Université Paris-Saclay, together with France's most prestigious graduate schools of engineering (the so-called "Grandes écoles").
ENSAE's Research Center is the CREST (Center for Research in Economics and Statistics), leading research center in the fields of economics, statistics and finance.
ENSAE’s teaching staff includes some of the country's foremost specialists in their fields. Most lecturers at ENSAE are researchers or academics, but many are professionals working in large public or private corporations.
About a hundred and fifty students graduate each year from ENSAE, having completed a program comparable to the first year of study for a North-American Ph.D. or a top-level North-American Master's Degree in Economics or Statistics. Two thirds of ENSAE graduates join banks or insurance companies. Many of the others obtain academic positions or work as consultants or auditors. Over fifty percent of ENSAE graduates work in the field of finance.
The academic background of ENSAE students is extremely varied. Some are admitted through a competitive examination taken after two or three years in the post-secondary school preparatory programmes (classes préparatoires). Others are graduates of the top French higher education establishments, such as the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Normale Supérieure or other Grandes Ecoles (graduate schools). Others are university graduates in economics and/or mathematics.
ENSAE also welcomes foreign students who have graduated from institutions of comparable standards in their own countries: among the 400 ENSAE students, about 20% are from abroad.. Depending on their background and needs, these students can be directly admitted either into the first or second year of the mainstream three-year program leading to ENSAE degree, or into the fifteen-month graduate programme leading to the Mastère Spécialisé de Modélisation Economique et Statistique.
Every student can apply to study abroad for his/her last academic year. This opportunity is also offered to foreign students who have joined the ENSAE. For instance, a Chinese student who integrated the ENSAE at the first or second year program level can apply to study 'abroad' for his/her last academic year at the ENSAE. At the end he/she will be granted the ENSAE diploma and that of the instituion where he/she has studied for a year. For this academic year students are allowed to apply round the world (according to specific rules). For this academic year abroad specific agreements have been signed with key actors of the global academic sphere, such as the MFE of the University of Berkeley (USA).
PhD students who have passed their qualifying examinations can join the CREST to work on their dissertation.