Office of International Programs

STEM Studies at Ecole Polytechnique

At a Glance

City: Plateau de Saclay, Palaiseau (outside of Paris) 
Housing: Residence Hall
Partner: École Polytechnique (Polytechnique)
Language Requirement: none; FREN 100 or FREN 200 recommended
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Visiting Students: No


École Polytechnique is a leading French institution that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology.  Students benefit from an exceptional learning environment in which they have access to cutting-edge facilities located in École Polytechnique’s Research Centers.


Students directly enroll alongside the cohort in Polytechnique's Bachelor of Science program, which is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics and science. Students choose courses from the following double majors: Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics, Mathematics and Physics. All coursework is taught in English.


Students should plan to enroll in 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credts (ECTS) while at Polytechnique. 

In the Bachelor Program, students take core courses in their two fields of study, as well as a French language course and electives in the humanities. The three double majors from which they may choose are: Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics, Mathematics and Physics.  

Students with an advanced level of French (B2), may also select courses from the French Engineering track.

Please refer to the Ecole Polytechnique 20-21 Course Selection Guide for more information.

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


Ecole Polytechnique provides students with individual dorm rooms, furnished with a bed, a cupboard, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom. All rooms have Internet access. Students share a common kitchen, where they can cook and prepare their own food with others, or they can choose to eat in the campus cafeteria or restaurant.

Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be in good academic standing and should have a strong background in math and physics.  They must take Linear Algebra prior to their semester abroad.

Second semester college-level French (Basic French/FREN 0200) 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 Polytechnique.

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