Program Overview

The International Academic Exchange Program gives international students currently enrolled in a degree course in science and engineering outside of France the opportunity to attend courses at École Polytechnique.

We welcome applications from students attending universities that have signed an exchange agreement with École Polytechnique, as well as students on Erasmus+ exchange programs and those who wish to join us as visiting students. All applications are formalized with a learning agreement, which must be approved beforehand by the student and his/her home university.

Program Levels

We welcome applications for Full-year, Fall semester or Spring semester exchange periods. The maximum duration of stay is two (2) semesters. Exchange students can choose from among the two following options for classes:
 

Undergraduate Level

Eligible students: Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in science or engineering and have completed at least one (1) year of said program.

Classes open to exchange students: From the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd years of the Bachelor Program.

All classes are taught in English.

 

Graduate Level

Eligible students: Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in science or engineering and have completed at least two (2) years of said program or must be enrolled in a graduate program.

Classes open to exchange students:

  • Undergraduate students may take classes from the 2nd or 3rd years of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program, provided that they have completed at least two (2) years of study; and from the 1st year of a Master of Science and Technology Program, provided that they have completed at least three (3) years of study.
  • Graduate students may take classes from the 3rd year of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program or the 1st year of Masters of Science and Technology Programs.

Classes may be taught in French or English.

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Courses Offered

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École Polytechnique offers a wide range of academic options, with over 1,450 semester modules across 12 disciplines and 11 departments.

In this Exchange Program, students take classes together with regular full-time students. They enroll in the Exchange Program and receive ECTS credits for classes validated during their exchange period.

Students are enrolled at École Polytechnique as exchange students in one specific level of study (undergraduate or graduate), but they may also attend classes from other levels if they meet all conditions for entry, as well as language and academic requirements. Please be aware that you must take at least 2/3 of your course credits from classes in your chosen level of enrollment. (Specific guidelines on how to choose classes will be uploaded here soon.)

We ask that you be flexible when creating your study plan, as we cannot guarantee that all classes included in the course catalogue will be offered, and as timetables are subject to change. Confirmed classes and class schedules are usually finalized in late July.

SCIENCE CLASSES

Undergraduate level - Links to the English-taught Bachelor Program:
- Structure of the program  
- Course catalogue

Graduate level - Links to course catalogues: 
- 2nd year of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program
- 3rd year of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program
- 1st year of Master of Science and Technology*

*Please note that the Master of Science and Technology in Data Science for Business is not open to exchange students.

LANGUAGE CLASSES

Exchange students can take French classes offered by the Department of Languages and Cultures, depending on the student’s level and class availability. A placement test is set each year before the end of September and French classes start the following week. The levels offered range from beginner to advanced (A1 to C2).

Classes in another foreign language taught by the Department are open to exchange students if places are available. Students must have a B1 level in this language.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES CLASSES

Exchange students can take one to two classes per semester offered by the Department, depending on availability.

MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASSES

Exchange students can take one to two classes per semester offered by the Department, depending on availability.

SPORTS

Exchange students have access to all sport facilities on the campus.

COURSE RESTRICTIONS

Students may enroll in any of the classes mentioned above, except for those taught within the Master of Science and Technology Data Science for Business Program, which is not open to exchange students. Enrollment in MScT classes is limited to 2 classes maximum per term.

For scientific projects, students may enroll but due to limited seats, it will depend on the approval of the course instructor.

At graduate level, only scientific research internships -3rd year of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program are open to exchange students, under certain conditions, and if the internship is completed at an École Polytechnique laboratory.

Students may not enroll in classes taught as part of the 2nd year of a Master of Science and Technology.

 

Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Level

  First Semester Second Semester
Teaching September to January February to June
Examination End of January End of June

 

Breaks

Halloween Christmas Winter Easter
End of October,
1 week
End of December
Early January, 2 weeks
End of February, 1 week End of April, 1 week

Graduate Level

2ND YEAR OF THE INGÉNIEUR POLYTECHNICIEN PROGRAM

  First Term Second Term Third Term
Teaching August to Mid-November Mid-November to Mid-February Mid-February to Mid-May
Examination Mid-November Mid-February End of May

3RD YEAR OF THE INGÉNIEUR POLYTECHNICIEN PROGRAM/ 1ST YEAR OF THE MSC&T

  First Term Second Term Third Term
Teaching September to December January to March April to August
Examination Mid-December Mid-March Thesis Defense
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Orientation Program

École Polytechnique organizes an orientation day, generally in the first week of September, intended to help students find their way around campus and provide them with the necessary tools for a successful exchange period on our campus. We recommend that all exchange students participate in this activity.

The International Mobility Office will arrange orientation activities for exchange students throughout the academic year to facilitate their integration into campus life.