Pre-diplôme d'Ingénieur Programme (Pre-DI)

A foundation year

A unique programme to prepare to a "Diplôme d’Ingénieur” with a foundation year + 3 years of master

Aims of the programme

Network "n+i" offers to students to join a foundation year of upgrading courses in language (French and/or English), mathematics, sciences, to prepare them better for their 3-year training of “Diplôme d’ingénieur” (Master's degree) in France (better chances of success). It is a unique program.

During one year, courses will be designed in order to upgrade the background in math’s, sciences (physic, chemistry...) and on learning intensively French language.

During the first semester student will be in contact with all schools in order to be recruited by one of them for the second semester and the following 3-year master programme.

During the pre-DI, schools will also search companies able to offer an apprenticeship programme for the 3-Year “Diplôme d’ingénieur” fully funded by a company.

Duration and credits

The duration of Pre-Diplôme d’ingénieur (Pre-DI) is 10-12 months (2 semesters from September till August) followed by a 3-year programme of Master.

The Pre-DI is a non graduating programme, but gives 60 ECTS credits transferable (under conditions) back home.



  • Students with a Bachelor but who do not reach the prerequisites (language, sciences.)
  • Students without a Bachelor but, as a minimum, a national diploma after 2 years of higher education.

In French: the required level is the level A2 (beginner). If the student does not have the level A2 (i.e full beginner), he can reach it by following, just before the Pre-DI, a regular Package of Linguistic Integration (PIL). 

In English: if French language is low while the level of English has to be good, either: IELTS> 6, TOEFL (paper)> 600, TOEFL (internet)> 90, TOEIC> 850.

The Programme of Pre-DI

First semester from september to January :

  1. Welcome in September. This welcome is the one described on the page "Package of Cultural Integration",
  2. Courses are divided into two parts:
    • The part of intensive French courses (35% of the time) adapted to the level of the student or even English courses to reach a B2 level in both languages.
    • The scientific and technical part (65% of the time) including:
      • A continuation of intensive French courses in specialty,
      • Group work on project objectives,
      • Courses that can be taught in French and English, theoretical (maths, sciences), laboratories, practical work,
      • Methodology courses (note-taking, report writing, oral presentation, ...),
      • Cultural visits and industrial sites

Second semester (location: school campus chosen for the master) from January to June:
Participation in the activities of students engineers of M0 (1st year of the cycle of engineers) for a better integration and preparation to the master programme (French course FLE, practical work, directed exercises, courses, personal work ...).

In June, depending on the profile, students will be offered either an internship or a French language course in a PIL.

After the Pre-DI

Option 1: A guaranteed “Diplôme d’Ingénieur” (master “n+”) in initial training.
Subject to validation of the Pre-DI and the 60 ECTS credits required for enrolment in a diplôme d’ingénieur (3 years), the student will continue his diplôme d’ingénieur studies in one of the schools of Network "n+i".

Option 2: A diplôme d’ingénieur with apprenticeship (Subject to being selected by a company for an apprenticeship contract). No additional time.

The visa "apprenti" can only be obtained after 12 months of study in France and on the condition that a company is associated.

What is the cost of training for the apprentice-student?
€ 0. The training is funded by the regional councils and a special tax "apprenticeship tax"; Apprentices receive support for travel, accommodation and catering. They are tax-exempted for most of their income.

Do I have the same degree?
YES: apprenticeship is a modality, degree is the same whatever the modality is.
You get a diplôme d’ingénieur degree (master's degree) and the company participates in the evaluation.
Competence certification is done in real situations!

The cost of a Pre-DI

Academic Pre-DI: €8 500 (academic costs, to be compare to the regular costs registration + 3 packages PIC, PIL, PIM of €7 300) and include:

  • The PIC integration package that includes:
    • The welcome,
    • The insurances,
    • The transfer fee,
  • The academic fees that represent:
    • The "n+i" registration,
    • The courses of Pre-DI

Not included: living expenses (accommodation, food etc.) for the duration of the programme, air tickets, visa fees.
Under request the Pre-DI may include an allocation to cover accommodation (housing) and meals in such a case the global cost of Pre-DI will be €13 500 (instead of €8 500). Not included: air flight ticket, visa fees. (prices in 2018)