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Ecole Polytechnique

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École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its range of academic programs include undergraduate, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, master’s, graduate and PhD programs, which all promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions.

It’s also a founding member and leader of the Paris-Saclay University, a major scientific and economic cluster which brings together top French higher education and research institutions, as well as R&D centers of prominent international companies.

École Polytechnique’s unique environment, combined with the high-level of the students who go through a very selective process to access École Polytechnique attracts some of the most distinguished faculty in the world.

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Located in Palaiseau in the south of Paris, École Polytechnique houses its very own library, museum, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center complete with a “Fab Lab”, 23 laboratories and 8,000 square meters of indoor sports facilities and eight hectares of outdoor sports facilities.

Its École Polytechnique Research Center is also a joint research unit with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society.

École Polytechnique guarantees an outstanding experience for its international students, from their admission to their careers’ follow-up, providing them with very dedicated services, including individual academic coaching, administrative and financial support and counseling, as well as alumni mentoring.
With almost 40 percent of the student cohort being international and representing 88 nationalities, student life at École Polytechnique is a diverse and exciting experience for all.

Student accommodation
Students can live both on- and off-campus. However, most students live on-campus in one of the 2,000 student residences available.
Click here find out more about student life and student accommodation at École Polytechnique.

École Polytechnique welcomes applications from all over the world. Entry requirements can vary between degree programs, so you will need to visit the website and select the program you are interested in applying to for further information.

Candidates are selected on their strong academic background, especially in mathematics and science. École Polytechnique also values exemplary, extensive achievement in any intellectual or creative endeavor. This includes accomplishments in extracurricular activities such as performing arts or athletics, scientific competitions, internships, leadership in your school or community, volunteering, etc.

To apply to study at École Polytechnique, you will need to complete an online application form which can be found on their website.

Scholarships and grants
There are merit-based and need based scholarships available for international students. Grants from École Polytechnique and the French government are also available, as well as other forms of financial aid, such as loans. Options include:

  • Excellence scholarship
  • Women in Science scholarship
  • Tuition fee waivers
  • Interest free loan supported by the École Polytechnique Foundation

For further information regarding scholarships and financial aid, please click one of the links below.

  • Undergraduate scholarships and financial aid
  • Ingénieur Polytechnicien scholarships and financial aid
  • Postgraduate scholarships and financial aid

Having ranked 30th in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Tops 2019, École Polytechnique graduates are among the most employable worldwide.
Its Association of Alumni and Graduates also helps create and develop links across its 30,000 alumni network.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs


  • Bachelor of science

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs


  • Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing
  • Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses
  • Data Science for Business
  • Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance
  • Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management
  • Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM)
  • Internet of Things: Innovation and Management
  • Smart Cities and Urban Policy

University Highlights

Total students - 3,030


International students - 1,215


Total faculty staff - 636


Total students - 3,030


International students - 1,215


Total faculty staff - 636



The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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