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Admission to the ENS

The ENS recruits its students by way of a very competitive admission exam, or upon application on the basis of written records. Students are indeed selected according to the quality of their academic history, the depth of their knowledge, and their openness to innovation and creativity. The ENS seeks inventive, brilliant minds. National diplomas (masters and PhD) as well as the ENS own diploma, are issued at the term of the studies.

Admission Office

In charge of the entrance examination for Normaliens and foreign students.
Head : Monica Floréa
Postal address:
45, rue d’Ulm 75230 Paris cedex 05
Tél. 01 44 32 31 08
Fax 01 44 32 28 08

Agrégation and Doctorates (PhD)

The agrégation is a high level competitive exam for the recruitment of teachers
Agrégation auditors and doctors should report to the relevant sections « Agrégation » and « Doctoral Studies ».


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Competitive Recruitment for French and Foreign Students

The Normaliens are recruited through a competitive exam after 2 to 3 years of high education (equivalent of college), usually in preparatory classes to elite schools ("classes préparatoires"). Laureates from the EU acquire a status of trainee civil servant, and receive a salary during 4 years. Non-European students receive a scholarship.
Humanities Entrance Examination Sciences Entrance Examination

Recruitments Based upon Written Application for French and Foreign Students

The ENS also welcomes students from all nationalities, who did not take the admission exam. Coming from French preparatory classes, French or Foreign universities and colleges, those students are selected at the end of their undergraduate studies. They benefit from the same education as the Normaliens within the ENS and its partner institutions, and can take advantage of the ENS wide international connections. However they do not have the status of trainee civil servant, which implies mainly that they do not receive any salary or scholarship, though they can still request an accommodation on the ENS campus.

ENS diploma Application process

Recruitment of Foreign Students by Way of the International Selection

Each year twenty foreign students, equally split between the humanities and sciences, are admitted at the end of their undergraduate university or college studies by way of the highly competitive admission exam of the international selection.
They benefit from an in-between status: they perceive a monthly scholarship of approximately 1000 Euros, but do not have the status of a civil servant trainees. Studies last two or three years, at the end of which students acquire a Master and the ENS Diploma.
International Selection

Foreign Resident Students

The École Normale Supérieure’s partner universities (in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia) send students who are usually taking part in an exchange program. These students, about a hundred each year, are hosted without taking an admission exam, board and accommodation being provided. They have the opportunity to participate in every teaching programs and school activities.

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