Schools of engineering
France is also famous for the quality of its engineering programs.
The nation's engineering programs combine rigorous training in science with practical training in engineering. The close relations between France's engineering schools and the business world enhance the quality and relevance of the instruction students receive.
There are more than 250 schools of engineering in France; most of them are State-owned, other are public. All of them are regulated by a commission on engineering degrees (CTI), which vouches for the quality of degrees. France's engineering schools are grouped in two conferences: the Conférence des Directeurs des Ecoles Françaises d'Ingénieurs CDEFI or the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles CGE.
Together, France's schools of engineering cover all aspects of engineering, but each specializes in a particular area, making French schools roughly comparable to a department in a foreign university.
Students are admitted to engineering schools on the basis of their application or their performance on an entrance examination or other tests.
Annual tuition in France's public schools of engineering in 2014-2015 is approximately €610.
Research in schools of engineering
Some of France's engineering schools offer research cycles in their doctoral (PhD) school and confer doctorates in engineering science. Research training is provided in the school's research labs, usually in cooperation with universities and national research bodies. Some designated institutions grant their own doctorate.
Campus France's n+i program:
The "n+i" network is a consortium of more than 70 French engineering schools. It is designed for international students who have already earned an undergraduate degree equivalent to a bachelor. The chief characteristics of the program are:
- Strong scientific and technological content
- Complementary training in the humanities and social sciences ("n+i" master)
- Courses in management
- Language training (French and English are mandatory, but students may continue to use their native language).
Corporate partners play an important role in the training of every n+1 student, preparing them to meet professional challenges through internships or participation in actual commercial projects.