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In this section we try to answer some of the frequently asked questions about admission and education in ParisTech schools. If you have any other questions, contact us.

  • What courses do the ParisTech schools offer?

The ParisTech schools primarily train engineers and award the “diplôme d’ingénieur” engineering qualification, which is a Master’s level degree. However, they also co-run a wide range of Master’s courses, and accept doctoral students too. You can apply either for a full course leading to a qualification (an engineering degree, a Master’s degree or a PhD) or to do an exchange (usually one or two semesters).

 

  • Can I just do one semester at one of your schools?

Providing your home university has signed an exchange convention with ParisTech or the school where you would like to study, you can do a semester as an exchange student, either on an engineering course, or (at some of the ParisTech schools) on a Master’s course (academic exchange and/or research placement).

NOTE: Most of our engineering courses are taught in French, although some are taught in English. When choosing modules for your exchange semester, it is therefore essential to take into account your level of French and/or English.

 

  • Do you accept students of any nationality?

On average, international students account for 30% of the student population of the ParisTech schools. The schools have established connections with universities in Argentina, Brazil, China, Columbia and Russia. Each school also has bilateral agreements with higher education institutions in Europe and in other countries. The schools therefore accept students of any nationality providing that the recruitment procedure is followed and that the student fulfils the conditions of eligibility for an exchange or a full programme of study as applicable.

 

  • What assistance is given to overseas students?

The ParisTech schools provide assistance with administrative procedures, in particular visa applications. Multilingual “Welcome Desk” teams are also organised on the ParisTech campuses to help international students with administrative procedures.

To help you settle into your new life in France, all of the ParisTech schools offer intensive French language classes and a student mentoring system. The fee for the language classes varies between schools (sometimes the student is required to cover the cost, sometimes classes are partly funded by the school).

The Association amicale franco-chinoise de ParisTech (ParisTech French-Chinese Friendship Society,AFCP) welcomes Chinese students who join ParisTech each year (airport meet-and-greet, induction week, special events throughout the year, e.g. Moon Festival Gala, Forum Horizon China, etc.).

 

  • Do the schools offer extra-curricular activities (sport, culture, etc.)?

There are many student societies at the different schools. You can join a sports team and take part in competitions for example, and there are also lots of cultural societies, humanitarian groups, junior enterprises, etc.

 

  • What administrative procedures are involved in studying in France?

Please refer to the CampusFrance website.

We recommend that you contact the Head of International Relations at the ParisTech school where you would like to study. The email addresses are available here.

  • What are the academic entry requirements?

The academic entry requirements (Bachelor’s, Master’s) vary depending on the country of origin. Details are given in the partnership agreements concluded between ParisTech and its overseas partner universities. In all cases, the schools only accept students who have already completed at least 2 years of higher education.

 

  • What degrees are awarded?

Each school awards a specific engineering degree. These are Master’s level qualifications, so graduates can choose to do a PhD immediately afterwards.

 

  • Is the engineering qualification recognised internationally?

The engineering qualifications awarded by the ParisTech schools are accredited in France by the Commission des titres d’ingénieur (CTI) and automatically awarded the EUR-ACE (European Accredited Engineer) label. The CTI has signed recognition agreements with several countries (Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, etc.). The French engineering qualification is also recognised by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at Master’s level. The engineering qualifications awarded by the ParisTech schools are Master’s level degrees, meaning students have the possibility of pursuing a PhD immediately after they graduate.

 

  • What subjects are taught?

The ParisTech schools offer a broad range of subjects, including agronomy, financial mathematics, civil engineering, chemistry, physics, optics, etc. All of the schools are recognised leaders in their specialist fields. The full list is available here. We also recommend that you consult the webpage of each school for more information.

 

  • What teaching methods are used?

The teaching methods of the ParisTech schools combine theory and practice to reflect the needs of the industrial companies who will ultimately recruit graduates. All students have access to advice and support throughout their course of study. Many classes use project-based methods involving teamwork. Students also do an internship each year. There are strong links between teaching and research. 20 to 70% of engineering students choose to pursue a PhD after qualifying as an engineer.

 

  • What are the application deadlines for your schools?

If you are a student in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia or Russia, you can apply via the coordinated recruitment procedure. Applications are accepted from 1st June each year. Applicants take a scientific test in the Autumn, and those who pass the test are then invited to a personal interview and, in some cases, a school-specific scientific examination. Applicants are notified of their results at the end of November, and courses start in September the following year.

Each of the ParisTech schools has also signed agreements with partner institutions outside of ParisTech. In this case, specific application procedures and deadlines apply. Please contact the school in question for details.

 

 

  • What level of French is required?

If you want to do a full engineering degree at ParisTech, you will need to demonstrate B1 level proficiency when joining the school, and B2 level proficiency at the end of your course of study (levels defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The schools cannot award an engineering degree to a student who has not achieved level B2.

 

  • How can I find accommodation?

The campuses where the schools are located offer student accommodation (flats or studio apartments) at affordable rents (approx. € 380/month). You may also be eligible for housing benefit.

 

  • Do you offer any student bursaries or scholarships?

For the top foreign students, the ParisTech schools can request an Eiffel Scholarship from the French government.

Bursaries can also be awarded by the schools as part of the FITEC programmes for Latin America (BRAFITEC and BRAFAGRI for Brazil, ARFITEC and ARFAGRI for Argentina, MEXFITEC for Mexico).

Brazilian students must apply directly to CAPES for the bursary, specifying the relevant programme (BRAFITEC or BRAFAGRI).

We recommend that you contact the Head of International Relations at your university to find out what funding opportunities are available.

Chinese students – to be engineer or to do a PhD - can request a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

The schools and their foundations and partner companies can also finance European students via Erasmus+ mobility grants where applicable.

 

  • Can I do an internship in a company in France?

Internships are a mandatory part of the engineering programmes at all of the ParisTech schools. If you are accepted onto a full course of study, you will therefore be required to do an internship. We recommend that international students do their internship in France, unless they are specifically required to return to their home country. The schools have teams that can help students find a placement. Internships are very popular in France, so lots of companies offer them. Before a student starts work at a company, the internship programme is discussed with the ParisTech school. However, it is up to the company to decide whether or not they accept a particular student for an internship.

  • How do I apply for a Master’s degree?

Each degree has its own specific application procedure. Please visit the website of the Master’s course you are interested in for details. A list of the Master’s courses co-run by ParisTech is available here.

 

  • What level of French is required?

The Master’s programmes are taught in French and/or English. The language of teaching is indicated on the webpage for each Master’s course.

 

  • Can I do an internship in a company in France?

The rules about internships are different for different Master’s courses. Please check the curriculum of the course you are interested in to find out the specific requirements for the final-year project. The schools have teams that can help students find a placement. Internships are very popular in France, so lots of companies offer them. However, it is up to the company to decide whether or not they accept a particular student for an internship.

  • How do I apply to do a PhD at one of the ParisTech schools?

If you want to do a PhD at one of the laboratories run by the ParisTech schools, we recommend that you contact the laboratory directly to introduce yourself and identify a potential supervisor and PhD topic. To do a PhD, you must have been accepted by the laboratory and have the necessary funding.

A list of the laboratories run by the ParisTech schools is available here.

 

  • What level of French is required?

If you are coming to France to do a PhD, we strongly recommend that you make sure that your level of French is sufficient for handling day-to-day interactions. However, in the ParisTech laboratories you can also work in English.

 

  • Is there any funding available for PhDs?

In France, doctoral students must have funding for their PhD studies. There are several possible sources of funding, in particular:

  1. Some laboratories offer doctoral contracts;
  2. Many doctoral students at ParisTech schools apply for a CIFRE contract with an industrial company;
  3. Other sources of funding may also be available, for example Chinese doctoral students may be eligible for a grant from the China Scholarship Council, Mexican students from CONACYT, etc.

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