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École Polytechnique Exchange

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Office of International Program Development (IPD)

Location: Palaiseau, France


The École Polytechnique, renowned for its training in physical sciences, engineering and mathematics, has historically trained France’s scientific and industrial elite. Students must have a strong background in math to succeed in this program, which combines intensive coursework with research opportunities.


  • Full Year
  • Fall/Winter
  • Winter/Spring

Languages: French

Language Requirements: 

  • 2 years+ or the equivalent of college-level French with the ability to do coursework in French.
  • Students must meet with Professor Margaret Dempster in the Department of French in order to assess their language skills prior to application.


Residence halls for French and international students.

Program Costs: 

Please refer to the IPD program page for cost information.


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