École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific, industrial and economic elite. Over the last two centuries, incredible scientists, many whose names are connected to fundamental laws and concepts, have walked the École Polytechnique's halls as professors or students.

Programs at École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique has a broad and comprehensive curriculum that allows each student the opportunity to map out their own professional goals and choose from selected courses that will facilitate these goals. Along with its academic requirements, École Polytechnique is committed to training young men and women in leadership skills. Activities that promote this include student clubs, community service, and sports and recreational activities which can be practiced on a large campus with all the necessary modern facilities.

École Polytechnique holds the following rankings:

  • N°1 (France) best Grande École of science and technology in all French rankings
  • N°2 (world) Best small university (Times Higher Education, 2020)
  • N°32 (world) Most international university (Times Higher Education, 2020)

An International Focus

École Polytechnique is home to a large number of international students and faculty. In all, 36% of the student body and 39% of faculty members are international. École Polytechnique offers French and international students an education that combines research, education and innovation at the highest scientific and technological level.

The university has three graduate programs – Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Technologie and PhD – that are selective and strive to promote a culture of excellence by combining strong scientific knowledge with humanist traditions. École Polytechnique educates responsible men and women who are prepared to take the lead in meeting the challenges of 21st century society.

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Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program Paris
Master in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Management Paris


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Why study at Ecole Polytechnique

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.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

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 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 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.

Ecole Polytechnique is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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Student services & facilities

The École Polytechnique site offers students, researchers, staff and visitors a whole range of services, facilities and activities which create a lively and active campus life.

  • Housing accommodation: on campus, École Polytechnique has around 1,500 student apartments.
  • 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.
  • Library: 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.
  • Health and counseling services: École Polytechnique has its own medical center staffed with a team of health care and preventive care professionals, psychologists and social workers.

Student lifestyle

The École Polytechnique's vibrant student life can be attributed to the wide range of associations available to students. In total, polytechnicians take part in almost 250 associations in a great variety of cultural, artistic, social, scientific, religious and sporting activities.

These associations, known as "binets" in polytechnician jargon punctuate campus life, enabling like-minded students to get together and share their passions. This involvement in the associations is unique with over three quarters of École Polytechnique students taking part. Campus community life is an integral part of students' education at the École Polytechnique, fostering the development of a sense of responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit among students. The multitude of association activities creates a very lively social scene on campus.


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Anh-Quan C.

Thanks to the AI-VIC master, I got an internship at Valeo.ai where I was lucky to have a chance to publish my first publication at ICCV 2021 which is one of the top conferences in computer vision and machine learning. One thing that I am very thankful for is the good mix of both practical and theoretical skills in the program e.g. reading resear...

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Aneta Z.

I had a great experience at Ecole Polytechnique. I liked team projects and working with people from diverse backgrounds. I learned about database management systems, machine learning, big data tools, computer networks and more. One class was particularly very helpful in my current job: network protocol success. Besides technical skills, Ecole Po...

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Mathieu J.

Studying at Ecole Polytechnique and HEC gives more confidence to the majority of my interlocutors and brings a certain legitimacy. Besides that, I was able to have access to a very important double professional network. In terms of skills, I learned a lot about theory in data science and statistics classes, but also about organizing, popularizin...

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