Study at École Polytechnique
École Polytechnique has a long tradition of international exchanges. Today this tradition continues, with the school receiving each year around 800 talented international students in both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking programs, making up a third of the student body.
It is one of the first French Grandes Écoles to have accepted international students. The very first foreign students to attend classes at l’X came from Northern Europe in 1798, and the first Chinese student arrived in 1913.
Each year, École Polytechnique confers diplomas to:
- 500 students in the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, including 100 international students;
- 250 Master’s students, half of which are international;
- 130 PhD students, 40% of which are international.
Starting in 2020, École Polytechnique will also be confering diplomas to students in the Bachelor program.
> Bachelor Program:
The Bachelor is a highly selective 3 year program, fully taught in English, designed for top level international and French students. Our multidisciplinary approach based on mathematics strongly focuses on research. As part of the syllabus, students work in the labs and interact with scientists, particularly during their third year Bachelor thesis. Multidisciplinarity is our trademark, that is why the first year is dedicated to acquiring fundamental skills and knowledge in sciences. Then, for their second and third year, students choose between three double majors:
- Mathematics and Physics
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mathematics and Economics
> Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program:
The Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program is an advanced 4-year program, for which the first three years of studies result in the prestigious engineering degree: Ingénieur diplômé de l'École polytechnique. The final 4th year enables students to receive both the École Polytechnique diploma, as well as another Master’s specialization or a degree from a partner establishment in France or abroad.
The program consists of a high-level multidisciplinary scientific education, supplemented with leadership training, interpersonal skill development and a strong emphasis on international exposure. The curriculum provides students with a thorough foundation of advanced scientific knowledge, reinforced by a double concentration completed in part at a partner establishment. Several business and research internships are integrated into the program as well, ensuring students a more smooth integration into their professional careers.
Upon completion of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, nearly half of all graduates work in the corporate sector (manufacturing, consulting, service industry, finance). Nearly 20% of new graduates continue their studies with a PhD, while a quarter begin their careers in the public service sector.
École Polytechnique has signed 23 double-degree accords: the best students from partner establishments will thus be awarded a diploma from both their main university and from École polytechnique, while benefitting from a high quality scientific education.
Contact: Eglantine Jastrabsky (Mme) - Incoming students mobility
> Discover the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program
> Find out more more about the international entrance exam
Mathieu Le Traon, Vice President for International Relations at École Polytechnique, and Églantine Jastrabsky, Head of Incoming Student Mobility, as well as to two students, Carolina coming from Spain and Daniel from Brazil, who are currently doing the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, participated to a live session on Campus Channel to give everyone a chance to know more about École Polytechnique, what to expect when joining the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, when and how to apply, or what the campus life is like. Watch the replay:
- Graduate Degree and Master’s Programs:
École Polytechnique Graduate Degree and Master’s Programs are high-level graduate programs in the fields of engineering science, economics and management, science and technology, and sustainable development. They are open to the best European and international students who have already earned at least one undergraduate degree, and to students at the end of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program.
These programs clear the way for further doctoral studies or a high-level position at a company or organization.
> Discover the École Polytechnique Master’s Programs
- Doctoral Programs:
The École Polytechnique Research Center combines the most fundamental aspects of research with the development of key fields and applications to meet the scientific, technological and societal challenges of the 21st century.
The Research Center cooperates with Paris-Saclay and Paris-Tech partners to develop common projects. This collaborative research contributes to the influence of École polytechnique within the scientific, technological and industrial communities around the globe.
To pursue a PhD at École Polytechnique, applicants must have already earned a Master’s-level or equivalent degree. Candidates must also select a thesis topic and a host laboratory.
> Discover the Research Center
> View the admission requirements
- International Exchange Program
The International Exchange Program enables international students from École Polytechnique partner universities with exceptionally strong competencies in science to attend certain courses in the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program. This program includes courses in the 2nd and 3rd years of the curriculum, for a period lasting between three months to a full academic year.
Although this is a non-degree-seeking program, students are able to receive credit at their own universities for courses they attend at École polytechnique. All applications are formalized with a contract which must be approved beforehand by the student and his or her primary university.
The International Exchange Program welcomes applications from:
- Students in the ERASMUS exchange program. École Polytechnique has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS);
- Students in the X-North America Program attending North American universities which have established partnerships and accords with École polytechnique;
- Students attending universities outside of Europe or North America which have signed an exchange agreement with École polytechnique.
Applicants must contact their university’s Office of International Affairs to ensure that their university is a partner.
> Learn more about admission requirements and the admissions process
Contact: Eglantine Jastrabsky (Mme) - Incoming students mobility
- International Student Internship Program
The International Student Internship Program enables undergraduate and graduate-level students to undergo a 3 to 6-month internship at one of the École Polytechnique laboratories. The program is reserved for students attending partner universities.
Applicants to the program must first contact their own university’s Office of International Affairs to verify that their establishment has a partnership with École polytechnique.
The program has three primary goals:
• To give outstanding students the opportunity to obtain hands-on work experience at a high-level laboratory
• To promote École Polytechnique Master’s, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral studies to students at partner universities
• To reinforce the partnerships between École polytechnique and other top international universities.
The application deadline to undertake an internship between May and September is November 20th of the preceding year
Contact : Elena Murè (Mme) - International Development and International student internship program
> Learn more about the primary fields of research at the École Polytechnique Research Center
> View the École polytechnique Research Center brochure
> Visit the Admissions website to learn more about the application process and requirements
Staying on the École Polytechnique campus
> Preparing for your stay
> Useful Information and Tips
Students admitted to École Polytechnique through a double-degree program (Ingénieur Polytechnicien or Master’s Program) or through the International Exchange Program (for academic studies or internships) are exempt from tuition fees.
A limited number of scholarships may be granted to the most deserving students who do not have the necessary resources to cover their on-campus expenses.