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École polytechnique

Smart Cities and Urban Policy

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. Over the course of two years, the building up of students’ toolbox is put to use through up to nine months of industrial internships (4 months in the first year, 6 months in the second). This program is designed for students with a strong mathematical background and an interest in economics and results in an internationally recognized academic qualification. 

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Entry Requirements: Bachelor / 3 year degree of Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Civil Engineering and/ or Transportation Studies
Duration: 2 years 
Location: Paris - Saclay (France)
Language: English 
Selection: academic application 
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Les questions

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Intervenants :

  • Patricia CRIFO - Enseignant chercheur à l’Ecole Polytechnique
  • 00:15

    The Pitch


    How long has this program existed at Polytechnique and why was it created?


    What kinds of backgrounds are you looking for? Engineering? Business?


    What’s the blend of course topics? Is there a particular focus on economics or public policy?

  • 10:03

    How much French should I speak for this program?


    Is it possible to study with a partner university?


    Three Words Max


    What is Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and what is the partnership exactly? 

  • 15:10

    How far is the Polytechnique campus from Paris?


    Are the teachers full-time faculty and researchers, or do they also work in the field?


    As a prestigious research institute, what has Polytechnique contributed to the research community in urban policy?


    What kinds of jobs do graduates get after Polytechnique? Urban planning, perhaps?

  • 22:02

    How many students do you accept and how international is the cohort?


    Do you offer scholarships or financial support for foreign students?


    Is it possible to specialize in a particular area, such as transportation?


    What kinds of industry partnerships does Polytechnique have that might benefit students of this program?

  • 27:51

    What kinds of assignments are we expected to complete?


    The Expert Question


    The Expert Question: What is the biggest challenge facing modern cities today and how does Polytechnique prepare its students to tackle this?


    Do we get to work on real-world projects where our work is actually implemented?

  • 35:35

    What is student life like at Polytechnique?


    How intensive are course schedules? Is there time to enjoy life outside school?