Years 1 and 2: Sciences Po

You’ll begin the UBC Sciences Po Dual Degree program at Sciences Po in France, at one of three Sciences Po regional campuses (Le Havre, Menton, or Reims). Each campus has a different global-regional focus, and specialization is built through world-regional examples and teaching within core courses, electives, and language study.

In your first two years of study, you’ll learn from a curriculum which explores a broad range of disciplines:

  • Core courses in the social science: law, political science, economics, history, sociology.
  • Electives in the humanities: philosophy, art history, literary studies.
  • Language courses that correspond to regional linguistic and cultural orientation of the campus.

Regional Campuses

By the standards of North America’s major research universities, Sciences Po’s regional campuses are small and offer an intimate context for learning and opportunities for student-initiated study projects. Class sizes range from 150 for lectures in core areas, to about 22 for seminars, to as small as a handful of students for some language classes. The intimate and internationally-focused regional campuses offer an academically challenging and supportive environment where you can thrive academically while receiving personal and educational support from Sciences Po faculty and staff.

Click on the tabs below to explore each campus and their regionally-focused programs.

Dual BA Summer Seminars

Students admitted into the Dual BA Degree program are required to complete two courses in the summer between Years 1 and 2. Taught by faculty from UBC, the courses will gather the Dual BA cohort in Reims each June. These specially designed seminars give students a chance to cultivate an informed, reflexive perspective on their international experience, means of challenging common assumptions about difference and commonality. More information on the dual seminars can be found here.

World Regional Focus: Europe and Asia

The Le Havre campus is situated in northern France in the Normandy region. Founded in 1517, Le Havre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is France’s biggest trade port for entry of Asian merchandise in France. In 2013, Sciences Po opened a campus on Le Havre’s historic waterfront, conveniently located in the centre of the city. Students study history, economic models, law, political institutions, sociology, international relations, political philosophy with a focus on Asian and European related issues.

The English-taught Europe-Asia undergraduate program addresses the relationship between Europe and Asia, in a multidisciplinary approach and a unique methodology to Sciences Po. During the course the students will master at least French, English and one Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi or Indonesian), adding an international experience to students’ profiles and an enriching value to future career prospects. Students learn from leading Asia specialists, Asian and European language instruction, and are part of a student body of 100 drawn from 20 different countries.

The Europe-Asia Program covers the fundamental disciplines of social sciences (history, law, economics, sociology, and political science) with a multidisciplinary approach. As a part of the core curriculum, students have an opportunity to learn Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean.

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum

Read more about the detailed curriculum in the Europe-Asia program.

Sample Courses:

  • The Asian Roots of Globalization
  • Europe-Asia: Representations and Perceptions of Asians in the Age of Reason
  • Indian Democracy: Founding Elements and Challenges
  • Economic Models In Asia

Courses in the Europe-Asia program at Le Havre are primarily taught in English. Non-Francophone students receive intensive French language training, and all students must study a second language based on their campus’s regional focus.

World Regional Focus: Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean

Situated on the French Riviera, the Europe-Middle East/Mediterranean program at the Sciences Po Menton campus focuses on the political, economic, and social issues in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and the Gulf. Menton is the last city before the Italian border, and is an internationally-renowned resort town known for its mild climate, exotic gardens, and annual Lemon Festival.

The campus’ multidisciplinary and fundamental teaching method consists of courses in the social sciences (history, law, economics, sociology, and political science), and courses specializing in the program’s regional interest. Students have the opportunity to learn Arabic and French, as well as participating in extracurricular collective projects. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, the Menton campus provides international students with an international education in an intimate setting.

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum

Read more about the detailed curriculum in the Europe-Mediterranean/Middle-East program.

Sample Courses:

  • Political Economy of the Middle East
  • Geopolitics of the Middle East
  • History of the Arab-Islamic Civilization
  • Religions and Religious Cultures in the Mediterranean
  • Yemen, Lybia, Iraq, Syria : Failed States

Courses in the Europe-Mediterranean/Middle East program at Menton are primarily taught in English. Non-Francophone students receive intensive French language training, and all students must study a second language based on their campus’s regional focus.

World Regional Focus: Europe and North America, Europe and Africa

Situated in the Champagne region, the Sciences Po Reims campus hosts both the Europe-North America program and the Europe-Africa program. Located in the heart of Reims just 45 minutes outside of Paris by train, the school is located in a former 17th-century Jesuit college and welcomes students from all over the world.

Students in the Europe-North America and Europe-Africa programs take core courses in the social sciences (law, economics, history, sociology, and political science), and supplements their multidisciplinary curriculum with courses that focus on their regional focus (either North America or Africa).

Europe-North America Program

In the Europe-North America program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn French, German, Italian, Arabic, or Spanish as a second language. Courses in the Europe-North America program are primarily taught in English. Non-Francophone students receive intensive French language training, and all students must study a second language based on their campus’s regional focus.

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum

Read more about the detailed curriculum in the Europe-North America program.

Sample Courses:

  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Themes in North American Political Thought
  • US Security Issues Through Texts
  • The EU, The US and World Security

Europe-Africa Program

In the Europe-Africa program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn Arabic, Portuguese, or Swahili as a second language. Courses in the Europe-Africa program are taught in both English and French, and students must be bilingual both languages.

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum

Read more about the detailed curriculum in the Europe-Africa program.

Sample Courses:

  • Histoire du continent africain : Les Afriques dans leur diversité
  • The European Union and Africa
  • Wars of Memory
  • New Technologies and Innovation in Africa