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double diplome saint gallMastering several languages and being familiar with different European cultures – these are but two essential competences required in a world in which the national dimension is losing importance, giving way to international perspectives. On the job market, experts are looked for who offer the following qualities: they need a pluridisciplinary education that allows them to better grasp the contemporary global stakes, and they should be able to work in an international environment.

In this context presenting a dual degree from two top European institutions is major advantage. This is why Sciences Po and the University of St. Gallen (HSG), both members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), have create a dual degree programme which allows students to obtain, after two years of study, the University of St. Gallen's Master of International Affairs and Governance and the Sciences Po Master's degree (at Sciences Po, different programmes can be chosen: International Affairs (several specialisations available), Public Administration, European Affairs, International Business).


double diplome saint gallThe programme intends to a high-level education preparing the students and future decision-makers for international-focused jobs, both in the private and public sectors. These job profiles require excellent general knowledge and specific knowledge in the political, economic and social realms. The year spent in St. Gallen completes the study of international affairs and governance with solid competences in finance, management and international business.


Goals and Opportunities

The dual degree between Sciences Po and St. Gallen is structured around for major goals:

A large perception of politics, economics and society

The programme intends to encourage students to adopt a global approach of the topics studied, which allows them to analyze political, economic and legal questions in an international framework.

A synthetical and critical spirit

The ability to make sound and responsible decisions is an essential competence, which allows students to acquire and mobilise new knowledge and to advisedly use theoretical methods after adapting them to each question or problem set. Writing a master's thesis at St. Gallen allows dual degree students to get acquainted with academic discussions and scientific research tools, which are paramount to becoming actors aware of the imperatives of a globalized society.

Analytical capabilities and autonomous learning

Life-long learning is an essential concept in today's world; students are therefore encouraged to deepend their theoretical knowledge and to be conscious of the limits and usefulness of their work.

Team spirit and organisation

Teamwork in the framework of projects and workshops offers the opportunity to shed light on everyone's leadership and management qualities, which are key competences.

Dual degree graduates today work in financial institutions, consulting firms and big multinational corporations. They are also present in national and regional administrations and in international organisations. NGOs, diplomacy, the media as well as the academic realm are also among the multiple workplaces of dual degree alumni.


The curriculum


The dual master's programme between Sciences Po and the University of St. Gallen features a two-year curriculum: the first year takes place at the Paris campus of Sciences Po, the second year, at the University of St. Gallen. At each institution, the students are integrated into the regular master's programmes:

The dual degree's guiding principle is the full mutual recognition of classes and exams taken at the respective partner institution. The programme thereby allows students to study similar content under different perspectives and with different methods.

Study programme in the two institutions

First Master's year in Paris

During their first year in Paris, students are enrolled in one of Sciences Po's master's programmes. They can choose between four different master's programmes (International Affairs, European Affairs, Public Affairs, Finance et Stratégie). The language of instruction is English, but students can also choose classes in French.

There is a specific French-Swiss joint seminar under the supervision of professors of Sciences Po and the University of St. Gallen, which focuses on methodology. It enhances contacts among students and also endeavours to encourage intercultural competences.

The dual degree is innovative as it offers students an equilibrium between fundamental intellectual units and specialisation classes, completed by the practically-oriented approach of many teachers. Academic excellence is further enhanced by a stimulating intellectual environment in the French capital.

Second Master's year in St. Gallen

During their second year at St. Gallen, students are enrolled in the Master's programme in International Affairs and Governance.

They thereby complete their Sciences Po education with the University of St. Gallen's expertise in economics, management and business. Dual degree students are not obliged to sit the "Grand Oral" exam at Sciences Po but replace it by a master's thesis in St. Gallen. The languages of instruction in St. Gallen are English and/or German.


Pour information :

  • Useful bibliographic references for dual degree students

    International and European Law:
    Matthias Herdegen, Europarecht, 7. Aufl. 2005
    Stephan Hobe/Otto Kimminich, Einführung in das Völkerrecht, 8. Aufl. 2004

    International Economics:
    Paul R. Krugman/Maurice Obstfeld: International Economics. Theory and Practice, 7th edition, Pearson, 2006
    (auf Deutsch ist die 6 Auflage erhältlich: Paul R. Krugman/Maurice Obstfeld: Internationale Wirtschaft. Theorie und Politik der Außenwirtschaft. 6. Auflage, Pearson, 2004.)

    Public Management:
    Kuno Schedler, Isabella Proeller: New Public Management, Bern/Stuttgart/Wien: Paul Haupt, 2003 (2. Aufl.)


Conversion table of marks

Sciences Po
St. Gallen
16 - 20
14 - 15.99
13 - 13.99
12 - 12.99
10 - 11.99
8.33 - 9.99
6.66 - 8.32
5 - 6.65
3.33 - 4.99
1.66 - 3.32
0 - 1.65


Further information

Admitted students have the possibility to participate in the Welcome Programme, which is organised at the beginning of the academic year at Sciences Po.

At Sciences Po, the academic year starts at the beginning of September and ends in June. It is composed of two semesters (12 weeks each). Check here for Sciences Po's academic calendar.

At the University of St. Gallen, the academic year starts in September and runs to September of the following year. Check here for the University of St. Gallen's academic calendar.



For more information on dual degree admissions, please check: http://admissions.sciences-po.fr/en/node/190



Financing your studies

Dual degree students pay their tuition fees where they stay:



At Sciences Po

International Relations Manager (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) at the International Office
13 rue de l'Université, F-75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 1 45 49 76 13

All questions concerning admission: Contact


At Saint-Gallen

Dr. Daniela Engelmann
Master in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) 
Varnbüelstrasse 19, CH-9000 St. Gallen 
Tel. : + 41 71 224 31 33

Interview (in German) with a former dual degree student
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Témoignage d'Adelin ROYER, jeune diplômé 2009

Etudiant au sein du master Affaires publiques, le double diplôme m'a permis de compléter idéalement la formation que j'ai reçue à Sciences Po en y ajoutant une précieuse ouverture internationale. Tandis que le master Affaires publiques est très juridique, j'ai étudié cette année à Saint-Gall les grands enjeux contemporains économiques et sociaux, les questions internationales et la théorie politique, tout en consolidant considérablement mes connaissances linguistiques, aussi bien en anglais qu'en allemand. Ainsi, ce double cursus convient tout particulièrement à ceux qui se destinent à intégrer des organisations internationales, mais il peut également constituer un réel atout dans la perspective des concours administratifs français – notamment ceux du Quai d'Orsay, que j'ai choisi de préparer. De plus, à travers la rédaction du Masterarbeit, le master de Saint-Gall peut être l'occasion de se découvrir une passion pour la recherche ; il permet en tout cas de se familiariser avec des méthodes de travail très stimulantes, favorisant les efforts de réflexion ainsi que l'intérêt pour un thème de recherche plutôt que l'apprentissage par cœur.

Témoignage de Nicolas EVANS, jeune diplômé 2009

Das Doppeldiplom-Programm bietet die Möglichkeit, im Masterstudium zwei Universitäten kennenzulernen, die sich gerade aufgrund ihrer unterschiedlichen Ausrichtung sehr gut ergänzen. Sciences Po besticht durch die Nähe zu politischem und wirtschaftlichem Leben in einer der bedeutendsten europäischen Metropolen - diese räumliche Nähe manifestiert sich im konsequenten Praxisbezug der Lehre in Paris. Die Universität St.Gallen hingegen entspricht stärker dem klassischen akademischen Ideal: Der Master of International Affairs ist methodologisch und fachlich ein anspruchsvolles Studienangebot, in dem Wissenschaft interdisziplinär praktiziert wird. Die kulturellen und die landschaftlichen Reize der Bodenseeregion sorgen zudem dafür, dass das Doppeldiplom auch jenseits der Universität neue Erfahrungen garantiert.