École Polytechnique is a French higher education institution located in Palaiseau, a suburb of Paris. It is a prestigious engineering school known for its advanced research in the fields of science, technology, and innovation. The school was founded in 1794 and is considered one of the most selective grandes écoles in France.
École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.
Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l’X was also ranked 15th best European University in the QS university ranking 2019/20 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.
As part of our commitment to innovation, l’X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.
École Polytechnique has around 1,500 student apartments and a hotel with around fifty rooms. Find out all about housing for Bachelor Students, Ingénieur Polytechnicien students, Master’s students, PhD program students, Exchange students.
On-Campus Dining and Services:
With its restaurant Le Magnan and its cafeteria, École Polytechnique offers students, staff and also day students two eating options on-site.
Access to these services is gained by presenting a card or buying a meal voucher at the checkout.
Located in the heart of the campus, the central library provides lecturers, students and researchers with the documents they need for their work and offers all members the means to pursue an individual or group cultural activity.
It is important to us that our students revel in the diversity of campus activites. That’s why sports are vital to campus life. We have state-of-the-art facilities across campus, including a semi-artificial lake, an equestrian center, swimming pool and shooting range to name but a few.
- Bachelor of Science:
The Bachelor of Science is a three-year program designed for students with a strong interest in Mathematics and Science. This highly selective and multidisciplinary program is taught entirely in English.
- Polytechnic Engineer Program:
École Polytechnique’s Ingénieur Polytechnicien program is a unique degree with 3 years studying on campus to get a Master of Engineering, Science and Technology, and a 4th year that can be done on another campus and outside of France for a specialisation. At the end of the four years, the students obtain two master degrees and the final Diploma of École Polytechnique.
- Master of Science & Technology:
École Polytechnique’s Master of Science and Technology Programs are two-year courses that provide you with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary education. The courses offer you in-depth scientific knowledge relevant to your career interest, whether it is new technologies, economics, data science or sustainable development.
- PhD Program:
École Polytechnique offers a five-year program designed for outstanding students of all nationalities. The Program involves a combination of an MSc (2 years) and a PhD (3 years).
- Executive Master:
Designed for executives and managers with an average of eighteen years of professional experience, the Executive Master is a degree program of École polytechnique which aims to develop leaders to design, deploy and manage projects with a strong focus on innovation and technology, in an international perspective, and for organizations from any sector.
The program consists of 12 modules of 4-5 days that span over 14 months to let you follow the classes while working full time.
École Polytechnique offers a wide array of online courses made for students interested in sciences, technology and engineering from the secondary education level up to the PhD level.
- Exchange Programs:
The International Academic Exchange Program gives international students currently enrolled on a degree course in science and engineering outside of France the opportunity to attend courses at École Polytechnique.
The Internship Program for International Students gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to complete a 3- to 6-month at one of École Polytechnique’s research facilities.
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The school was established in 1794 by the mathematician Gaspard Monge during the French Revolution, and was once previously a military academy under Napoleon I in 1804. The school is still supervised by the French ministry of defense, although Polytechnique is no longer a military academy and only a small number of its students choose to pursue a military career. Initially located in the Latin Quarter of central Paris, the school’s main buildings were moved in 1976 to Palaiseau on the Saclay Plateau.