The International Selection of École normale supérieure: profile
At the pinnacle of French scientific excellence, École normale supérieure (ENS) is a prestigious teaching and research institution. Located in central Paris, at the heart of the Latin Quarter, ENS has developed a unique research-based approach to education, highly specialized and interdisciplinary, at the interface of varied disciplines across 15 departments.
With 2500 registered students in Science and the Humanities, primarily at postgraduate level, the ENS occupies a unique position among first-class universities worldwide. Its contribution to scientific excellence and to French intellectual life is substantial. As a student at the ENS, you will select your preferred courses in great intellectual freedom, through an interaction with your tutor and teachers. Graduating from ENS will open a broad range of career opportunities – the intellectual excellence and originality of ENS graduates is indeed highly valued. At all levels, students have access to the École’s exceptional resources:
• 12 libraries with more than 800000 documents in open access
• Numerous conferences by renowned academics from France and from abroad
• 4000 filmed conferences available online on the SAVOIRS-ENS website.
One of the twelve beautiful libraries
Amongst its alumni are 12 Nobel Prize laureates, all ten French recipients of the Fields Medal and half of CNRS Gold Medal winners. Since its foundation in 1794, renowned intellectuals such as Évariste Galois, Louis Pasteur, Jacqueline de Romilly, Simone Weil, Paul Sabatier, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Aimé Césaire or Serge Haroche have studied or taught at ENS. The École is the highest-ranked French institution in international university evaluations.
Happy École students walking the halls.
Why study at ENS?
Alongside available exchange programmes and on the basis of a competitive entrance exam, the International Selection recruits outstanding candidates who are eager to be involved in a research-based academic curriculum.
Who are we looking for? We are interested in students from all geographical backgrounds and from all disciplines. As an excellent scholar, you wish to explore an exceptional studying and research environment in close contact with world-class academics? As an open-minded learner, you wish to add an interdisciplinary approach to your education? As a spirited student, you wish to take part in a cosmopolitan campus life?
Admission to ENS through the International Selection will give you access to excellent education provided by renowned professors and consolidated by individual tutoring and support. You will become an integral part of the close-knit community of ENS students and researchers and will receive a monthly grant of 1000 Euros for two or three years.
Students working in the labs
15 teaching and research departments:
• Cognitive Studies
• Art History and Theory
• Literature and Languages
• Information Technologies
• Social Science
École normale supérieure is as much a community of students as it is a place of learning. Here, a geographer can dance with a computer scientist and schedule film club screenings with a physicist, while an economist may very well face an archaeologist in a rugby game. All nationalities of students meet and learn together in small group classes, hence building close relationships which form the basis of the strong identity of the ENS.
Student clubs, societies and organizations invite you to try more than fifty cultural and artistic activities and sports. The Arts Office (Bureau des Arts) proposes discount tickets for Paris’s greatest venues along with guided tours of historical monuments and cultural institutions, while the Student Office (COF) organizes trips to regions of France and European cities. Students can choose from this large panel and join the Student Radio, take swing dance and circus classes or again try debating, sailing, wine-tasting or climbing as well as a variety of team sports.
Soaking up the sun in the beautiful grounds
How to apply:
Candidates must send their application to Admissions between December and February.
Service des admissions et des études (SAE) - École normale supérieure
45, rue d ’Ulm
75230 - Paris cedex 05 – France
Contact (English spoken):
+33 1 44 32 31 08 [Fax : +33 1 44 32 28 08]
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SAVOIRS-ENS website: ENS’ MOOC website