SUPPORT AND INTEGRATION SERVICES AT ÉCOLE DES PONTS PARISTECH
a) Support and guidance for students before their arrival at the School: email and telephone contacts to help students prepare for their stay (information on courses, residence conditions, life at the School and in France, etc.).
b) Welcome meeting and induction week:
- Presentations on the School, its organization, the Campus, compulsory administrative procedures, and practical living.
- Evaluations of levels of spoken and written French and English.
- Induction to the faculty departments and definition of the study contract
c) Mentoring program set up by Ponts Alliance (alumni association) under which a student is supported by a mentor (School graduate) who can provide help both in adapting to France and on academic and professional questions.
SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
Access by foreign students to the School’s housing stock. In order to help its students find accommodation, École des Ponts ParisTech has signed agreements with several student residences, both in Champs sur Marne and in Paris. International students have access to this accommodation.
Guidance and support for students in applying to CAF (French benefits agency) for housing support. We help students complete the form, follow up the application, call CAF if necessary, etc.
Visa and residence permit
Centralization of administrative procedures associated with applications for a “long-stay visa” and registration for Social Security (it is our administrative services that submit the students’ visa applications to the prefecture and register students for student Social Security).
SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC TEACHING AND TUTORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS
Intensive French courses before the start of the programs and over the year:
Students whose level of French on admission is below B2 (DELF criteria) are provided with an intensive French course lasting around 3 weeks, before the start of the degree program. In addition, courses in “French as a foreign language” are provided throughout the year at École des Ponts ParisTech so that students can continue to improve their grasp of the language.
Special seminar in mathematics and mechanics:
French engineering programs are characterized by a high mathematics and mechanics content, which can sometimes lead to differences between the levels attained by international students in these subjects and the knowledge needed to follow second and third year classes in the engineering program comfortably. International students whose level was judged insufficient by the École des Ponts admissions panel follow a five-day seminar that takes place before the beginning of the engineering program.
Other specific educational arrangements:
- Introduction of a special law module designed for international students.
- Individual language classes in French and English for students who are struggling.
- Personalization of student education to meet the degree accreditation requirements of their home university.
- Possibility of taking examinations/assignments in English (for non-degree exchange students).
- Possibility of a so-called “Tandem Language Learning” module, in which two students work together to learn each other’s languages.
SERVICES LINKED WITH PEDAGOGICAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNSHIPS
At École des Ponts ParisTech, the Career Guidance Service develops different activities to support students’ transition to the professional world: career guidance workshops, themed lectures (international corporate volunteering, corporate diversity, ethics in business, networking, teamwork, succeeding in international careers), sectoral evenings, etc.
In this sphere, international students receive personal support and coaching: special workshops on finding jobs/internships, on writing resumes and covering letters in French, on the French employment market, on interviewing for jobs, etc.
PARTICIPATION IN STUDENT LIFE
“International” section in the School’s student association (BDE): represented by an international student, it supports foreign students by organizing the “Mon binôme” (buddy) program. Participation by foreign students in the induction weekend, where two thirds of the costs are paid by the School.
Organization of cultural evenings where students are encouraged to present their home countries.