Engineering Education in France
French engineering education is recognized around the world for its diversity and richness, and for its ability to produce highly competent engineers. France plays a central role in Europe, combining the best of its academic and professional training to create an exceptional and multicultural educational environment from which new talents emerge.
In France, there are about 240 selective engineering schools called “Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieur”. These usually small scale institutions are distinguished for their selective admission process, their small class sizes, their high teaching standards and the quality of their faculty selected from academic as well as professional backgrounds.
French engineering schools are accredited to deliver the “Diplôme d’Ingénieur”. This national master’s degree, which is recognized by French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, is the most highly regarded degree in engineering; it is accredited by the “Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur” (CTI), the only French engineering accrediting organization. The CTI delivers 3 levels of accreditation (1 year, 3 years and 6 years). The engineering program offered by ESIGETEL has been continuously accredited since 1991.
Specific Features of the French “Diplôme d’ingénieur”:
- French engineering degrees contain advanced mathematics and include high-level theoretical teaching.
- Practical applications are addressed separately in small tutorial sessions, workshops and through real-world experience.
- Paid internships are an integral part of the programs.
- French engineering programs emphasize knowledge of the business world and the study of foreign languages.
- Whether in French or in English, students are asked to demonstrate their ability to think critically and to communicate effectively in speaking and in writing.