Graduation ceremony at AgroParisTech
A student at Chimie ParisTech - PSL
©Chimie ParisTech - PSL
The ParisTech schools follow the French engineering education system. Students receive a comprehensive education in engineering sciences and acquire a high level of expertise in their chosen scientific field. Alongside this, they benefit from training in areas such as leadership, humanities, social sciences and project management to help them become well-rounded, versatile graduates.
The aim of the ParisTech schools is to train engineers who:
This reflects the expectations of today’s employers, who are looking for talented engineers, entrepreneurs, managers and researchers.
French engineering institutions like the ParisTech schools are renowned for their interdisciplinary programmes of study and their commitment to excellence in education. The diplôme d’ingénieur is a Master’s level qualification that allows graduates to pursue their studies at PhD level if they wish to do so.
Engineering courses in France incorporate three types of training:
The schools place a strong emphasis on innovative teaching practices. 30 to 50% of classes are practical sessions, and students work both independently and in groups, as team work is a key skill for any future engineer. Mandatory internships (1–6 months) are another key feature of the courses. This introduction to professional life helps students adopt a systemic approach to the type of problems and situations they may encounter in their future career.
Small class sizes and a very high staff-to-student ratio (1 to 5 students per teacher) mean that students benefit from a learning experience that is truly tailored to their needs. And last but not least, the schools’ teaching teams comprise both permanent lecturers and researchers who are world-renowned experts in their fields, and professionals from various sectors.
The courses have a strong international dimension:
All students spend at least 12 weeks working or studying abroad as part of their course (exchange programme, overseas internship, double degree with a partner university, etc.)
Students learn in a multi-cultural environment: international students represent up to 30% of the student body depending on the school
At all of the schools in France, part of the curriculum is taught in English
Teaching is both grounded in research and geared towards helping students become researchers themselves. Students learn how to:
Students benefit from close contact with research staff and access to the schools’ research laboratories. Innovation and technology transfer are facilitated through cooperation between these laboratories and the R&D departments of companies.
The engineering courses run by the ParisTech schools lead to the official diplôme d’ingénieur qualification, meaning that graduates can go on to do a PhD. Across the network, between 10 and 70% of students choose this route. Some complete their PhD in one of the laboratories in the network, and others choose to work at laboratories elsewhere in France or abroad. In recent years this has included EFPL, ETHZ, Imperial College London, Nanyang Technological University, the Technical University of Munich, the University of Arizona and the University of Oxford.
The schools maintain close ties with industry and business as follows:
The many and varied extra-curricular activities on offer at the schools play an equally important role in students’ education. Whether it’s chairing the committee of a student society, learning how to run a study as a member of a junior enterprise, organising and running events, or managing projects, students acquire valuable skills that are much sought-after by employers.
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