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Sciences Po Reims/UBC International Interview Question

DiRolandDiRoland Posts: 8Registered User New Member
Hi, I have been accepted for an interview with the Sciences Po and UBC dual degree. Can someone who has already gone through the Sciences Po interview process help me out with some questions I have? How formally do you have to dress? How recent are the articles they give you to study? Any general tips? Thanks in advance.

Replies to: Sciences Po Reims/UBC International Interview Question

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Posts: 9,434Registered User Senior Member
    Be ready to discuss the situation in the Ukraine (in relation to the concept of sphere of influence during the Cold War both for the US and the USSR), either in French or English. Read (..skim through :p) news magazines, both European and American - The Economist, The International Herald Tribune- daily = past 2 weeks, weekly = past 2-3 months. If you can read French, try to read a French magazine such as Marianne, Nouvel Obs, L'Express, Le Point.
    Familiarize yourself with the basics of the EU, the basic governments in Europe and the current head of states, and have a deeper understanding of the British and French government (ie, know the names of a few ministers and opposition leaders, some current controversies, recent laws passed, etc.)
    You might have a question about the latest visit by President Hollande to the US.
    Be ready to present a favorite film or novel and justify your choice. Or what even in the past year is the most significant and why. A local issue you've tried to impact or wish you could have impacted.
    The jury will have read your essays thoroughly and you WILL have questions about them. If you mentioned passions or interests, expect questions about those. Plus the usual questions: why this school, why this program, what makes you more qualified than others, have you ever failed at something and what did you learn from it, etc.
    Dress semi-formally - a tie is not necessary but a shirt, tucked into khakis (or any pants except jeans - prefer dark colors if possible), with dark socks and loafers or other "city" (non sport) shoes would be expected. Nothing sprayed or "sporty". No hat/cap. No visible sign of your religion or politics.
  • DiRolandDiRoland Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    Hey MYO, thanks so much for the response. Your post was the most comprehensive I have ever seen! If you don't mind me asking, why is it you are so knowledgeable about the process? Have you experienced the interview process first hand? Also how do you recommend I form my presentation about the article? Should I lead out with a summary of the article or should I provide my own thesis? Oh and when you have to present/answer questions to the panel, are you standing up at all times or sitting down? If you have any other general tips you can divulge it would be really appreciated! Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my questions!
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Posts: 9,434Registered User Senior Member
    Summarize the article and keep your own thesis/opinion for the conclusion. You're allowed to provide context for the article if you know it - geographical, political, historical- as there is bound to be some implied information (Then they'll ask questions to see how much you know).
    You'll be sitting down and should be provided with a glass of water, but just in case you can bring you own little bottle.
  • Trinity7Trinity7 Posts: 371Registered User Member
    @DiRoland, congratulations on being selected for the interview. When and where is the interview?
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