Princeton Program: École Centrale Paris, Exchange in Engineering
Princeton University and the École Centrale Paris (ECP) established an agreement in 2009 to exchange students for one semester of study. The program is intended for students in a variety of engineering departments and is supported by the faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
École Centrale Paris programs offer a unique way to experience a multidisciplinary approach to the engineering sciences, with an emphasis on mathematics and theoretical concepts that is at the root of the French technological culture and, more globally, of a large part of Europe. École Centrale Paris has connections with an array of world-class companies, and students benefit from the presence of many professors working concurrently in industry.
Founded in 1829 as École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, ECP is one of the oldest and most prestigious engineering schools in France and one of France’s Grandes écoles. Many distinguished engineers and industry leaders have graduated from ECP, including Eiffel, Michelin, Peugeot, and Schlumberger.
ECP recruits French students after two years of university-level study in mathematics and physics through a highly selective national entrance competition. Twenty-five percent of ECP’s students come from outside France, and half pursue double degrees from ECP and their home institution. Thus, studying at ECP provides Princeton engineers with the opportunity to make connections with the global technical community and the leaders of tomorrow.
ECP is located in the southern suburbs of Paris (30 minutes by public transportation to the center of Paris). The small and friendly student body (1,800 students) makes it easy for Princeton students to become integrated in daily campus life.