Chloé Villaret

Name: Chloé Villaret (Current Student)

Hometown and Country: I am French, but I was born in Madrid and raised in Singapore.

Degrees Completing at UBC Sciences Po:

  • BA in Social Sciences (Euro-Asian specialization) at Sciences Po
  • BA in International Relations at UBC



Why did you choose to pursue the UBC Sciences Po Dual Degree?
I chose this Dual Degree so that I could pursue degrees in two different fields. I wanted to benefit from Sciences Po’s expertise in political science and UBC’s wide range of course offerings.

What are some of the highlights from your time at Sciences Po, and at UBC?
The highlight of my Sciences Po experience was taking part in so many extracurricular activities, In my two years in Le Havre I performed in a musical, I was captain of a cheerleading team, and a Bollywood dancer!

At UBC, my most cherished memory is without a doubt visiting Banff National Park with the Exchange Student Club.

What were some of the challenges that you faced at Sciences Po, and at UBC?
My biggest challenge at Sciences Po was self-confidence. Initially, I compared myself to my classmates, some of whom had attended the most prestigious schools in the world and many of whom had far more knowledge than I did in the realm of literature, history, philosophy. Eventually, I learned that everyone felt the same way I did, and I enjoyed learning from my classmates.

At UBC, I’ve found that making friends on such a large campus can be a bit of a challenge, especially after having spent two years on a campus of less than 300 students.

How has being a UBC Sciences Po student helped your personal and professional aspirations?
Having both a Canadian and a French university experience has helped me reach out to both European and North American potential employers, so it has definitely opened many doors for me. I think my time at Sciences Po has given me a good foundation of knowledge to carry into any line of work, and at UBC I was able to discover the field I now want to specialise in: health policy.

What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
At UBC, I am Co-President of the Sciences Po – UBC Dual Degree Association. I am also the Vice-President Communications of Equal Voice at UBC, a university chapter of Equal Voice, which is a Canadian non-profit aiming to increase women’s representation in all levels of politics.

What is unique about being a UBC Sciences Po student?
I think adaptability is what makes us unique. The program certainly teaches you to adapt to new academic requirements, new work cultures, and a new life in general.

Name one thing on your bucket list.
I’d like to go to Jordan and see the Petra archaeological site!