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École polytechnique

Bachelor

École Polytechnique now offers a Bachelor program. Taught in English, this undergraduate program provides a multidisciplinary training, based on mathematics. It is fit for students looking for an international and multicultural environment. The first year is dedicated to acquiring the intellectual tools and fundamental knowledge which will be essential for the rest of their higher education, while at the same time discovering and experiencing several disciplines in order to choose the right specialization for them. In second and third years, students thus get the choice between three double majors: Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics.

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Entry Requirements: High school diploma
Duration: three years
Location: Palaiseau (nearby Paris)
Language: English
Selection: application + interview
Member of the Conférence des grandes écoles

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03-10-2017

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Intervenants :

  • Claire Lenz - Dean of the Bachelor program
  • Marco Biroli - Bachelor student
  • 00:15

    The Pitch

    01:38

    Is Polytechnique a university or a school?

    02:24

    Since it’s the first year of this bachelor, how did you design this program?

    05:10

    Could you give us some ideas about what happens in terms of work after 3 years of studying at Polytechnique and what jobs are the most accessible?

  • 06:32

    Would you advise this program to French students? If so, what level in English is required?

    08:22

    Is there a passerelle from Bachelor to Grande Ecole?

    09:33

    What would be a typical Bachelor student’s profile?

    10:42

    What’s the ratio of time spent in the classroom versus how much time we spend in the lab?

  • 12:48

    Three Words Max

    14:12

    I am considering Polytechnique because I want to dedicate my studies to computer science for eventually becoming an engineer. What benefit is there to also requiring us to take humanities classes?

    16:59

    Which foreign university partners does Polytechnique have for the bachelor's program?

    18:42

    What are the tuition fees and cost of living and scholarships available?

  • 20:57

    How is the program related to innovation? And to research?

    24:56

    I’m a woman. Polytechnique schools tend to be a lot more male than female. How is gender parity at the school?

    25:59

    Russian Roulette 

    27:47

    What are the advantages of the Bachelor Program in comparison to other undergraduate universities in France or abroad?

  • 30:22

    Do you require school transcripts? I imagine you are particularly interested in our math scores! Any tests to take for the application?

    32:47

    Quite a few Nobel Prize winners went to Polytechnique. Are there ever any opportunities to meet them? Do they ever give lectures?

    34:35

    Is it a disadvantage for our application if we don’t know what double major we would like to pursue after year one?

    36:28

    A question for Marco - What’s one thing from your experience so far that you didn’t expect, both good and not so good?

  • 38:13

    Interesting your site mentions Entrepreneurship. Are there business skills integrated into the curriculum? Any notable entrepreneurial projects out of Polytechnique?

    40:21

    A Step Sideways

    40:37

    A Step Sideways: Mathematics is a very serious subject, but it doesn’t mean mathematicians aren’t funny! Let’s hear your best math joke.

    42:13

    I’m from Venezuela finishing my last year of high school. Is it difficult to get a visa to study in France?

  • 42:54

    To Marco: How heavy is the workload at Polytechnique?

    45:02

    Is there a real sense of promotion? A team spirit? How is the atmosphere among the students?

    47:35

    Are we able to take all courses in English as an international student?

    48:21

    I am in year one of Licence Scientifique at the university. Am I able to integrate directly into the second year of your Bachelor next year?

  • 49:04

    How far is Polytechnique from Paris? Is it feasible to live in Paris and attend school by public transportation?

    50:47

    What kinds of practical hands on activities do we get to do in the laboratories?

    53:32

    Do you feel the courses are difficult?

    54:20

    Your site names a lot of companies with research centers at Polytechnique. What happens at these research centers and what does it mean for bachelor students?

  • 56:32

    The Sweetest