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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 find out what the establishments offer: the different courses, opportunities, admission procedures, or student life . So you must certainly have many questions in mind. This is why HEIP wanted to take the time to answer them.

Here you will find the answers to all your questions!

And if you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact us directly by telephone on 01 84 14 03 30 or by email at the following address: contact@heip.fr


How is an admission from A to Z?

The HEIP application is divided into two parts :

  • 1. File submission:

Constitution of an application file via our website, the link of which you will find below: https://www.heip.fr/candidature/

Here is the list of required documents:

– The transcripts of the last 2 full school years + the current year if already in possession of at least one report card or school certificate for the current year

– The transcript of the baccalaureate (results of the anticipated tests if the candidate is in final year)

– Motivation questionnaire directly downloadable online

– Photocopy of identity card

– Recent passport photo

– Payment of application fees: €60 for Bachelors and €70 for MScs

– Motivation letter in English

– The last diploma(s) obtained (for the MSc cycle)

– A CV (to be written in English for applications to the English-speaking MSc cycle)

  • 2. Contest:

Once the file is complete and validated by the pedagogical commission, the candidate receives a notification of his admissibility then a summons will follow for the competition day chosen at the time of the application. The competition is 100% ONLINE, it includes two tests (one written, one oral) for BACHELOR candidates, and a single oral test for MSc candidates:

BACHELOR written test (2h30):

The candidate has 2h30 to write a commentary based on a video on a political theme and/or international relations.

Evaluation criteria: Quality of the written expression, construction of the assignment, understanding of the subject and quality of the analysis (problem, arguments, sources and examples).

The subject will be sent by e-mail at 9.30 am on the day of the competition and to be returned at 12 noon (time of arrival of the supporting e-mail) to the admissions department.

BACHELOR oral test (30min): presentation on a topical subject + motivational interview:

The candidate will receive the current topics (choice of the subject by the candidate) at 12 p.m., and will have to prepare to make an intervention in front of a jury via Microsoft Teams.

The admission interview will last 30 minutes:

– Presentation to the jury (10min): the candidate presents his analysis of the chosen subject

– Questions / Answers (20 min): questions of general knowledge, political news, international relations and motivation. A few questions will be asked in English to assess the level of the candidate.

The subjects will be sent at 12 noon on the day of the competition. The instructions for the test will be detailed in the invitation to the competition.

100% online MSc oral test (30min): in front of a jury

– Questions of general culture (field of previous studies + other general culture)

– Questions on the content of the chosen MSc (fundamental culture + topical questions)

– Questions of motivation (coherence of the chosen program with the professional project)

– Questions in English (about your motivations and/or current topics)

The admission results come in between 3 to 4 weeks after the competition.

Are you on Parcoursup?

We are a procedure outside Parcoursup. Applications are made only on the site https://www.heip.fr/

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

B2: 60 ECTS credits acquired or in the process of being acquired

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

M1: 180 ECTS credits acquired or in the process of being acquired

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 precisely looking for diversity but from a global point of view, HEIP students are curious about things and the world, serious and hardworking, who have a real interest in International Relations 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 need to do a refresher before entering HEIP?

It is not necessary to do a prep before HEIP.

What is the percentage of admitted during the competitions?

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.

Is there a manual for revising the contest?

There is no specific preparation, everyone is free to use the tools they want, for example, the annals of the Sciences Po competition, the courses you are taking or that you have been able to take in your academic career, conferences and readings on the theme of the competition.

How is the recruitment for the MSc Cycle going? Selection more difficult?

Selection in the MSc cycle is no more difficult than for another year. We obviously ask for a level of knowledge that is obviously more advanced than an application for B1, but the important thing will be the coherence of the professional project and the education provided by HEIP on the chosen cycle. The second year is a year of specialization, a very professional course, so the candidate must be aware of his project to ensure that he will not be misguided for this year of specialization.

Which options should I choose for 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

Training and recognition

Are your diplomas recognized by the State?

By virtue of its status under the 1875 law , therefore under the annual control of the rectorate, HEIP issues private higher education diplomas equivalent to State diplomas. HEIP delivers 60 ECTS credits per year of study validated, therefore all the possible gateways and the 300 ECTS credits corresponding to obtaining the Master of Science degree during diplomacy. In addition, we offer possible double degrees with partner schools or universities.

Do you have a platform for exchanges with students / teachers?

You can contact our ambassadors who will be happy to answer all your questions.

How does the school help in finding an internship?

The Career Center is there to help you in your search for an internship and first job. You can contact them:

Alix AUFFRAY – Director of the Career Center – alix.auffray@heip.fr

Mélaïd BEN DAOUD – Corporate Relations Manager – mbendaoud@heip.fr

Sandra RENAULT – Corporate Relations Manager – srenault@heip.fr

What type of internship can a first, second or third year student do?

A student, even if he has acquired little knowledge in the first years of his studies, can still begin his first experiences in companies. Here are some examples of assignments:

  • Training of humanitarian intervention teams on the risks and the political and social context in which they will intervene in the international field
  • Preparation of files for international contract negotiations
  • Follow-up of the work of the Foreign Affairs, Security and Development Committees, analysis of the votes and preparation of current affairs files within the framework of international organizations
  • Search for private, public, international and European partners and sponsors for humanitarian projects
  • Monitoring of economic activities in the Middle East

If I can’t find an internship, will I be penalized?

The question does not arise since you will find an internship!

Finding an internship is the responsibility of the student but HEIP supports you in this regard until the signing of your internship. We have an important network and a corporate relations department which organizes meeting events between students and partner companies and institutions, they post to students all the offers they can obtain for them, everything is done so that the student finds and gets an internship.

Registration and recognition

How much are tuition fees?

Tuition fees are:

1st year of Bachelor: 7700 €

2nd year of Bachelor: 7700 €

3rd year of Bachelor: 7700 €

1 st year of MSc Cycle: 8800 €2 nd year of MSc Cycle: 8900 €

Are there any aids 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:

30% reduction on tuition fees 2022/2023 for baccalaureate holders (French Baccalaureate) 2022 who have obtained the mention VERY GOOD

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

SIBLING SCHOLARSHIP : HEIP provides 10% discount on tuition fees for sibling students 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 informations

How is life on campus?

There are on average 26 hours of lessons per week at HEIP. Classes are held Monday through Friday, on campus. As far as possible, we leave two half-days free for students per week. The schedules are known in advance for the whole semester, which leaves the possibility of organizing. The course schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The campus is always open to students, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Students have a 10/15 minute break between each 1h15 lesson and according to their schedule for the lunch break, minimum 1h. The courses are mainly in TD, some subjects will be taught in lectures.

To what extent are the students supervised?

Having a school on a “human scale” is a real advantage in the personalized support of our students: with classes of around 30 students (promotion of 100/120 students) this allows teachers and the administration to know their students and to be able to support them as best as possible in their project. Moreover, if a student finds himself in a complicated situation, we are able to notice it and help him as best we can because we know our students. All pedagogy, business, international, communication and admissions departments, as well as the school management, are located within the campus and therefore easily accessible to HEIP students if needed. Classes are compulsory and in small numbers so learning and communication with teachers are facilitated.

Is it possible to change campus 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 come from South America and Europe. We have a dedicated admissions process for these students to facilitate their admission

Updated 14 April 2022