Our students in the international sphere


At École des Ponts ParisTech, all students must spend some of their degree program abroad, whether studying or in an internship.


There is now a minimum requirement for common examination students on the engineering program: they must spend at least eight continuous weeks abroad during the program. In practice, École des Ponts students spend an average of one year of their training outside France.


  • On the short internship: professional experience in a functional project, for two months between the 2nd and 3rd year. More than 50% of short internships are done abroad.
  • On the long internship: experience as a novice engineer in a company, for one year between the 2nd and 3rd year. More than 25% of long internships are undertaken  abroad.
  • During the end of course project: a genuine professional project, one semester at the end of the 3rd year.
  • As part of a double-degree: academic program that culminates in a degree from École des Ponts ParisTech and from a partner university.
  • As a third year spent abroad: academic study for one or two semesters in a foreign university. Almost half the students who enter the School via examination will spend a year in a partner university during their degree. 

International students

A strong foreign student presence

In academic year 2016-2017, almost 47% of the School’s students were from outside France, originating in 48 different countries.

  • double-degree students 
  • students in internships at the School for one or two semesters of training in order to acquire the credits needed to obtain their degree in their home university;
  • PhD candidates
  • Masters degree students
  • Advanced Masters (mastère spécialisé®) students
  • participants in the MBA des Ponts

Their presence on the campus makes the School a fertile place for the meeting of cultures and creates a vibrant group dynamic.

The International Relations Department has a support unit that provides assistance and advice to foreign engineering students throughout their stay.

Intercultural communication

Language learning and intercultural communication consequently play an important role in the education of student engineers. In all, 20% of study time is dedicated to languages.


English is compulsory for everyone and, to be awarded a degree, students must have obtained a minimum score of 785 points in the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).

Second Compulsory Language

Students must also choose a second language from the following options: German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian