ESCOM - Ecole supérieure de chimie organique et minérale

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Join us at ESCOM !

ESCOM is a higher education institution in chemistry and chemical engineering located in Compiègne in France, less than one hour from Paris. Our training and degree are recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and accredited by the Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI).

Our engineering programme allies scientific courses, mainly chemistry, together with chemical and process engineering, but also human sciences (economics, social sciences and languages), business awareness and internationalization.

Joining ESCOM will allow you to benefit from a training focused on innovation, green chemistry and sustainable development. We prepare students for a diversity of jobs and fields of activity : fine chemistry and applications, biotechnologies, agro industries, environment, energy, pharmacy, cosmetics….

There are today 630 current students at ESCOM and an alumni network of about 3 000 students. We welcome around 20 new international students each year, either as exchange student or degree students.

Located on the Campus of the University of Technology in Compiègne (UTC) with about 4 000 students in total, ESCOM contributes to a territorial dynamic at academic and research level in green chemistry and sustainable processes.


For more information, visit our website www.escom.fr and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ESCOMinternational/


ESCOM is located in Compiègne, one-hour north from Paris by train and ideally accessible from airports. Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais airports are both at 45 minutes.

Compiègne benefits from many advantages for students : reasonable standards of living, free public transports, student accommodations, safe and green environment.

ESCOM is established on the same campus as the University of Technology in Compiègne (UTC) gathering about 4 000 students.

Compiègne is a former imperial city, rich of culture and history.



What international students like at ESCOM : 

- the programme mixing chemistry with processes and human sciences to train open-minded and multi-skilled engineers 

- theoretical courses combined with practice thanks to a significant number of hours in laboratories, group projects and interventions of industrial professionals

- the high level of professionalization (up to 15 months of internships) and strong relationships with industry and companies

- a wide range of majors in fifth year to meet everyone’s expectations

- a wide network of partner companies and universities worldwide

- a personalized support for your integration, study project and career

- a human-sized institution facilitating your integration and your participation into the rich and dynamic student life

- the city of Compiègne, pleasant to live and easy to get your bearings, close from Paris with an affordable standard of living.

Professional Network

Close partnerships for seamless professional integration

Since its creation, ESCOM has been committed to promoting professional training, and takes particular care to foster close relationships with partner companies.

These two-way partnerships imply:

• a school that is aware of industry needs and which provides adapted training for qualified, highly effective engineers and researchers for the future,

• companies playing an active role in the school's organization by participating in the board’s activities and joining the faculty. They offer work placements and job opportunities in accordance with each student's major.

Internships for a perfect professional integration

During their curriculum, students will gain at least 9 months of professional experience, in France or abroad. ESCOM works with a large network of renowned French and international companies (Air Liquide, Akzo, L'Oréal, BASF Coatings, GlaxoSmithKline, Rhodia, Sanofi-Aventis, Total, Lubrizol...).

A Region combining academic and industrial cooperation in green chemistry

Compiègne and the Region Hauts-de-France are clearly identified today as a benchmark location in Europe for green chemistry works and valorisation of plants. ESCOM and other academic institutions work in partnership with local companies in bio-refining within the Competitiveness Cluster IAR "Industry Agro-Resources". They are also part from a large project supported by the French governement in the framework of the national investment programme to develop an Institute of Excellence in plant chemistry.


ESCOM joined n+i network four years ago and already recruited students through this network.

You can find here the testimony of one n+i student who graduated at ESCOM.

Important Dates

Recruitment of new foreign students can start from September and stops at end of June.


Foreign students can benefits from grants in different programmes according to excellence criteria : 

- ESCOM social programme/ESCOM excellence programme

- Eiffel grants

They can also benefit from social help for their accommodation through A.P.L


M1 : 6 450  euros

M2 : 6 450 euros

Available master
Student Life

There are 11 associations held by the students allowing to be greatly involved in sports, but also in technical, cultural and relief activities (galas, concerts, theatre, dancing, choral singing, cinema, photography, charity work, poker, cooking, junior enterprise, graduate fair, a wide variety of sports...). This association life, dense in experiences, also provides the opportunity to take responsibilities and to develop initiative-taking and project management skills.

ESCOM is also member of "Study in Hauts-de-France" network gathering all higher education institutions of the region which organise common networking events (welcoming day, visits...) dedicated to international students.

International students can join Esperanto, the international students' association of the University of Technology in Compiègne (UTC) and benefits from advantages, social events and visits.

ESCOM has also a specific agreement with a bank provided special offers for international students.


The international relations office will help you in your search for accommodation.

All types of accommodation are available : four student residencies run by the CROUS (student representative body dealing specifically with student accommodation), private accommodation, sharing flats, private residencies, host families). Student accommodation are generally situated at a walking distance from the school.

Student accommodation can be provided on request and depending on the availability. Thus, the request has to be made enough in advance.

Accommodation fees

Costs vary according to the type of housing. All studio/room are ensuite, with basic kitchen equipment and internet access.

- Studios between 17 m² and 23 m² : between €289 et 380€

- Shared studio - with 4 individual rooms : between €310 and 360€

- 9 m² room : 250 € (renovated residence)

International students are generally accommodated in the closest residence (2 minutes walking from ESCOM)

As a guide to living costs in Compiègne, a student is recommended to budget between 500 to 700 € per month, depending on the type of accommodation. A meal at University restaurant costs 3€. Public transports are free.

Some figures

ESCOM rwelcomes about 10 to 15 new international students each year. Foreign students also have access to a network of more than 150 international students on the campus with the University of Technology.

The International Relations Office will bring you the necessary support to prepare your arrival and good conditions and will accompany all along your stay depending on your needs. You will benefit from a personalized follow-up thanks to the following services :

- Receiving personal instructions and itinerary to arrive in Compiègne

- Welcoming in Compiègne train station or at your residence by an international relations officer or by a student

- Support to finalise the entry process in your accommodation with the CROUS to pick up your keys

- Handing out a welcome kit (accommodation, city maps, bus routes, other practical information)

- Participating to buddy programme and tutorship programme to facilitate your integration.

You are recommended to arrive during the first week of September to participate to the welcome days for international students. This may help you to be well prepared before the official entry in your class and to support you in the administrative process (presentation and visit of the campus, administrative counseling, meeting with tutors and buddies, socialization event, etc)

Partnership with n+i

ESCOM joined n+i network in 2012 and already hosted 5 students (3 already graduated). 


ESCOM has different types of relations with foreign universities and institutes in Europe and worldwide :

- exchange agreement (students and teachers), from bachelor to PhD;

- lab work projects/research internships;

- double degrees.

Official website
Visit the official website at

n+i Representative