Created in 1996, the ATHENS Network (Advanced Technology Higher Education Network) is composed of 15 European technological universities or institutions :

ParisTech is the main coordinator of the activities of the Network.


The principal goal of the Network is to facilitate the exchange of students, lecturers and researchers among the major European technological universities and to participate together in European technological development and training programmes.

The ATHENS programme

One of the Network's first and most particular actions concerns the organisation of a 7-day intensive programme of coursework taught at each member institution during one of two sessions (in November and March).

The objective of the ATHENS Programme is to give students a brief immersion in a different European pedagogical system. The Programme permits students, from different institutions to take short courses of a high scientific level. This experience, in many cases, gives students the will to undertake study of a longer duration (Master or PhD level) at an institution in a different country from their Home Institution and thus favours mobility among students of the major European technological institutions.

Each year, the programme enables about 4000 students to attend a course outside of their home institution.

Next ATHENS session: November 18-25, 2023

In case of question related to the ATHENS programme, students must address to the ATHENS local coordinator of their home university.

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