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.



Application Deadline
The deadline for the UC Application and the Supplemental Application is November 30 (decisions will be announced in late March).

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.

Recommendation Forms
Students must submit two letters of recommendation. Please note that the UC Berkeley Admissions Office may ask applicants to submit two letters of recommendation as part of their UC application. The recommendation letters submitted to the Dual Degree program are not forwarded to the UC Berkeley Admissions Office. If appropriate, students may use the same recommendation letters for both applications, however they must be submitted separately.

Recommendations should come from teachers in two of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Foreign language
  • History/social studies


Interviews will take place starting in January and February 2017 in Paris and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some interviews may be conducted via teleconferencing.

Tuition and Fees

Students attending the Sciences Po – UC Berkeley Dual Degree program pay tuition and fees to the campus they are physically attending. For the first two years, tuition and fees are paid to Sciences Po. For the last two years of the program, tuition and fees are paid to UC Berkeley.

Similar to tuition and fees, financial aid is administered by the campus of attendance.

Tuition and fee information, as well as an estimate of living expenses, while attending a Sciences Po campus can be found at  The 2016-17 Cost of Attendance for UC Berkeley can be found at  In 2016-17,  an estimated additional $26,682 in Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition will be assessed to out-of-state residents.  See: Students admitted to the program for Fall 2017 would attend UC Berkeley beginning in Fall 2019. The 2019-20 Cost of Attendance, including tuition, fees and Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition rates, will be available in late Spring 2019.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

The Henri de Castries Scholarship

Sciences Po is pleased to offer the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a $10,000 merit-based scholarship for students in order to help them sustain their stay in France during their studies. Information on applying for the Henri de Castries Scholarship can be found at