Cities partnerships Programme

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Cities partnerships Programme with Paris.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for short-term mobility

In light of the global challenge posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UCL guidance regarding summer placements, Study Abroad regrets to announce that all short-term global mobility activities will be cancelled this summer. This includes places available through our Tuition Fee Free scheme, the Cities Partnership Programme and funding opportunities through our bursaries. We are also unable to support international internships through the Convention de Stage unless you are taking the internship in your home country or can demonstrate that you will be working remotely. Advice for staff and students who may have concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus is available on the following page.

About UCL's Cities partnerships Programme for students

Run by the Global Engagement Office, this UCL-wide programme supports, funds and promotes collaborations and exchanges with prestigious institutions in major cities across the world. The programme started in Rome last year and in 2020, Paris has been selected as a destination. For students, the programme is an exciting opportunity to learn about the French language and culture and have an amazing summer at one of UCL’s partner universities. 


This year, successful applicants will be awarded a bursary towards tuition fee costs for one session at the Sciences Po Summer School plus £250 towards expenses.


To be eligible for the programme you must be:

  • a non-finalist undergraduate student (final year students are not eligible for this programme)
  • you should be available for the entire duration of the programme
  • we also welcome applications from students from the following backgrounds  

-From a family with a combined annual parental income of under £25,000

-The first person in your family to go to university

-A care leaver

Please note that this is a selective process as limited funding is available. 


Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is France’s leading university for the social sciences. The Summer School’s University Programme is a unique opportunity for university students  from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on their Paris campus. In 2019, the programme hosted almost 450 students, representing 60 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds


The programme is held in two separate sessions during the months of June and July. In 2020, the programme dates are:

  • June session: 2 - 25 June 2020
  • July session: 29 June - 24 July 2020

View the detailed calendar for each month by track:

Further information is available on their website: https://www.sciencespo.fr/summer/index.html

Application Process

1.Submit an application for the bursary to the Study Abroad Team

Applications for the Cities partnerships Programme bursary are done via this link. Application results will be released the last week of March.

Selected students will then be invited to make an application with Sciences Po directly. Students who have already applied for the Sciences Po summer school are also eligible to apply for the Cities partnerships Programme bursary.

Note that the applications will be competitive and they will be assessed based on the quality and complexity of your answers, as well as your personal motivation for participating in the programme. 

Deadline: 22nd of March 2020, 23:59 GMT

If you have any questions please launch askUCL to submit an enquiry.