Credits or ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

Exchange students must choose a minimum of 20 ECTS credits or a minimum of 4 courses and a maximum of 30 ECTS credits per semester or period, bearing in mind that the maximum number of credits obtained for an academic year is 60 ECTS credits.

ECTS credits are defined for each course according to the study regulations of the programs concerned. Exchange students receive the same number of credits for validated courses as any other student in the program.

Classes in languages; humanities and social sciences; and management, innovation and entrepreneurship also grant ECTS credits.

Credits are awarded on the condition that students have attented classes regularly and have successfully passed written and/or oral exams.

Grading system

École Polytechnique uses a literal grading system.
The literal grade certifies the level achieved by the student in meeting the pedagogical objectives of a course.

For further information on the grading system at undergraduate level, please consult the Bachelor Program's Transcript Guide

For further information on the grading system at graduate level, click on the following link to find the document for the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program and Master of Science and Technology


Exchange validation

Exchange students are required to comply with the study regulations of the programs in which they are enrolled. In particular, they are subject to the same attendance requirements as regular students and follow the same rules for the approval of studies.

They are also required to comply with the internal regulations of the École Polytechnique. 

Transcripts are usually issued within 3 months after the end of the exchange student's last exam. An official transcript is then sent by email to each student, and to their home institution on request.