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About École Polytechnique

Country France
City Paris
Number of courses 11
Year founded 1794
Number of students 3600

École Polytechnique, also known as l’X, is the leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its academic programs – Bachelor, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master of Science and Technology and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

L’X guarantees an outstanding experience to its international students, from their admission to their careers’ follow-up, providing them with very dedicated services, such as individual academic coaching, administrative and financial support and counseling, or Alumni mentoring. This unique environment, combined with the high-level of the students who go through a very selective process to access École Polytechnique, also attracts some of the most distinguished faculty in the world.

With its Research departments which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society.

L’X is also a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris. The Institut Polytechnique de Paris is a public higher education and research institution comprising five prestigious French engineering Schools: École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis. Under the aegis of the Institute, they bring together two centuries of expertise to pursue two major goals: to develop world-class training programs and cutting edge research.


  • About 3,400 students, 41% international, over 100 nationalities on campus
  • 500 faculty members
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 11 academic departments with 1,600 personnel, 1,800 publications per year
  • 35 double degree program agreements
  • 23 laboratories on campus
  • 2,100 student housing units
  • 8,000 square meters of indoor sports facilities and 8 hectares of outdoor sports facilities

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