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Financial Aid

To find out more for financing your third and fourth year (3A/4A).

1/ Scholarships, grants and financial support for the Ingénieur Polytechnicien international students.

A/ Financial support from the École Polytechnique Foundation

International Excellence Scholarships (36 months – during the first 3 years)

The Foundation offers 20 grants per class group. These grants are open to all international students regardless of their nationality or path of admission into the School. After being preselected by a jury, the nominees are then emailed and informed of the condition of their application.

As part of the Fundraising Campaign, certain donors make a specific choice to support the most deserving international students based on their academic excellence. Scholarships are given to the best students according to their entrance exam results, the quality of their application file, and their compatibility with the desired profile for each program.

École Polytechnique Foundation/DMRI Scholarship Program for Fourth-Year Project in France  (11 to 12 months – 4th year only)

These scholarships are awarded jointly by the École Polytechnique Foundation and the Marketing and International Relations Department (DMRI) and are intended for international students who wish to complete their fourth year of study in France. The scholarships are open to all international students regardless of their nationality or path of admission into the School.

Subsidized loans from the École Polytechnique Foundation (during the 4 years of study)

The École Polytechnique Foundation allows international students to take out a subsidized loan from a partner bank of the Foundation’s financial support program. This subsidized loan is interest-free, meaning that the applicant does not have to pay back any interest on the borrowed amount.

There are no means-test, that is subsidized loans are open to all international students except for students that have been awarded a International Excellence Scholarship from the École Polytechnique Foundation.

In order to allow students enough time to become financially stable and to find a job, students do not have to pay back their loan until one year after leaving the School. The payment will be spread out over 5 to 6 years, according to the amount of money borrowed

B/ Scholarships and grants from the French government

We have identified the scholarships and financial support available abroad, for our students enrolled in and candidates applying for the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program. These different types of support are provided by both the French and foreign governments, and are presented here in a listing of financial support programs.

A complete list of scholarships and grants that are available abroad is also available on the "CampusBourses" listing. In this list, you will find the different types of support and scholarships offered by French and international government institutions, local governments, foundations and institutions of higher study.

Scholarships and grants from French Embassies

The French Embassy in your country may offer different types of financial support for international students coming to study in France. These scholarships and grants are granted according to the nationality of the candidate. All information may be obtained directly from the French Embassy in your country.

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

Applications must be submitted directly by the institution on behalf of the student.

For further information on the Eiffel Excellence Scholarships.

C/ Scholarships and grants from Foreign governments

Students are advised to inquire with their own government institutions for information about government scholarship programs created specifically to promote international mobility.

Please find below a non-exhaustive list of the scholarships received by our past international Ingénieur Polytechnicien students:

  • For Moroccan students: merit-based scholarship from the Ministry for National Education and Vocational Training (Ministère de l’Education nationale et de la Formation professionnelle)
  • For Senegalese students: excellence scholarship from the Senegalese government, awarded by the Republic of Senegal Ministry for Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche de la République du Sénégal)
  • For Tunisian students: national scholarship from the Tunisian government awarded by the Academic and Educational Mission of Tunisia (Mission universitaire et éducative de la Tunisie)
  • For Chinese students: national scholarship from the China Scholarship Council

International students may also be eligible for an Erasmus Plus grant (for European students) or for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship (for non-European students).

Financing your third and fourth year (3A/4A)

Different types of financial support for international mobility are available, and are referenced in the listing of financial support programs.

If you would like more information on the financial support available for your fourth-year (4A) project, visit the fourth-year (4A) orientation site (in French), and attend the information sessions at the end of your second year (2A) and the beginning of your third year (3A).