Applications for study at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) are now open.

Resolutely intent on extending its international appeal, ENS selects foreign students every year, who enrol in the courses taught at the school. Alongside available exchange programmes and on the basis of a competitive entrance exam, the International Selec­tion recruits outstanding candidates who are eager to be involved in a research-based academic curriculum.

Admission to ENS

Admission to ENS through the International Se­lection will give you access to excellent education provided by renowned professors and consolidated by individual tutoring and support. You will beco­me an integral part of the close-knit community of ENS students and researchers and will receive a monthly grant of 1000 Euros for two or three years.

Who are we looking for?

We are interested in students from all geographical backgrounds and from all disciplines. As an excellent scho­lar, you wish to explore an exceptional studying and research environment in close contact with world-class academics? As an open-minded lear­ner, you wish to add an interdisciplinary approach to your education? As a spirited student, you wish to take part in a cosmopolitan campus life?

At the heart of the intellectual and cultural life of the “Quartier Latin”

France is the third preferred country worldwide for study abroad programmes, Paris being the stu­dents’ overwhelming first choice. Residing on cam­pus, you will enjoy a unique student life experience in the centre of Paris, at the heart of the intellectual and cultural life of the “Quartier Latin”. With great freedom to choose your courses, you can satisfy your intellectual curiosity and attend lectures by eminent specialists. Your interdisciplinary curri­culum can also include learning one of the 17 lan­guages taught at the school’s language centre. At the end of your studies, you will graduate with the ENS diploma, as well as a Master’s degree in your field.

2015 applications timeline

Online applications are open until February 10th, 2014. Candidates receive a letter of acceptance (or refusal) in May. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an exam session in July in Paris. After a series of written and oral tests, final results are proclaimed. The academic year starts mid-September.

Application deadline: 10 February 2015

Eligibility criteria
  • Candidates must be under 25 on December 1st.
  • Candidates must not have applied to the International Selection before.
  • Candidates must declare that they have not lived in France more than 5 months during the academic year of the selection (September 1 – August 31) nor the previous year.
  • Candidates must show proof of a diploma or certification awarded by a foreign university during the calendar year preceding the start of applications, which indicates that the candidate has completed at least one year of undergraduate studies. On rare occasions, the school may authorize applications from candidates whose academic background is non-standard.
  • Candidates must show proof of a diploma or certification, indicating that the candidate will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies on the 1st of September following admission.

The board of examiners in Mathematics will give priority to candidates enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate studies.

Required documents
Sciences

International Selection 2015 - timeline

• a passport (for non-European candidates) or ID card (for European candidates)
• a high school diploma
• a university transcript
• the completed application form
• a cover letter (1 to 3 pages long (font : Times New Roman,12 pt and 1.5 line spacing, 2000 to 5000 characters including spaces) in which you explain your projects in terms of education and, if applicable, research)
• a CV
• 2 letters of recommendation written by former teachers, who must send themselves their letter before February 10 to recommandation.si@ens.fr

Sample Recommendation Letter

If incomplete, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Humanities

International Selection 2015 - timeline

• a passport (for non-European candidates) or ID card (for European candidates)
• a high school diploma
• a university transcript
• a bibliography, if you apply as a student in the Humanities
• the completed application form
• a cover letter (1 to 3 pages long (font : Times New Roman,12 pt and 1.5 line spacing, 2000 to 5000 characters including spaces) in which you explain your projects in terms of education and, if applicable, research)
• a CV
• 2 letters of recommendation written by former teachers, who must send themselves their letter before February 10 to recommandation.si@ens.fr

Sample Recommendation Letter

If incomplete,your application will not be taken into consideration.

Documentation on entrance examination procedures

There is no specific reading programme. After the pre-selection in May, the board of examiners conceives tests in order to evaluate candidates’ abilities to analyze, conceptualize and synthesize information. They also assess the scientific or literary culture and intellectual curiosity of candidates as well as the relevance of their projects.

Admissions - Sciences
Admissions - Humanities

Fill out your application form online.

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Dernière modification : 16/01/2015

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