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École Polytechnique

World University Rankings 2021
Impact Rankings 2021
World Reputation Rankings 2020
Route de Saclay, Palaiseau, 91128, France

About École Polytechnique

Founded in 1794, École Polytechnique is France’s leading institution of excellence in Science and Technology, with a rich history spanning over 225 years. École Polytechnique has a wide array of academic programs to offer students from undergraduate studies to executive education.

École Polytechnique ensures that students graduate with not only an excellent scientific education, but also a strong multidisciplinary background. The curriculum focuses mainly on science: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, computer science, mechanics, etc., but also includes a variety of subjects like foreign languages, sports, humanities, social sciences, arts, and literature.

The university offers a Bachelor of Science, a three-year program designed for students with a strong interest in Mathematics and Science. This highly selective and multidisciplinary program is taught entirely in English and leads to a double major that allows students to develop strong knowledge and skills in either discipline.

The first year is dedicated to acquiring intellectual tools and fundamental knowledge. As of the second and third years, students work towards one of three double majors:

  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Economics

After the Bachelor Program, students pursue their studies either at École Polytechnique with a Master’s degree or enrol in top prestigious universities such as the MIT, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, ETH Zurich, EPFL, HEC Paris, etc.

École Polytechnique’s Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program form a unique 4-year program (3 years to obtain the Engineering degree and 1 year to obtain École Polytechnique’s Diploma) that provides students with:

  • A multidisciplinary scientific training that gives students a broad scientific base (advanced sciences, engineering sciences, social economics)
  • A human, military and sports training that allows students to develop their behavioral and relational skills
  • Specialized courses with advanced scientific concentrations that rival the top engineering schools worldwide

École Polytechnique’s Master of Science and Technology Programs are two-year courses, taught in English, that provide you with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary education by world-class professors, associated research centers, academic partners and top industry professionals. The courses offer you in-depth scientific knowledge relevant to your career interest, whether it is new technologies, economics, data science or sustainable development.

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Most of our programs’ curriculum are anchored in research. In order to provide its outstanding education, École Polytechnique relies on a world-class research center, where 23 laboratories are operated in cooperation with CNRS (the French National Center for Research), CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), INRIA, INSERM and several other institutions. Students have access to all our laboratories through the different projects, courses and research internships they are required to complete during their studies.

Personal development is also a key feature of education at École Polytechnique. Our objective is to instil students with the strong values and skills in communication, interpersonal relations and management that are essential for their future career.

Student life at École Polytechnique extends far beyond academic courses. Sports, performing arts, student clubs and activities not only enrich students’ time on campus, but also offer wonderful opportunities for learning, networking and developing important skills outside of the classroom.

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Subjects taught at École Polytechnique

  • Arts & humanities

    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education

    • Education
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences

Key statistics

  • 5.6
    No. of students per staff
  • 44%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 23 : 77
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 2,850
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings