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The national integrated studies (PEI) program: a different approach to higher education.

This initiative aims to encourage motivated pupils of limited means to pursue post-secondary studies and helps them prepare for the Sciences Po network-wide first-year entrance exam.

More than two thirds of the pupils in the program passed their high school exit exam with honors or the highest honors. Ninety percent of these pupils continue on to a degree program, and nearly 30% of candidates successfully enroll in a political science program.

The Sciences Po Rennes PEI program is offered at middle and high schools in western France and Reunion Island with support from the regional councils and school boards of Brittany, Normandy and Pays de la Loire. Students are selected on the basis of financial resources, academic performance and their degree of motivation. Sciences Po Rennes aims to widen access to 1,000 under-represented students in 2025.

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The general high school program

The PEI program for general high schools offers:

  • an online learning platform of shared resources along with methodological add-ons, online exercises and press reviews,
  • group events: an intensive three-day course on methodology, public speaking and more, 
  • assigned teachers to assist students at their schools via group events and exam preparation exercises
  • tutoring services for individuals and groups by Sciences Po Rennes students.

 For more information: www.programmepei.com

>> List of participating high schools

The vocational high school program

The PEI program for vocational high schools offers exchange workshops for both political science students and high school pupils:

  • Discovery events to learn about hands-on careers like pastry making and landscaping for Sciences Po Rennes students at partner vocational high schools,
  • Workshops for high school pupils at Sciences Po Rennes with student tutors on how to draft resumes and personal statements, public speaking and more.

>> List of participating vocational high schools

>> Become a partner (forthcoming)

Formation des étudiants de Sciences Po Rennes au lycée professionnel Louis Guilloux (Rennes).
Formation des étudiants de Sciences Po Rennes au lycée professionnel Louis Guilloux (Rennes)
Rencontre entre des collégiens participant au programme PEI, et le directeur de Sciences Po Rennes, Pablo Diaz
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The middle school program

The PEI program for middle schools is designed for 14 and 15 year-old pupils in schools in Normandy, Brittany and Pays de la Loire. It involves:

  • a day-long visit to their local Regional Council
  • classes at their middle school on how to work in groups and build cross-disciplinary skills
  • Two day-long visits to Sciences Po Rennes to explore the campus and present group projects

>> List of partner middle schools
>> Become a partner

The PEI program gave me confidence, in myself and my career goals. I learned to be more ambitious and not let preconceptions hold me back. The program helped me develop good study habits and general knowledge that made me see the world differently.

(Imane A.) Participant in the PEI program

A Scientific PEI program

The Scientific PEI program is coordinated by INSA Rennes, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR) and Sciences Po Rennes. It offers preparatory courses for final-year high school pupils majoring in science who wish to enroll at a scientific grande école.