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Well I would say I do not know how to feel about my interview. There was a professor of political institutions, a lady teaching at the Menton campus, and a specialist in philosophy.

I was given an article about the yellow jackets from the Financial Times and I tried do what I could in examining it. I think I spent 7 or 8 minutes talking about how they are part of a larger, decentralized movement fighting a coming constitutional order and, of course, globalism by exntension (that was what my analysis was mainly based around) but I feel like I repeated the same words too much and had some pauses since I was quite tense. They then started with the question. I must have misinterpreted the 1st one because I didn't quite hear what the political institutions professor said (something about why no one was able to control the protests) but luckily the lady teaching at Menton was there to get me back on track. They then continued asking about my opinion on the gov't shutdown in the US, what the hate for Macron means in a "political" sense, if it is necessary to be loved by a nation in order to rule, what specialization I'd pick in the 2nd year, if I know about the CVP (Civic Learning Programme) and if I could compare the gilets jaunes to a philosophical situation (i.e. Hobbes' Leviathan).

I'll be honest, I was so tense I could not even reply to the last 2 and when I left I had a feeling I failed the interview.

I'm anxious to hear their decision.
Wow that sounds like a really tough interview, im going to be honest. However, the interviewers will have known that you are tense and nervous, and actually your answers that you wrote above seem pretty analytical and intellectual! The Hobbes leviathan is a bit of a curve ball so i hope you dealt with that well! let us know if you get a decision; try not to stress im sure you did great!
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Wow that sounds like a really tough interview, im going to be honest. However, the interviewers will have known that you are tense and nervous, and actually your answers that you wrote above seem pretty analytical and intellectual! The Hobbes leviathan is a bit of a curve ball so i hope you dealt with that well! let us know if you get a decision; try not to stress im sure you did great!
That actually means a lot coming from someone who was accepted. Yes, I did try to prepare by reading up on Machiavelli (the fact Reims has quite a few courses dedicated to his philosophy is part of what attracted me) and Robert Kaplan's Revenge of Geography (I actually got to explain how the fact that protesters come mostly from country towns affects their convictions). I tried doing what I could, nervous as I was.
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Is there anyone going to Bruxelles for the interview on the 25th of February?
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Does anyone know when they will start to send responses? I did not get a chance to ask them after my interview.
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They told me the result will be out in 2-3 weeks
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Mine apparently went well: i got an offer for the dual degrees with both Sydney and Berkeley norht america programs.

I want to know if anyone else has heard from berkeley?!
Congratulations !! Heard back from dual ba Sciences Po Reims Berkeley Friday ! Was also offered a spot
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Congratulations !! Heard back from dual ba Sciences Po Reims Berkeley Friday ! Was also offered a spot
Aw thats so cool Congrats!!! also heard friday. Do you think you will accept it? is it your first choice? should say im in Reims too!
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Wow guys congrats on the offers!!! Could you tell us more about your interview for Reims? I have mine in March (Madrid or Lisbon still don't know) and I'm super nervous because I have no idea what to expect :/
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Wow guys congrats on the offers!!! Could you tell us more about your interview for Reims? I have mine in March (Madrid or Lisbon still don't know) and I'm super nervous because I have no idea what to expect :/
Me as well! I'm nervous about Reims because they tend to ask about a lot of American history and politics that I know I'm not good with haha. I'm curious to find out how it went for others// what articles they used for yall
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Me as well! I'm nervous about Reims because they tend to ask about a lot of American history and politics that I know I'm not good with haha. I'm curious to find out how it went for others// what articles they used for yall
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Wow guys congrats on the offers!!! Could you tell us more about your interview for Reims? I have mine in March (Madrid or Lisbon still don't know) and I'm super nervous because I have no idea what to expect :/
heya both! my interviews for Sydney and berkeley were completely different but i will still explain them as they may be useful to someone on here!

Sydney: seemed more like the traditional Sciences Po interview in that i had an article to analyse and was asked questions on it. I was given an article on the Jillet Jaune and Fuel Protests taking place at the time (november) which was a complete shock and horror for me as i only had vague knowledge about it. I went about it from an economics perspective and spoke about how different taxes affected different demographics etc. Then i spoke about the politics of Macron's premiership (dictatorship style, but france is oddly socialist). you need to be able to analyse an (even unknown!) article and be able to relate some of the themes in it to other world wide movements/ phenenomons, political ideology and philosophy, economic theory or previous stages in history. Basically making synoptic links and linking it to whatever you can!! they then moved on to ask me about why i wanted to attend the dual degree program, and at this point i totally geeked out and just garbled through why it was (and is!) my dream program.

Berkeley: no article to analayse, asked me about why i like politics and economics (intended majors for me), asked me about the campuses and what i liked about them. Be prepared that they may ask you some courses you would be interested in taking from the liberal arts structure. This question caught me out so i said some very basic and vague courses guaranteed to be held (Eh.... introduction to Economic History anybody?) Again, for a lot of this, i totally geeked out and just started weaving in things i had been reading, articles or theories or book that had interested me, some things that challenged my view point, aspects of my classes that i enjoyed. I really had no filter in a sense and went on massive tangents about economics articles that i had been reading etc, but they seemed to enjoy that.


My best advice to offer i think is to be yourself, and show them how much you love your respective subjects! being able to talk freely about what your intrested in is so charming to others and it shows you will be enjoyable to teach. It is as much about finding out what you will be like for them to teach as it is to find out how suitable you are for the school. Try to relax: dont be uptight and let your inner geek be free!


Let me know if you want to know anything else!!
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pinkymu pretty much covered everything there is to say about tackling the interview, but I have to say one more thing and that is that they will be trying to question everything you say during the analysis, so be prepared for random questions and do not be afraid to say that you do not know the answer (they might throw a curveball question like the one I had with a philosophical situation). Of course, they understand everyone has their own way of analysing: some may talk about the economics aspect, others about history or philosophy, etc. so just be yourselves.
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Hello all! I'm an American student studying abroad in Morocco for my senior year of high school. I submitted my application mid-January, hoping for the March interviews in Casablanca. If I understood correctly, I should be hearing back sometime soon! Is there anyone else here who happens to be from Morocco?
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Hi, I am an applicant from China and I’m also applying to Reims and Le Havre. Have you done the interview already?
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Bonjour! A Chinese student applying to the Europe-North America programme and Eurasia programme here. I've submitted all the documents needed, so I'm now anxiously waiting for the 'yes, qualified to enter the interview stage'. Sciences Po is really my dream school, haha.
Oh, btw, how did u prepare for the interview, mates? Like reading some sorts of magazine, newspapers and debates from Channel 4 News, or were u more focusing on the future plan section? Merci bien!
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