There are several entry routes that allow foreign students to study at the ENS for several months or a few years. The ENS offers the option to study for a PhD under joint supervision with the student’s home university.
Foreign students have the chance to gain entry to the ENS by entrance examinations in Humanities, Human and Social Sciences and Sciences. If successful, and if they are European, there is the opportunity for them to obtain the status of trainee civil servant, being paid as they study and having accommodation on the School’s campus. They follow a four-year academic training and study course, which allows them to obtain the ENS Diploma. In most cases, they will need to prepare for the entrance examination at a CPGE (special preparatory course for the Grandes Ecoles).
International students can come to the ENS to study for a Master’s, either on an individually arranged basis or as part of an exchange programme.
There are several possible access routes:
The ENS International Selection (La Sélection Internationale), specifically reserved for students currently involved in foreign universities, offers 20 grants each year in Humanities and Sciences. Successful candidates study for the ENS diploma. They have accommodation on the ENS campus and receive a grant for their three years at the School.
Campus France doesn’t transmit any application file to the ENS concerning the international selection.
Foreign students can also be admitted, on the basis of an application dossier and interviews, to study for three years for the ENS Diploma. As accommodation on campus is very limited, allocation is made on the basis of social criteria. These students do not receive any remuneration. For more detailed information relating to admission, go to Recruitment (Recrutement). The ENS Diploma comprises a Research Master’s and 36 ECTS. See the list of jointly awarded Master’s (Masters co-habilités).
International students may also be admitted for a maximum period of a year under the university bilateral exchange system. Exchanges are managed by the universities’ international relations departments. Applications outside this system are not accepted. For a list of institutions accepting students under the bilateral exchange scheme in PDF see: (Liste des postes d’étudiants en échange bilatéral en PDF)
International students can also study at the School for a period of 3 to 10 months thanks to an Erasmus programme or a European exchange programme ( programme Érasmus ou à la faveur d’un cursus Européen). Exchanges are managed by the universities’ international relations departments. Applications outside this system are not accepted.
For the year 2010-2011 the ENS has 30 or so Erasmus agreements with European universities.
Under the Erasmus programme, the School accepts foreign students enrolled in these universities for a stay of one or two semesters. The students cannot, however, be accommodated on campus.