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Joining a school always raises a number of questions from students and parents. Indeed, today it is not always easy for students to know what the institutions offer: the different courses, the opportunities, the admission procedures, or the student life. So you must have many questions in mind. That’s why HEIP wanted to take the time to answer them.

You will find the answers to all your questions here!

And if you want more information, please contact us directly by phone at 01 84 14 03 30 or by email at the following address: contact@heip.fr


How does admission to HEIP work?

The HEIP application is divided into two parts:

  • 1. File submission:

Apply via our website at https://www.heip.fr/candidature/

Here is the list of required documents:

– Completed motivation questionnaire (directly downloadable online) – to be completed in English for English track applicants

– Photocopy of a valid identity card

– Recent passport photo (if the one on the ID card is too old)

– Payment of the application fee: 70€.

– Certificate of schooling for the current year of study (Bac+1 or Bac+2)

– The last two official report cards

Optional: letter of recommendation from a teacher; one-time certificate

The following is a list of requested documents for the MSc cycle:

– Certificate of schooling for the current year of study (Bac+3 or Bac+4) or a copy of the last diploma obtained (if a Bachelor’s degree has already been validated)

– Completed motivation questionnaire (directly downloadable online) – to be completed in English for 100% English speaking programs

– Essay on a recent news item (directly uploaded online on the application platform) – to be completed in English for 100% English-speaking programs

– Photocopy of a valid identity card

– Recent passport photo (if the one on the ID card is too old)

– Payment of the application fee: 80€.

– A CV – to be written in English for applications to 100% English speaking programs

– The last two official report cards

For applications to English-speaking programs only:results of an official English language test (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Exam or transcripts of two years of validated study in English)

Optional: other documents to support the application / academic letter of recommendation

  • 2. Admission tests :

Once the application is complete and validated by the pedagogical committee, the candidate receives notification of his or her eligibility, and then a convocation for the admission tests, the date of which is chosen by the candidate at the time of registration. Some admission sessions are scheduled in person and others are scheduled remotely:

Written test BACHELOR (2h) :

Open-ended question on an international relations or political science topic, to which the candidate must provide a clear and synthetic answer based on a body of short textual documents.

Two topics will be offered to the candidate, but he/she will have to deal with only one of them.

Oral test BACHELOR (30min):

– Image commentary (10 min): analysis of an iconographic document (photo, illustration, etc.) referring to a historical or current event related to international relations or political science. The general theme of the event is “Borders”.

– General knowledge questions (10 min)

– Motivational questions (10 min) including questions in English

If the candidate chooses an English track, the interview will be conducted 100% in English.

MSC Oral Test (30min):

– Questions on the essay written for the application (10 min): questions to develop the news item(s) chosen by the candidate

– General knowledge questions (10 min): general knowledge and current affairs questions related to the theme of the chosen MSc program

– Motivation questions (10 min): questions on the candidate’s professional project and consistency with the choice of program (including questions in English). If the chosen program is in English, the interview will be conducted 100% in English.

The admission results are sent by e-mail 4 weeks after the tests.

Are you on Parcoursup ?

We are a procedure outside of Parcoursup.

Applications can be made from November to July on the website https://www.heip.fr/

The non-Parcoursup admission procedure is a choice of the school. This allows us to select interested and interesting profiles throughout the year and for the student to be sure to be accepted in the school of his choice without being confronted with the constraints of Parcoursup.

Can we apply for any year ?

Yes, parallel admissions can be made for each year (B1, B2… up to M2). However, there are academic prerequisites:

To integrate a B1: have the baccalaureate

M2: 240 ECTS credits acquired or in the process of being acquired

To enter the B3: 120 ECTS credits acquired or in the process of being acquired

To enter the M1: 180 ECTS credits acquired or being acquired

To enter the M2: 240 ECTS credits acquired or in the process of being acquired

What is the typical profile to be eligible for HEIP ?

There is no typical profile, we are looking for diversity, but from a global point of view, HEIP students are curious about things and the world, serious and hard-working, with a real interest in international relations and political science in general. The professional project must be in line with the education provided at HEIP.

I have studied languages / geography / sciences …, is my application less interesting than someone who has already studied political science ?

At HEIP it is above all personalities that we are looking for, a plurality of profiles. The study of your file and subsequently, the admission tests, will tell us if you have the level necessary to integrate HEIP.

Do I have to do a refresher course before entering HEIP ?

It is not necessary to do a prep before HEIP.

What is the percentage of applicants admitted during the admission tests ?

Depending on the levels it is different. From a global point of view, we admit about 45% of our candidates who pass the admission tests.

How can I best prepare for the admission tests ?

In order to prepare you as well as possible for the exams, we offer a webinar once a month to prepare you for the admission exams. This webinar is presented by Ms. Simon de Bessac, lawyer and author of the book “Le grand oral du BAC”, professor of oral methodology at HEIP. You can register for future sessions here.

Which options should I choose in the baccalaureate ?

The options below are recommended, but you can of course apply even if you have not chosen these options:

– History, geography, geopolitics and political science

– Humanities, literature and philosophy

– Languages, literature and foreign cultures

– Literature, languages and cultures of Antiquity

– Economic and social sciences

How do I contact the school if I have questions ?

You can make a personal appointment with our admissions department here.

You can also contact our admissions department by e-mail at: contact@heip.fr

Company relations and job opportunities

Are internships mandatory ?

Internships are strongly recommended in the first and second year of the Bachelor’s program. It is mandatory in the third year and must last between 3 and 6 months. For the first year of the MSc program, the internship is mandatory and must last between 4 and 6 months. For the second year, you can do it in alternating rhythm with a work-study contract or an internship agreement in alternating rhythm.

How to find an internship or a work placement ?

Dedicated services accompany you throughout your search for an internship or work-study program. Our teams will help you build your professional project, your CV and your cover letter, distribute internship or work-study offers and organize job dating.

What types of contracts can I sign to validate my work-study program ?

You can sign a professionalization contract, an apprenticeship contract or a work-study agreement. A support service dedicated to professionalization will help you find your work-study program.

What are the opportunities after HEIP ?

After HEIP, our students can work in a wide variety of sectors in both the private and public sectors. You will be able to work in ministries, in large private groups, in consulting firms, in local authorities, in embassies, in NGOs, in international organizations in positions such as geopolitical analyst, communication officer, magistrate, institutional affairs manager, public affairs consultant, chief of staff …

Recognition of diplomas

Are your diplomas recognized by the State ?

HEIP is registered with the Rectorat and awards two types of degrees:

  • A certificate from an institution at the Bachelor level
  • A Level 7 RNCP title “Manager of Institutions and Public Affairs

For each year of study, HEIP delivers 60 ECTS credits.

Tuition and payment

How much is the tuition ?

Tuition is:

1st year of Bachelor’s degree : 8 100 €.

2nd year of Bachelor’s degree : 8 100 €.

3rd year of Bachelor’s degree : 8 100 €.

1st year of the MSc cycle: 9 200 €.
2nd year of the MSc cycle: 9 200 €.

1st and 2nd year of the MSc cycle in alternation : 9 650 €/year

Is there any help for students ?

There are no Crous scholarships, however if the student is a scholarship holder on social criteria, he will have a reduction in tuition fees of 500 euros. To benefit from this discount, students must present a certificate from the CROUS notifying their eligibility for grants based on social criteria. This certificate is issued after having applied for a scholarship on the CROUS website of their region, before September 14, 2022 for the year 2022/2023. Only the eligibility certificate is valid. However, there are other scholarships available:

EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP: HEIP has set up an excellence scholarship for its 1st year Bachelor students:

20% reduction on tuition fees 2022/2023 for baccalaureate holders (French Baccalaureate) 2022 who have obtained the mention BIEN

BROTHERHOOD SCHOLARSHIP: HEIP grants a 10% discount on tuition fees for siblings at HEIP.

Are there any additional costs when going abroad ?

There are no additional tuition fees when going abroad as part of a university exchange (only on some for which we bring to the attention of the students, the amount of the additional fees required by our partner). Only living and travel expenses are to be expected in addition.

General information

Is it possible to change campuses during the course ?

It is quite possible to change campus between two years. But beware, not all courses and all years are open on all campuses. Currently, all programs are open in Paris.

Do I have to do 5 years ?

HEIP delivers ECTS credits per study semester, 60 ECTS credits per validated year. You can therefore at the end of any year leave school for a French or international university or school, in the same way that depending on the credits accumulated at HEIP, students can integrate all years.

Do you have many international students ?

About 20% of our students come from foreign countries, from all continents. Most of them come from South America and Europe. We have a dedicated admissions process for these students to facilitate their admission.

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Updated 21 June 2023