Admissions for the 2020/21 academic year are currently closed.
Please note that applications for the Bachelor Program are only considered for admission to Year 1. We are unable to accept transfer students in Years 2 and 3 of the Program.
General Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Currently be studying for a high school leaving certificate, recognized either internationally or in the candidate's home country (French Baccalaureate, OIB, International Baccalaureate, Swiss high-school maturité certificate, European high-school certificate…)
- Currently be studying for a scientific university entrance certificate
- Have already obtained an entrance certificate to study science at a higher education institution (scientific university, specialized institute, French preparatory class…)
Students are selected using a holistic approach to admissions. The Admissions Committee considers not only academics (i.e. strong academic performance in high school, especially in mathematics and science), but also non-academic factors. We recognize exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in extracurricular activities such as performing arts or athletics, scientific competitions, internships, leadership in your school or community, volunteering etc.
Specific Admission Requirements
Consistent with all of École Polytechnique’s academic programs, the Bachelor Program is designed for top students with very high potential, who are able to follow a rich and demanding curriculum.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants to École Polytechnique’s Bachelor Program should also meet the following specific requirements:
- have an overall strong academic average
- take advanced mathematics courses, and at least one advanced science course
- have a level of English sufficient to successfully complete this Program (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level C1)
Candidates must prove their excellent knowledge of English via an internationally recognized English language certificate. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) are accepted, along with the following Cambridge English tests: Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPT). The test result should be less than two years old upon entering the Bachelor Program.
The minimum grades required are:
TOEFL iBT............................................. 90
IELTS...................................................... 6,5 (minimum grade per each language skill: 6)
Cambridge test – (CAE/CPE)................. B – 176 (minimum grade per each language skill: 169)
Candidates must upload a copy of their IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Cambridge test results onto their online application form. Any test results submitted directly in electronic format from the English language certification organization are not accepted.
If you have not yet received your test results when completing your online application, you may still apply to the Program. However, please note that any admission offer will be conditional upon receiving one of the English language certifications indicated above, at the required level.
Native English-speaking candidates or those who have followed a high school diploma or higher education course taught entirely in English for at least the two years preceding their entry into the Program may be exempted from providing such English-level certification. The Admission Committee reserves the right to reject exemption requests; it will confirm its decision definitively during the admission procedure.
Please read the information on this page carefully and follow the guidelines to successfully complete your application.
Applications to the Bachelor Program are only available through our online application system.
Start as early as possible. It may take time to gather all supporting documents necessary for your application.
To accommodate high school calendars from all over the world, there are three rounds of applications, with the first one starting in September. Make sure you prepare your application carefully and apply when you are ready.
BEWARE: Candidates can only apply once per academic year to the Bachelor Program, either via Parcoursup or via Ecole Polytechnique's online application system. It is not possible to apply to the Program via both platforms.
Interview Dates (for shortlisted candidates only)
Final Admission Results
From September 9 to October 12, 2021
From November 19 to December 7, 2021
January 14, 2022
From December 16, 2021 to January 18, 2022
From February 18 to March 7, 2022
March 25, 2022
|According to Parcoursup||According to Parcoursup||Learn more on parcoursup.fr|
From February 23 to March 29, 2022
|From May 6 to May 16, 2022||June 3, 2022|
Applications to the Bachelor Program are only available through our online application system. Applicants must submit official academic transcripts, a personal statement, a CV, a form of ID, a photo, the application fee and contact details for two referents. Click on the link below to download the complete list of required documents.
Our students and staff help you build the best possible application! Watch the video and read the article:
IMPORTANT : INFORMATION ON THE CAMPUS FRANCE PROCEDURE: Applications to the Bachelor Program are only available through our online application system. We are not in contact with Campus France, and you do not need to apply for a pre-registration to undergraduate studies with them. Any application to the Bachelor Program made through Campus France will not be examined by our Admissions Committee.
There is no application fee waiver available.
Please note that an application fee waiver is available to students eligible to "La Bourse du lycée" (fees to be refunded upon submission of proof of eligibility).
Shortlisted applicants receive an invitation for an interview, which will be conducted remotely (videoconference). The interview will last around 50 minutes and will be conducted entirely in English. Click below for more information about the interview.
After the interview, all elements of your application and the oral interview results are considered for your admission to the Bachelor Program.
Our students and staff help you build the best possible application! Watch the video and read the article: How to Prepare your oral interview: Tips from Current Bachelor Students
All complete applications are reviewed by a board composed of faculty members and deans from École Polytechnique. The final decisions for admissions take into consideration all aspects of the application (contents of the application file as well as the interview). Interviewed applicants receive an email in the weeks following their interview, to inform them whether their application has been successful or not.
When applicable, the final confirmation of your admission will depend on the completion of your secondary school leaving certificate or your scientific university entrance certificate: the terms and conditions of your admission will be specified in the message that you will receive after your interview.
If your application has not been successful and you feel that you have the academic potential to enter our Bachelor Program, you may wish to apply again the following year. Please note that even excellent results do not necessarily mean that you will be selected and, if you are admitted, keep in mind that you will still have to start in Year 1 of our program.