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Année Préparatoire Intégrée (API)

Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers an Année Préparatoire Intégrée (API) or Integrated Preparatory Year, before getting into a master’s degree. It is opened to those who weren’t able to experience a year abroad.

API’s goals

The goal of the first semester is to complete the student’s knowledge and skills :
  • Mandatory classes
  • Method lectures in small groups
  • Workshops with diverse problematics
  • An optional third language, for beginners or intermediary level
  • The possibility to attend to pre-specialization classes in order to prepare for 4th year
  • La participation à un projet de recherche de terrain.
The goal of the second semester is to acquire a global experience: within a university exchange, many opportunities are offered worldwide through exchange agreements or with at-least-four-month internship, with an internship report and an oral presentation.

The program

The student chooses 3 method lectures :
Methods in law
Methods in political sociology
Institutions and challenges of the European Union – seminars
Methods and stakes of micro-economy
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Research project
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International mobility
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First Language mandatory DLE English
Second Language mandatory, one to choose :
  • German language class and civilization
  • Italian language class and civilization
  • DLE Spanish + Estudios culturales
Third Language (optional, for beginners or intermediary level) :
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Sign language
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Writing workshop
Writing and oral methodology
French Sign Language
Supervised physical education
Exhibitions and spectacles
Unsupervised physical education