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Application Requirements

Entry requirements

  •     You need to be currently enrolled on a degree in science and/or engineering
  •     You need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above out of a potential 4.0
  •     You are required to have relevant academic knowledge for your chosen courses
  •     Excellent command of mathematics

For undergraduate level: you must have completed at least one (1) year of an undergraduate program in science and engineering.

For graduate level: undergraduate students must have completed at least two (2) years of study if they want to attend classes from the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program and at least three (3) years of study if they want to attend classes from the 1st year of a Master of Science and Technology Program. Graduate students must be currently enrolled in the first year of an MSc.

Language proficiency

For undergraduate level: proof of English language proficiency is required. In compliance with French regulations, you should have at least a B2 level, and a C1 level or higher is strongly recommended.

For graduate level: proof of French language proficiency (at least B2 level) is required for classes taught in French, and proof of English language proficiency (at least B2 level) is required for classes taught in English.

How to apply

You must upload supporting documents directly to the online application system, including:

  •     a plan of study listing the courses you plan to attend at École Polytechnique
  •     a CV or résumé
  •     your official transcripts of records, including full details of all university-level courses (including translations if not in English)
  •     a Statement of Purpose
  •     contact details for two academic referees (to whom École Polytechnique will send an email asking them to write a letter of recommendation)
  •     a copy of your passport (or ID for European citizens)
  •     a certificate from a language teacher confirming your level of oral and written English and/or French

Exchange students willing to take courses in both English and French must provide a certificate for each language level. No special certificate is required for an exchange at École Polytechnique. For the required language level, please see below. If you passed an official language test less than 2 years ago in French or English (for example TCF, DALF, DELF or TOEFL, TOEIC - non-exhaustive list), please download it. If not, you can provide us with a certificate from a language teacher attesting of your current level.

Please note that however, that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient knowledge in French and/ or in English to take the courses.

Nominations from partner universities

Partner institutions must nominate students by sending an email to the contact person, including the name of the student, the program and level of study at the student’s home university, as well as the student’s date of birth. This includes Erasmus+ partnerships.
Please specify in your email that the nomination is for the International Academic Exchange Program.

Application Deadlines

The application period is open ONCE a year.

Applications for the academic year 2022 - 2023 will open on January 2022:

Start of application period January 4, 2022
Deadline for nominating exchange students March 27, 2022
Deadline for applicationMarch 27, 2022
Admissions resultsEnd of May 2022
Start of classes 

September 2022 or January 2023

Please note that there is no specific application session in the Fall. Students willing to complete an exchange period in the Spring semester must apply in March of the previous year.

Admission process

Only applications coming from one of École Polytechnique's partner universities and/or approved by the student’s home university will be considered. Please contact the Office of International Affairs at your home university to confirm whether your university has established a partnership, or is able to sign a learning agreement with École Polytechnique.

Due to the fact that we cover a large range of scientific disciplines and our classes are taught in small groups, we carry out an academic application process to check students’ eligibility, and ensure that they meet the requirements for their chosen classes.

As such, a committee, set up by an academic coordinator (professor or researcher at École Polytechnique) and the International Affairs Office, assesses applications for the program based on applicants’ academic backgrounds. This committee reserves the right to decide whether to accept applicants, and to make recommendations on their desired study plan.

Once approved, a letter of acceptance is sent by email to the applicants. Applicants are not considered as accepted onto the Program until they have received their official letter of acceptance.

Students who are admitted will receive an admission letter by email. Only students who need to apply for a visa will receive an original copy of their admission letter by express mail.