CentraleSupélec

CentraleSupélec is an internationally-reputed Higher Education and Research Institution. Its excellence lies in its combination of fundamental and applied sciences for innovation with societal impact. For almost two centuries, CentraleSupélec's top engineers have been practicing their skills and knowledge for the development of corporate institutions and public organizations.

Competitive Entrance Exam and Admission Requirements

École Centrale Engineering program: competitive entrance exam

 

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Students selected from the competitive entrance exam are admitted as engineering students.

This competitive entrance exam is based on the Preparatory Classes in scientific Grandes Écoles. The level equates to a minimum of two years of preparation after the Baccalaureate. This preparation is generally completed in Preparatory Classes for Scientific Grandes Écoles offered in French secondary schools.

Places offered:

  • 142 places in the Mathematics and Physics program
  • 88 places in the Physics and Chemistry program
  • 93 places in the Physical and Engineering Sciences program
  • 10 places in the Physics and Technology program
  • 10 places in the Technology and Industrial Sciences program

 

 

CentraleSupélec competitive entrance exam for foreigners

Only candidates not holding French nationality on the closure date for registration and who are completing Preparatory Classes in France may apply. Candidates from the CentraleSupélec or Institut d’Optique Graduate School international competitive entrance exams will be admitted to the 1st year as intern-students and will be given the title of student engineer if they are accepted for the 2nd year. Intern-students cannot repeat a year of study, except in exceptional circumstances.

Places offered:

  • 18 places in the Mathematics and Physics program
  • 6 places in the Physics and Chemistry program
  • 8 places in the Physical and Engineering Sciences program

 

 

International competitive entrance exam

Only candidates not holding French nationality on the closure date for registration who have not been in higher education in France, and who are put forward by an institution in liaison with the French Embassy, in the Ivory Coast, Gabon, Lebanon, Morocco or Tunisia, may register.

Candidates cannot register for both the international program and another access route for the Écoles Centrales, CentraleSupélec or Institut d’Optique Graduate School. Candidates registered in the international program or École Centrale Casablanca competitive entrance exam cannot obtain admission to the École Centrale via the CNC of Morocco.

 

International program

Admission to the international program is open to foreign candidates who have completed 2-3 years of university studies after obtaining a foreign equivalent to the French Baccalaureate and have not pursued higher education in France. Seventy-five places are open for this type of recruitment. It is via this program that intern-students may pursue a T.I.M.E. double degree or a double degree with universities of developing countries. 

École Centrale Engineering program: the University stream

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Who can apply?

 

  • Economic Sciences degree graduates wishing to pursue engineering may be accepted to the first year of one of the five Écoles Centrales.
  • Holders of foreign equivalent degrees may apply under the same conditions.

These routes of access to the École Centrale Group aim to accept candidates who have completed a rounded university program, with rare exceptions granted by the jury (e.g.: long-term illness). Consequently, candidates who have completed Preparatory Classes in Grandes Écoles will not be selected except in exceptional circumstances reviewed by the jury.

CASTIng = École Centrale Competitive Entrance Examination for an Engineering Title

To simplify access procedures for all Economic Sciences degree students, a single examination series in one location is planned. Any graduate with a non-specialized scientific degree may present themselves to the CASTing, École Centrale Competitive Entrance Examination for an Engineering Title.

 

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Feeder universities of students selected

Students selected for the École Centrale Engineering program via CASTing come from many universities throughout France, including Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris Descartes University, Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), Université Paris Diderot, Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris-Sud University, University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), and the universities of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille/Avignon, Lyon, Grenoble, Nice, Lille, Nancy/Metz, Nantes and Brittany.

 

Key dates
 

  • January 31, 2017: opening of provisional online registration on the official CASTing competitive entrance examination website
  • April 14, 2017: closing of provisional online registration
  • April 18, 2017: Applications [paper version] must be received no later than this date, as proven per the postmark.
    CASTing Competitive Entrance Examination - École Centrale Lille (see the address below)
  • May 15, 2017: admissions jury - Publication of results following admissions jury deliberation
  • June 15, 2017: competitive entrance exam in École Centrale Lille and jury deliberation, followed by results reporting

 

Postal address and location of competitive entrance exams:

 

Ecole Centrale Lille
Recrutement CASTIng
Cité Scientifique - CS20048
59651 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex
France
Tél. : +33 (0)3 20 33 53 53
Fax : +33 (0)3 20 33 54 99

Website : http://casting.ecolescentrales.fr/

 

Admissions

The admission procedure includes two stages:

  • Provisional selection by application
  • Entrance examinations:
    • a written science exam
    • an oral science exam
    • an interview

The interview will assess each candidate’s motivation and professional goals.

The two science exams, chosen among Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics, will be determined by the pre-selection committee according to the program of each pre-selected candidate. Programs will be communicated one month prior to the exam.

The jury, composed of representatives of the five mainland France Écoles Centrales, will assess the candidate’s overall results. The jury has the final word.

Students who successfully pass the competitive entrance exams and interview will be allocated to schools according to the choices they present in their applications and their competitive entrance exam results.

Registration fees are €100 and give access to all Écoles Centrales (École Centrale Lille, École Centrale Lyon, École Centrale Marseille, École Centrale Nantes and CentraleSupélec). Scholarship students are exempt from paying this.
 

 

Some words from selected candidates 

Alizée – Paris-Sud University – Class of 2014
I graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Paris-Sud University. I heard about the competitive entrance exam in my first year of university as I was researching engineering schools. I think the CASTing competitive entrance exam is a good option for students who are serious and motivated; you have to try your luck! My first year was difficult because I had to learn new subjects and a new teaching method, but I found this method very pedagogical in many aspects. I really enjoyed investing in team projects, especially in my first-year project, which won third place! On the École Centrale Paris campus, I discovered the associations and was a member of Parrainage (taking new students under older students’ wings). I recommend you try your luck because it is really worth it!”

Nathaniel – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Class of 2013
“Joining CentraleSupélec with the École Centrale Engineering program opened lots of doors for me and enabled me to determine my future. Yes, there is quite a bit of work, but it is really worth it.” 

Alexandre – Aix-Marseille University – Class of 2013
I found the standard of the École Centrale Engineering program education was really excellent. The lessons, associations, all the opportunities we have by being here and not elsewhere […]”

Mohand Akli – Pierre and Marie Curie University – Class of 2013
Being accepted onto the École Centrale Engineering program became my main objective in the final year of my degree. Before, I always thought it wasn’t an option for me. What appealed to me the most was the international dimension, and the guaranteed successful professional placement. So I really recommend that you apply!” 

 

Number of places awarded:

 

  • Lille: 15
  • Lyon: 20
  • Marseille: 20
  • Nantes: 20
  • Paris: 40

For more information: contact the Competitive Entrance Examination Secretariat via e-mail: casting@centrale-marseille.fr
or by telephone: +33 (0)4 91 05 45 45

 

Contact

Erick Herbin
CASTing École Centrale Engineering Program Director

Telephone: +33 (0)1 41 13 18 90

E-mail: erick.herbin@centralesupelec.fr

 

Supélec Engineering program: admission to 1st year subject to an entrance examination

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The entrance examinations are based on the Scientific Grandes Écoles Preparatory Classes: superior and advanced mathematics. The minimum level required corresponds to two years of Preparatory Classes after the Baccalaureate. Separate examinations will be offered according to the course the candidate has completed (Math and Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Physic and Technology, Technology and Industrial Sciences). For each course, a brochure provides instructions about the entrance examination and details the registration conditions and procedure (type of exam, dates, times and exam weighting) as well as written and oral presentation examination centers.

The provisional number of places awarded for the various disciplines are as follows:

  • Mathematics and Physics: 147
  • Physics and Chemistry: 102
  • Physical and Engineering Sciences: 116
  • Technology and Industrial Sciences: 8
  • Physics and Technology: 24

 

Candidates from Math and Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Physical and Engineering Sciences and Technology and Industrial Sciences disciplines

Candidates from Mathematics and Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Physical and Engineering Sciences and Technology and Industrial Sciences disciplines can read and download the brochure from the CentraleSupélec shared entrance examination website: (http://centrale-supelec.scei-concours.org). They will also find there the subjects of written examinations and jury reports from previous sessions.

To obtain information about registration (request a brochure or registration procedures) or on entrance examination procedures, candidates should contact:

CentraleSupélec Competitive Entrance Examination Secretariat
Grande Voie des Vignes
92295 Châtenay-Malabry Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)1 41 13 11 29 or +33 (0)1 41 13 11 96
Fax: +33 (0)1 41 13 15 13
E-mail: contact@concours-centrale-supelec.fr

 

Candidates for Physics and Technology

Physics and Technology entrance examinations are organized by Banque Filière PT. Candidates from this discipline can read and download the brochure from the Banque Filière PT website: (http://www.banquept.fr).

To obtain information about registration (request a brochure or registration procedures) or entrance examination procedures, contact:

Secretariat for the Banque Filière PT Physics and Technology Competitive Entrance Examination
24, Rue Pinel
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 06 93 31/30
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 06 93 39
E-mail: contact@banquept.com

 

Foreign candidates

 

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Beyond admission via the same routes as French candidates, foreign candidates may be able to apply through other specific admission routes: the “international student” competitive entrance exam for Math and Physics, Physics and Chemistry and Physical and Engineering Sciences is the special “international program” competitive entrance exam for Math and Physics and Physics and Chemistry.

The “international” competitive entrance exams take place in France. They are identical to those of the CentraleSupélec competitive entrance exam, except for the language exam and weighting applied to the writing exam. This competitive entrance exam is reserved for foreign candidates who hold a French Baccalaureate (or a foreign equivalency to the French Baccalaureate obtained with an eye to continuing higher education studies) and who have completed Preparatory Classes in Grandes Écoles in France.

The special “international program” competitive entrance exam is reserved for foreign students who have not pursued higher education in France. Written exams are held abroad, in the countries (Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia) in which courses pertaining to the Grandes Écoles Preparatory Classes program are offered. Oral exams will be held at CentraleSupélec.

For further information about registration (brochure request, registration procedure) or competitive entrance exam procedures, candidates should contact the CentraleSupélec Competitive Entrance Exam Secretariat.

Supélec Engineering program: 1st year admission via qualification selection for 2nd-year degree candidates

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This route enables you to complete a generalized program over three years in the fields of IT and Energy Sciences, recognized by the Supélec Engineering diploma.

Candidates who have completed their 2nd degree year in “Matter Sciences”, “Math, IT and Science Applications” and “Engineering Sciences and Techniques" are eligible.

This access route aims to accept candidates for the engineering cycle who have completed a rounded university program. Consequently, candidates who have completed Preparatory Classes in Grandes Écoles will not be selected except in exceptional circumstances reviewed by the admissions jury.

 

 

Application

Provisional selection

 

Students interested in applying must do so directly online on the website: http://apply.supelec.fr/ before March 25, 2016.

For further information, please contact:

CentraleSupélec

Gif-sur-Yvette campus

DCIS - Françoise Bellanger
Plateau de Moulon
91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)1 69 85 13 23
Fax: +33 (0)1 69 85 13 39
E-mail: admission-sur-titres@supelec.fr

 

 

Sélection

 

If the candidate is provisionally selected, they will be informed at the beginning of April and must complete their online application before the beginning of May.

Provisionally selected candidates will be invited to take a Science and French test as well as an interview in which they can present their motivation for the program (all mandatory), held on CentraleSupélec premises (Gif-sur-Yvette campus), in June.

 

 

Selection procedure and campus allocation

 

Admission is granted according to competitive ranking of qualifications obtained.

Selection is therefore based on examination of the application, tests and interview. The admissions jury for the first year of the Supélec Engineering program makes provisional selections according to the strength of applications. No application fees apply to this provisional selection stage.

Candidates selected at the outcome of this first stage will be informed, and invited in May or June to attend a day workshop on the Gif-sur-Yvette campus, comprising:

  • A presentation event during which the school informs the candidate about the course, program and future options with the school,
  • a French test,
  • a Science test,
  • an individual interview with two members of the jury.

Admission is announced, following jury deliberation, by the Admissions and Diplomas Board of the school. Candidates selected are allocated a campus, taking into consideration their preferences, the number of places available, and their ranking.

Candidates are informed of the Admissions and Diplomas Board decision following its meeting in mid-July. Selected candidates must respond by late July in order to accept or refuse their admission.

1st year admission via qualification selection for 3rd-year degree holders

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This route enables you to complete a generalized program over three years in the fields of IT, Energy and Systems Sciences, recognized by the Supélec Engineering diploma.

Candidates who have completed a degree are eligible.

This access route aims to accept candidates for the engineering cycle who have completed a rounded university program. Consequently, candidates who have completed Preparatory Classes in Grandes Écoles will not be selected except in exceptional circumstances reviewed by the admissions jury.

 

 

Application

Provisional selection

Students interested in applying should do so directly online: http://apply.supelec.fr before March 25, 2016.

 

For further information, please contact:

CentraleSupélec - Campus de Gif
DCIS - Mme Françoise BELLANGER
Plateau de Moulon
91192 GIF-SUR-YVETTE CEDEX
Tél. : + [0]1 69 85 13 23
Fax : + [0]1 69 85 13 39
E.mail : admission-sur-titres@supelec.fr

 

Selection

 

Candidates who are provisionally selected will be informed at the beginning of April and must complete an online application before beginning of May.

Provisionally selected candidates will be invited to participate in exams in Science and French as well as an interview in which they can present their motivation for the program (all mandatory), held on CentraleSupélec premises (Gif-sur-Yvette campus), in June.

 

 

Selection procedure and campus allocation

 

Admission is granted according to competitive ranking of qualifications.

Selection is based on examination of the application, tests and interview. The admissions jury for the first year of the Supélec Engineering program makes provisional selections according to the strength of applications. No application fees apply to this provisional selection stage.

Candidates selected at the outcome of this first stage will be informed, and invited in May or June to attend a day-long workshop on the Gif-sur-Yvette campus, comprising:

  • A presentation event during which the school staff inform the candidate about the course, program and future options with the school,
  • a French test,
  • a Science test,
  • an individual interview with two members of the jury.

Admission is announced, following jury deliberation, by the Admissions and Diplomas Board of the school. Candidates selected are allocated a campus, taking into consideration their preferences, the number of places available and their ranking.

Candidates are informed of the Admissions and Diplomas Board decision following their meeting in mid-July. Selected candidates must respond no later than late July in order to accept or refuse their admission.

1st year admission via qualification selection for Technological University Degree (DUT) holders

This route enables you to complete a generalized program over three years in the fields of IT and Energy Sciences, recognized by the Supélec Engineering diploma.

Places are open for the 1st year of the student or apprenticeship programs for Technological University degree (DUT) holders in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Industrial IT, Physics Measures and Telecommunications and Networks awarded by a French University Institute of Technology (IUT). A description of the apprenticeship program can be downloaded here.

 

Selection procedure and campus allocation

Admission is based on the strength of qualifications. Students wishing to apply must do so to the Director of the University Technology Institute (IUT), who alone can judge their likely success. Only candidates put forward by the latter with a positive review will be examined.

University Technology Institutes (IUT) wishing to obtain registration applications for one or several students can contact:

CentraleSupélec - Campus de Gif
DCIS - Mme Gislhaine BOSSARD
Plateau de Moulon
91192 GIF-SUR-YVETTE CEDEX
Tél. : + [0]1 69 85 13 29
Fax : + [0]1 69 85 13 39
E.mail : admission-sur-titres@supelec.fr

 

Selection

The candidate prepares an application and submits it directly to the Director, who transmits it to CentraleSupélec before March 26, 2016.

Provisionally selected candidates will be invited to sit a Science* and French** test as well as an interview in which they can present their motivation for the program (all mandatory), held on Gif-sur-Yvette campus, on May 12, 2016.

* Science test: lasting 1.5 hours, this test aims to assess the candidate’s knowledge in math and physics. The program covers essential concepts used across the various Technological University Degree disciplines (Electrical Engineering, Physics Measures, Telecommunications and Networks Engineering). These concepts are given here for information purposes only: Linear Algebra, Functions of one or more Variable, Integral Calculation, Sequences and Series, Electrostatics, Electrokinetics, etc.

** French test: lasting 1.5 hours, this test aims to test the candidate’s ability to summarize an argued text (literary, journalistic) in French and to develop a personal position in response to a question relating to the text.

 

Admission and campus allocation

Admission is decided in the course of an admissions jury session, which will be held on May 31, 2016, and is then endorsed by the Admissions and Diplomas Board of the École, held mid-July. An e-mail containing the application forms is then sent to the candidate, who must accept or decline admission no later than late July.

Candidates selected for the student program are allocated to one of the three campuses, taking into consideration their preferences, the number of places available and their category. Candidates admitted to the apprenticeship program are automatically allocated to the Gif-sur-Yvette campus and must have found a company no later than the first day of the academic year.

2nd year admission via qualification selection

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This access route is aimed at Engineering degree holders and some Science 1st year Master’s candidates or foreign equivalent wishing to extend and develop their knowledge. 40-60 places are available.

Second-year admission may be granted to candidates holding the following diplomas:

  • Engineering diploma awarded by a French university, recognized by the French Commission of the Engineering Title.
  • 1st year of Scientific Master’s awarded by a French university, in one of the following programs:
    • Physics or Applied Physics
    • Electronics, Electrotechnology and Automation
    • Electrical and Industrial IT Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanics
    • Mathematics and Fundamental Applications
  • Engineering schools or foreign university diplomas:
    • These qualifications must be recognized by the Admissions and Diplomas Board of CentraleSupélec and be certified by the French consular authorities of the candidate’s country of origin.
    • Attention: Foreign candidates for admission based on the strength of qualifications must have sound command of the French language, both spoken and written, to be able to follow and participate in lessons.
    • To be selected, foreign candidates must have valid permits to remain and study in France.

Degrees cited for admission on the strength of qualifications must be obtained no later than the June session. This formally excludes candidates who are required to re-take exams in the September session of the year of admission. Selection is based on the strength of applications and interviews.

 

Application

Students interested in applying must do so directly online: http://apply.supelec.fr/ before March 25, 2016.

For more information, contact:

CentraleSupélec - Campus de Gif
DCIS - Mme Françoise BELLANGER
Plateau de Moulon
91192 GIF-SUR-YVETTE CEDEX
Tél. : + [0]1 69 85 13 23
Fax : + [0]1 69 85 13 39
E.mail : admission-sur-titres@supelec.fr

Candidates applying for admission to the Supélec Engineering program may be invited to an individual interview.

 

Selection procedure and campus allocation

Selection is based on examination of the application and potential interview. It is decided by the jury, whose decision is final.

The admissions jury distributes selected candidates between the three campuses, taking into consideration their preferences and the number of places available.