FAQ International programs

FAQ International programs

I want to know if EPITA is right for me

Our International Bachelor of Computer Science program is open to candidates with a high school diploma and solid background in mathematics and general science.

 Our MSc in Computer Science and MSc in Artificial Intelligence Systems programs are open to candidates holding a 4-year Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree with significant work experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related fields.

Our MSc in Artificial Intelligence for Marketing Strategy program is open to candidates holding a 4-year Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience regardless of their discipline.

Our Master of Computer Engineering program is open to candidates holding a 4-year Bachelor’s degree (or higher) with at least 2 years’ work experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related fields.

We examine closely your academic background, so complete transcripts of your high school education (for applicants of Bachelor’s program) or your Bachelor’s studies (and Master’s studies, if applicable) (for application of Master’s program) have to be submitted when applying for our programs.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL: 80 IBT
  • TOEIC: 800
  • IELTS: 6.0 (academic test)

If your native language is English, or the medium of instruction of your highest education is English, you are exempted from providing us with a proof of English proficiency. Nevertheless, your level of English will be assessed during an interview.

  Fall intake Spring intake
International Bachelor of Computer Science First week of Sept N/A
All master programs Last week of Sept Last week of Feb

 

International Bachelor of Computer Science: 3 years
MSc: 18 months
Master of Computer Engineering: 2 years

 

Yes, French is not mandatory at EPITA as all the courses are conducted in English. However, you have to obtain a certain level of French in order to graduate. You will take French language classes during your study at EPITA. They are included in the curriculum, and you do not have to pay extra costs for them.

The program fees can be paid in installments, among which the first installment, 6,000euros, has to be paid upon registration.

 Master students undertake a 6-month internship in the last semester. They will have the opportunity to earn up to 2,000 euros per month (the average salary is 1,600 euros per month). This is an excellent way to finance their studies.

The expected budget for a student living in Paris is estimated at €900/month. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Housing: on average €600/month
  • Restaurant in the city: starting from €12 / meal
  • Campus Cafeteria (meal): €5
  • Baguette: €0.90
  • Cinema: between €8 and €12
  • Glass of draught beer: €4.90
  • Gas: around €1.55/liter
  • Transportation card: monthly pass €76; annual pass for students under 26 years old: €350.

EPITA has campuses in 5 cities: Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, and Rennes. However, all international programs are delivered in Paris.

Bachelor’s program

The classes of the first year and second year of Bachelor’s programs are delivered in the Villejuif campus (66 Rue Guy Môquet, 94800 Villejuif), which is at the south of Paris. The third year of the program is delivered in the Kremlin-Bicêtre campus (14/16 rue Voltaire 94270 Le Kremlin Bicetre).

Master’s programs

All classes of Master’s programs are delivered in the Kremlin-Bicêtre campus (14/16 rue Voltaire, 94270 Le Kremlin Bicetre), which is at the south of Paris. It is 30-minute walk from the Villejuif campus.

For Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence for Marketing Strategy program, which is a joint degree with EM Normandie Business School, some classes will be delivered in the campus of the Business School (64 rue du Ranelagh, 75016 Paris).

 

At the end of your studies and after obtaining a Master’s degree at EPITA, you can request a Temporary Resident Permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour”, or APS) that allows you to stay in France for one year to look for jobs or start a company. For details, please contact Campus France.

How to apply to EPITA

For applicants of Bachelor’s programs:

  • Résumé
  • Copy of passport
  • Certified copy of your high school certificate
  • Official high school transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation,
  • TOEFL 80, TOEIC 800, IELTS 6.0, if your native language is not English or the medium of instruction of your high school education is not English
  • Motivation letter

For applicants of Master’s programs:

  • Résumé
  • Copy of passport
  • Certified copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate*
  • Official university transcripts
  • Certified copy of your high school certificate
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL 80, TOEIC 800, IELTS 6.0, if your native language is not English or the medium of instruction of your Bachelor’s studies is not English
  • Motivation letter

*If you are at the last semester of your Bachelor’s studies, you may upload a letter / attestation from your university, certifying that you are currently studying there. Next, you have to send the electronic copy of the official certificate of your Bachelor’s degree to international-programs@epita.fr once it is available.

No, you can apply for one program only.

  Fall intake Spring intake
International Bachelor of Computer Science 30 June No spring intake for this program
MSc programs 31 July 15 Jan
Master of Computer Engineering 31 July No spring intake for this program

 

Admissions

The admission process takes around 20 business days. You will be informed of the admission results about 4 weeks after you submit a complete application.

This interview allows us to assess your motivation, background, and English level. No technical knowledge will be tested.

  • Yes for the candidates of the International Bachelor of Computer Science, Master of Computer Engineering, and MSc Artificial Intelligence Systems programs. You receive the sample exercises about one week before the test.
  • No for the candidates of the MSc Computer Science and MSc Artificial Intelligence for Marketing Strategy programs.

If your application is successful, you will receive an admission letter with instructions about how to pay the enrollment fees and submit the Deferred Entry & Attendance Cancellation Waiver form in order to accept the offer.

I accepted the offer, what’s next?

To obtain a visa, students must contact the nearest French consulate or the visa service of the French Embassy after having obtained the official enrollment letter. No organizations other than the French consulate is authorized to issue visas.

Yes, you can obtain the refund of the amount that you paid upon registration under the condition that you provide us with an electronic copy of your visa refusal letter.

Before I arrive

Our student reception services include:

  1. Airport pick-up (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport [CDG], Orly Airport [ORY] and train stations in Paris only);
  2. Assistance in finding an accommodation*;
  3. Integration week: off-campus activities outside Paris (accommodation, transportation, full board and activities are included in the pack);
  4. Subscription fee at EPIWorld association for the first year;
  5. Assigning a French student as a mentor to help you integrate;
  6. Cultural and academic activities on and off campus;
  7. Orientation session, where you get all necessary explanations on administrative procedures: opening a bank account, registering for social security, buying housing insurance, validating the visa at OFII, obtaining a transport pass, paying “Student and Campus Life Contribution” fees etc.;
  8. Campus orientation with a welcome lunch.

* Helping the student find an accommodation near the campus, putting her/him in contact with the property owners, helping him/her with check-in and check-out, providing him /her with guidance for signing contracts

You can find an accommodation through EPITA or by yourself.

If you would like our help to find an accommodation near our campus (Villejuif campus for Bachelor students; Le Kremlin-Bicêtre campus for Master students), please make a housing request on the sand book your accommodation on the housing portal after enrollment.

If you would like to find an accommodation by yourself, you may check out those located in the districts in the south of Paris: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th or communes in the southern suburbs: Le Kremlin- Bicêtre, Ivry-sur-Seine, Villejuif, Montrouge, Gentilly, Arcueil etc. Most landlords require students to have a French guarantor.

You will have intensive French classes during your first few weeks at EPITA, and then you’ll have around 4 hours per week.

During your first semester, you will take a course in which you learn how to handle the culture shock and understand better the French culture.

We have a student association called EPIWorld, which takes care of international students. It will help you handle culture shock and any other issues that you may have. It also organizes activities, allowing you to meet people from all backgrounds.

Our International Programs team is also available to answer your questions.

Not only do we hold workshops to help you improve your CV and cover letters, but we also organize several careers events to help you land an internship:

  • Annual Careers Fair brings together French and international companies, from large corporate groups to small and medium-sized enterprises, to discuss various job and internship opportunities in IT and engineering sectors.
  • Job Dating arranges 30-minute interviews between students and firms looking for interns and companies offering job opportunities for young graduates.
  • Conferences Week, held twice a year, invites companies to share their experience and present their innovations. The 60 to 90 minute-meetings help students gain insight into the latest business trends.