Sciences Po Lille

Sciences Po Lille (Lille Institute of Political Studies)
Institut d'études politiques de Lille
Other name
Sciences Po Lille
Motto Transforming young Students into innovative citizens becoming global leaders
Type Public
Established 1991
Director Pierre Mathiot
Administrative staff
Students 1,800
Location Lille, France
Campus Urban

Sciences Po Lille - Institut d'études politiques de Lille (English: Lille Institute of Political Studies), officially referred to as Sciences Po Lille (pronounced see-ohns po), is part of the highly selective grandes écoles and is located in Lille, France. Sciences Po Lille is educating France's political and diplomatic elite, but its academic focus spans not only the political and economic sciences, but also law, communications, finance, business, urban policy, management, and journalism.

History and Organisation

Sciences Po Lille was founded by decree in 1991. It is today one of the most highly regarded institut d'études politiques in France, and a member of the Conférence des grandes écoles.[1] As with most IEPs, it aims to give its students training in the civil service, but it specialises in European and International studies. The institute also has an agreement with the renowned school of Journalism Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille.

The curriculum at the IEP is at the crossroads of law, history, economics, political science and sociology. Students are taught at least two foreign languages and spend one year abroad. Entrance to the IEP can be achieved through highly selective exams.


At the time of its establishment in 1991, Sciences Po Lille was located in the premises of the École Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, 50 rue Gauthier de Châtillon. Built in the 19th century, the building was located in the quartier latin of Lille, which used to be where all Lille's universities were located. The building quickly turned out to be too small for both schools. Thus, in 1996, in order to keep growing, Sciences Po Lille moved into a bigger building, this time located in a working-class district called Moulins. The choice of this district was political. The municipality of Lille wished to enhance social diversity in the neighborood. Sciences Po Lille's students being mostly from high income and educational backgrounds, its presence in the Moulins district was seen as a way to reinvigorate this southern part of Lille. Sciences Po Lille's new address became 84 rue de Trévise, near the metro station Porte de Valenciennes. The building is a former factory made of red bricks.

To cope with the quick development of the school, a new relocation is scheduled in January, 2017.[2][3] Sciences Po Lille will come back to its original location and establish its campus rue Auguste-Angelier in the old quartier Latin of Lille. Currently under renovation, this building of downtown Lille will be 8200 square meters. It will provide 3 amphitheatres, 40 rooms and a 1500 square meter library.


Sciences Po Lille is one of the most selective French universities. Students wishing to attend Sciences Po Lille must pass highly selective and competitive entrance exams (between 5 and 15% pass rate depending on the exam).[4]

There are two admission procedures for the Undergraduate Program. The two of them are collectively organized by Sciences Po Lille and six other Sciences Po (Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Strasbourg and Toulouse):

Admission procedures for Graduate Programs:


Tuitions are based on the income of the student's family.[7] They range from 0 euro to 3.200 euros a year. To tuitions must be added health insurance, which costs about 200 euros for the full year.

Graduate Programs

Sciences Po Lille's Master's programs are divided into four sections:

Sciences Po Lille also offers co-sponsored Master's:

Study Abroad Programs

Sciences Po Lille has a very large Study Abroad Program. The school has signed over 190 international agreements[13] with universities located on every continent. Here are some of Sciences Po Lille's partner universities:

North America

South America

International Dual Degrees

Sciences Po Lille offers dual degree programs with 6 world-renowned universities:

Prep Programs for High-Ranking Civil Servant Positions

Prep Program for the École Nationale d'Administration

Prep Program for the Agrégation de sciences économiques et sociales

MunWalk Association (Model United Nations)

Sciences Po Lille Munwalk Association is ranked the 13th world's best MUN delegation according to the Best Delegate Guide.[21] It makes it the best French delegation. In 2011, its students were awarded the "Honourable Delegate" award at both London and Harvard's MUN, as well as the "Distinguished Delegation" award in New York City. In 2013, at the NMUN-NY, the school won the "Outstanding Delegation" award,[22] which is considered the most prestigious prize. That same year, a student was also awarded the "Outstanding Delegate" award at Harvard's MUN.

Sciences Po Lille's Summer School

Sciences Po Lille opened a Summer School in 2015.[23] It consists in a two-week intensive program during which students attend courses of economics, law, politics and history. All the courses are related to a common theme, which changes every year. In 2015, the theme was the "European Union's challenges in a context of crisis." Classes are all taught in English. Participants receive a certificate with 6 ECTS credits. They can also take optional courses in French language & culture and get one more ECTS. Courses consist of classroom sessions held on each weekday except on the field trip to Brussels. The Summer School also includes local cultural visits, various social events, conferences, a visit of Lille, and a study trip to Brussels and the EU institutions. In the summer 2015, 17 students participated in the summer school. The European Commission's spokesperson, Natasha Bertaud, gave a conference.



Coordinates: 50°37′21″N 3°04′38″E / 50.62250°N 3.07722°E / 50.62250; 3.07722

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