École Polytechnique


Paris, France


Study Abroad
Contact Information

Director of International Relations
Paul Marcille
Email: paul.marcille [at] polytechnique.edu

Type of Exchange


(specifically to Physics Department, Mathematics & Statistics Department and their Bachelor Program, Cycle Ingénieur polytechnicien

Term Dates (including exams)

  • Semester 1: September to January (1st and 2nd years) / September to December (3rd years)
  • Semester 2: February to June (1st and 2nd years) / April to June (3rd years)

Language of Instruction


Important Information

Fact Sheet to come!

    Country Report

    Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Report

    France Travel Advice: here you'll find information about staying safe and healthy abroad, laws and culture of France, and the entry and exit requirements.

    Approximate Living Expenses

    These costs are included merely as a guide, as the lifestyles of students vary greatly. When budgeting, students should also consider pre-departure expenses relating to clothing, equipment, transportation to France, etc.  

    Estimated expenses per month:

    • Accommodation: €600/month (water and electricity included)

    • Food: €250-300/month

    • Leisure, Books: €100-150/month

    • Public Transportation (ImaginR card subscription): €30.40/month (Zones 1-2) or €66.76/month (Zones 1-5)


    École Polytechnique arranges on-campus housing for exchange students, if and where possible.

    Some rooms are available on the campus or nearby for students participating in the internship program or for students on academic exchange during the Fall semester or the Full academic year. Students on academic exchange during the Spring semester are not guaranteed on-campus housing and may need to make other arrangements.

    Visa Information

    EU citizens: students from the EU or the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and 27 EU member states) need a valid identity card. 

    Non-EU citizens: students from elsewhere need a valid passport/visa to enter France. Contact your nearest French embassy or consulate to obtain a Visa.

    More information here.

    Health Insurance Information

    Students from outside the European Economic Space who are under 28 years old and staying in France for longer than 3 months, are automatically enrolled in the student section of the national health insurance plan, which costs approximately €213.

    Students from Quebec may submit their RAMQ form (SE 401Q106) for an exemption.

    • For Canadian students with provincial and the SSMU, PGSS, MCSS Supplemental Health Plan – check with both provincial and ASEQ (studentcare.ca) to ensure coverage while abroad.
    • For the supplemental plan, insurance providers usually require a) the student's nomination letter in Minerva, b) the student's acceptance letter from the host.
    • For International students enrolled in the International Health Insurance plan – visit the International Student Services Health Insurance website for information about Travel.
    • For students covered under their own plans (parents, governmental organization etc) – confirm coverage with the insurance provider.

    Other Information

    École Polytechnique organizes an orientation day, generally in the first week of September for incoming exchange students.

    The International Student Support and Services Office (BASIX) at École Polytechnique supports international students who are living in France, assisting them with required administrative formalities such as visas, health insurance and accommodation. Once admitted, each student will receive an email with all information to prepare for arrival on campus.