Sciences Po / UC Berkeley: Dual Bachelor’s degree program
On the occasion of the signing of a Dual Bachelor’s degree program between Sciences Po and University of California, Berkeley, the Consul General of France, Pauline Carmona hosted a reception at the Residence de France in San Francisco, on October 12th, accompanied by Carla Hesse (Executive Dean, College of Letters and Science, UC Berkeley) and Frédéric Mion (President of Sciences Po).
The world’s premiere public university and France’s leading university in the social sciences announced an exciting new undergraduate dual degree program.
Students in the dual degree program spend their first two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses in France, each with a unique focus and geography. All instruction is offered in English. The last two years of the program are spent on the UC Berkeley campus.
"Dear Ms Carla Hesse, Executive Dean, College of Letters and Science,
Dear Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po,
Dear Sciences Po Alumnae,
It is a true honor for me to welcome you here, at my Residence, on this great occasion.
Before giving the floor to UC Berkeley and Sciences Po Representatives, I would like to say a few words of introduction.
San Francisco and France share a long-lasting relationship. Indeed, the French presence is deeply rooted in the history of this city and in the region: the first immigrants arrived in 1860 from the Basque country and the Bearn region, at the time of the gold rush, and took part in the construction of the city. More recently, the region, because of its unique innovation ecosystem, has been extremely attractive for French citizens: more than 60 000 French people currently live in the region and work in various fields. Needless to say that many French graduates also make the choice of San Francisco: they are indeed highly recognized in the United States, especially for the quality of the education they received in France.
I am convinced that the signature of this dual bachelor’s degree program between UC Berkeley and Sciences Po, two exceptional institutions sharing many strong social values, will truly enhance the relations between our two countries. The strong social diversity component which underlies at the core of this program will enable brilliant underprivileged American and French undergraduate students to access to academic excellence.
This program between UC Berkeley and Sciences Po fosters the aims of the transatlantic friendship and mobility initiative launched in May 2014 by Secretary of State John Kerry and French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius. This initiative intends to double, by 2025, the number of American students in France and French students in the United States.
The United States and France have already been working together for a long time to strengthen the ties between American and French universities. For instance, we are very proud to count on the dynamism of the France-Berkeley Fund, the most important bilateral Fund in the United States, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. The France-Berkeley Fund has an exceptional leverage to jumpstart long-standing collaborations at the highest level with French universities. And I would like again to express my gratitude to the American Director of the France-Berkeley Fund, my friend Larry Hyman, who honors us with his presence tonight.
Therefore, I am very pleased to see that one of the best Universities in the world, UC Berkeley, is partnering with a school which is also very dear to my heart, since I am myself a Sciences Po Alumni.
Thank you to Carla Hesse and Frédéric Mion for all their efforts in making this outstanding program possible."