FAQ International programs
To obtain a visa, students must contact the nearest French consulate or the visa service of the French Embassy. No organization other than the French consulate is authorized to issue visas.
You will have intensive French courses during your first week at EPITA, and then you’ll have 4 hours a week, for a total of approximately 135 hours of French.
Our Bureau des Relations Entreprises (Career Services) receives over 3,000 job and internship offers annually, while we only have 300 graduates per year. We hold workshops to help you improve your CV and cover letters. Your French teachers also organize special lessons to check your CV in French. Several employment events are scheduled on campus each year to ensure all graduates secure the best possible professional propositions.
The CVEC is the Student and Campus Life Contribution. The CVEC applies to French and foreign students enrolling for a degree program in a public or private institution of higher education in France.
It is mandatory for all student in France to pay this annual amount of 90€.
A “carte de séjour” (CDS) or “titre de séjour” is an official French residency card that you can apply for once in France. You must have a long-stay visa to receive a CDS. You cannot move to France and obtain a CDS without a long-stay visa even if you are married to a French citizen (either before or after entering France). If you are an EU citizen, or have dual citizenship with an EU state, then you do not need a visa or a CDS, unless you are from Bulgaria or Romania. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must provide the following documents to get your resident permit:
- Identification papers: original and copy,
- Currently valid passport,
- Birth certificate: translated into French by a sworn translator (original and copy),
- Visa (original and copy),
- Proof of residency in France: copy of lease, EDF or France Telecom bill, proof of residence and copy of identity card of the person you are living with,
- EPITA’s registration certificate,
- 3 identity photos.
Our International Engineering Masters are open to candidates holding a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science or related fields. We look closely at your academic background, so we need details on the courses attended and complete transcripts of records. English requirements:
- TOEFL: minimum score 550 ITP, 213 CBT, 80 IBT;
- TOEIC: minimum score 750;
- IELTS: minimum score 6.0;
This is compulsory for all candidates from non-English-taught programs, but keep in mind that we also evaluate your level of English during your interview.
- 1 certified copy of your Bachelor’s Degree and transcripts of records,
- Copy of passport,
- 2 letters of recommendation,
- A copy of English Proficiency (TOEFL, TOEIC),
- Statement of purpose.
At EPITA, we have two sessions. The first one starts beginning of October (Fall program) and the other one beginning of March (Spring program). You can apply for the fall program as of February, and for the Spring program as of June.
The Master of Computer Science (MSc): the Fall program starts in October and lasts 3 semesters (18 months). The Spring program starts in March and lasts 3 semesters as well (18 months). You will graduate in April two years after you begin the program.
The Master of Computer Engineering (ME) starts in October and lasts 4 semesters (2 years). You will graduate in April two years and half after you begin the program.
The application deadline for the Fall program (starting in October) is July 31st. The application deadline for the Spring program (starting in March) is December 31st.
EPITA helps you find accommodations near school. Please fill out the housing request form in the online portal. You will need to inform us of your budget, whether you are willing to share your room with another student or not and other details. If you want to find an apartment by yourself, look at the following list of cities close to EPITA: Le Kremlin-Bicetre, Southern Paris: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th districts, Ivry-sur-Seine, Villejuif, Montrouge, Gentilly and Arcueil.
Tuition fees are split into 3 or 4 semesters, and we have set up a payment schedule that will enable you to pay your fees in smaller monthly installments. Your student visa will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week, and although it’ll be challenging to juggle a part-time job with your school work, it’s not impossible. Also, you will spend your last semester doing a 6-month internship where you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 1,300 euros per month.
“CRISTAL” is the “business student association” of EPITA. Its aim is to allow EPITA students to work in IT departments during their program. This association has partnerships with companies that offer short-term assignments (daily missions are paid approximately €200 a day).
The budget for a student in Paris is about €850/month. Examples of prices:
- Housing: an average of €550/month,
- Restaurants in the city: starting from €10, Campus Cafeteria meal: around €5, Baguette: € 0.85,
- Cinema: between €6 and €9,
- Glass of draft beer: €3.50
- Gas: around €1.20/liter
- Monthly metro pass:
– Transportation card all zones: 827,20€/year = 75,20€/month
– Transportation card zones 2-3: 754,60€/year = 68,60€/month
– Transportation card zones 3-4: 734,80€/year = 66,80€/month
– Transportation card zones 4-5: 717,20€/year = 65,20€/month
- Yearly metro pass for students: €350 (all zones).
We check applications every two weeks. You will know if you are admitted at EPITA during the month following the day of your application.
Helping the student find an apartment near campus and putting her / him in close contact with owners, Airport pick-up, move-in, guidance for signing accommodation contract and visit of the surrounding area,
Orientation week that includes assistance for finding and purchasing housing insurance, opening a bank account, registering with the social security office, obtaining a French resident visa and card, obtaining a public transport pass, buying a mobile sim card, campus orientation and visit including lunch.
Assigning a French student as a mentor to help the student integrate.
Integration week (once a year) includes spending 3 nights off campus somewhere in France. The cost of the week with transportation, full room and board and activities is included in this package. Enrolment fee at EPIWorld for the first year allowing the student to participate in different cultural activities on and off campus.
Yes, French is not mandatory at EPITA as all the courses will be in English. However, it is a prerequisite for graduation When you are enrolled at EPITA, we open an e-learning account for you, so that you can improve your French before you come to Paris. In addition, you will receive approximately 135 hours of French as part of the program.
It is located south of Paris, 6 KM from the city center.
At EPITA, you will have a course during your first semester to learn how to handle the shock and learn more about French culture and diverse stereotypes. We have a student union called Euro-fil, which takes care of foreign students. It will help you handle culture shock and any other issues you may have. Euro-fil also organizes many parties as well, allowing you to meet people from all backgrounds.
Associations at EPITA
At EPITA, we have more than 37 student associations such as a Sports Union: EPISPORT; Business association: CRISTAL; The Bureau Des Etudiants – Student Union: BDE; Euro-fil; Gaming associations: EPITANIME – CARRE D’AS – CYCOM; The photography association: EPHEMERE’.
Both the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science are post-graduate programs that you can take only if you have completed a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. The Master of Engineering is a four-semester program with a total of 450 hours of classes per semester, whereas the Master of Science lasts 3 semesters with 300 hours of classes. Both have a 6-month internship that is compulsory. The ME requires more personal work and commitment. When it comes to prerequisites, the Master of Engineering has stricter requirements. You will be selected based on academic merit and personal motivation.