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Introduction to the school


In 1983, Université Paris-Sud was accredited by the ‘Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur’. As a result, the ‘Formation d’Ingénieurs de l’Université Paris-Sud à Orsay’ was created, otherwise known as ‘FIUPSO’ (Engineering training at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay). The specialty ‘Electronic Systems - Industrial Computing’ was taught within the University's laboratories, followed after a short while by the ‘Materials’ specialty .

Over the years, Université Paris-Sud has been further enhanced by several engineering courses, such as FIIFO (in the field of IT), NFIO (in the field of optronics) and NFI TEAN (in the field of electronics in apprenticeships). These courses could all be followed through the traditional route and/or through apprenticeships and/or continuing education.

All these courses were brought together under the umbrella of the ‘Institut de Formation d'Ingénieurs de Paris-Sud’ (IFIPS) in 2004, which then went on to become Polytech Paris-Sud after it became part of the Polytech network in 2010.

 On 1st January 2020, Université Paris-Saclay replaced Université Paris-Sud. Polytech Paris-Sud became the internal engineering school of Université Paris-Saclay and changed its name to Polytech Paris-Saclay.

Today, the school trains its students to work in all high-tech professions both in France and around the world, and offers them many opportunities. The school has very close links to industry and continuously develops new partnership programmes. It is located in the middle of a key technology hub containing several public and private research centres located within the Saclay campus. These include CEA de Saclay, research centres for Thales, Danone, Renault and Alcatel, and the Soleil synchrotron, etc.


Key strengths of Polytech Paris-Saclay

  • A strong core course and team projects.
  • Access to ‘dual skills’ degrees. Training can be completed with professional Masters, such as the Master’s in management from IAE in Paris, or Masters from HEC and ESSEC.
  • Doctoral studies: thanks to agreements with the doctoral schools of Université Paris-Saclay. The training is supported by the prestigious research laboratories at Université Paris-Saclay, which is ranked as the top University in France in the Shanghai ranking.
  • Joint syllabus in the 5th year: 20% of future engineers take a joint degree course in the 5th year: Research Master’s and engineering degree.
  • Team skills, project management and entrepreneurship are developed during projects linked to the school's community, as well as projects focused on the world of industry.


Lectures involved with cutting-edge research

Polytech Paris-Saclay is part of the Université Paris-Saclay, which is regularly ranked among the top two French institutions in the Shanghai world ranking (ARWU). Most of the school’s lecturers are world-renowned researchers. They also teach in the grandes écoles close to Paris-Saclay (X, HEC, CentraleSupélec, etc.).

Laboratoire Polytech Paris-Saclay

Laboratory facilities at Paris-Saclay

Since its creation in 1983, Polytech Paris-Saclay has taught its engineers within the innovative environment present in the laboratories at Paris-Saclay, including CNRS, CEA and INRIA, etc. The State’s wish to make the Paris-Saclay hub one of the world's leaders in research and innovation enhances the quality of the educational facilities available to the school's engineering students.

Nearby companies

Polytech Paris-Saclay is located right in the heart of the Saclay campus and benefits from an exceptional site in terms of technology, innovation and research. Large industrial groups, start-ups, incubators and business incubators provide Polytech Paris-Saclay with quality partnerships, including:

  • Thales (avionics, communication, services, EPM), Renault, Peugeot, Valéo, Alstom, La CIE, Bosch Automobile et Electronics, SAGEM DS and Schlumberger, etc.
  • SSII (Service companies): Capgemini, Atos Origin, Sopra, Logica (Unilog), Coframi, Alten and Altéo, etc.

Thanks to their presence, the school benefits from a large number of apprenticeship contracts.

In addition, the alumni network (ADIPS) strengthens partnerships with companies by offering numerous work placements and job opportunities.

Thirty years of experience

The quality of the teams, the teaching resources, the partnerships with laboratories and companies and the alumni association have continuously developed over thirty years. The school also has great plans for the future.

3,600 engineering graduates

Created in 1989, the school's association of engineering graduates maintains strong links between its 3,600 alumni. Various services allow it to help graduates throughout their professional careers, but above all to maintain the strong bonds of friendship built year after year in the lecture theatres (and sports venues) of the school. To find out more, go to the association’s website:

The strength of a large, well-know network

The Polytech network is one of the leading engineering networks in France. The 15 graduate schools within the Polytech network are publicly operated and their degrees are accredited by the ‘Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur’ (CTI). This network offers its community many opportunities for interaction and meetings, including inter-school tournaments, working groups, science conferences and industrial or international partnerships, etc.

A preparatory programme is available at the school

The curriculum to obtain an engineering degree from Polytech Paris-Saclay can be started at the school straight after the Baccalaureate. This allows young engineering students to participate in the life of the school (associations, clubs, networks, projects, etc.) and to benefit from the experience of their elders who have gone abroad for work placements or study.

Partnerships with prestigious partners

To make it easier for its engineering students to gain a joint degree or additional training, Polytech Paris-Saclay is committed to several partnerships with other grandes écoles, such as CentraleSupélec, ENS Paris-Saclay, ENSTA, Institut d’Optique and IAE de Paris, etc. It also has links with Université Paris-Saclay, of course, thanks to its many Master’s courses and doctoral schools.

All this at university rates

The quality / price ratio of Polytech Paris-Saclay is one of the best in France for an engineering school. All the benefits mentioned above (and on the other pages) are available at university rates (approximately €610).