All students are admitted to the program as Freshmen (first year students). Students may not transfer into the program. Applicants complete the Sciences Po – UC Berkeley Supplemental Application and the standard UC application. Complete information on how to apply to UC Berkeley can be found here.
Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must be admitted to both UC Berkeley and Sciences Po to be considered for the Dual Degree Program. Students are evaluated according to the following criteria: academic achievement, perceived intellectual readiness, and the applicant’s own representation of their experience, ideas, and aspirations. Candidates must meet UC Berkeley and Sciences Po admissions requirements, including English proficiency requirements. Applicants deemed eligible will be invited to an interview before a panel of representatives from Sciences Po and UC Berkeley.
* You must first create an account before you can access the Sciences Po – UC Berkeley Supplemental application. This account is not linked to the account you will create for the University of California application.
The deadline for the UC Application and the Supplemental Application is November 30, 2018 (decisions will be announced in mid-February).
UC Berkeley Application
Students will apply directly to the University of California and select UC Berkeley as a campus. Students must meet all of the guidelines to apply based on their residency, whether California resident, out of state, or international student. Please see the Freshman Admission Page for more information.
All students are REQUIRED to take the SAT with Essay or the ACT with Writing to be considered for admission to the Dual Degree Program regardless of nationality or exams taken in high school. Please make sure to take the test early so that you have an official score no later than mid December to be considered for the program. SAT Subject Exams are not required for admission. To see more information on the examination requirement see here.
Sciences Po Supplemental Application
Students should not apply directly to Sciences Po to be admitted to the Dual Degree Program. The supplemental application will serve as the application to Sciences Po and the Dual Degree.
Supplemental Application Essay Question
In 750 to 1,000 words, describe the motivations that have led you to apply to the Dual Degree program. Explain how and why the multidisciplinary educational environments at Sciences Po (in the social sciences and humanities) and at Berkeley (within the College of Letters & Science) will help you to achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional aspirations. You may also choose to explain how you foresee your involvement in campus life outside of the classroom.
The essay should be written in English.
Students must submit two letters of recommendation for the Sciences Po supplemental application. If you plan to submit letters for your UC Berkeley application note that the recommendation letters submitted to the Dual Degree program are not forwarded to the UC Berkeley Admissions Office, they must be submitted separately. If appropriate, students may use the same recommendation letters for both applications, however be sure that these letters address your reason and readiness for the Dual Degree Program specifically.
Recommendations should come from teachers in two of the following subject areas:
- Foreign language
- History/social studies
- Any other subject that you deem appropriate
If invited, interviews will take place in late January and early February 2019 and will be conducted through an online platform.
Interviews include the Dual Degree Program Coordinators and Sciences Po Campus Directors, Deans, and/or officials. Be prepared to answer questions about the campus, region, current events, and personal reasons for the program.