Institut d'études politiques de Toulouse

Sciences Po Toulouse, or The Institut d'études politiques de Toulouse is one of the nine Institutes of Political Studies of France. Based in the center of Toulouse, France, next to the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, this highly selective political science grande école was founded by a Decree in 1948 under the name of Institut d'études politiques de l'université de Toulouse.[2] Since 2004 the courses have been 5 years long.

Institut d’études politiques de Toulouse
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Endowment6,9M (wages subtracted)
DirectorOlivier Brossard
Students1738 [1]
AffiliationsUniversité de Toulouse


Four institutes of political studies (in Bordeaux, Lyon, Grenoble and Toulouse) were established in 1946 following an executive decree by General Charles de Gaulle. The institut d'études politiques de Toulouse is one of them as an autonomous body within Toulouse 1 University Capitole. Since 2008, the cooperation between the different institut d'études politiques has increased and its students can now leave their institute in order to apply nearly freely in another one, furthermore, the competitive written examination (for students selection) is co-organized with five other institutes, respectively in Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Lyon, Rennes and Strasbourg.


  • 1948 - 1955:[3] Paul Ourliac
  • 1980-1995 : André Cabanis
  • 1995 - 2000 : Christian Hen
  • 2000 - 2010:[4] Laure Ortiz
  • 2010 - 2016:[5] Philippe Raimbault
  • 2016–present:[6] Olivier Brossard


The institute is modeled on the former École Libre des Sciences Politiques. Besides, it is a member of the consortium of French universities, grandes écoles and other institutions of higher education and research University of Toulouse. The main peculiarity of the Sciences Po model is that it is an interdisciplinary approach to excellence in education which provides future generalists with the high level of grounding in skills that they need in History, Law, Economic Sciences, Sociology, Political science and International relations, enriched by specialization in years 4 and 5, after a 3rd year either on a professional placement in France or overseas or alternatively studying at a foreign university.


Like the other institutes of political studies, it provides students with general training in political sciences, law, sociology, economics, general knowledge, and history. Since 2004, Courses have been 5 years long. it main diploma is equivalent to a master's degree. Its specialty is national security.

Notable facultyEdit

  • Jacques Cantier, historian
  • Jean-François Soulet, historian
  • Patrick Champagne, sociologist
  • Jean-Michel Ducomte, lawyer
  • Jean-Louis Loubet del Bayle, sociologist
  • Laure Ortiz, director of the Institut d'études politiques de Toulouse between 2000 and 2010
  • Robert Marconis, geograph

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
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  3. ^ Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine> : Paul Couzinet
    • 1955 - 1980<"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-03-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-04-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-04-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Un nouveau directeur pour Sciences Po Toulouse". Retrieved 2018-12-10.

Coordinates: 43°36′27″N 1°26′17″E / 43.60750°N 1.43806°E / 43.60750; 1.43806