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Sciences Po School of Journalism's objective is to attract students with highly varied intellectual, geographic as well as personal backgrounds, who all have strong personalities. We are looking for all kinds of profiles, whatever the initial academic background is. Sciences Po's School of journalism is the only school of journalism in France that does not impose an age limit to its students, and which selects students who have at least a Bachelor degree.


The School of Journalism is looking for profiles that are adapted to the training on offer :

  • Very good command of French (both written and spoken) for students who apply to the regular master in Journalism
  • Very good command of English (both written and spoken) and basics of French for students who apply to the joint degree "Journalism and International Affairs"
  • Very good command of English (both written and spoken) for students who apply to the program Journalism and Economics
  • Motivation, understanding and grasp of journalism and its evolutions
  • Job experience / professional experience
  • Academic proficiency
  • Very good knowledge of news and media

The School of journalism's current students can be divided into three thirds :


1.   About one third spent the first three years of their higher education studies (after their baccalaureate) at Sciences Po University. They all spent their third year abroad.

2.   Another third is selected directly during the first year of their Master's degree, at least three years after their baccalaureate. They have all kinds of trainings and professional experience : university degree, engineering school, business school...

3.   The last third is made of international students.



Hervé Brusini, editor in chief, France Televisions


“Comparing, transmitting, exchanging, sharing with future generations of professional journalists at Sciences Po University is particularly exciting, fascinating and rewarding as all the students are there, in front of you, coming from France, China, Latin America. This training gives you the opportunity to exchange with the news planet, literally speaking.”


Social diversity is highly promoted through a system of financial help which is particularly innovative. Indeed, each student who is awarded a scholarship by the Crous (the students' welfare office) receives an extra 50% of this scholarship from Sciences Po University. This effort is also supported by partnerships with companies. France Télévisions, Radio France and AFP give students the opportunity to be granted a scholarship and to combine their course with a  work experience within their company.


A great part of the School's students are foreigners (between 20 and 25% on average). Since 2004, we have had students coming from 29 different countries (the United States, Argentina, Byelorussia, Brazil, Great Britain, China, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Switzerland, Canada, etc.) which reflects Sciences Po students' diversity (one third).

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