NUS-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme NUS University Scholars Programme Sciences Po

Introduction

The National University of Singapore (NUS), through its University Scholars Programme (USP), and Sciences Po have partnered up to offer an undergraduate Double Degree Programme (DDP), starting from Academic Year 2016/17. The programme allows students to obtain, in only four years:

  • a Bachelor of Arts/Social Sciences (Honours), conferred by NUS, Singapore, AND
  • a Bachelor of Arts, conferred by Sciences Po, France.

This partnership capitalises on the complementary yet distinct strengths of the two universities involved:

  • During the first two years, students on the DDP will complete the full Sciences Po curriculum, one that provides a broad-based, liberal, and multidisciplinary education in the arts and social sciences. Sciences Po has been educating decision-makers in the public and private sectors for the past 140 years, and is France’s leading university in the social sciences.

  • By proceeding to NUS for their third and fourth years, these students will then obtain a rigorous specialisation by choosing one of four majors in NUS’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Many of these majors are ranked among the top in the world.

  • The students can also extend their multi- and interdisciplinary study (to areas like Sciences and Technologies) by taking classes in NUS’ University Scholars Programme, where they will also synthesise and reflect on their overall education, not just in the classroom, but also through residential learning.

Graduates of the DDP will not only have a broad-based grounding in the arts and social sciences, but also a strong major and specialisation, plus analytical and thinking skills that traverse disciplines. They will also have knowledge of and access to opportunities in both Asia and Europe, as well as many avenues for postgraduate study at Sciences Po and elsewhere.

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Programme Structure

This is a four-year undergraduate programme. Admission will be jointly conducted by Sciences Po and NUS. When students get a final offer of admission to the DDP, they will also have been admitted to Sciences Po and NUS. They will matriculate at both Sciences Po and NUS at the start of the DDP, and be considered students of both institutions throughout and thus be bound by the continuation and graduation requirements of both institutions.

All DDP students will begin their study by spending two years at Sciences Po. They can select *one of Science Po’s three regional campuses. Each of these regional campuses is small, intimate, and very international, and their classes are largely taught in English. The programme on each campus also focuses on a specific geopolitical region. Students can choose between:

  • Le Havre campus with its Euro-Asian programme;
  • Menton campus with its Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean programme; or
  • Reims campus with its Euro-American programme

DDP students then continue their studies at NUS, in both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), and the University Scholars Programme (USP). They can choose *one of four FASS majors:

  • Economics;
  • History;
  • Political Science; or
  • Sociology

They will also enroll in USP classes, such as Writing and Critical Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning Foundation; the USP Senior Seminar; and Inquiry classes in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technologies. During their two years at NUS, they will also reside at Cinnamon College (USP) at NUS University Town, where they will also have access to many out-of-the-classroom opportunities and experiences, both local and global.

To learn more about the two parts of the DDP, see “Years 1 & 2 at Sciences Po” and “Years 3 & 4 at NUS.”

There will be a joint DDP committee, comprising coordinators from both universities, to advise, guide, and track the progress of each student at all stages of study.

At the end of the fourth year, both universities will confirm if the student has successfully completed the specific requirements at both universities, and is eligible to be conferred two degrees. If confirmed, the student will earn two separate degrees —a Bachelor of Arts Degree conferred by Sciences Po, and a Bachelor of Arts/Social Sciences (Honours) Degree conferred by NUS. The student will also earn a certificate showing that he or she has completed the University Scholars Programme in NUS.

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* At the point of application, applicants must indicate their preferred choice of Sciences Po campus and choice of major. Students who have been successfully offered the DDP are expected to continue with their choices over the four years.


Academic and Degree Requirements

Cohorts before AY2016/17

In order to complete the DDP, students must complete classes totaling 272 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) or 181 Modular Credits (MCs). Sciences Po uses the ECTS, while NUS uses MCs. The typical equivalency is 6 ECTS = 4 MCs.

Of these academic credits, a minimum of 135 ECTS (equivalent to 90 MCs) should be completed at Sciences Po during the first two years, and a minimum of 91 MCs (equivalent to 137 ECTS) should be completed at NUS during the final two years.

At Sciences Po, DDP students will complete the full curriculum. This includes each campus’s common core curriculum, as well as a number of electives. Students should accumulate 135 ECTS; of these:

  • three classes or modules (totaling 22 ECTS or 15 MCs) will be considered to satisfy FASS’s faculty requirement that students be exposed to one of its three division of studies (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Asian Studies); and

  • up to 50 ECTS (33 MCs) might be accepted by the corresponding major department at NUS (Economics, History, Political Science, or Sociology) as contributing towards the student’s major.

At NUS, students will divide their 91 MCs (137 ECTS) between classes in FASS and USP. Specifically:

  • 67 MCs (101 ECTS) will be devoted to classes in their declared major, following individual study plans that have been developed by each of those majors (Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology);

  • 24 MCs (36 ECTS) will be set aside for USP classes. In particular, students will be expected to complete:

    - two Foundation-tier modules (one in Writing and Critical Thinking, one in Quantitative Reasoning Foundation);

    - three Inquiry-tier modules (one from the Humanities and Social Sciences domain, one from the Sciences and Technologies domain, and one Singapore Studies module);

    - one Reflection-tier module.

Students are expected to maintain strong grades throughout their candidature. Marks and grades from Sciences Po are converted to the NUS grading system, and students should maintain the equivalent of the NUS cumulative average grade point of 4.0 (out of 5.0) in order to continue in the DDP, and be awarded both degrees.


Cohorts after AY2016/17

In order to complete the DDP, students must complete classes totaling 273 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) or 182 Modular Credits (MCs). Sciences Po uses the ECTS, while NUS uses MCs. The typical equivalency is 6 ECTS = 4 MCs.

Of these academic credits, a minimum of 135 ECTS (equivalent to 90 MCs) should be completed at Sciences Po during the first two years, and a minimum of 92 MCs (equivalent to 138 ECTS) should be completed at NUS during the final two years.

At Sciences Po, DDP students will complete the full curriculum. This includes each campus’s common core curriculum, as well as a number of electives. Students should accumulate 135 ECTS; of these:

  • three classes or modules may be considered to satisfy FASS’s faculty requirement that students be exposed to one of its three division of studies (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Asian Studies); and

  • up to 42 ECTS (28 MCs) might be accepted by the corresponding major department at NUS (Economics, History, Political Science, or Sociology) as contributing towards the student’s major.

At NUS, students will divide their 92 MCs (138 ECTS) between classes in FASS and USP. Specifically:

  • 56 MCs (84 ECTS) will be devoted to classes in their declared major, following individual study plans that have been developed by each of those majors (Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology);

  • 28 MCs (42 ECTS) will be set aside for USP classes. In particular, students will be expected to complete:

    - two Foundation-tier modules (one in Writing and Critical Thinking, one in Quantitative Reasoning Foundation);

    - four Inquiry-tier modules (one from the Humanities and Social Sciences domain, one from the Sciences and Technologies domain, one Singapore Studies module and one ISM);

    - one Reflection-tier module.

Students are expected to maintain strong grades throughout their candidature. Marks and grades from Sciences Po are converted to the NUS grading system, and students should maintain the equivalent of the NUS cumulative average grade point of 4.0 (out of 5.0) in order to continue in the DDP, and be awarded both degrees.

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