École Polytechnique Scholars Program
École Polytechnique (EPT) in Palaiseau, France
A minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA is required.
Length of Term
14-week term, with 1-week break in mid-November and two weeks of exams at the end of the term; 11 weeks of lectures.
Caltech students can only apply to study abroad for École Polytechnique's Year 3 curriculum, for the first term at the École, which runs from mid-September to mid-December.
Students apply to École Polytechnique for a limited number of spots and are competing with students from École Polytechnique partner universities around the world. This number of spots varies each year.
There is guaranteed and very affordable housing on campus, as well as dining facilities.
MOST CLASSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH AND ALL DISCUSSIONS, ASSIGNMENTS, AND EXAMS ARE IN FRENCH. STUDENTS MUST HAVE VERY GOOD ABILITY IN SPEAKING, READING, AND WRITING FRENCH BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Note that Year 3 classes are typically equivalent to senior year or first year graduate student level. Students should not assume Year 3 classes are equal to junior year classes at Caltech, although juniors have studied abroad at Ecole Polytechnique. If a student would like to go as a junior, he/she must demonstrate his/her adequate preparation for the higher-level course by the end of sophomore year.
Students study in École Polytechnique's Programme d'Approfondissement (PA), which is comparable to a Caltech option. Students must take four classes in their Programme d'Approfondissement (PA) and cannot take classes in any other PA.
Students may take one additional class in the social sciences or humanities.
Students MUST take a mandatory French language course. Students are placed in a French class that is taught at the level of the student's French language proficiency.
Students may not return to the U.S. during the term abroad.
The EPT Scholars Program has a slightly different application process than other Caltech study abroad programs. The FASA deadline is January 15, and students must complete both the Caltech application forms AND the École Polytechnique application online. Students will NOT directly submit application materials to École Polytechnique at this time, but will complete the EPT online application and turn it in to Caltech's FASA Office. Applicants will be reviewed by the Committee on Exchange Programs and Study Abroad (CEPSA) for nomination.
Students may apply to one or more of the other Caltech Scholars Programs, however if they are nominated to the École Polytechnique Scholars Program, their applications will be withdrawn from the other programs.
Ecole Polytechnqiue online application: https://portail.polytechnique.edu/admissions/en/non-diplomants/programme-dechange-academique-international/how-apply
Students must submit the EPT forms along with the Caltech forms to the Fellowships Advising and Study Abroad Office by the Caltech deadline of January 15, which is before École Polytechnique's submission deadline in February. Applications will be reviewed by FASA and if deemed competitive, will be nominated by Caltech. Once the student has been selected to study abroad, FASA will submit the forms to École Polytechnique. Applicants should use École Polytechnique's Recommendation Form rather than the Caltech Reference Form. This Recommendation Form is available from the École Polytechnique website below.
Please read the detailed application instructions in the document provided below. Please note the forms below are different from the general forms on the front page, due to different requirements for this program. Use only the forms on this page.
Note all applicants must complete and submit the EPT French Language Evaluation. Students must contact one of Caltech's French instructors for this evaluation.
Again, ignore all deadlines on the École Polytechnique website. All materials are turned in to Caltech's FASA Office by the posted FASA deadlines.