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Available courses

Sciences Po Bordeaux international students have a large choice of courses in political science, international relations, economy, European studies, law and social sciences. The classes are given either in French or in English.

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Certificat d’Etudes Politiques / Political Studies Certificate for Foreigners

The Certificat d’Etudes Politiques à Titre Etranger is a multidisciplinary French language program designed for international students staying the whole year. Not only does it allow students to widen their knowledge of French language and civilization and to develop their cultural knowledge, but it also helps them to become more familiar with political science thanks to the Political Studies lectures. It is also a unique occasion to understand the French work/study methodology and to participate in the life of Sciences Po Bordeaux and the region (radio shows, short films, citizens consultations, etc.)

Admission criteria and prerequisites

In order to meet the criteria required to enter the Political Studies Certificate for Foreigners, students must :

  • Be of foreign nationality
  • Have undertaken and validated two academic years in political sciences
  • Present an application form including a copy of their diplomas, the academic transcripts and appreciations obtained during the university years, a cover letter and their résumé.
  • Pay the tuition fees.


A French test (30’ written, 5’ oral)

In addition to the language certificate (TCF, DELF or DALF), students will be evaluated on their writing by expressing themselves on one or two topical issues (30 minutes) and on their speaking (5 minutes) with personal questions.

A case analysis (3h)

These examinations are made to establish the students’ ability to organize their speech and to develop a reflection in French. To pass the P.S.C.F year, it is not necessary to master perfectly the structure of the French language, though students have to show motivation and involvement in their studies and in the life of Sciences Po Bordeaux.

See the 2018 examination

In case of failure in the examinations, the students will be directly registered in the classic programme.

Available courses

Sciences Po Bordeaux international students have a large choice of courses in political science, international relations, economy, European studies, law and social sciences. The classes are given either in French or in English.

Download the list of courses

Training program


  • 3 “conférences de méthodes” (lectures)

Culture générale

The program ? France, of course ! The French, French society, its main evolutions, its questionings and its culture.

But beyond France and Sciences Po Bordeaux, this course also aims to understand France’s ways of working (dissertation, exposé, etc.): a multidisciplinary and comparative course that invites each student to share views on the realities of the world through their culture, studies and own curiosity.

Political studies

This lecture is based on the study of political and institutional phenomena in a comparative perspective. The goal is to acquire fundamental notions of constitutional law, political history and political sociology, and to use those ideas through an empirical observation of precise themes (contemporary political history, political parties, elections, etc.).

Through this course, students will acquire a work methodology, both oral and written. They should acquire techniques of knowledge structuring and presentation. This knowledge will be developed by preparing presentations and essays. This course is also a place for exchanging ideas since it gathers students from many nationalities through debates and various oral exercises (press reviews, editorials, etc.).

French language and civilization

The French language and civilization lectures are not classic language classes (even if language questions are dealt with), but lectures based on the students’ active participation and looking at general cultural questions linked with France and French speaking countries.

The themes tackled in these courses are linked with the news (either political, economic, social or cultural). The goal is to acquire a deeper knowledge of the founding principles of political regimes and societal questions in the related countries. Students will also better understand contemporary society and current issues, events and debates.

The work is based on texts (press articles or social sciences newspapers/magazines) or all kinds of recording, audiovisual media and oral documents. The themes are also presented through presentations/debates under different forms: summary – commentary, press review, detailed presentation of a problem, role play, etc.

Each of these lectures lasts 1h30 every week for 24 weeks from September to April, and gives 8 ECTS. For each lecture, the teachers evaluate the participation in class and the students take oral and written exams.

  • One course of French Political Institutions


The students enrolled in the program will have to obtain 36 ECTS credits * by choosing from among the general classes from the 1st, 3rd and 4th year (see Offre de formation)

The examinations (written or oral) for those classes take place either in December or in April-May depending on the calendar.

* the 4 ECTS of the French Political Institutions course are included in the required 36 ECTS.

How to obtain the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques

The CEP is awarded to all the candidates who have passed all the classes (=10/20 or more), lectures included, and thus obtain 60 ECTS overall. The acquisition of 60 ECTS is compulsory. If the student does not pass one of the 3 lectures, she/he does not obtain the CEP.

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