How to come to ESPCI Paris

ESPCI Paris has a clear desire to welcome more foreign students and scientists. To achieve these goals, the International Relations office has a demanding policy of targeting the best students and scientists. Excellence is the first quality of our academic and scientific partners. At ESPCI Paris, courses are taught in French in the first and second year and in English in the third year.

Programs dedicated to foreign students, including dual degrees, are most of the time enriched by scholarships awarded by the governments, ESPCI Fund or our industrial partners.

A/ ESPCI ingénieur cycle:

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For more information on admission procedures in the engineering cycle at ESPCI, please contact:

a) Double degree and integration into the 2nd year of the ESPCI engineering curriculum

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Fifteen per cent of ESPCI’s foreign students are welcomed in the engineering cycle, and a large part of them follow double degree programs. These double degrees are special agreements signed with our foreign partners and guarantee to the students the recognition of the followed curriculum by their home institution and by ESPCI.
The majority of the students preparing a double-degree are recruited through the ParisTech common recruitment program in Brazil, Colombia, China, Russia.

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The students who come to ESPCI via the joint recruitment ParisTech program, within the framework of a double diploma or not, integrate the 2nd year of ESPCI’s engineering cycle.


b) The first year of the ESPCI ingénieur cycle

There are different recruitment procedures allowing foreign students to enter into the ESPCI 1st Year ingénieur cycle:

• The X-ESPCI joint competition for students coming from preparatory classes specialized in Physics and Chemistry (CPGE – filière PC) – Concours PC-étranger:

• « Filière universitaire internationale » (FUI). This international entrance examination is organized by École Polytechnique for international students who are in Bachelor in foreign universities – joint competition X-ESPCI-ISAE SUPAERO:

• The common selection procedures are shared with the schools of the joint competition Mines-Ponts and the ParisTech schools. This procedure allows the bachelor students having followed a joint course in physics and chemistry in French to apply to the first year of the ESPCI ingénieur cycle:

• ESPCI’s “admis sur titre” procedure concerning students in their second year of Bachelor in physics and chemistry allows applicants to integrate the first year of the ingénieur cycle at ESPCI:

B / Ingénieur cycle – Non-degree program:

a) Erasmus

ESPCI Paris is organized in winter semesters going from September to January and in Spring semesters going from February to June. At ESPCI Paris, courses are taught in French in the first and second year and in English in the third year.
Erasmus students selected for an exchange by their home university are welcomed to ESPCI Paris. However, they must follow a very demanding internal selection process, which must begin on average five months before the student’s arrival at ESPCI.
ESPCI Paris also welcomes foreign Erasmus students wishing to do their internship in our laboratories or in our administrative services. The application form should be sent to the department of Studies ( and the International Relations office ( It includes a cover letter/professional project, a Curriculum Vitae, the grades and rankings of the past three years an one or two letters of recommendation.

b) Laboratory internships

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Every year, we receive students from all over the world to do their internships in our laboratories. These students come from specific exchange programs, which is the case for example with McGill University in Canada or Polytechnique Alger, Nanjing University, Georgetown, Yale, Moscow, Ghent, Tongji. According to the agreements, these internships can be validated by their home universities.
The offer of internships in our laboratories ranks from the Bachelor to the Master level. The link between the application of foreign students and the laboratories of ESPCI Paris is ensured by the International Relations office. In order to facilitate visa formalities, it is necessary to contact the school at least 6 months before. Internships cover all periods of the year.

C/ Masters PSL

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C/ Masters

Masters co-accredited by ESPCI are open to foreign students:
  PSL Research Masters,
  PSL Institute of Technology and Innovation.

D/ PhD students

Thanks to numerous worldwide scientific collaborations, research at ESPCI is definitively global.
ESPCI Paris welcomes thirty per cent of foreign PhD students each year. The internationalisation of the doctoral workforce has been steadily increasing since ESPCI started a dynamic policy of co-supervision of theses with foreign universities (Tel Aviv, Technion, Nankin, Georgetown).
ESPCI Paris is laureate of the CoFund UpToParis program: The project funds 30 fellowships in 3 calls (10 PhD students/call). The PhD students will work within the ESPCI’s research units during the 3 years of their fellowship.
ESPCI Paris recruits Chinese candidates every year in the framework of the CSC program to conduct thesis in the various research institutes.

program to conduct thesis in the various research institutes.

E / Grants for foreign students

Foreign students are most of the time receiving grants when coming to ESPCI in double degree or initial training:
  From their government: Brafitec, CSC etc,
  From the French government: Bourses d’excellence Eiffel,
  From our industrial partners: Michelin, Total, Sanofi, Saint-Gobain
  From the Fonds ESPCI : the foundation gives each year one to two scholarships for foreign students.

For any information, please write to:


application file for the Ingénieur cycle:
Motivation letter/professional project
Grades of the last three years
Recommandation letters

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