Schools of Engineering

+200 Schools of Engineering are currently accredited by the French Commission for Engineering Diplomas (CTI) to issue the Engineering degree

« French Schools of Engineering offer trainings in every subject and every domain of sciences and engineering sciences » 

The French Higher Education sector counts more than 200 CTI-accredited Schools of Engineering, which are therefore authorised to issue the French Engineering degree.

French schools of engineering

Select the area of your choice on the map, or use the search engine below to find a French engineering school. The results will appear in French.


Types of schools

Today, two legal statuses coexist among the French schools of engineering. There can either be:

  • State Schools of Engineering, placed under the authority of the government and its ministries.
    • A state school can be created within a university
    • Or it can be independent.
  • Private Schools of Engineering, some of which are placed under the authority of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Among these schools, some choose to offer non-specialised trainings, and other focus on specific courses leading to specialisations.
Together, the French Schools of Engineering form a strong network, distributed all over the country. They train engineers in every subject and every domain of sciences and engineering sciences. Beside being initial and lifelong training providers, Schools of Engineering also have research and technological transfer activities. 

Some Engineering Schools offers programmes in English for their international students or for those who wish to follow courses in English. All programmes taught in English are listed on the CampusFrance website

Schools networking: stronger together

Plenty of schools choose to affiliate to networks, in order to mutualise their efforts. The main networks are:

  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech: gathering all campuses of the Arts et Métiers ParisTech School;
  • The “Ecoles Centrales” network (“EC”);
  • The national schools of engineering network (“ENI”);
  • The “FESIC schools” network, made up of 27 Engineering and Business Schools;
  • The “Fédération Gay-Lussac”, which brings together 19 French chemistry and chemical Engineering Schools;
  • The group of aeronautics and spatial schools (“GEA”);
  • The “GEIPI Polytech” schools: students passing the common “GEIPI Polytech” exam can access one of the 26 schools of the network;
  • The “Ecoles des Mines” network (“GEM”)
  • The National Polytechnic Institutes (“INP”)
  • The National Institutes forApplied Sciences (“INSA”)
  • The Mines-Telecom Institute ("IMT")
  • The Polytechnique Paris Institute ("IP Paris")
  • The “ParisTech” schools
  • The “Polytech” national network, gathering all University Polytechnic Schools;
  • The “UGEI” network, gathering 25 Engineering and Management independent Schools.

The CTI Commission: the French accreditation board for Schools of Engineering

In France, the Engineering degree is protected by law and can only be issued by an institution – a university or a school – who has been authorised by the public authorities to offer an accredited training programme.

Therefore, to be able to issue the French engineering degree, a school must be accredited by an organisation which guarantees the quality of the curricula and the value of the diploma. 

These accreditations are delivered by the CTI Commission, created in 1934 and placed under the authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The institutions that have been authorised to issue the French Engineering degree are officially inventoried.

More information on accredited programmes