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ENSCCF - Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrrand
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Founded in 1908, the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ENSCCF : www.ensccf.fr) is a Graduate School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering funded by the French Ministry in charge of higher education and research (MESR).

The ENSCCF is classed as a Grande École in the French education system giving it a certain prestige and independence in terms of management and teaching methods where a strong emphasis is placed on practical work and industrial placement.

The ENSCCF belongs to the network of Chemistry Schools in France : Fédération Gay-Lussac : 


The School is located on the vast scientific campus of the Université Blaise Pascal (UBP : http://www.univ-bpclermont.fr/) overlooking the city of Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne, in the heart of France.

At the crossroad of three main motorways and several train lines, Clermont-Ferrand, only 3 hours away from Paris, also has an international airport with connects the region to 35 French and European cities. The region offers great views on volcanoes, lakes, forests and presents an inspiring picture on the origin of the world.

Every year, the city of Clermont-Ferrand welcomes over 35,000 students on its campuses spread around the city, which represents 10% of its population. In line with its student population, the city has several theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, shops, stadium, swimming pools, golf courses, ice rink, restaurants and bars thus students can benefit from cultural and leisure activities.

The School itself is situated on the western edge of the Cézeaux Campus and is connected to the city centre, two miles away, by three bus lines and a tram.


The n+i program is open to international students with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and allows them to obtain :

The French Diplôme d’ingénieur in two years. This diploma is the equivalent of an International Master’s degree with honors (Master n+).

  COME AND MEET US on SKYPE:  ensccf63

Get in touch by email to organise an interview : sylvie.ducki@ensccf.fr



Upon arrival in France in July, students will complete a cultural (PIC) and linguistic (PIL) integration period (July to September), organised by the n+i network. (more information: http://www.nplusi.com) followed by a semester of methodological/scientifc  integration  (PIM) (September to December) at the ENSCCF, where intensive classes in French, Maths, and Chemistry are offered.

During February to May , students will follow lectures and participate to tutorials and practical work in Organic, Inorganic, Analytical & Physical Chemistry as well as Chemical Engineering. Modules include : caracterisation of materials, bioorganic and organic chemistry, mechanical behaviour of material, chemical engineering, maths, English and a second language (Spanish, German, Chinese).

In June, students will conduct a 3-month research placement., preferably in a research setting, preferably abroad. Travel grants are available.


In September, students will be follow lectures in Quality, Marketing, Formulation, Enterprise, English and will able to specialise in one of the 3 options offered by the School:  

-- Chemical Engineering (Director : Prof Réza DJELVEH) Modules include : Process industrialisation, Unit operation, Reactors, Applied thermodynamic, Optimisation, Instrumental regulation, Crystallisation, Process design.

--  Organic Chemistry  (Director : Dr Isabelle Ripoche) Modules include : Advanced organic chemistry, Drug design, Cosmetics, Natural Products, Biotechnology, Catalysis.

--  Materials (Director : Prof Philippe BOUTINEAU) Modules includes nanomaterials, Industrial polymers, Surface analysis. To complete, the students will choose between 2 specialties : Inorganic materials (Degradation and protection of metalic materials, Design and mechanical behaviour, Ceramics) or Organic materials (Properties of materials, adhesion, Durability, Formulation, Environmentally-friendly materials).

In all options, students carry out a research / technological project (100 h) on a real-life problem. Industrial site visits are included throughout the year for all options.

In March , students will carry out a 6-month placement in an industrial setting in relation with their career objective. A thesis will be presented in September to complete the programme.

Graduation will in October .

Professional Network

Centrally situated in France, the school benefits from close links with local and national industrial leaders in the chemical industry including rubber & plastics, pharmaceutical, agricultural and food industries, metallurgy and cosmetics. The majority of local industrial pillars are in the chemical and materials sector and several are members of the school’s executive board: the internationally renowned tire manufacturer Michelin whose headquarters are in Clermont, the steel giant Eramet as well as the pharmaceutical leaders Merck Sharp Dohme Chibert, Adisséo and Aventis-Sanofi.

Our industrial partners participate in the delivery of the teaching program both in their specialties and in more general topics such as safety, environmental chemistry or career advices. They also help us provide placements for the industrial training of our students, a requirement at the end of each academic year. These placements are sometimes remunerated and can often lead to full-fledged salaried positions for the graduates.


Examples of placements:

o Chemical Engineering: Adisseo, MSD Chibret, Sanofi-Aventis, Blue Star, Rhodia, Roquette, Air Liquide, Arkema, Givaudan-Lavirotte, L’Oréal.

o Organic Chemistry: Sanofi-Aventis, Servier, Novartis, Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca, L’Oréal, Givaudan, Channel, Pharmaleads, Idealp.

o Materials: Michelin, Saint-Gobain, Rhodia, Arcelor-Mittal, Eramet, Metal Finishing companies, Snecma, Microelectronics SA, Lafarge.



Students who have recently graduated with a Bachelor or equivalent degree in their country of origin should apply to the ENSCCF via the n+i website (www.nplusi.com).

Admission to the ENSCCF is highly competitive and based on a rigorous selection process which considers, amongst other criteria, the academic performance and language skills of the applicant. Successful students will be notified via the n+i website.

The n+i network will then organise the cultural (PIC, July) and linguistic (PIL, July to September) integration as well as the methodological (PIM, September to February) integration.

For students wishing to study Chemistry at the ENSCCF, the PIC will take place in Paris, the PIL in Vichy and the PIM in Clermont-Ferrand.

For general information, please do not hesitate to contact the ENSCCF/n+i coordinator directly :
Prof Sylvie DUCKI : Sylvie.DUCKI@univ-bpclermont.fr


Important Dates


There are the three application sessions.



Notification of selection


September to December



January to April



April to May


 In order to be eligible for scholarships (Michelin, Eiffel), students must apply in the 1st session. Please get in touch for more information about scholarships.


Students who enrol on the n+i program and whose records show outstanding academic achievement may be eligible for scholarships:

- Gustave Eiffel scholarship (http://www.egide.asso.fr/fr/programmes/eiffel/).

- Michelin scholarship (Indians students only, 2 to 3 full grants per year, please enquire for more details if you are interested) Please contct me for further information. sylvie.ducki@ensccf.fr)


Agreements with a number of foreign universities may allow some students to benefit from financial support.

Students are also advised to seek financial support from their own governments and the French Embassies:


- Charpak Scholarships (French Embassy in India) http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/en/node/11234 deadline = 15 May 

 - Taiwan Scholarship Program (Taiwan)  http://www.edutaiwan-france.org/

In some cases, French and international companies can also offer scholarships (more info on www.nplusi.com).

Asian students can also obtain scholarships through EASY PASS ( free application)

Mexican Students can apply for scholarships : http://becas.sre.gob.mx/

Scholarship schemes are available from the Campus France website:





The cost of study in France is around 13,000 Euros per year. The French system of higher education provides financial support for all students.


For the Master n+: Financial contributions of €1,600 in year 1 and €850 in year 2 are required from students to cover admission fees, health insurance, scientific and languages courses.



The cost of living in France is comparable to that of other industrialised countries. It is estimated that the average student, who lives on campus, will require at least €400 a month to live in Clermont-Ferrand.

Accomodation varies from €140 (student room) to €350 (private flat) per month.

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Student Life

 The students at the ENSCCF have numerous rooms at their disposal for the various clubs and associations they run. These premises, in particular a spacious student lounge, are open to students evenings and weekends as well.

"Le Cercle", run by the Chemistry students, organises a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including integration of new students, representation of the student body in school administration, contact with other FGL schools.

The ENSCCF has its own Alumni Association (Association des Anciens éléves) which helps students bridge the gap between school life and professional life by sharing their experience in the industrial domain. Their precious continued participation in school life has proven efficient in helping students find professional placements and a first job after graduation.

The Association of Future Engineers is a recently founded non-profit association, run by representatives from all of Clermont\\\'s engineering schools, which organises activities such as telethons, concerts and parties for the whole campus.

Auvergne Chemistry Service Association maintains intimate contacts between the Chemical industry and ENSCCF students who offer their theoretical and technical skills, their sense of innovation and, perhaps most importantly, their enthusiasm to the chemical industry. Their assistance has taken on many forms: analysis and synthesis of chemical products, bibliographies, information technology studies, translations and technical-commercial studies.



Students can be benefit from university accommodation, in single rooms with shared facilities or in a studio apartment, located in halls of residence around the city. For more information, visit the University’s website:




Other options include a student hostel Home-Dome or private accommodation.

Accommodation fees


Student should expect to spend from €140 a month for single rooms to €350 a month for private accommodation.


As a foreign student, you can benefit from financial assistance (from €90 a month) for accommodation from the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (C.A.F.). To be eligible, you must first have completed all other administrative formalities (residence permit, bank account etc...). Benefits can be claimed only from the second month’s rent onwards. The application form can be downloaded directly from the CAF’s Website (www.caf.fr).

You must also insure your accommodation, no matter what type of accommodation you have.

Some figures


After obtaining their qualification at the ENSCCF, graduates have the choice of starting a PhD program in a research laboratory attached to the School or elsewhere in France or abroad, or look for their first professional position.

Graduates find work in a variety of sectors and occupy different positions within companies, both usually linked directly to their final year option.



Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, agro-food: 36%                  

IT & electronics: 14%                                           

Rubber & Plastics: 10%                                         

Automobile, aeronautic, transport: 9%                            

Metallurgy: 5%                                                     

Others: 26%



Research & development: 37%

Quality & Safety: 27%

Production: 18%

Trade & Sale: 9%

Technical Assistance: 9%

Partnership with n+i

The ENSCCF has been an active member of the n+i network since 2000.

The ENSCCF organises the PIM in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for students wishing to pursue studies in these topics.





 The city of Clermont-Ferrand is twinned with several cities and benefits from double diplomas agreements with Salford, NOrman (Oklahoma).

Exchange agreements exists with numerous international universities : UK, USA, Australia, India, Chine, Australia, Canada, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain....


Official website
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n+i Representative
Sylvie DUCKI