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The Ingénieur Polytechnicien program


For more than 200 years Ecole Polytechnique has been dedicated to training high potential scientists and future executives at an international level.

Students graduating from the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program of Ecole Polytechnique become part of an international network of highly qualified men and women who are to play a leading role in implementing complex and innovative acitvities which meet the challenges of the 21st century through careers in industry, research and public service.

Ecole Polytechnique is proud to count among its alumni CEOs and founders of leading international companies, preeminent scientists responsible for major breakthroughs (Cauchy, Coriolis, Becquerel, Fresnel, Gay-Lussac just to name a few), and high-ranking civil servants, ministers or even Presidents. 

The Ingénieur Polytechnicien program of Ecole Polytechnique recruits among the best students having completed two or three years of undergraduate studies in Science or in Engineering. Find out more on admission requirements.

Ecole Polytechnique's curriculum in a nutshell:


1.  A multidisciplinary scientific education at the highest level
2.  Reinforced by courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences
3. And interpersonal and managerial skills acquired through internships, international experience, sports and many social events and activities organised on the campus. 


In the first part of the program, students follow a demanding, both in-depth and multidisciplinary scientific curriculum. During this period, they are brought to excel at 6 different subjects: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics. They also benefit from a high level education in Humanities and Social Sciences, which aims at giving them a global understanding of the scientific and social issues at stake in today's world.

In the second part of the program
, students choose a specialization among a wide range of topics, spanning from fundamental fields to more applied ones such as Energy for the 21st Century, Bioinformatics, Innovation Technologies, System Modeling for example. 

Courses are mainly given in French.

A specific intensive language preparation is offered to the international students who need it (speaking French is not a pre-requisite to take the entrance exam; the written and oral tests can both be taken in English. More about admission exams).

Duration of studies

3 to 4 years for international students, depending on the admission date and prior curriculum. 

Degrees awarded

Diplôme de l'École Polytechnique: an Advanced MSc. in Science and Engineering. In addition to this degree, graduates are also awarded a second Master's degree from Ecole Polytechnique or from a partner institution in France or abroad, depending on the specializations taken in the final year of the curriculum. 

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