Office of International Programs

Engineering Program in Gif-sur-Yvette

Centrale SupélecCentrale SupélecAt a Glance

City: Plateau de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (outside of Paris) 
Housing: Residence Hall
Partner: CentraleSupélec (Centrale)
Language Requirement: none; FREN 100 or FREN 200 recommended
Calendar: Spring Semester
Accepts Visiting Students: No


Brown University’s Engineering program in France offers students a unique opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary approach to engineering studies, combining theoretical concepts with practical connections to French industry. This specialized program allows students to take science and engineering coursework in English and in French, while improving their command of French with required French language courses.


Students directly enroll in courses at CentraleSupélec, known for its multidisciplinary approach to the engineering sciences and collaboration with industry. Students begin their semester at Centrale with a one-week long orientation program (end of August or end of January), right before beginning their regular courses. Students participate in cultural activities (clubs, trips, associations, etc.) of their choice organized by the numerous and varied student groups at Centrale.


At CentraleSupelec, students should plan to enroll in 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. Students may choose from coursework in energy science, computer science and electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical and civil engineering, physics, chemical engineering, and industrial engineering, management and economic systems; there are also a limited number of courses in humanities and social sciences. In addition, all students are required to enroll in a French as a Foreign Language course for credit. 

During the fall, students may choose from the following courses in English*:

*Courses subject to change. Please refer to the most recent course listings from ECP for more information.

  • Advanced Programming
  • Nanomechanics
  • Structural Dynamics and Acoustics OR Chemical Engineering for Industrial Applications
  • The Genome
  • Advanced Heat Transfer
  • Signal Processing

During the spring semester, students may choose the following courses in English*:

  • Computational Analysis
  • Nuclear Engineering; Numerical Optimization and Applications; Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Physics; Advanced Materials and Novel Devices for Information Technologies; OR Introduction to Purchasing
  • Combustion Modeling and Simulation; Programming Mobile Devices; Introduction to Computer and Artificial Vision; Introduction to Machine Learning; Science-Fiction & Physics; OR Cogeneration and Energy Production
  • Multiscale Surface Analysis; Advanced Numerical Simulation; High Performance Computing for Engineering and Finance; A Crash Course in Modern Mathematical Physics; OR Risk Assessment and Management
  • Heat Transfer; Introduction to Random Modeling; Multi-agent Modeling of Complex Systems; Applications of the Finite Element Method;  OR Production Planning and Scheduling.

Academic Calendar
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year. 
Please refer to the program calendar 
for specific information about program dates. 

  • Fall semester:  early August to mid-January
  • Spring semester: early January to end of June
  • Academic year: early August to end of June


Students are housed in single rooms in student residence halls. Cultural, leisure, and athletic facilities as well as a library, auditorium and cafeteria are available on campus.  

Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be in good academic standing and should have a strong background in math and physics. First- or second-semester college-level French (FREN 0100-0200/Basic French) or the equivalent recommended, but not required.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown’s online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early. A host institution application also is required with CentraleSupélec.

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