Bachelor of Science

General

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Program Description

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Our Academic Approach

The Bachelor of Science is a highly selective three-year program, taught entirely in English and tailored to academically-inclined students with a very strong interest in mathematics and science. École Polytechnique’s well-rounded approach to learning allows students to develop a solid academic background in science while exploring topics unrelated to pure sciences. École Polytechnique favors small class sizes with an extremely beneficial student-to-staff ratio.

École Polytechnique's Bachelor Program is officially accredited with the rank of Licence (French Bachelor's equivalent) by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Selectivity

Like all of École Polytechnique academic programs, the Bachelor is designed for top-level students, with very high potential, capable to follow a rich and demanding curriculum.

During the selection process, our teams seek a demonstration of the skills and aptitude necessary for the successful study of our Bachelor program, such as the ability to think and work independently, together with the motivation to follow a demanding curriculum. They are looking for qualities such as team spirit, perseverance, and dynamism. Successful candidates should also demonstrate their interest in the program and explain why they believe it is well suited for them.

Our teams will take into account the application file as well as the interviews to make their final assessment.

Multidisciplinarity

Bachelor students follow a demanding multidisciplinary scientific curriculum focused on mathematics and computer science.

Their first year is dedicated to acquiring the intellectual tools and fundamental knowledge which will be essential for the rest of their higher education, while at the same time discovering and experiencing several disciplines in order to choose the right specialization for them. In the second and third years, students thus get the choice between three double majors:

  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Economics

Research-oriented learning

Learning about electrodynamics or discrete probability in a classroom is one thing, using these concepts to perform an experiment or solve a research problem in a lab is another. Bachelor students get to do both, spending time in École Polytechnique cutting-edge Research Center, doing projects in the labs on real problems currently tackled by our scientists.

Whichever specialization students choose, they have to do a Bachelor Thesis, carried out in the form of a research project. Students thus get to spend time in the lab, where they are interacting with scientists and get a feel of the day-to-day routine of Ph.D. candidates, post-docs, technicians, and prominent researchers.

Students are also offered regular scientific conferences and seminars on current research themes as well as laboratory visits.

Soft skills

In addition to fundamental sciences, our Bachelor students follow several courses providing them with complimentary soft skills to round out their background and knowledge.

Through their courses in humanities and social sciences, they discover artistic and literary masterpieces, learn about French and European political systems and discuss ethical questions related to sciences. Emphasis is put on innovation management and entrepreneurship, giving a taste of how companies operate.

Sports are practiced at least once a week, allowing our students to enjoy the great facilities on campus.

International environment

Bachelor students at École Polytechnique get to enjoy a truly international setting. With over 60 nationalities on campus and close to 40% of international faculty, École Polytechnique offers a multicultural environment, promoting diversity and nourishing intercultural dialogue. The study of at least one foreign language is a mandatory part of the curriculum. The possibility for Bachelor students to study abroad during one semester is also offered in the third year.

Curriculum

To obtain École Polytechnique Bachelor's degree, you will need to complete 3 years of studies, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits. The curriculum is divided in one first year of core scientific studies, based on mathematics, computer science, and physics, with several scientific options offered to students in order to make the right choice for their double major. In their second and third years, the students follow a bi-disciplinary path after having chosen their double major.

The mathematics courses given in École Polytechnique's Bachelor program are designed to fit any subsequent specialization streams (physics & mechanics, economics, computer science). A notable point is the attention given from the beginning of the course to applications across the spectrum of mathematics (numerical simulation and calculations, randomness and data, arithmetic related cryptology, etc.). In principle, all double majors offer a core of general mathematics perfectly suited to study Masters in mathematics afterward.

On top of their education in fundamental sciences, Bachelor students follow courses in humanities and social sciences, foreign languages (German, Arabian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Italian) and cultures, sports as well as innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Core scientific studies

The first year of studies focuses on the acquisition of the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for the rest of the students' academic career. This first year also enables our students to discover all scientific subjects as they are taught in higher education. After having had classes in each major, they can then choose the double major they wish to study.

Double majors

During their second and third years, students get the choice between three double majors:

During their third year, students get to do a Bachelor's thesis.

  • Double major in Mathematics & Economics. As part of their curriculum, students following this double major will have the opportunity, if they wish, to study a minor in Further Mathematics. This option gives the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge is a crucial part of the program.
  • Double major in Mathematics & Physics. As part of their curriculum, students following this double major will have the opportunity, if they wish, to study a minor in Biology or Chemistry. This option gives the opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge outside of their chosen field.
  • Double major in Mathematics & Computer Science. As part of their curriculum, students following this double major will have the opportunity, if they wish, to study a minor in Biology. This option gives the opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge outside of their chosen field.

Studying abroad

École Polytechnique encourages its students to acquire international experience during their studies. The possibility for our Bachelor students to spend the first semester abroad at a partner university is thus offered in the third year.

École Polytechnique has integrated an international element into its curriculum for many years. This strategy provides students with a solid international profile, allowing them to confront the challenges of the multicultural world in which they are to evolve. To work in France or abroad, international expertise and intercultural skills are essential for future graduates.

École Polytechnique has developed partnerships with over fifty universities to facilitate admissions procedures and the Vice-Presidency for International Relations provides a variety of resources and services to assist students who wish to study abroad.

Procedure & deadlines

Please read carefully the information on this page and follow the guidelines to successfully complete your application.

Start early as possible as it may take time to gather all supporting documents necessary for your application.

Who may apply to École Polytechnique Bachelor program?

Students are admitted to our Bachelor program on the basis of strong academic performance in high school, especially in mathematics and science. Candidates must also have a level of English sufficient to follow this program (which is entirely in English).

What should I include in my application file?

Applicants must submit a dossier including their official academic transcripts, a personal statement, a CV, an ID, a photo, and the contact details of two referents.

I am considered shortlisted, what happens next?

Shortlisted candidates then receive an invitation for an interview, which will be conducted remotely (video conference).

The interview will last around 50 minutes and will be conducted entirely in English.

After the interview, if you pass, you will then be considered admitted to the Bachelor program.

Application fees

An application fee of €95 will be asked of each candidate. It can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

Application deadlines

  • Round 1: 17th September 2020 to 28th October 2020
  • Round 2: 17th December 2020 to 20th January 2021
  • Round 3: 18th March 2021 to 21st April 2021

Admission Criteria

Applications for the Bachelor Program are only considered for admission to Year 1; therefore, we are unable to accept transfer students in Years 2 and 3 of the Program.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Currently, be enrolled in the last year of secondary education and must graduate before the start of the Bachelor Program (e.g. French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, A-levels, secondary school/high school diploma) or
  • Have recently graduated from secondary education or
  • Have recently graduated from secondary education and be currently enrolled in post-secondary education

Students are selected using a holistic approach to admissions. Therefore, the Admissions Committee considers not only academics (i.e. strong academic performance in high school, especially in mathematics and science), but also non-academic factors. We recognize exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in extracurricular activities such as performing arts or athletics, scientific competitions, internships, leadership in your school or community, volunteering, etc.

Specific Admission Requirements

Consistent with all of École Polytechnique’s academic programs, the Bachelor Program is designed for top students, with very high potential, capable to follow a rich and demanding curriculum.

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants to École Polytechnique’s Bachelor Program should also meet the following specific requirements:

  • have an overall strong academic average;
  • take advanced mathematics courses, and at least one advanced science course;
  • have a level of English sufficient to successfully complete this Program (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level C1).

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for EU students admitted to the Bachelor Program are €12,000 per year, while tuition fees for all other students amount to €15,000 per year. Students may also be eligible for scholarships and financial aid. This aid is limited and generally does not cover the entire cost of tuition.

Last updated Jul 2020

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