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International Economic Policy (PEI)
Politique économique internationale (2006-2009)

1. Programme objectives
Career opportunities
Programme organization
Academic options
Applicants' profile
Admission procedures


1. Programme objectives

Politique Economique Internationale / International Economic Policy (PEI) is a two years programme in international economics which also covers appropriate political and legal dimensions. As one of Sciences Po Master of International Affairs section, it gives students the tools required for a career in international firms, as well as in the public sector and in NGOs.

2. Career opportunities

The main career opportunities are:

  • Private sector organizations (banks, firms, etc.) involved in international trade and investment.
  • International institutions (World Bank, IMF, WTO, etc.). It is important to stress that Research Masters (leading to a PhD) is the most natural way to get a job in these institutions. However, the PEI cursus of the Master of International Affairs combined with a significant professional experience (roughly 5 years) can give access to such institutions.
  • National public sector : Ministries of Economics, Trade, Development or Foreign Affairs, Central Banks, Development Agencies, etc.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations, especially those focusing on development and environment.
Please note that the PEI programme does not allow to undertake a PhD in France (a Research Master is a prerequisite).

3. Programme organisation

The course of study includes four semesters:

The first semester is dedicated to the acquisition/deepening of the main notions and toolkits in international economics, i.e. in international finance, international trade, economic development and economic integration. In addition, the compulsory programme includes a (basic) course in statistics and a course from the International Affairs Lectures.

The second semester focuses on firm issues and public policy concerns. Students will do analytical works in order to use the economic tools reviewed during the first semester. The wide choice of elective courses enables students to focus on specific topics. The programme also includes other International Affairs Lectures.

The third semester is devoted to an internship, an international workshop or a semester in a foreign university.

The last semester is a semester of specialization on issues chosen by the students. It includes workshops and analytical work.

It is required to attend a language class during each semester (with the exception of the third semester).

4. Academic options

PEI follows international practices developed by International Affairs and Public Policy Schools. Lectures are taught in French and in English. In addition to compulsory courses inherent to the PEI programme, there is a huge variety of elective courses, including courses available in the "Economics" department of Sciences Po's Research Master in International Relations – especially regional economic courses (North America, India, China, Middle East, Africa). Academic choices are crucial regarding individual professional project building.

Download the 2 years programme

For selected students, there is opportunity of being enrolled in a double degree with:

  • Freie Universität Berlin – FUB (Germany)
  • Columbia School of International and Public Affairs – SIPA (United States)
  • London School of Economics – LSE (United Kingdom)
  • Université de Saint-Gall – USG (Switzerland)
  • Moscow State University of International Relations – MGIMO (Russia)
  • Università Bocconi – UB (Italy)

5. Courses

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6. Applicants' profile

Candidates' profiles are highly diversified, from economists willing to increase their economic skills associated to a rigorous international dimension, to lawyers, scientists, political and international relation experts, etc. willing to add to their intellectual background a wide knowledge in international economic matters.

Sciences Po's students who succeeded undergraduate programme in economics may apply. Students coming to Sciences Po within the context of this Master have already attended economic courses. All must be able to demonstrate strong motivation for a career related to international economic relations.

Languages of the programme are French and English (fluency is required for both).

7. Admission procedure

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8. Contacts

Academic Head of Programme, Master of International Affairs

  • Ambrosio Nsingui-Barros (2006-2008 )
  • Ivan Manokha (2007-2009)
  • Jacques de Champchesnel (2009-)
  • Melissa Mundell (2008-)

Scientific Head of Programme (2006-2009)

  • Patrick A. Messerlin, Professor at Sciences Po, Director of Groupe d’Economie Mondiale (GEM)
  • Pierre Boulanger, Research Fellow at GEM, Sciences Po.


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