applications do you get and how many do you admit?

    08:45

    Could you describe the main differences between the PSIQ and the School of Public Affairs?

    09:52

    Does PSIA offer full scholarships?

    11:04

    Is the Master in International Security a good way to get prepared for the Quai d'Orsay or the National School of Administration or is it too specialized?

  • 12:41

    Does PSIA offer individual academic counseling to help fine-tune my curriculum?

    13:43

    Three Words Max

    16:52

    During the third semester, what is better in the long term -- an internship or a semester at a partner university?

    18:32

    Should I already list my specialization preferences in my application?

  • 19:45

    Hello, I am interested in applying for two different PSIA programs. Is this advantageous, or does it show lack of focus?

    20:30

    Guest change

    20:51

    As an American citizen, will I still have to take an English proficiency test?

    21:21

    I am finishing Master in International Relations but I would like to have another, more specialized Master in Human Rights. Do you think PSIA is a good choice for me?

  • 23:26

    What is the part of students from French university in the all PSIA graduate admission?

    24:31

    How does the university help students find jobs after the master's degree? For example, what is offered in terms of work fairs and mentors?

    26:28

    I would like to do the dual degree with Columbia. Do I pay tuition to Sciences Po or Columbia? Is it the same fees?

    27:08

    The Expert Question

  • 27:15

    The Expert Question: Sciences Po and its students seem to have a fairly liberal view on politics. Does it treat rising extreme right movements as curious phenomena or as legitimate political movements that should have representation?

    30:04

    Does it lower the chances of being accepted for a program of the PSIA when you also apply for a double degree program?

    30:47

    Many of your students I have talked to are multicultural, have grown up all over the world and have done international internships. Is my profile still interesting for PSIA if I am French and haven't done an internship related to international relations?

    32:21

    Is it common to choose 2 thematic concentrations? I am interested in Human Rights and Environment.

  • 33:13

    When it comes to personal statement, do you prefer american style - original, starts with a question or a thought OR french style - describing who I am, my experience and why I want to join PSIA?

    34:04

    What are some common examples of organizations PSIA alumni who graduate with a masters in International Security work in?

    35:23

    What should I expect in the admissions interview? Is it like interviewing for a job?

    36:34

    Question for the student: how’s the life in Sciences Po?

  • 38:29

    What is the rate of post graduates in Economic Policy choosing to pursue research instead of taking up corporate jobs?

    39:48

    Conclusion