In 1907, the city of Toulouse generously assisted its seven century old university in the creation of an institute dedicated to teaching and research, the Institute of Electrotechnology and Applied Mathematics of the University of Toulouse.
Its principle goals were to train the engineers and managers necessary for the hydraulic and electric renovation of the southwest region and to contribute to the technological development of these scientific disciplines.
The increasing number of students and technical progress led to the creation of the Electrical Engineering and Hydraulics Departments in 1955 followed, in 1956, by the Electronics Department and in 1959, for the first time in a French engineering school, a Department of Applied Mathematics. In 1967, it became the Department of Computer Science.
Today presided over by Professor Alain Ayache, the school is structured into 5 departments : Electrical Engineering - Automation, Electronics - Signal Processing, Computer Science - Applied Mathematics, Hydraulics - Fluid Mechanics, Telecommunications - Networks and 5 research labs which are closely linked.
Complementing this core are 7 specialized training programs (Mastères Spécialisés de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles) , a Continuing Education annex, and 12 doctoral disciplines.
Close to the Pyrenees, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, not far from numerous lakes and moutains, Toulouse is a privileged location for sport: skiing, sailing, or just walking. The " Ville Rose ", the nearby bastides, both offer original and inviting architecture.
As the second largest student center in France, the city enjoys a reputation for its dynamism and cultural activities such as theater, bel canto, several independent film venues, and galleries where young directors and artists can present their work.
All important cultural exhibits come to Toulouse which has created internationally known shows such as the SITEF (International Future Technology & Energy Show). It is also the capital of the Aerospatial Industry and future technology such as electricity and electronics, computer science, automation, materials, fluid mechanics and structures.
Toulouse boasts 120,000 students (15% of the population) divided principally among four universities and 10 " Grandes Ecoles " (National Superior Institutes) with 7,000 researchers in 250 laboratories It is a well-known technopole, a veritable center of brainpower which is developing the technology of tomorrow in its universities and the most modern industries found there: EADS, Alcatel Espace, CNES, Matra, Motorola, Rockwell France, Siemens, Storagetek, Thomson, etc. – Caravelle, Concorde, Airbus, Ariane, and Spot were all conceived and created in Toulouse.
As for food lovers, they’ll be well satisfied!
ENSEEIHT has no particular scholarship to offer.
For excellent students we use to propose them to EIFFEL scholarship, and we can get generally one EIFFEL scholarship per year! But we recall that it\'s an extremely selective kind of scholarship, so it\'s very exceptional to get it.
We also have some industrial partners, and try to find a financial support for our n+i students, but it is not always possible.
Think to use loan, help of relatives ...
After some months of stay in France and a good functionning of the bank account, it \'s also possible to borrow money.
With the exception of the students coming under a special scheme (agreement with their own university or industrial companies) the average fees for n+i students are 3,000 euros for two years. This includes schooling expenses, National Health Service and a wide range of facilities offered to n+i students (reception, accommodation booking, tutorials, French course…)
You need to remember that the overall cost of an academic year for a trainee engineer amounts to 15,000 euros to be supported by the State Budget. It ensures that a student paying 2,000 euros is in fact granted a scholarship of 13,000 euros by the French State! This should be borne in mind if compared with the facilities offered by other countries.
Students with an Eiffel Grant only have to pay 500 euros for the French course.
Studying in a College of Engineering is exacting. One should not contemplate taking up a job, even if part time, to cover one’s expenses.
Various subsidies can be obtained to support either totally or partially one’s studies.
The Association of the Student of the School is basis of the extra academic life in the school ! Many activities are proposed through different clubs (for culture, sport, TV, movie, theatre ..). These clubs give also the opportunity to invest you with the management of them, and to build many relationships with the other students and the staff of the school. For foreigner students it’s an excellent way to integrate themselves in the school community and to speak French intensively. So it is highly recommended to participate in theses activities.
Three major events occur during the year : the Festival N7, the ski week (more than 600 students participate) and the Spring of Students.
Another important association is the Junior Enterprise as an introduction the business activity.
Reception and accommodation
N+I students are welcomed at the railway station or airport as soon as they arrive in Toulouse.
They are taken to their accommodation and helped to settle in. So far, we have been able to get a room in a Students’Hall of Residence for each of our n+i students, which is very lucky since finding a place in Toulouse proves very difficult. The average monthly rent for a single room (including washing facilities) is 130 euros. Like their French peers, foreign students can claim a special benefit called APL (Aide Personnalisée au Logement) which reduces the cost of the rent. Some of the Halls of Residence are sometimes old. A huge refurbishing scheme is in process and the renovated rooms (slightly more expensive) boast an Internet connection. However, only a few new students get this type of room on arrival. One usually has to wait for a while and be patient!
Those who wish to can opt for another type of accommodation (privately owned places, shared flats, etc.). Of course they will have to fend for themselves since the college will be of no avail in this respect.
The average cost of living for a student in France can be evaluated at 800 euros per month (including accommodation).
Students can benefit of many special prices for transport, cinema, …
For accommodations, see the previous text for the rate. The basic rooms in Hall of Residence are quite small (around 9 square meters). Some are bigger and built again with many commodities. The number of these renovated rooms is increasing, but up to now it remains difficult to get one. Students must be patient!
It’s also possible to rent a apartment in the private sector. It’s more expansive (around 350 euros for a two roomed flat) and you have to pay electricity, insurance .. and to have a person “garant” which is very difficult to find. You can also rent a flat with some other student(s).
Europe and Worldwide
ENSEEIHT is recruiting students of more than 25 countries:
Foreign students will find here:
For more informations, please contact us:
International relations director
phone: 33 (0) 561 588 025
fax : 33 (0) 561 620 976
International relations service
bâtiment A, Bureau 100
fax : 33 (0) 561 620 976
phone : 33 (0) 561 588 227
phone :33 (0) 561 588 202
Our school was among the first partners of n+i. We are deeply involved in all innovation proposed by n+i and an important partner also in terms of recruitment.
Our Director, Prof Alain Ayache is now the President of the n+i Netwotk which is the proof of our leading part in this Program.
We have many agreements with foreign institutes (for example with Georgia Tech). But a stay in these Universities is not possible for our n+i students for the following reason : to get the "Diplome d'Ingénieurs" two years in a accredited Engineer School are compulsory.
Moreover, the interest to study in France is to be merged into the french Education system!