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Schools of engineering and the degrees they offer :

French training in engineering combines a solid background in science with practical experience. The country's engineering schools maintain close ties with professional and commercial firms, making instruction relevant and career prospects bright.

France has about 240 engineering schools public and private. All share certain important characteristics. All grant the diplôme d'ingénieur, a master's level degree of assured quality. All are periodically reviewed and accredited by the national committee on engineering degrees (Commission Nationale des Titres d'Ingénieurs, CTI). Together they cover every conceivable engineering speciality, but each school has its own specialties (making them comparable to the individual departments of the school of engineering in a foreign university).

Students are admitted to engineering programs on the strength of their applications or their score on an entrance examination. They are then placed at an appropriate level in the 5-year curriculum. Placement decisions are made by the individual schools.

National diplomas in engineering

Master's level

The diplôme d'ingénieur is a French national diploma that may be earned through engineering programs in universities (including the several universities of technology) or in freestanding schools of engineering, known as grandes écoles d'ingénieur.

The degree is regulated and accredited by a national committee on engineering degrees.

To earn the diplôme d'ingénieur students must be enrolled for at least 24 months at the institution awarding the degree. The curriculum involves a total of 5 years of study, but the sequence and timing of courses differs from one program to another. Admission, always selective, is based on the student's application file, an entrance exam, and an interview. Applicants must possess at least a secondary-school diploma. Students with up to 4 years of postsecondary education may apply for admission as transfer students and be placed in the curriculum at the level determined by the school.

Some engineering schools have doctoral divisions that offer the DEA, a research degree that is the first step toward a PhD.

Students may earn a doctorate in engineering after 3 years of successful work in the laboratory of an engineering school, often in cooperation with industry.

Institution-specific degrees

Many schools offer a 1-year mastère spécialisé in engineering. Admission is open to students who have completed 5 years of postsecondary education. The programs (about 160 throughout France) have a strong professional orientation.

About 20 schools offer the diplôme d'ingénieur de spécialisation. Students with 5 years of postsecondary education may earn this specialized degree in 1 year. Students with 4 years may earn it in 2. These programs are very popular with international students, in part because they can accommodate holders of 4-year degrees.