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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.
Entry Requirements: 3-year bachelor degree or higher depending on the Master
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Location: Paris
Language: English
Selection: application + TOEFL
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2016-11-29

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Participants:

  • Enrico Letta - Dean
  • Vanessa Scherrer - Executive Director
  • 00:22

    The Pitch

    01:52

    Hello, I'm interested in applying for the human rights master, but I don't want to pigeonhole myself and am also interested in security. Is it possible to take classes from other specializations?

    04:45

    Many of your students I have talked to are multicultural and have grown up all over the world. Is my profile still interesting for PSIA if I am American and have only lived in the U.S.?

    06:43

    What are the components to the admission process? How many essays, other boxes to fill etc...

  • 07:57

    Just how international is the Paris School of International Affairs? Where do your students come from?

    09:51

    I’m from Malaysia and the idea of attending school in France is very exciting! How difficult is integration at Sciences Po and in France?

    12:07

    What proportion of PSIA alumni work in diplomacy today?

    14:22

    Three Words Max

  • 18:19

    What are the jobs that a student from the International Economic Policy master can have access to after graduating (regardless of his/her prior experience)?

    20:05

    For the journalism and international affairs double degree, how is the curriculum divided? Is it half of each, or two full programs at the same time?

    21:48

    Guest Change

    22:13

    Can you talk a bit more about the dual degree with Columbia university?

  • 24:20

    How do you feel about students who apply for a masters degree a year after their graduation?

    26:42

    How much important is it to have good grades on the transcript of records? I have few internships experiences in Frankfurt and Dubai. I’d like to explain in my cover letter how those experiences shaped my personality. How much does the cover letter "counts" regarding the application?

    28:18

    The Expert Question

    28:28

    The Expert Question: In today's world where society is so focused on business and consumerism, what is the value of a master’s degree in international affairs?

  • 30:44

    For Henry in particular: How did you find the application process as an International student, and how different was it from the one in England?

    32:25

    How much focus is put on theory opposed to practical knowledge? Are there practical workshops in the curriculum?

    34:17

    Hi! I know that I want to do the international development master but I’m not sure about regional and thematic choices. Is there academic counseling available?

    36:47

    For the semester abroad would you recommend to do an internship or to do an exchange year with a university? The university we can choose for the "semestre hors les murs" are they the same we could choose for the 3A?

  • 38:25

    For the Master in International Economic Policy, who are the most common employers of the Alumni of this Master (and the most common roles Alumni take up in those organizations)?

    40:24

    Conclusion