École Polytechnique – ParisTech


École Polytechnique is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Our three types of progressive graduate level programmes – Ingénieur Polytechnicien, masters, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely international university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programmes and attracts a growing number of international students and researchers from around the globe (30% of students and 23% of faculty members).


École Polytechnique’s Ingénieur Polytechnicien Programme is a unique 4-year programme, unlike the 3-4 year programmes at other French engineering schools.
This 4-year curriculum provides our students with both:

  • Multidisciplinary courses which give them a solid scientific background (fundamental science, engineering science, economics and social sciences),
  • Specialized courses with advanced scientific concentrations that rival the top engineering schools worldwide.

General studies are offered during the first two years of the programme, where students acquire a solid scientific foundation in subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, mechanics, economics and computer science.

Specialized studies are offered during the third and fourth years of the programme:

  • In their 3rd year, students choose a major. One of them is dedicated to Energies of the 21st century and provides students with a global overview of energy and environment issues, with relevant courses from the fields of applied mathematics, materials sciences, mechanical engineering, physics and economics, and with more specialized courses such as thermal-hydraulics, neutronics, nuclear reactor physics, or nuclear fuel cycle. At the end of this year, students complete a 4-6 month full-time research internship in an academic institution or a company. Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in other institutions may also join this programme and validate it as the first-year of a master’s degree.
  • 4th year students may further specialize in the field of nuclear engineering (and obtain a master’s degree) by entering either the joint Master of Science in Nuclear Energy or one of the 2nd year master-level courses offered by I2EN’s partners such as ENSTA and INSTN.


We offer exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in high-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 20 laboratories, all joint research facilities with the French National Center for Scientific Research (see p.56), the École Polytechnique Research Centre explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society.

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teachers and lecturers



international students



of international teachers


research staff including 500 PhD students



research laboratories