About Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique, also known as l’X, is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its range of academic programs include undergraduate, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, and Master’s and Ph.D. programs, which all promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions.

It’s also a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, an institute of excellence that brings together five prestigious French engineering schools around a common ambition: create a world-class institute for cutting-edge research and training programs of excellence.

École Polytechnique’s unique environment, combined with the high-level of the students who go through a very selective process to access École Polytechnique attracts some of the most distinguished faculty in the world.

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École Polytechnique welcomes applications from all over the world. Entry requirements can vary between degree programs, so you will need to visit the website and select the program you are interested in applying to for further information.

Candidates are selected on their strong academic background, especially in mathematics and science. École Polytechnique also values exemplary, extensive achievement in any intellectual or creative endeavor. This includes accomplishments in extracurricular activities such as performing arts or athletics, scientific competitions, internships, leadership in your school or community, volunteering, etc.

To apply to study at École Polytechnique, you will need to complete an online application form which can be found on their website.

Scholarships and grants
There are merit-based and need based scholarships available for international students. Grants from École Polytechnique and the French government are also available, as well as other forms of financial aid, such as loans. Options include:

  • Excellence scholarship
  • Women in Science scholarship
  • Tuition fee waivers
  • Interest free loan supported by the École Polytechnique Foundation