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Ecole Polytechnique


The Ecole Polytechnique, colloquially called “X” or simply “Polytechnique” is the leading French higher education institution in the field of Science and Technology. Founded during the French Revolution as a military school under Napoleon, the School is still linked to the French Ministry of Defense. Every year its students parade down the Champs Elysées on the Bastille Day, in 19th-century-style uniform. Two Nobel laureates and two French Presidents as well as a number of influential personalities in government, industry, finance and research are graduates of the School. Among Polytechnique-related high-technology projects are the French high speed trains (TGV), Airbus planes, rocket launchers (Ariane), and the mobile phone system GSM.
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Academic specialism

The School is known for its 4-year undergraduate ”Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program” which offers a multidisciplinary scientific education as well as development goals courses with internships in different fields from the military to research, business and hands-on training. At Masters level, there are 20 different specialisations for 2-year degrees. 60% of the master’s students are international students in the subjects which include Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mechanics and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Applications, Technology, Innovation and Energy. International PhD students are welcome to join the Ecole Doctorale de l’Ecole Polytechnique (EDX). The School provides an internship program for international student that allows foreign undergraduates and graduates to conduct research in one of its laboratories for a period of 3 to 6 months. The School is a prestigious authority for higher education and research in France and worldwide.


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The School is located in Palaiseau, a small town in the Southern Parisian suburbs. By RER (the rapid transit system), which connects Paris to its suburbs, it is only 30 minutes away from the centre of Paris, and going to the nearest International Airport, only takes about 25 minutes.