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Meet our first International Bachelor Student

Meet Fabrice, the first exchange student at the Bachelor program.

Fabrice is a third year student at Brown University, where he double concentrates in political science and computer science. Part of the exchange program between both institutions, he chose to come to École Polytechnique for his semester abroad.

Why choose École Polytechnique for your exchange?

France was an obvious choice for me. My father is French so I often came to visit my family here before this semester and I was keen to improve my French. From all my options, École Polytechnique was the only one offering computer science classes and, my father being an alumnus of l’X, I had heard well of it and it was actually great to understand and  experience proud memories he had shared with me.

How would you summarize your stay?

There is an excellent quality of course here. In mathematics, the level is much higher than what I have known, which made me learn and lot and happened to give me solid fundamentals for other subjects too. Teachers have been very available. Even in computer science, topics I had seen in the past were better explained to me this time.

On campus, both administration and students received me very well. As I expected, students are serious and hardworking, which seemed less fun for other colleagues from Brown but they also did not manage to integrate as well as I did.  The Bachelor is a tough program, but students also take the time to build community, have fun and get to know each other. Living altogether in small community on campus created cohesion and mutual assistance.

Any activities outside of the Bachelor?

The campus of École Polytechnique offers a great array of sports, which allowed me to practice rowing. We trained about 3 to 4 times a week as a group, we also had a lot of individual training, and that comes out to about 6 hours a week. It has been an amazing experience. I found a very close group of friends and we even participated to the National championships for Universities. That was very exciting!

Fabrice was the first exchange student at the Bachelor program, program that started in 2017 and expects 13 exchange students next year.