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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Ecole Centrale Paris was founded in 1829, with the mission of developing leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to take up the major challenges of the 21st century. In January 2015, Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec merged and became CentraleSupélec, a top-level highereducation institution in engineering.
Each year 30% of students who study at CentraleSupélec are international students. CentraleSupélec has more than 40,000 alumni all around the world. A period of study at CentraleSupélec is thus a unique opportunity for international students to develop a global network of peers and alumni, in particular with the future leaders of science and industry in Europe.


The CentraleSupélec seeks to attract the best international students into its programs with a solid background in mathematics and physics. More information can be found here.
Exchange students can apply for a one-semester or one-year exchange at CentraleSupélec. The exchange is open to French and English speaking students who have already carried out successfully a minimum of two years at their home institution. The normal load is 30 ECTS for one semester.
Exchange students must acquire a minimum B1 level language competency in French before their arrival, in order to facilitate studies and benefit from the exchange, even if they plan to take all their classes in English.

Student Life

The small, friendly size of the campus makes it an ideal place to study, participate in one of the student associations, and enjoy close interactions with the rich variety of international cultures present on campus. The numerous cultural and sporting events organized on campus, and the proximity of Paris encourages an immersion in all levels of French culture, from jogging across the street at Parc de Sceaux to entertainment at the Paris Opera. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities (BBQs, cultural events, sporting events, humanitarian opportunities, and more) are organized on Centrale' campus to encourage camaraderie and enable students to learn skills that complement those acquired through formal coursework. More than 200 extracurricular activities are offered on campus. The Centrale campus, twenty minutes from Paris, brings together student-engineers, researchers, and learners for continuing education together. More than fifty nationalities are represented here.
The Résidence des Élèves de l'École Centrale Paris is a residence hall next to the school. It is comprised of twelve buildings made up of single and double rooms. It also includes a group of buildings incorporating cultural, leisure, and sporting facilities: a library, a discotheque, a music room, a sports hall, meeting rooms, various workshops, an auditorium, and a cafeteria. This community life allows students to complement their training with varied activities that allow them to develop and cultivate their sense of responsibility and team spirit.


The Châtenay-Malabry campus is located right next to the magnificent Parc de Sceaux. Using public transportation, it is a 30 minute-trip from the heart of Paris. Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, has 2.2 million people living in the central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area. Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.