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The Ingénieur Polytechnicien program


For over 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 professionals who play a leading role in implementing complex and innovative projects 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 many CEOs and founders of leading international companies, renowned scientists responsible for major breakthroughs (Cauchy, Coriolis, Becquerel, Fresnel, Gay-Lussac, to name just a few), and high-ranking civil servants, ministers and even Presidents. 

The Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program of Ecole Polytechnique recruits the best students who have completed two or three years of undergraduate studies in Science or in Engineering. Learn more about admission requirements.

Overview of Ecole Polytechnique's curriculum:


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


In the first part of the program, students follow a demanding scientific curriculum which is both in-depth and multidisciplinary. During this period, they learn to excel in 6 of the following different subjects: Pure and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Biology, and Economics. They also benefit from a high-level education in Humanities and Social Sciences, which gives students a global understanding of the scientific and social issues they must face 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, and System Modeling, for example. 

Find out more about the Ingenieur Polytechnicien curriculum.

Courses are mainly given in French.

Specialized intensive language preparation is offered to international students who must improve their French upon their admission (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 the admission exams).

Duration of studies

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

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 their final year of studies.