1 / S c e a u x ( P a r i s ) T r o y e s M o n t p e l l i e r Tomorrow s Engineer is ageneralist! Water, Energy, Environment, E-Health, Mechanics, Information and Communication technologies, Urban planning, Aeronautics and Aerospace, Engineering Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation /en
2 Key figures 2012 / years of experience in engineers education! A network of about EPF alumni students (40% women) 3 degree programmes accredited by CTI 140 international partner universities A semester abroad for 100% of the students 2 mandatory foreign languages 15% of international students 15 specialisations 12 months of internships during studies 800 industrial partners A team of 100 permanent faculty and staff members 450 lecturers from industry 3 campuses (Sceaux, Troyes & Montpellier) 95% of 2011 graduates found jobs within 2 months after graduation 37,1 a year, gross average starting salary 45,5 a year, gross average salary after 3 years
3 EPF - Graduate School of Engineering EPF s generalist and polytechnic training programme prepares its graduates for a changing, globalised economy. By acquiring a broad skills base and learning to act as managers, mediators and innovators, our engineers are perfectly adapted to the new technological, industrial and human challenges of the companies. An EPF degree puts the wind in your sails and offers an excellent career outlook. Above all, EPF s programme is characterised by the school s ambition of helping each student successfully reconcile their career goals and their personal goals to make their aspirations a reality. Our school s development meets this standard of openness and support, giving each student the possibility of having many varied experiences, through internships, projects, research and entrepreneurship, in a variety of environments, in France and abroad. An EPF education gives every personality room to flourish, in an academic climate focused on social and gender balance, in line with our original mission: building responsible male and female engineers who are committed and appreciated in the companies. Jean-Michel NICOLLE, President EPF S ENGINEERING STUDIES CURRICULUM EPF COURSE STRUCTURE MAJORS AND SPECIALISATIONS GENERAL INFORMATION INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES INTERNSHIPS AND INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDY FRENCH IN PARIS PRACTICAL INFORMATION EPF CAMPUSES
4 Our logo : quite a symbol! The Phi symbol, which comes from ancient Greek, represents - through the golden number - the balance between mathematics, art and philosophy and thus, gathers in the same symbol humanities and sciences. This is the perfect image for the generalist dimension of EPF engineers. Phi is also the root of numerous words and concepts we come across in our educative assignment (philosophy, philanthropy, etc ). It is also the symbol of our historical focus, which is to train and promote women engineers. Through this logo, EPF highlights its history, values and general engineering dimension. Sceaux Montpellier Troyes 9 MILESTONES Founded in 1925, EPF Ecole d Ingénieurs, then known as Ecole Polytechnique Féminine, was one of the first engineering schools in France to admit women. EPF has been coeducational since 1994, hence the acronym with the initials of the original full name Ecole Polytechnique Féminine was founded by Marie- Louise Paris 1939 The Commission des Titres d Ingénieur (Accreditation Board for Engineering Degrees) accredited the EPF Diplôme d Ingénieur 1943 EPF came under the auspices of the French Ministry of Education 1991 EPF acquired the status of a state-approved Foundation 2001 EPF accredited to deliver a Master s Degree with EPF Engineering Degree 2002 Extension of the main site, increasing its area by two thirds 2006 EPF becomes a charter member of the IngéFrance network 2010 Opening of a new campus in Troyes (180 km south east of Paris) 2012 Opening of a new campus in Montpellier (south east of France) 02 EPF has educated alumnae and alumni for all sectors of manufacturing and service industries. Each class is currently made up of about 250 students. All EPF engineering degrees awarded - some in collaboration with foreign universities - are recognised by the official French Accreditation Board for Engineering (Commission des Titres d Ingénieur).
5 EPF S ENGINEERING STUDIES CURRICULUM Thanks to its experience in educating women engineers, EPF remains one of the engineering schools in France with the most women in its student body (40%). 9 INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE Since 1984, EPF students have been able to benefit from international experience, whether in the form of internships or study abroad. Nowadays a growing European Union and globalising of trade have made international training essential. International training and study abroad enable students: to have an inside view of foreign universities and industry, to become really fluent in one or more foreign languages, to acquire experience abroad for first job applications, both in French and international firms, to enhance their career prospects after the first years of professional experience. But the main reason for going abroad is that it is a character building experience, which develops the student s autonomy, adaptability, knowledge and respect for differences, and his or her tolerance. All these qualities are sought after by 21 st century companies. 9 GENERAL ENGINEERING The education of the generalist engineer combines scientific, technical and technological courses. This curriculum enables the graduate engineer to participate in research, to manage projects considering all their aspects (economic, financial, human relations etc.) and to exercise their talents in a variety of sectors in France and abroad. This career calls for extensive responsibilities in the scientific and technical fields, as well as in economic, social and human aspects. An engineer knows how to set an example in society, serving as a stakeholder in the modern world. Sustainable development and ethics are the foundations of their managerial approach. EPF s generalist engineers learn to take on three roles that fully define the part they play in their companies: Leaders, active in decision-making processes (technical solutions, financing and investment choices, etc.). Managing and coordinating teams. Mediators, knowing how to get professionals from different positions (financial, technical, communication, HR, etc.) to communicate with each other and work together. Innovators, capable of investing in new fields and capable of imagination and creativity in both products and services, moving the company forward by helping it innovate. 03
6 EPF provides a truly multidisciplinary generalist three-year curriculum, with identical exams and course content on each site, in Sceaux, Troyes and Montpellier. Students may change campuses according to the major they choose in the 4 th year. Continue studies to earn a doctorate or other degree First job EPF Engineering Degree Master s Level 5 th year 4 th year 30 ECTS 30 ECTS Semester S9 Specialisation Semester S7 Student Engineer Internship or Semester Abroad 30 ECTS 30 ECTS Semester S10 Final Project Semester S8 Major Master s Cycle 3 rd year 30 ECTS Semester S5 30 ECTS Semester S6 2 nd year 1 st year 30 ECTS Semester S3 30 ECTS Semester S4 30 ECTS Semester S1 30 ECTS Semester S2 Licence Cycle (Bachelor Equivalent) Blue Collar Internship September January February June 9 GENERAL ENGINEERING COURSE CYCLE (1 ST, 2 ND AND 3 RD YEAR OF STUDIES) The students take advantage of the first year of studies to adapt to the rhythm of higher education. This concerns not only the learning methods but also the organisation of the personal workload. In this way, each student is able to follow a basic scientific and engineering course, which includes the study of two foreign languages and practical courses on professional skills, in order to prepare for their first internship. During the second year, the basis of the general engineering instruction is laid in order to allow a good transition to the final specialisation cycle. In addition, the fundamental scientific knowledge is consolidated. 04 Starting in the 3rd year, there is a twofold objective: consolidating the foundations of the generalist coursework and ensuring a smooth transition to the major cycle. During this time, EPF helps its students take on-board the professional tools they need to prepare for their 4th year Student Engineer internship, with a broad range of projects (active learning, in which the student plays an active role in training) and elective classes (introduction to art, design, ergonomics, astronomy, health, journalism, etc.). A systems engineering module is taught in cooperation with Dassault Systèmes.
7 EPF COURSE STRUCTURE The school offers balanced and intensive learning, with Lectures (30%), Labs (40%) and Projects (30%). It also favours distance learning with platforms such as Moodle. In addition, students work with advisors to increase their chances of success (coaching and tutoring) and to prepare their career plans (interview simulation, MBTI test and portfolio creation). 9 MASTER S CYCLE The Master s cycle covers the last two years of the training programme. It allows students to put their career plans into practice thanks to a wide range of opportunities in the form of course work, internships, projects, site visits, etc. Students choose their own specialisations, allowing them to personalise their studies. The objective of the last two years of the programme is to develop the technical capacity, the know-how and professional expertise of future engineers. The learning process is put into context so that students can adapt to the companies and develop professional skills. The 1 st semester of the 4 th year (semester 7) is set aside for the engineering student internship or, on a voluntary basis, for study abroad. Students who enter EPF in 4 th year (or international students on the dual degree programme) join the Harmonisation semester. In the 2 nd semester (semester 8), students can choose between six majors. These provide a link between the highly multidisciplinary generalist training in the first three years and the specialisation in the fifth year. In the 5 th year (semester 9), students choose one of the specialisations offered by EPF in Sceaux, Troyes or Montpellier. They can also study at one of EPF s partner schools and universities in France or abroad to prepare a double-degree. Training is completed with a Final Project lasting 5-7 months (semester 10) in a company or a university research laboratory. 9 HARMONISATION SEMESTER EPF is one of the few French graduate engineering schools able to integrate students who have a bachelor s degree from other institutions and who wish to complete their studies at EPF. Students join the EPF curriculum starting in the 4 th year and earn their EPF degree in 2 years. Students must have a solid background in mechanics, mathematics and computer sciences to be accepted on the programme. The harmonisation semester allows these students to smoothly integrate into the regular EPF curriculum and to update or acquire the basic tools and skills required for an engineer entering EPF in the 4 th year. Because courses are taught in French, students should have a minimum level of B1 in French, but can be accepted with a level A2 on condition that they attend our summer language programme. EPF provides French language courses every summer to help with the language requirement. Students attending the harmonisation semester will find themselves in small classes and groups. The small size helps to tailor projects and courses to specific student needs in preparation for their future specialisation. CAMPUS SCEAUX MONTPELLIER TROYES SCEAUX - TROYES MONTPELLIER MAJORS AVAILABLE IN THE 4 TH YEAR MECHANICS ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT ENERGY URBAN PLANNING ALL SPECIALISATIONS ALL SPECIALISATIONS SPECIALISATIONS IN THE 5 TH YEAR Aeronautics and Aerospace Structure and Material Mechanics Environmental and Innovative Engineering Environmental Recycling of Resources and Processing Information Systems Management E-Health / Bio-systems Engineering Business Decision Engineering Industrial and Logistics Engineering Conventional and Sustainable Energies Water, Energy and Environment Sustainable Construction Option of going on to earn a master s degree at UTT Entrepreneurship and Innovation Dual degree in France at a partner institution Semester, year or dual degree abroad 05
8 ENVIRONMENT MAJOR (Sceaux campus) Innovation and optimisation for sustainable development The objective of this major is to use innovation to model and develop a sustainable environmental project. Students are mainly required to have a background in earth sciences and pollution management. The political and legal issues related to the environment will also be studied. The major provides the scientific expertise and modelling tools required in the field of sustainable development. It is particularly geared towards students wishing to play an active role in environmental protection. Graduates in this major are recruited by eco-industrial service groups, local authorities, consultancies, research institutes, national and European agencies and NGOs in the areas of pollution, change management and environmental consulting. ENVIRONMENTAL & INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING The EIE programme is geared towards engineers who want to invent, develop, sell, produce and maintain the sustainable solutions of tomorrow. Students are trained to imagine engineering processes and economic models which will promote a society of sustainable development. The EIE specialisation is entirely taught in English. Students from EPF are joined by international students for a semester of challenge and the opportunity to explore this global movement of change. EPF has recruited local and international professors from the academic community, government institutions, NGOs and from industry. Professors are either native English speakers or fluent in English. Students will study renewable energies, building energy efficiency, waste and water treatment, urban and rural sustainable development, life cycle assessment and eco-design. The innovation part of the specialisation is concentrated in the courses of management of innovation, project management, costing and finance plus sustainable supply chains. Students will also cover topics such as environmental public policy, law, ethics and corporate social responsibility. The pillar of the EIE specialisation is its Environmental Project. In groups of 4-6, students apply their skills to practical work with EIE partners. Sectors and positions Environmental consulting, all the renewable energies, manufacturing and process industries, change management, NGOs, public and private R&D, product and service design and development, project and programme manager, quality control, operations management, consultant. ENVIRONMENTAL RECYCLING OF RESOURCES AND PROCESSING Chemistry/Biology (natural resource rehabilitation and processing). Urban and industrial processing and resource system modelling. Environmental analysis. Waste processing and recycling. 06 Sectors and positions Waste management study engineer, environmental measurement and analysis engineer, environmental safety engineer, environmental technical-commercial engineer.
9 MAJORS AND SPECIALISATIONS MECHANICS MAJOR (Sceaux campus) Design and manufacture of complex mechanical systems The mechanics major studies the different stages of the processes for designing complex mechanical systems through a systems engineering approach. In addition to modern computer-aided design tools, it provides a foundation in material sciences and structure and fluid modelling, which are essential to the different industrial sectors related to metalworking and construction. This major focuses on structure design methods. MATERIAL AND STRUCTURAL MECHANICS AERONAUTICS & SPACE This specialisation gives the requisite and necessary knowledge in aerodynamics, space mechanics, materials, structural analysis, propulsion, flight mechanics applied to design of different types of vehicle: aircraft, helicopter, missile, launcher, drone and satellite. These courses are represented by design offices and 2 major projects: Project of design and performance analysis of military aircraft Project of satellite launcher design By the end of this specialisation, the graduates can take full advantage of their engineering studies, to develop and acquire operational and technical skills, using the techniques, methods and constraints characteristic of a professional course. Sectors and positions Technical design office engineer, aeronautical and aerospace systems engineer, aeronautical maintenance engineer, R&D consultant engineer, sales engineer, engineer managing transversal projects. For more than 20 years, the «Material and Structural Mechanics» specialisation has given EPF students a broad curriculum on general structures, with more specific applications in civil engineering, automobile manufacturing and naval and offshore construction. This specialisation is based on fundamental knowledge taught with an industrial and research purpose: In materials, understanding and predicting mechanical macroscopic behaviour of crystalline materials from their microscopic properties, metallurgy, composite materials, shaping of materials. In structure analysis, the study of beams, plates and shells, with various methods such as the energetic method, under static or dynamic loads, with elastic, visco-elastic, plastic behaviour, and a large study of the finite element method (with Cast3m Software). This specialisation has a close relationship with the EPF research laboratory ERMESS on the topics of fatigue, fracture and reliability. The theoretical courses of this specialisation are completed with experimental practice in external laboratories, on material behaviour (as in the tension of steel bars, tests on concrete samples, soil), metallurgy (X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy), and the production and test of multi-layered plates fabrication. 07
10 08 ICT MAJOR (Sceaux campus) Information and Communication Technologies ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) covers all the technologies required to process information. This major seeks to analyse how ICTs are integrated within a company s operations and how they transform its processes, based on a client-focused approach. It addresses the integration of ICTs within companies in four areas: mobility, responsiveness, transformation of processes and security. INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT Information system architecture, management, Web, IT security, networks, modelling, tests, quality, project management, etc. SECTORS AND POSITIONS System and network administrator, information systems architect, contractor and client project management, application development, IT systems integration, information systems migrator, software quality, information systems security management, enterprise architect. E-HEALTH The foundations of health sciences, healthcare IT systems, legal and economic issues, smart home systems for home healthcare, the latest telemedicine tools and medical imaging. SECTORS AND POSITIONS Healthcare IT systems architect, healthcare network manager, hospital engineer, etc.
11 MAJORS AND SPECIALISATIONS INDUSTRIAL & LOGISTICS ENGINEERING The Industrial and Logistics Engineering specialisation is intended for future specialists in cross-disciplinary supply chain management, with a dual focus on: The acquisition of strategic, tactical and operational skills, in particular in industrial engineering and logistics, including the capacity to understand all the profession s needs, to reorganise processes and industrial IT operation (ERP, flow simulation, etc.). The acquisition of project management tools by working on projects (in line with ISO10006 on project management processes and PMBOOK), team management, overall quality and deciding whether or not to delegate, all with awareness of their impact on the environment To help students quickly acquire new skills, throughout the final year, theoretical coursework is paired with a joint project on managing a company (OSIA Design Concept), including every step of the process, from the design of to the selling of mid-range writing products. These generalist engineers are taught the basics of HR, sales, marketing and finance to get a broad view of every step of the value chain. In addition to their work on cross-disciplinary projects, each student is assigned a specific role in this organisation, defined by the students themselves. This teaches them to handle organisational complexity. Throughout every step of this project, the teaching team will include committed coaches at the students disposal, to help them develop their professional reflexes as quickly as possible. ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT MAJOR (Sceaux campus) This major aims to give students the knowledge and tools necessary to understand a company from a geopolitical, strategic, marketing and financial standpoint. It uses a systemic approach to address the different methods for optimising a company s processes. Company IT systems are studied to control these processes. SECTORS AND POSITIONS Sectors include major industrial groups as well as small and midsized companies and industries. Students may go on to work in a variety of sectors, such as: food industry, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automobile and aeronautics manufacture (including equipment manufacturers), luxury industries, packaging, construction and public works, IT engineering service providers, organisation and management consulting firms, logistics service providers, public and para-public organisations, energy and transport (EDF, GDF-SUEZ, etc.), mass retail, online retail. BUSINESS DECISION ENGINEERING The management part of the programme provides students with the fundamental basics in Economics, Strategic Management, Marketing, Negotiation, Communication and Finance. The technical part of the programme focuses on Information Systems Security, Quantitative Marketing/Data mining and Business Intelligence courses. Since 2007, the EPF Engineering Management programme has included a possible sub-specialisation in Finance (quantitative tools and methods, financial programming, risk management in finance etc.) for engineers who will support traders involved in increasingly sophisticated transactions. In addition, through their participation in a hands-on, four-month project, the students will act as junior consultants pitching for new business. The commercial proposal they have to design in a competitive tender process will encourage future engineers to actively find, integrate and apply technical and managerial concepts and methodologies, provided mainly by teachers with an operational background. SECTORS AND POSITIONS High-tech industries, information technology, infrastructure or processing industries, consultancy firms, software publishing and implementation, financial sector (banking, institutional investors), business development engineer, project manager, IT organisation consultant, financial auditor in industrial sectors, engineer in finance (support information systems for marketplaces). 09
12 URBAN PLANNING MAJOR (Troyes campus) This major offers a broad approach to urban planning based on an analysis of different urban flows: energy, population, circulation, information, water, trade, etc. By analysing usages and taking on board future challenges, it will introduce those areas in which innovation will make it possible to design sustainable buildings. This approach comes within the scope of Le Corbusier s vision: The four main functions of the city are: housing, work, recreation (in free time) and transport. The objective is to train engineers who are likely to go on to become project managers in the field of urban engineering and are capable, in a context of collective planning, to understand all the dimensions of urban territory and to provide a bridge between all players with an influence on the city and its construction. SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION This original training in the construction and renovation of buildings answer to a growing need for Engineers at consultancies, architecture firms, local authorities, construction groups, companies specialising in design or innovation in materials, etc. SECTORS AND POSITIONS QEB Quality Environmental Building engineer, building energy audit energy engineer, environmental urban planning engineer, automation engineer, architect engineer, project manager, etc. 10
13 MAJORS AND SPECIALISATIONS ENERGY MAJOR (Montpellier campus) Water and energy resource operation, management and optimisation The Energy major provides an understanding of the background and issues linked to the integrated management of two resources: water and energy. It addresses concepts relating to these two sectors through scientific and technical coursework, as well as training in political, economic, legal and environmental aspects. This major is geared towards students interested in the core issues of water and energy management in future years. WATER, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT CONVENTIONAL AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY Graduates from this specialisation acquire a set of scientific, technical and managerial skills based on: An industrial approach to energy conversion and production, including nuclear and renewable energies, climate engineering, and related aspects of physics and chemistry. The political and economic aspects of energy, environmental issues including standards and lifecycle analysis, as well as clean technologies and pollution clean-up. The specialisation s «Eco-Friendly Project» gives students the chance to study in further depth and detail the ideas covered in their courses, on subjects taken from industry, engineering, local authorities and research laboratories. SECTORS AND POSITIONS Pure and applied engineering research, research consultancy, consultant, energy-use counsellor, account manager, project leader, operations director, energy buyer. The possible fields of work are many and varied, ranging from large multinational groups to medium and small companies, private research consultancies and pure research laboratories. This programme aims to teach professional skills in the fields of water and energy. It should also train students to critically analyse the policies in effect in these areas and encourage new ideas for the future. More specifically, it fosters the following skills: The environmental impacts of energy management and water management An understanding of the policies and regulations governing water and energy The design, integration and management of energy production systems, with a primary focus on renewable energies The design, integration and management of water distribution and treatment systems Optimised use of water and energy treatment systems SECTORS AND POSITIONS Study, evaluation, R&D engineering in energy and hydraulics, project or audit manager, energy aggregator, etc. The following list is not exhaustive, but indicates typical areas of employment: nuclear energy, energy conversion, renewable energy, energy economics, public works, environmental management, automobile & aeronautic industries (engines), public and private research units such as CEA, CSTB, IFP, CNRS. 11
14 EPF s engineering curriculum has a decidedly international scope, and the institution was one of the first to adopt the European higher education standards introduced by the Bologna Declaration. This new common frame of reference allows EPF s students to align their study programmes with those of top international universities, which encourages international mobility and employability. 9 ASSESSMENT During the first 2 years of studies, a continuous assessment of the students work allows them to be evaluated regularly. The academic requirements to pass from one year to the next are 60 ECTS credits. For the EPF Engineering Degree, the weighted average of grades obtained during the final year of studies is taken into account. But all 300 ECTS credits are required and students must also validate an English language level, as well as an international experience. 9 FOREIGN LANGUAGES Foreign languages and intercultural skills are given a high priority in the EPF teaching programme. In order to train engineers with a truly international profile, we require all students to study 2 foreign languages, one of which must be English (French for foreign students). The other languages currently taught are Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. All languages are taught by native speakers from all over the world. Students are required to have reached level B2* in English before they are awarded their EPF degree and it is recommended that they reach level B1 in their second foreign language. * CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) 12
15 GENERAL INFORMATION 9 EPF S INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT The International Department works with the Department of Studies to orient international experience. It develops partnerships with international universities: every year, new agreements offer larger opportunities for student exchanges, double-degree programmes and internship placements. It sends students abroad for double degrees, exchange semesters or internships. It welcomes international students for double degrees, exchange semesters or summer programmes 9 THE MARIE-LOUISE PARIS RESEARCH DEPARTMENT EPF s research department works on 3 strategic aspects that are fundamental for our society and reflect the generalist engineer model: the security of goods and communication sustainable energy natural resources It forms part of the Marie-Louise Paris research division (named in homage to the school s founder and her pioneering spirit) and has four principal research areas: Materials and mechanical components (ERMESS) Secure information Clean and sustainable chemical processes Production and management of renewable energies 9 RESEARCH EPF s research policy is designed to foster a true research culture at the heart of its teaching model. This research policy aims to meet the needs of the modernisation of the French higher education system in direct international competition and the expectations of the French government and the AERES assessments. It is also designed to help with updating the skills set of EPF generalist engineers and offer new career outlooks to students. EPF s research policy is overseen by a Scientific Board and led by a Research and Innovation Director. It draws first and foremost on UTT s laboratories, but also on one or two pivotal partnerships at each site (Sceaux, Troyes and Montpellier). 9 THE PROMOTION OF EPF S RESEARCH EPF has developed industrial partnerships (services,phd thesis with an industrial partner), in particular in new fields (chemicals, energy and IT) to add value to its research and in a bid to make it self-financing. In this regard, EPF is participating in the project to create a common laboratory with Thales and UTT, in the field of cyber-security and strengthening its industrial partnerships in the fields of mechanics (TOTAL, GDF-Suez) and chemicals (SEB-CALOR). EPF s students mainly gain exposure to research thanks to: EPF s teachers-researchers or external academics (CNRS, CEA, etc.), who transfer their expertise and methods; mentored personal work for all students in their third year at EPF, with a bibliographical report on a target subject, a meeting with a researcher in the field and the production of a memoir or an oral and visual work presentation; a research s production involving the registration of patents and/or the production of scientific publications, during an internship in the fourth or fifth year in a research laboratory in France or abroad for willing students. 13
16 «I studied in the ITESM university in Mexico and joined EPF thanks to a double degree programme. I spent a year and a half in Sceaux, as an international student of EPF, and not only was it a great experience, but the EPF engineering diploma opened many doors for my career. Just being in France and taking most of my classes in French, already made a big difference. You never really speak a language or understand a culture without living in the country and sharing a part of your life with the people. France is an amazing country and Paris a beautiful city. On the other side, the knowledge aquired in the Energy and Environment courses has been more than useful now that I m starting my professional life. Coming to the EPF was definitely a good decision.» Belén GASSER - Double degree student from Tecnológico de Monterrey - Mexico EUROPE Czech Republic Denmark Finland Germany Hungary Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA Egypt Lebanon Senegal Turkey NORTH AMERICA Canada-Quebec USA LATIN AMERICA Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia Mexico Venezuela 9 INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS The organisation of teaching adapted to the Bologna process allows EPF s students to harmonise their academic studies with those of the leading foreign universities, helping to promote international exchange. Students must have at least one semester of international experience in order to graduate. There are many possibilities to fit each student s projects and ambitions: binational training, double degrees, international degrees and internships or study abroad programmes. To foster international exchange, EPF is a member of the following organisations and networks: Campus France, Erasmus, n+i, GE4, CREPUQ and UFA. ASIA Brunei Burma China Hong-Kong India Indonesia Japan Korea Laos Malaysia Philippines Singapore Taiwan Thailand Vietnam OCEANIA Australia 14
17 INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES 9 6 DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMMES WITH University of Applied Sciences Munich (MUAS) in Germany, oriented towards Industrial engineering Université de Sherbrooke in Canada, wide range of engineering Masters Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, in Spain, where students have access to all fields of specialisation offered by the school Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), in Florida (USA), oriented towards Aeronautics or Software Engineering Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada, for Computer Science Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico, wide range of specialisations If you are studying in one of those universities and are interested in joining the double degree programme, please contact the International Relations office of your university. In order to obtain the French engineering degree, students have to spend at least 2 of the last 3 years of their study at EPF. 9 EXCHANGES EPF s agreements with its partners stipulate that studies will be free of charge for exchange students and that tuition is paid to the home institution. EPF students are authorised to study abroad for one or two semesters. Their programme of courses must be approved by EPF. Students are expected to obtain an equivalent of 30 ECTS credits during semester 7 or 9 and 24 ECTS credits during semester 10, in order to comply with the requirements for the EPF engineering degree Exchange students have to take a minimum of 20 ECTS credits / semester. GE4 The GE4 is a private association created in 1996 with the support of European industry and academic institutions. Its aim is to facilitate the mobility of engineers and managers worldwide. Through this programme, students may take exchange semesters in Latin America and Asia, with transfers for the credit they earn and exemption from tuition fees. 9 MASTER OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF ENGINEERING Students who wish to earn an international degree in addition to their EPF degree have many possibilities for adding classes that will lead to a Master of Science or a Master of Engineering. These additional classes are taken starting in semester 9 or semester 10. More than 140 parternships in 41 countries 15
19 INTERNSHIPS AND INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIPS 9 COMPANIES AND EPF S GOVERNANCE For more than 50 years, EPF has shown mutual trust for its partner companies, based on their recognition for our well-rounded engineers professional merit. A testimony to this mutual relationship between the school and companies, several large groups (EADS, EDF, GrDF, Dassault Aviation and IBM) serve on EPF s Board of Directors and its continuing education board. They play an active role in setting out the academic curriculum and providing advice on specialisations and coursework (more than 300 professionals contribute to participate in the various courses), taking part in professional conferences, sponsoring classes and hosting students. 9 A DRIVE FOR PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION This special relationship between companies and EPF is the result of our school s serious professional integration policy, backed by a department dedicated to this issue. This entity is in charge of preparing engineering students for professional insertion. It organises conferences with large corporations, prepares our students for recruitment processes (CV/ resume coaching and interview preparation) and promotes our graduates projects through the «Les EPF ont du talent» competition. With a focus on the industrial sector, this department encourages students to take on internship and job opportunities and fosters EPF students networking with companies. 9 SUPERVISED INTERNSHIPS & PROJECTS In addition to training well-rounded engineers, one of EPF s primary concerns is making its students capable of being adaptable and operational in the companies. To meet this goal, the school has included several approved internships in its programme, throughout the curriculum. Internship projects are done upon the company s request, in France or abroad. Students are assisted by the internship department and advised by an EPF teacher and supervised by an engineer from the company. Exchange Students have access to internships during their academic period. «My training in Qatar for Vinci Construction Grands Projets is a great experience! As I was in the MMS specialisation at EPF, I chose construction work and nowadays, the Middle East is the perfect destination for construction. The project is a metro/tramway construction in the new city of Lusail north of Doha which looks like a desert for the time being. I started as a manager of one of the 3 main contractors of the project during the excavation phase and now I am working on the next phase: studying and pricing the underground stations. Thanks to the multidisciplinary training at EPF, I could see different faces and had different tasks on the project. It is also a good experience thanks to the mix of culture existing in Qatar (Qatari just represent 15% of the population). I work with people from Germany,UK, India, Malaysia, Egypt and so on. It is really exciting and interesting on both a professional and personal level as each person has different methods and work habits.» Sandra Mirabella - Internship with VINCI Construction in Qatar 9 CORPORATE FORUM EPF organises a corporate forum every autumn to put student engineers into contact with leading engineering companies. This forum gives EPF students an exceptional opportunity to network with our industrial and services partners. Every year, this event gives 3rd- and 5th-year students a chance to find internships and make decisions or contacts that will help their careers. Every field of engineering is represented at the forum: aeronautics, telecommunications, IT, construction, the environment, finance, and more. 17
20 A lot of opportunities are offered to international students who wish to come to EPF, ranging from summer programmes to double degree programmes 9 DO YOU WANT TO STUDY AT EPF? First of all, you have to decide if you want to obtain the French engineering degree, or just study for a short period (1 or 2 semesters). Then, check if your university has an agreement with EPF (exchange or double degree programme). EPF has a lot of bilateral agreements worldwide and is also part of the GE4 programme. If your university doesn t have a bilateral agreement with EPF, please contact us. For students who don t speak French well, the n+i programme is the most appropriate way to join EPF and obtain the French engineering degree, because it includes a linguistic preparation. 9 DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS Double degree programmes (Bilbao, ERAU, TEC de Monterrey) n+i programme If you have a good level in French and a bachelor s degree, you can also apply directly to EPF. You have to spend 2 years in France to obtain the French engineering degree. Students who wish to take classes in French must provide a certificate of a B1 level in French. Those who come to take classes taught in English must provide proof of a B2 level in English. 9 1 MAJOR/ 2 SPECIALISATIONS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH International students who do not speak French may now take classes in English in any semester. From January to end of June, they can attend the Engineering Management Major which is totally taught in English. During all semester (September to December), students may join one of the following two specialisations: Environmental and Innovative Engineering (EIE) or Business Decision Engineering (BDE), also given in English. 9 ERASMUS OR EXCHANGE STUDENT 18 Thanks to the different networks EPF belongs to, it is possible to study at EPF as an exchange student and build a specific programme, by choosing courses in different years (usually in the 4th & 5th years). Exchange students stay for 1 or 2 semesters. Credits obtained at EPF are then transferred back to the home university.
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