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
  • Excellent command of mathematics
  • You need to demonstrate sufficient academic and language skills for the desired courses at the École Polytechnique.

- Students wishing to join the Bachelor's program at l'X must have completed at least one year of studies (higher education) in order to take courses in the Bachelor's program.

- Students wishing to join the Ingenieur Polytechnicien Program (Master's level) must have completed at least 2 years of studies (higher education) to follow courses in the 2nd year of the Ingenieur Polytechnicien Program and have completed at least 3 years of studies (higher education) to follow courses in the 3rd year of the Ingenieur Polytechnicien Program.

Students who have completed 3 years of studies or more (higher education) may include 1 or 2 courses from the 1st year of a Master of Science and Technology.

Students are enrolled in one specific level and year of study and choose all their courses in that year of study. They may also attend courses from upper level of study if schedules allow it and if they meet all academic conditions for entry, as well as language and academic requirements for these courses.

Language proficiency

For students wishing to join the Bachelor's program at l'X (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 students wishing to join the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program (Master 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

Applications should be submitted on the program's application website.

Documents to be attached to the application file:

  •     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) - the deadline for your referees to upload their letters of recommendation on the platform is the same than the deadline to apply for the program. Please prepare in advance.
  •     a copy of your passport (or ID for European citizens)
  •     a statement certifying your language level (French or English depending on the chosen course).

Students wishing to take courses in English and French must provide a certificate (such as TCF, DALF, DELF/ TOEFL, TOEIC) or, if not available, a certificate from a language teacher from a course taken during the academic year of your application certifying your current level. Students following a bachelor or master program taught in French or English at their home university can provide us with a certificate.


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.

Application Deadlines

The application period is open ONCE a year.

The application website for academic year 2023-2024 will open on January 2023.

Start of application period January 9, 2023
Deadline for nominating exchange students March 27, 2023
Deadline for applicationApril 10, 2023
Admissions resultsEnd of May  2023
Start of classes 

September 2023 or January 2024

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 that some of 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 and the International Affairs Office, assesses applications for the program. 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 and are contacted to confirm their study contract and enrol in the validated courses.