" The key word in defining the programs that make up the foundation of the training is therefore balance – between scientific and technical training, between expanding knowledge and specializing and between exercising abstraction skills and developing a taste for practical application."


Patrick Aldebert

The training provided in the Supélec Engineering program, offered on the Gif-sur-Yvette, Metz or Rennes campuses, is characterized by the fields of information sciences, energy and systems.


The main aim is to train well-rounded and balanced engineers to have:

  • an excellent scientific level, which is essential for adapting to new technologies,
  • fundamental knowledge about all disciplines covering these fields,
  • recognized skills in one of these fields, rendering students both quickly operational and able to contribute to the improvement of their company,
  • knowledge of the various aspects of business,
  • the ability to speak English and another modern language so that they can work in international and multicultural environments.

The key word in defining the programs that make up the foundation of the training is therefore balance – between scientific and technical training, between expanding knowledge and specializing and between exercising abstraction skills and developing a taste for practical application.


The space given over to human and social aspects, knowledge of business and communication, modern languages, and taking personal initiatives within the program or in associations, without compromising scientific and technical training, is also a demonstration of this balance. The division between oral teaching and laboratory training is another facet of this desired balance.

Strengths of the program

Over and above the laboratory work and industrial internship, students will spend a significant amount of time working on their projects. The concurrent instruction helps them to develop creativity, a spirit of initiative, critical analysis, a sense of responsibility, organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work in teams, to pose and analyze problems, and to imagine and implement solutions. The 3rd-year project, dedicated to studies proposed by companies, is an initiation to industrial research and development.


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From the beginning of the 1st year and throughout their studies, students must make choices about their studies and opt for some of the numerous activities proposed to them through the school’s associations. A wide choice of elective classes gives them the opportunity to personalize their education, both in the scientific and technical fields, and in the fields of economics, company management and entrepreneurship.


Strengths of the program

  • Scientific excellence within the major social issues

The program offers an excellent training in all disciplinary fields of IT science, energy and systems.

  • Project-based teaching – studies in laboratories and projects represent a significant part of this program
  • Personalization of the program allowing each student to build a program that is adapted to their professional project
  • A remarkable scientific and industrial environment
  • A program with a strong international dimension, with many types of exchange with the best institutions worldwide proposed by the school
  • An intensive associative life on the three campuses that host the program

Global outline of the program

Global outline of the four years

The Supélec Engineering program comprises two supplementary parts:

  • The 1st and 2nd years: general teaching, personal development and outlining the professional project:
    • The common core provides the foundations of knowledge and know-how (laboratory studies and projects) in the whole spectrum of IT sciences, energy and systems.
    • It is essentially scientific, but also comprises the conceptual bases of economics and social sciences.
    • Elective classes contribute to the development of personal, interdisciplinary and multicultural abilities in a variety of fields (business, history of sciences, language and culture and sport). These are constructed by the student who personalized their own learning program.
  • The 3rd year enables students to consolidate their knowledge in a specific field by choosing a major. A choice of minors to be studied in conjunction gives each student the opportunity to customize their program according to several parameters: consolidating scientific knowledge, dual expertise, personal development, a career approach and project management



Acquiring the skills needed for professional life

The training program aims to enable students to develop a range of skills of three types:

  • Acquiring solid scientific and technical skills
  • Understanding their future environment
  • Learning how to behave as a manager



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Wide exposure to international training and work experience


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French nationality students must gain an international experience of at least 16 weeks in order to obtain a Supélec Engineering degree.

Several options are proposed: spending minimum one semester abroad at the end of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year, either in a company or laboratory internship, or in an academic exchange.

Students also benefit from an exceptional multicultural environment: 60 nationalities are represented on the campus, 11 foreign languages are proposed and some programs are taught entirely in English.

Organization – content of classes in the 1st and 2nd years

Teaching in the 1st and 2nd years is organized into eight sequences of eight weeks each, and aims to:

  • expand and enrich students’ scientific culture, which is essential for them to navigate ongoing technological developments;
  • help students to acquire all the knowledge they need in the fields of IT Sciences and Electrical Energy: electronics, electrotechnical engineering and electronic power, automation, IT, communication techniques, information systems, signal processing and components;
  • prepare student engineers for company life in a context of globalization: economics, financial management, law, project management, communication and international culture, not to mention a solid foundation in modern languages.


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It includes:

  • common core modules that are compulsory for all students,
  • elective modules: covering the fields of scientific, cultural and company knowledge, modern language modules and physical and sports activities,
  • projects.



Common core

13 24-hour modules

Entrance seminar

10 days


1 project

Laboratory studies

7 18-hour studies

Elective modules

Minimum 3 18-hour elective class modules (excluding modern languages and sport)

Minimum 3 21-hour modern language modules

Minimum completion of 9 modules in total (including sport)


Minimum 1 month



Common core

12 24-hour modules


2 projects

Laboratory studies

6 18-hour studies

Elective modules

Minimum 3 18-hour elective class modules (excluding modern languages and sport)

Minimum 3 21-hour modern language modules

Minimum completion of 9 modules in total (including sport)


Minimum 2 months


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1st year common core modules

The common core teaching modules for the first year cover eight subjects:

Life and Matter Sciences

  • Fields and Propagation
  • Solid-state Physics
  • Quantum Physics


  • Probabilities
  • Statistics


  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Computer Architectures
  • Software Engineering

Signals and Communication

  • Signals and Systems 1

Systems and Automation

  • Signals and Systems 2


  • Analog Electronics
  • Logic Systems and Associated Electronics

Electrical Engineering

  • Principles and Components of Electrotechnical Engineering

Engineers and Business

  • Business Economics
  • Microeconmics


2nd year common core modules

2nd year common core teaching modules cover seven subjects



  • Digital Methods and Optimization


  • Information Systems Architecture
  • Information Systems

Signals and Communication

  • Representation and Statistical Analysis of Signals
  • Signals and Communication

Systems and Automation

  • Automation


  • Semi-conductor Components
  • Radio Frequency Electronics

Electrical Engineering

  • Principles and Methods of Scheduling Commands at Variable Speeds
  • Electrical Energy Processing and Conversion

Engineers and Companies

  • Corporate Law
  • Project Management
  • Macroeconomjcs    



          Elective classes program

          Excluding sport and languages

          Elective classes encourage students to be more involved in shaping their studies and in customizing their scientific and technical training according to their aspirations. Students can also consolidate their knowledge in the fields of economics and business knowledge.









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          Practicing sport is encouraged at CentraleSupélec via two additional programs:

          • Students in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years who have already specialized in a sport or wish to can joint sections of the Sport Association, preparing for French University Sports Federation matches and tournaments. Some students will take on responsibilities within their sporting groups (team captain, or leader of a sporting or artistic activity)
          • Students in the 1st and 2nd years who wish to explore or begin more varied activities can do so in the course of sports sessions proposed in four series of seven 1.5-hour sessions.


          The following activities are offered: physical tennis training, body building, table tennis, badminton, competitive battle, mountain biking, yoga, handball, football, volleyball, basketball, stretching and paralympic football.

          Sport modules are supervised by specialist instructors and aims to develop students’ managerial skills by encouraging them to adopt various different roles:

          • Expressing themselves orally in front of a group
          • Managing emotions and stress
          • Coaching and regulating group activities
          • Being aware of themselves and their limits




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          Obtaining the Supélec Engineering degree requires operational English (level B2 as defined in the Common European Framework of References and obtained a TOEFL ITP with minimum 580 points), which means students can respond with adequate structural and grammatical precision for common social and professional situations they are likely to find themselves in. Furthermore, for foreign students, operational French (level B1 as defined in the Common European Framework of References) is also required.

          Studying two modern languages is compulsory in the 1st and 2nd years. Several language programs are offered to students on the three campuses: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French as a foreign language, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. The offering is adapted according to demand.

          Optimal conditions for learning and practicing languages are established with the use of adapted and didactic materials encouraging active participation of students and enabling them to use different means of communication. Students are divided into groups according to their level defined as per the Common European Framework of References.


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          General organization of major/minors of 3rd year

          3rd-year teaching is divided into two periods: the first academic period is from September to March, followed by an end-of-studies project that students will work on over the course of five months.


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          Academic learning

          Globally, the academic training (excluding projects, seminars and modern languages) is divided in two. Half of the program is spent studying the chosen major subject, and half is spent on additional learning modules chosen from a range of minor modules. These minor modules can be a way for students to consolidate their knowledge in the field of their major, or can be specific to a job or sector profile. Modern language courses are taken by all students.


          • Major Courses

          This course, intended to perfect the studentt's knowledge in the area of specialization chosen, is provided either by research professors in the case of theoretical courses, or by industry engineers who are specialists in the field in the cas of more technical courses.


          • Minor Courses


          Students have to choose 6 teaching units of 27 hours each from those offered on their campus. The modalities of this choice are specified during the information sessions organized as the beginning of the third year.


          End-of-studies project


          From the end of March, 3rd-year students will work on an end-of-studies project over the course of five months minimum, the result of which will contribute significantly to their final degree grade. This work is undertaken in the form of an internship in an industrial company or with a research laboratory. It requires solving a real and concrete problem presented by the company on a theme that is relevant to the student’s major or option program. Proposals from industrial companies or by an instructor responsible for the major or option are communicated when students arrive. Students can also propose their own projects. In any event, the student must obtain authorization for the subject of their end-of-studies subject from the instructor responsible for their major or option. Students are supervised by the instructor who is responsible for their major or by an instructor chosen by the latter. The student must regularly submit work to their supervisor and inform them of any difficulties they may encounter.

          This work contributes to the student’s dissertation and oral dissertation presentation before instructors of their major or option and engineers of the company that has supervised the student. All work is directly assessed and ranked. The Studies Board reserves the right to prohibit a student from embarking on an end-of-studies internship if their academic results are far below standard. Indeed, insufficient acquisition of knowledge and skills over the course of the theoretical part of the year would render it impossible for the student to complete their end-of-studies work.


          List of majors





          Automation and Systems


          Engineering and Automation Systems






          Energy Conversion








          IT Systems


          Interactive and Robotic Systems – IT track


          Secure IT Systems






          Electromagnetism and Communications


          Photonics and Communication Systems






          Signal Processing and Electronics


          Applied Mathematic


          Integrated Electronic Circuits and Systems


          Systems, Electronics, Networks and Images


          Interactive Systems and Robotics – Signals track




          Download 3rd year majors program of the 3 campuses (in French)


          Download 3rd year minors program of Gif campus (in French)




          Projects: the heart of the program

          Laboratory studies and projects have a central place in the training as they help student engineers to develop a spirit of initiative, synthesis skills, a taste for practical application, a sense of efficiency and confidence in their abilities.


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          Standard project

          Laboratory studies and projects aim to acquire and develop:

          • knowledge: consolidation and validation of scientific knowledge, consideration of the limits of the model;
          • know-how: implementation of scientific and organizational methods (project management), as well as technological means;
          • an engineer’s positioning: the ability to work in teams and communicate orally and in writing, creativity, curiosity and critical analysis, with an overriding objective to perform.


          Three different projects are proposed:


          Synthesis project

          The Synthesis project is an initiation to the design and development of systems. The theme of the project is essentially based on knowledge acquired in the 1st year of the Supélec Engineering program. Most subjects are proposed by instructors. However, students who are particularly interested in a subject can propose their own idea for consideration.


          The project is completed in pairs and comprises:

          • a theoretical study over a period of approximately one month,
          • a laboratory study enabling students to validate the theoretical study and verify that their “product” complies with the initial specifications.

          Deliverables include:

          • a progress report,
          • a product: a scale model and simulation results,
          • a final report.

          A 20-minute oral presentation finalizes the project.


          Software Development project

          The Software Development project requires the student to design and write a medium-complexity software program.

          This project is completed in pairs and comprises the main stages of the lifecycle of software:

          • specifications of the software, including functional and non-functional requirements
          • preliminary and detailed designs following a top-down process
          • coding the corresponding software
          • perfecting with a set of relevant tests

          Deliverables include:

          • specifications,
          • software design and specifications,
          • choice of implementation,
          • listing of the corresponding program, examples of relevant executions,
          • an operator manual and possible extensions.

          A 20-minute oral presentation concludes the project.


          Design project

          The Design project is globally similar to that of the Synthesis project. The theme of the project is based on all scientific knowledge gained in the 1st and 2nd years and enables the student to deepen and structure their knowledge of the subject. This knowledge is implemented in design for a precise application. Students are encouraged to demonstrating a lot of initiative (bibliographical research, gaining skills and knowledge, methods and resources) combined with rigor. The project leads to the development of a prototype (scale model, program, simulation conclusions, etc.), a report and oral presentation. The final product is designed in such a way that a trace of the work carried out is retained so that it can be used for future projects.


          Long project

          Some students may also opt in the 2nd year for long research or innovation interdisciplinary projects, which can replace other learning and assessment aspects. Carried out in teams of between two and 10 selected students, these projects are steadily completed over the course of the year and comprise:

          • one part developing software
          • one part dedicated to the design project
          • two specific individual or group missions: acquiring project-specific knowledge or skills, implementing project management tools, state-of-the-art research relevant to the project subject, etc.

          These projects combine knowledge from several disciplines.


          Encadré: Zoom on experience-based learning.

          An adapted version of the Long project, Experience-based Learning projects are for 1st- and 2nd-year students and aim to produce a prototype by the end of the year. This year, projects focused on drones: areas explored included intelligent movement of drones and using a glove to guide them.


          Industrial Study Contract (CEI)

          The Industrial Study Contract is a partnership between the school and company to train student engineers in industrial innovation


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          Over the course of the 3rd year, industrial study, along with the end-of-studies internship, constitute two core components of the Supélec Engineering program that facilitate the students’ transition into the world of business; these studies are completed during one of the majors proposed as part of the Supélec Engineering program.


          Two or three students working in project mode

          • Supervised by a team of instructor-researchers
          • Around 200 hours of work

          An opportunity to consolidate links with 3rd year students and take advantage of

          • students’ creativity and skills,
          • instructor-researcher contributions in terms of expertise,
          • material and software resources provided by laboratories.

          Administrative conditions

          These studies require a signed agreement between the school and a company. This agreement specifies the nature and objectives of the study, confidentiality and ownership clauses, and the cost of the study. These industrial studies are an integral part of the Supélec Engineering course training.


          The agenda

          June - September : Companies propose subjects, partnerships terms are established

          September - December : Students make their choices and projects begin

          End of March : Oral presentation of students’ dissertations

          Beginning of April : Students leave to embark on their end-of-studies internship


          The cost of undertaking an industrial study is €12,900 excl. tax, a cost attributed to the Research Tax Credit.


          For more information


          Studies Directorate
          Nathalie BOURDIEU

          Development Directorate
          Adriano COTTA

          Work-study program

          The Supélec engineering program proposes two work-study contract options:

          • The apprenticeship contract
          • The professionalization contract

          The Apprenticeship Contract

          Apprenticeship during the Supélec engineering program


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          This contract enables students to obtain the Supélec engineering degree by completing a three-year generalized program in the fields of IT and Energy Sciences.



          Training objectives

          1st and 2nd year classes follow general teaching aiming to provide students with a solid base of scientific, technical and linguistic skills, and practical knowledge of business. In the 3rd year, apprentices choose to study one field proposed by the school in more depth, helping them to adapt rapidly to the industrial world of work.


          Program organization

          Length: Three years.

          Teaching hours: 600 hours of classes per year


          • Work-study in the first and second years: presence five weeks at school/three weeks in the company during school term time and 100% in companies during school holidays.

          • Work-study in the third year: presence at school between September and March and 100% in companies outside of school term time and between April and August.

          International mobility of minimum 16 weeks to be completed during the time spent working in companies



          Géraldine Aude, CentraleSupélec Work-Study Director - +33 (0)1 75 31 62 92 - geraldine.aude@centralesupelec.fr

          The Professionalization Contract

          The Professionalization Contract is a fixed- or undetermined-duration work-study contract and requires a professionalization step. This program is for all students aged 16-25 who have successfully completed the first two years of the Supélec Engineering program.


          Program organization

          Length: 12 months

          Hours required: approx. 500 hours.

          Options available within the professionalization contract:

          • Automation and Systems (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Energy Conversion (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Electromagnetism and Communications (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Energy – option shared with the École Centrale program (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Mathematics Applied to Information and Signal Processing (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Automated Systems Engineering (Rennes)

          • Micro and Nano Electronics (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Systems, Electronics, Networks and Images (Rennes)

          • IT Systems (Gif-sur-Yvette)

          • Secure Information Systems (Rennes)

          • Photonic and Communication Systems (Metz)

          • Interactive and Robotic Systems (Metz)

          • Telecommunications (Gif-sur-Yvette)


          The year is divided into two parts:

          • Work/study

          This part corresponds with the period of lessons for students. The alternating rhythm is three days at school/two days in the company.

          • Full-time work in the company

          This part corresponds to the internship for students.



          Any student admitted to the third year can apply. Registration via email with a cover letter expressing your motivation must be sent to Ms Géraldine Aude before the end of June, and the contract must be signed before September 14.


          The advantages



          Work-study student

          • Benefiting from the skills of a student engineer with a high level of training in scientific, technical and linguistic disciplines
          • Supervise/sponsor/identify/attract a future company manager with the following objectives:

            • Training them in the methods and tools of engineering
            • Integrating them within an organization

            • Enabling them to navigate  industrial, economic and professional issues: competitiveness and productivity, innovation, intellectual and industrial
            • property, compliance with quality procedures, security
            • Developing their ability to work in an international environment

          • Diversify and secure recruitment


          • Pursuing studies while developing technical and human skills working in a company
          • An opportunity to really demonstrate skills in view of a future employment contract
          • Having the status of employee and being remunerated


          Proposed price: €15.000 (As the Supélec engineering degree is registered on the French National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP), the French Accredited Fund for Training (OPCA) may cover part of this training cost.)



          Géraldine Aude, CentraleSupélec Work-Study Director - +33 (0)1 75 31 62 92 - geraldine.aude@centralesupelec.fr

          Specialization Degree

          The Specialization Degree is a school diploma that can be done on one of the three campuses of the School (Gif, Metz or Rennes) and corresponds to the third year of the engineer Supélec program. It is accessible to students who have obtained an engineering degree and wish to specialize in one of the five areas of the School:


          AUTOMATIC Specialization:

          • Systems & Control (Gif)
          • Control & System Engineering (Rennes)

          ENERGY Specialization:

          • Energy Conversion (Gif)
          • Energy (Electric Power Term) (Gif)

          COMPUTER SCIENCE Specialization:

          • Interactive Systems & Robotics (Computer Science Term) (Metz)
          • Computer Science: Secure Information Systems (Rennes)
          • Computer Science & Software Engineering (Gif)

          COMMUNICATIONS Specialization:

          • Telecommunications Engineering (Gif)
          • Electromagnetics & Communications (Gif)
          • Photonics & Communication Systems (Metz)

          ELECTRONICS & SIGNAL PROCESSING Specialization:

          • Electronic Systems, Networks & Images (Rennes)
          • Applied Mathematics (Gif)
          • Integrated Electronic Circuits and Systems (Gif)
          • nteractive Systems & Robotics (Signal Term) (Metz)


          Admission is open to french or foreign students. Please see "Competitive Entrance Exam and Admission Requirements" to apply

          Admission is open too to foreign students in the CentraleSupélec exchange program with foreign universities (please see Intenational Office of the School) or by Freemove Program for french students for double degree agreements with French engineering schools..