Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg

Sciences Po Strasbourg - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg -(French: Sciences Po Strasbourg , abbreviated IEP Strasbourg) is a Grande école located in Strasbourg, France. It was founded on October 9, 1945,[1] with the IEP Paris (Sciences Po Paris). Since January 1, 2009, it is part of University of Strasbourg, the second largest university in France. Its current director is Jean-Philippe Heurtin .

Sciences Po Strasbourg
Strasbourg Institut of Political Studies
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Other name
Sciences Po Strasbourg
DirectorJean-Philippe Heurtin


The school is highly selective. In 2013, the admission rate was 14%.[2] 53% of accepted freshmen graduated high school summa cum laude and were in the top 10% of their high school class.[3] Also, Sciences Po Strasbourg has different entrance exams:

  • Entrance Exam in first year organized with the "Réseau ScPo" ( Same exam with Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Lyon, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en Laye and Toulouse)
  • Entrance Exam in second year
  • Entrance Exam in fourth year (2nd Cycle - Master)

Over the years, the IEP Strasbourg has developed a strong European orientation in its curriculum. Up to 800 students are enrolled, one fifth of them being international students. Courses include a wide range of disciplines such as Law, Economics, History, Sociology and Political Science. Students of the IEP study five years in order to get a Master 2.

First cycleEdit

The first two years cover a broad set of subjects ranging from Economics, History and Sociology to Corporate Finance, Modern Languages and Law (taught by Florence Benoit-Rohmer).

The third year is spent abroad, either at one of the IEP's 100+ partner universities, or as an intern in a firm or corporation (regardless of location). Partner universities include the University of Saint Andrews, Georgetown University, Aberystwyth University, Boston College and Trinity College Dublin. The IEP has recently stated it aims at developing many more partnerships with Asian universities including Toyo University, Hong Kong Baptist University and University of Seoul.Also, Sciences Po Strasbourg has partnership with universities of South America including Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and National University of Tucuman.

Second cycleEdit

On returning from their year abroad, students are required to specialise in one of the five following categories:

  • Law and Public Administration
  • Economy and Finances
  • International Relations
  • European Studies
  • Politics and Societies

Sciences Po Strasbourg offers different double master's degrees :

If Sciences Po Strasbourg's students chose these double masters, they study the first year of their master's degree aboard. They return to Strasbourg for their Master 2.

In their final year, they specialise even more, e.g. students of the "Economics and Firms" branch may select three distinct Masters 2: "Gestion financière de la banque" [Financial Management of Banks], "Finance d'entreprise et Pratique des marchés financiers" [Corporate Finance and Financial Markets] or "Corporate Finance and Strategy in the EU" (taught in English). Many fifth-year lecturers are professionals.

Preparations for service public competitionsEdit

Sciences Po Strasbourg also has preparations for French civil service competitions:


Sciences Po Strasbourg was, in first, situated in the Palais Universitaire, Strasbourg until 1988. After that, the IEP moved into the Ensemble Saint Georges until 2020. Since March 2020, Sciences Po Strasbourg is in the Cardo in Petite France, Strasbourg.

Ensemble Saint-Georges, building of Sciences Po Strasbourg from 1988 to 2020.
Le Cardo, building of Sciences Po Strasbourg since 2020.


The numerous associations of the IEP also play a fundamental role in the students' day-to-day life.

  • Bureau des Eleves (BDE) : association which organizes different events about integration of new students and help them in their schooling. Also, it organizes the Gala and the European Week at the European Parliament.
  • Bureau des Sports (BDS)
  • Bureau des Arts (BDA)
  • Bureau des Initiatives (BDI)
  • Propos
  • Sciences Po Forum (SPF) : for instance, is a student research and debate association launched by students in October 2007 at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg, which aims at developing an intellectual environment of excellence for all of its students, including incoming students. Through conferences, seminars, debates and many partnerships (with the academia, radios etc.), the students of the association have already addressed current debates about Political parties in Europe, Public Policies as concerns immigration or more recently the 08' Primaries in the US.
  • Sciences Po Strasbourg Consulting: another society set up by students. The society is a junior enterprise, and part of the Junior Association for Development in Europe (JADE) network. Students provide various services spanning a broad expertise, ranging from translation to marketing studies. The society-firm is entirely run by students.

Their objectives, as students, is to participate in the internationalization of the institute to enhance academic achievement and increase career potential for the students of the association, through the organization of conferences, seminars or exchange visits. The final objective is to offer international visitors in Strasbourg the opportunity to meet highly motivated students who are dedicated to research and public debate.


  • 1945 - 2006: Unknown
  • 2006 - 2015 : Sylvain Schirmann
  • 2015 - 2020 : Gabriel Eckert
  • 2020 - 2025 : Jean-Philippe Heurtin



  1. ^ Décret n° 45–2287 du 9 octobre 1945 portant création de l'Institut d'études politiques de l'université de Strasbourg, publié au Journal Officiel de la République Française du 10 octobre 1945, p. 6383
  2. ^ L’Etudiant magazine Archived 2014-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ L’Etudiant magazine

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Coordinates: 48°35′04″N 7°46′16″E / 48.58444°N 7.77111°E / 48.58444; 7.77111