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Political Studies Certificate for ForeignersFull academic year

The Certificat d’Etudes Politiques à titre étranger delivers a diploma to students who succeed in getting 60 ECTS at the end of the year.

 For students staying only one semester, Sciences Po Bordeaux offers the programme called “Attestation d’Etudes Politiques à titre étranger” (A.E.P.). It is the same programme as C.E.P. but one semester only.

For both programmes, C.E.P. and A.E.P., students will attend 3 compulsory seminars - French Language and Civilization; Political Studies and French Contemporary Issues - which aim is to make students think and debate about French contemporary issues and their home countries. These 3 seminars will be places of exchange, deepening their knowledge and structuring their different experiences.

A B1+/B2 level of French is required.

Enrolment in the CEP programme is not automatic

To be admitted, Incoming students must :

  • be a nationality other than French
  • have validated 2 academic years
  • have a B2 French level
  • mention it on the application form
  • take (and pass) one written test : analysis of documents in French (3 hours).

Training program

— participate in and pass 3 seminar courses “conférences de méthode”: French contemporary issues, Political Studies, French Language and Culture. Each of these seminar courses takes place over 24 weeks, from September to April (one seminar of 90 minutes per week per course). Validation is determined by evaluation of student participation (continuous assessment) and results of written and oral tests. 8 ECTS each (4 ECTS for one semester if A.E.P.). These courses are dedicated to foreign students.

— obtain 36 ECTS credits (choosing from general courses offered in the 1st, 3rd and 4th years). The compulsory course “Les Institutions Politiques Françaises” during the first semester is included in the 36 ECTS. Evaluation may take place in either December or April/May (written or oral exams) depending on the course.

Download the list of courses

The CEP is awarded to all candidates who obtain 60 ECTS, have passed the 3 seminar courses and have an overall average of 10/20. If a student did not pass one of the 3 seminar courses, he cannot be awarded the CEP.

Passing the CEP does not mean the automatic admission to the 3rd year regular programme. Students wishing to apply for admission will have to go through a special selection process (ECTS obtained, marks for each course…) usually followed by an interview. More

Attestation d'Études Politiques à titre étrangerOne semester

The AEP program is the same as the CEP program. The AEP is offered to students staying only one semester. Students must validate 30 ECTS for the AEP and will receive a Certificate of Foreign Political Studies at the end of the semester.

The AEP is awarded to all candidates who obtain 30 ECTS, have passed the 3 seminar courses and have an overall average of 10/20. If a student did not pass one of the 3 seminar courses, he cannot be awarded the AEP.

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