The majority of students are recruited via the competitive « Mines-Ponts » national exam. However, a parallel, credential-based enrollment representing 20% of the class is available for excellent university graduates.
Candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering or computer science can join the School as first-year students. Candidates holding a Bachelor degree plus a first year of graduate studies or equivalent in the above mentioned disciplines, physical chemistry, applied mathematics and engineering mathematics can be directly enrolled into the second year.
The graduate course in science and engineering—ICM (Ingénieur Civil des Mines) also welcomes international exchange students from partner universities as auditors for one or two academic semesters or for lab internships at graduate level.
French Summer Schools and integration programs for international students are available in partner institutions:
Bachelor of Science or engineering with honors either equivalent or admission under the framework of an agreement (contact your office of international relations).
What level are you expected to have in French ?
If you are applying for :
- a lab internship : no preliminary French is required,
- an exchange academic period : a B1 level is highly recommended,
- a double diploma : a B1 level is mandatory.
In all cases, classes of French as a foreign language are available from October to May with different level groups and 2 to 3 hours per week .
Language competences description
Here is a description of the language competences commonly graded into 6 levels by the Council of Europe.
Preliminary French classes are not required.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Preliminary French classes are not required.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
In addition, French classes are highly recommended.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Proof of B1 level is required ( official French certificates such as TCF are accepted).
French classes are compulsory.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Phone : +33 (0)4 77 42 00 82