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.
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- What are the disciplines offered at ParisTech schools?
The ParisTech schools offer a wide range of disciplines, from civil engineering, food engineering to robotics, chemistry and physics.
- Is it possible to study computer science at ParisTech schools?
Computer science is taught in most ParisTech schools as part of their engineering curriculum, but no school is specialized in digital. In most cases, the courses offered in computer science are ‘applied to’ the majors of the programs: ‘computer science for mechanical engineering’, ‘computer science for visual recognition’…
- Is it possible to study aeronautics/aerospace at ParisTech schools?
Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and MINES ParisTech offer program in mechanics and materials, where the students get prepared to work in the aeronautical industry.
- What courses do the ParisTech schools offer?
The ParisTech schools primarily train graduate 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 degrees are awarded?
Each school awards a specific engineering degree. The engineering degree is a 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.
Moreover, most of the partnerships within this International Admission Program include double degree programs, so that you will get the French Diplôme d’ingénieur and the diploma of your home university. You have to check the conditions for each partner university on the relevant country webpage.
- 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 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 businesses which will ultimately recruit graduates. All students have access to advice, support and mentoring 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 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. The schools only accept students who have already completed at least 2 years of higher education.
Please see below the questions about the ParisTech International Admission Program.
- 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 ParisTech International Admission Program. Applications start each year on 1st June each year. Applicants take a scientific test in the Autumn. Those who pass the test are then invited to an interview and, in some cases, a school-specific scientific examination. Applicants are notified of their results at the end of November, and courses start end of August or in September the following year, or the year after for students coming from Russia.
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.
If there is no agreement between your home university and the ParisTech school you are interested in, you may contact the school directly or apply through GEI-UNIV.
- 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 B2 level.
- 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?
You have first to be selected by one of the ParisTech schools. Then, the school may request a scholarship or support you in your individual application.
For the top international students, the ParisTech schools can request an Eiffel Scholarship from the French government.
Bursaries can also be awarded by their home universities as part of the FITEC programs (BRAFITEC for Brazil, ARFITEC for Argentina, MEXFITEC for Mexico) or specific programs in the field of agronomy (BRAFAGRI for Brazil and ARFAGRI for Argentina) for Latin America.
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 can request a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
Argentinian students can request a scholarship from the BECAR program.
The schools can also support European students via Erasmus+ mobility grants where applicable.
The schools and their foundations may also offer some specific scholarships.
Partner companies from each school might fund some scholarships.
- How to get an Eiffel scholarship from the French government?
You have first to be selected by one of the ParisTech schools. According to your academic records (GPA, ranking), the schools may decide to submit your application to Eiffel’ scholarship from the French government.
Only the best students may have the opportunity to obtain the Eiffel fellowship.
- What about internships during the engineering curriculum?
Internships are compulsory during the engineering curriculum. If you arrive in the second year within the ParisTech International Admission Program, you will do an internship each year during several months (from 3 to 6). You can do the internships in a company, or, if you are interested in pursuing with a PhD, you can do it in a lab in your school or elsewhere.
- 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 working in a company, the internship programme is discussed with the ParisTech schools. However, it is up to the company to decide whether or not they accept a particular student for an internship.
PARISTECH INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION PROGRAM
- When do you apply for the ParisTech International Admission Program?
You can apply to this Program once a year. The application platform opens each year on June 1st. You will find the detailed calendar on each country webpage.
If you are interested in the ParisTech International Admission Program, you should apply
- in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia: when you have completed 5 semesters (or, in 2020, because of COVID-19 crisis, if you are currently finishing the 5th semester);
- in China: between the 3rd and the 4th year of benke; students who got the benke more than 2 years ago are ineligible;
- in Russia: during the 3rd year of Bakalavrat. If you are selected, you will achieve the first year of Master’s degree at your home university and then come to Paris (cf. Principles).
To clarify, you apply in 2020 to come to France in September 2021, or even in September 2022 for Russian applicants.
If you are in another situation, please contact the International Office of your home university if it is a partner university of ParisTech.
- Do you have to pay for application in the ParisTech International Admission Program?
No, you don’t have to pay for application.
- What’s the applicant’s academic profile?
ParisTech schools are enrolling students coming from different disciplines with a good background in basic sciences, especially in mathematics.
Your level in mathematics and physics should be excellent. Proficiency in courses that are significant in the domain you apply for, is also highly recommended.
It is recommended that you have an excellent GPA. It should be above 80/100, but it may vary from one university to another one, and depending of the local environment.
But the GPA is not the only criteria. The jury will look at the transcript of records, especially in the disciplines you want to study in France, and it will also pay attention to your ranking, the results of the written test, your experience (internships, projects), your motivation, the relevance of your project and finally, your capacity to adapt in a French environment.
The jury is aware of the GPA differences between the countries and even between universities, and it takes it into consideration.
If you have a very good GPA, but a low ranking, and you succeed in the test and in the interview, you have good chance to be selected.
- Is there any age limit to apply in the ParisTech International Admission Program?
Double degree programs: there is no particular age limit to apply, but there might be an age limit for some scholarship programs like Eiffel.
- Can you apply in English, French or in your own language?
The application form is in English and you can fulfill it in English or in French. You can submit the required documents in French if available.
The online test is since 2020 only in English.
The two referrals can write their recommendation letters in English, French or even as an exception, if English of French is not possible, in their own language.
- Is there any admission exam?
Within the ParisTech International Program, you have to pass an online scientific test in English. There are two parts: the first part is dedicated to mathematics and the second part to the discipline you are interested in (mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences). You will find more details about the program by discipline and sample questions on the country webpage.
The test will be in English. The interview can be either in English or in French.
- How to prepare the admission exam?
You can read the interview of a Chinese student who was successful. She gives some useful tips and advice here.
- Which ParisTech school to choose?
While applying to ParisTech International Admission Program, your application will be considered by all ParisTech schools involved in the program, at least those offering a program in the domain you are interested in. You can apply for all schools where your profile is relevant. We will ask you to rank the schools by order of preference after the interview. If several schools you ranked are interested in your application, you will only receive the offer from the school you ranked the highest. Finally, you will have to confirm this offer.
To pick the relevant schools, we strongly recommended you thoroughly check ParisTech website, and then, the ParisTech schools' websites.
- Is it possible to change your major?
Yes, it is possible to change your main field of studies while applying to ParisTech program. Nevertheless, the schools will check carefully that the applicant background enables him/her to follow the courses in the selected field of studies. The interview will be crucial to explain your choice, so that the jury can give you advice.
For double degree students, their home university should also validate the applicant's fields of studies choices.
- How many students are selected within the ParisTech International Admission Program each year?
There is no quota. The number of students recruited may vary, depending of the excellence of the candidates. ParisTech selected for instance about 140 students in 2019. The ratio of selected candidates/eligible candidates is between 30 and 50%.
- Is French required when you apply?
You don’t need to speak French when you apply. English is enough to apply and undergo the interview.
But if you are selected, you need to learn French between the publication of the results and your arrival in France. You should then contact the international Office of your university to identify the better way to do that (French course at the university, in an Alliance Française, or somewhere else). Each ParisTech school will also offer you French courses during your stay in France and even propose you some solutions (e.g. intensive course in France during several weeks in summer) just before starting of the academic year in France. Indeed, you will need a French certificate to hold a visa and some scholarships.
- What are the tuition fees?
If you are selected within the ParisTech International Admission Program, each ParisTech school has different tuition fees : there are available on the country webpage.
- 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:
- Some laboratories offer doctoral contracts;
- Many doctoral students at ParisTech schools apply for a CIFRE contract with an industrial company;
- 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.