Engineering sciences are an area of excellence in France’s higher education system. Today more than 800,000 engineers are working in a wide range of different industries, such as civil engineering, IT, aeronautics, agronomics, electronics, transport, health, energy, artificial intelligence or defence.
Are you scientifically minded? Are you interested in technology? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? If you want a job that allows you to rise to the challenges of the modern world, then engineering science is the course for you. France can offer you a number of options.
Best Global Universities for Engineering in France
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Here are the best global universities for engineering in France
- Universite Paris Saclay
- Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA)
- Sorbonne Universite
- Grenoble Institute of Technology
- Universite de Lorraine
- National Institute for Applied Sciences – Lyon
- Université de Lille
- University of Montpellier
- IMT Atlantique
- MINES ParisTech
France is one of the top study destinations in Europe, with low tuition fees, an excellent living standard, and great attractions for both tourists and international students.
But is it the right choice if you want to study an English-taught Engineering degree? And which are the best engineering schools for Anglophone students?
Let’s find out!
How many English-taught engineering schools are there in France?
While we cannot give you an exact number of universities, we can tell you that on our portal alone, you can choose from over 230 English-taught Masters in Engineering provided by French universities. Most are offered as Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees.
Here are a few engineering schools we recommend in France:
- Université de Lyon
- Institut Polytechnique de Paris
- EURECOM – Graduate school and Research center in Digital Science
How do I know if an Engineering degree is taught in English?
We only list English-taught degrees, so as long as you search for an Engineering degree on our portals, you should be just fine. You can even check out the specific English language requirements for each study programme.
Of course, French universities (or other websites) can list additional Engineering courses on their web pages. In that case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if they’re open to international students. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.
To apply at most engineering schools in France, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
The best English-taught engineering schools in France
Based on data from the QS Rankings, the following are the best universities in France that offer Engineering programmes taught in English:
- Ecole Polytechnique
- Sorbonne University
- Université PSL
- Université Grenoble Alpes
- TELECOM Paris
- Institut polytechnique de Grenoble – Grenoble Institute of Technology
- Université Paris-Saclay
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)
- Ecoledes Ponts ParisTech
Discover other top-ranked engineering schools in the full QS Ranking.
Affordable English-taught engineering schools in France
France is known for having very affordable tuition fees. Most public universities don’t charge more than 500–2,000 EUR per year for their programmes.
But what about engineering schools? Almost 50% of the 230 Engineering programmes on our portal cost under 5,000 EUR per academic year, which means they’re much cheaper than programmes in other popular study destinations.
But you can find even more affordable engineering schools in France. Here are a few options where tuition starts at under 1,000 EUR per year:
In some cases, low tuition fees only apply to students from the EU/EEA, while other internationals need to pay extra. Therefore, make sure you double-check the type of tuition that applies to you.
Application requirements at English-taught engineering schools in France
Here are some of the most common application criteria you need to meet at engineering schools in France:
- High school diploma for a Bachelor’s
- Bachelor’s diploma in Engineering or a related field for a Master’s
- Academic transcript of grades
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Motivation letter
- CV (only at some universities)
How to become an engineer in France
Becoming an engineer in France is a straightforward process. You only need to finish your studies successfully and graduate with an Engineering degree from one of the academic institutions accredited by the French Engineering Accreditation Institution (CTI).
While you can study an Engineering degree entirely in English, you will need to learn French to live and work in France.
With a job at an international company, you might get away with only speaking English; but even in that case, you still need to ‘parle un peu français’ to move around, go shopping, and expand your social circles.
Here are several free resources to get you started: