Sciences Po Strasbourg, also known as IEP Strasbourg or Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg is a Grande école located in Strasbourg, France. It was the second IEP, founded on October 9, 1945, after the IEP Paris (Sciences Po). Since January 1, 2009, it is part of University of Strasbourg, the second largest university in France. Its current director is Gabriel Eckert.
The school is highly selective. In 2013, the admission rate was 14%. 53% of accepted freshmen graduated high school summa cum laude and were in the top 10% of their high school class.
Over the years, the IEP Strasbourg has developed a strong European orientation in its curriculum. Up to 800 students are enrolled, one fifth of them being international students. Courses include a wide range of disciplines such as Law, Economics, History, Sociology and Political Science. Students of the IEP study five years in order to get a Master 2. The first two years cover a broad set of subjects ranging from Economics, History and Sociology to Corporate Finance, Modern Languages and Law. The third year is spent abroad, either at one of the IEP's 100+ partner universities, or as an intern in a firm or corporation (regardless of location). Partner universities include the University of Saint Andrews, Georgetown University and Boston College. The IEP has recently stated it aims at developing many more partnerships with Asian universities. On returning from their year abroad, students are required to specialise in one of the three following categories: International Relations, Economics and Firms or Public Administration. In their final year, they specialise even more, e.g. students of the "Economics and Firms" branch may select three distinct Masters 2: "Gestion financière de la banque" [Financial Management of Banks], "Finance d'entreprise et Pratique des marchés financiers" [Corporate Finance and Financial Markets] or "Corporate Finance and Strategy in the EU" (taught in English). Many fifth-year lecturers are professionals.
The numerous associations of the IEP also play a fundamental role in the students' day-to-day life.
"Sciences Po Forum" (www.sciencespo-forum.fr) for instance, is a student research and debate association launched by students in October 2007 at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg, which aims at developing an intellectual environment of excellence for all of its students, including incoming students. Through conferences, seminars, debates and many partnerships (with the academia, radios etc.), the students of the association have already addressed current debates about Political parties in Europe, Public Policies as concerns immigration or more recently the 08' Primaries in the US.
"Sciences Po Strasbourg Consulting" (www.spsc.fr) is another society set up by students. The society is a junior enterprise, and part of the Junior Association for Development in Europe (JADE) network. Students provide various services spanning a broad expertise, ranging from translation to marketing studies. The society-firm is entirely run by students.
Their objectives, as students, is to participate in the internationalization of the Institute to enhance academic achievement and increase career potential for the students of the association, through the organization of conferences, seminars or exchange visits. The final objective is to offer international visitors in Strasbourg the opportunity to meet highly motivated students who are dedicated to research and public debate.