Language Learning at Sciences Po
Sciences Po, in partnership with the association Wintergreat, welcomes students who are refugees or asylum seekers. They have all had some higher education and have a good command of English. Some already had an occupation—dentist, graphic designer or engineer—before leaving their country of origin. Language, history, and cultural reference classes are among some of the classes the new students will take. The new students will take 21 hours of classes per week for one semester, to refresh their French and English, build up their cultural and historical references through dedicated courses, review their skills and redefine their plans for the future. They will be supported in this by a buddy, a coach, and a mentor, each with specific roles, to redefine a career plan and put it into action as effectively as possible. The history classes and the cultural reference classes, which aim to provide a better understanding of contemporary French society, politics and culture, will be taught on a voluntary basis by Sciences Po faculty. In particular, the head of Sciences Po's History Department, Pap N'Diaye, will offer a series of history classes designed for these students.