Many excellent French universities have engineering and technology programs. France has more than 250 schools of engineering, combining science and practical training with the business world. Most programs are public, and all programs are regulated by a special engineering commission called Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur, or CTI. French engineering schools offer specialties in fields such as civil, mechanical, chemical, computer, mechanical and electronic engineering.
The École Polytechnique ranks 57th among the world's leading engineering and technology programs, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014. Extremely competitive and selective, the École Polytechnique is well-known for its four-year combination undergraduate and postgraduate degree in engineering, known as the Ingénieur Polytechnicien. Students are recruited after they have completed university-level preparation and an extremely competitive entrance exam. It is located near Paris, in Palaiseau.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014, the engineering program at Mines ParisTech ranks 87th in the world. Very few students are admitted each year after a selective entrance exam. Located in Paris, Mines ParisTech is renowned for its research center, where two Nobel laureates were trained. The university is also well known for its international dimension, thanks to the quality of its partnerships with other prestigious universities around the world. The school reports that 30 percent of admitted students come from around 50 different countries.
Université Joseph Fourier
Université Joseph Fourier is located in Grenoble, and its engineering program is ranked 100th in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014. The "engineer's degree" at Université Joseph Fourier involves a three-year training period in seven specialties, where the student is awarded the title of "qualified engineer" and a master's degree. The curriculum is constantly updated, and pays particular attention to language-learning, as students must have a minimum level of English knowledge before obtaining the degree. In addition, students complete projects and even internships with various companies both in and outside of France.
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UMPC)
The Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) is a public research university in Paris. The school itself ranks 96th among the world's top universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014. As of 2005, the school of engineering is part of a separate polytechnic school called Polytech Paris-UPMC. The school says 90 percent of its engineers are hired within six months of graduation. Researchers from UPMC are quite active and regularly win awards, and much of its research goes toward modeling and engineering. International students benefit from intensive French studies and tutoring.
- Campus France: Schools of Engineering
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings: Top 100 universities for engineering and technology 2013-2014
- Ecole Polytechnique: The Ingénieur Polytechnicien program
- Mines ParisTech: Admissions
- Mines ParisTech: 10 Reasons to Discover MINES ParisTech
- Universite Joseph Fourier: Engineer's Degree
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings: World University Rankings 2013-2014
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie: Diploma of Engineering
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