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Engineer programs

Engineer programs

The distinctive french ingénieur program

French ingénieur programs delivered by the Schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris have the following features:

  • Granting graduates the “Titre d’Ingénieur” (Master of Science in Engineering) and conferring the European degree of Master recognized worldwide
  • Highly-selective entrance examination
  • A multidisciplinary education offering:
    • Fundamental sciences: in particular Mathematics,  Physics and Chemistry
    • Engineering sciences
    • Economics
    • Quantitative social sciences
    • Business, Management and Innovation
    • Humanities (Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics)
    • Internationalization skills (Foreign Languages, Geopolitics)
    • Soft skills (communication, critical thinking) and an international perspective
    • A strong interaction with companies (education, research, management)
    • Rich opportunities for internships, mandatory in the curriculum
    • Host research laboratories associated with Doctorate Schools
    • The opportunity to undertake a PhD after graduation
    • Exciting and successful careers

Why choose the IP Paris graduate engineering program?

IP Paris will enable you to:

  • Experience France’s most elite education in Engineering
  • Customize your program of study
  • Nurture ties with major international companies (internships, chairs, joint-labs, sponsorships, coaching, guest lecturers)
  • Benefit from high quality campus infrastructures for study, sports and leisure
  • Be offered PhD opportunities after graduation, especially in one of the 30 IP Paris Laboratories
  • Have access to high-level professional positions
  • Be awarded top entry salaries
  • 95% employability rate in under 4 months after graduation in
  • Be a high profile candidate for international companies, SMEs, start-ups
  • Be offered career opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including IT, deep-tech, finance, energy, environment, transport, cybersecurity, nanotechnologies, AI, data science, robotics
  • Integrate a strategic alumni network including the CEOs of major international companies, entrepreneurs and renowned researchers

International admissions

You may be admitted to one of the five Schools on the basis of your results on the highly competitive IP Paris entrance examination. Registration is open to all candidates meeting the conditions below.

For any questions:

September 27, 2020       


October 20

Shorlists of applicants by program - eligibility           

November 16 to 30

Oral exams       

December 1 to 3

Students rank their desired Schools

December 11      

Final decision of acceptance        

September 2021       

Term begins

Please note that, depending on your academic background you will be admitted either in the 1st year or 2nd year of the curriculum.

  • Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies in Science, Engineering or Quantitative Economics & Finance.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a foreign (non-French) undergraduate program in a higher education institution outside France.
  • Applicants may apply from their 2nd year up to their last year of undergraduate studies in their home university.
  • An excellent background in Mathematics and/or Physics are keys to success.
  • Degree seeking students registered in a higher education institution in France are not eligible.
  • Knowledge of French is not required to apply. The full application process as well as all the entrance examinations can be taken either in English or in French. However, some Schools require students to speak basic French when entering the program (more details below).
Specific additional requirements for École Polytechnique program
  • Applicants must be under 25 years of age on January 1st, 2021.
  • French citizens, including those with dual nationality, will not be admitted through the international admission exam.
  • Applicants may not apply more than once.
  • Applicants must meet the medically defined criteria of physical fitness.
Initial selection

The initial selection is primarily based on the applicants’ academic background, statement of purpose and reference letters.

  • Register online:
  • Create your candidate account
    • Fill in the application (you can come back at any point)
    • Only one application per program is allowed each academic year
    • You may only apply through one of the application paths
  • Upload your documents
  • Submit your application before the deadline. No changes will be allowed after submission of your application.
Mandatory documents
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Abstract of courses list
  • Official academic transcripts since the beginning of the university studies
  • Official ranking certificates at university
  • Application form for international admission (official statement)
  • Official proof of citizenship: copy of passport or ID
  • Candidate’s picture
  • Financial resources form
  • Reference letters: name, title and e-mail address of at least 2 professors or educational advisors
Optional documents
  • Official certificates of degrees received mentioned in the application
  • Certificates of honours and prizes mentioned in the application
  • Official score reports for language tests mentioned in the application

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the written exams have been cancelled. The oral exams are maintained.

Written and oral exams can be taken in French or in English. Written exams are held at an examination centre on a single day. For a candidate, all oral exams are also organized on a single day.

  • The program corresponds to the skills and knowledge considered necessary to succeed in engineering programs.
  • Each School will use a different set of exams and weights to grant admission.
  • The General Scientific Knowledge oral test is an interview focusing on the analysis of scientific documents preceded by a 30-min preparation period. Please note that documents are not restricted to Mathematics and Physics.
  • Motivation interview: this is not a test but a conversation to better understand your motivations for the engineering programs to which you are applying.
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