Strategy

International Strategy

Vision

Since it was founded in 1984, EPITA has demonstrated a strong commitment to internationalization. With a vision of being a school of influence in the digital sector in France, much of EPITA’s internationalization is focused around building a lasting worldwide reputation for excellence and ensuring that all students have some form of multicultural experience, be it in the classroom, through integration with on-campus international students or with their own overseas travel.

EPITA welcomes students from around the world. Currently over 250 international students from more than 50 countries are studying at EPITA. The school provides an experienced advising staff to help answer all questions overseas students may have.

We also provide a wide range of services and programs to help international students adjust to cultural life in Paris.From a week-long orientation program to ongoing programs to academic support for success, is here to help our international students have a rewarding and fulfilling experience while at EPITA.

Since 2007, international mobility has become mandatory at EPITA. 100% of the students must spend at least one semester abroad during their studies, either in a university or through an internship in a company. The goal is to train future engineers in intercultural management, to prepare them to work in a global context, where adaptability and open-mindedness have become key assets. Students are encouraged to study abroad during the second year (undergraduate level). The International team is here to facilitate education abroad for EPITA students.

History

EPITA’s Milestones

 

• 1984: Creation of EPITA

1989: First cohort graduates

• 1991: EPITA signs its first international agreement with Stevens Institute of technology in New York

• 1998: Launch of the Research and Development Laboratory

• 1999: Opening of the Security Laboratory and 3ie Laboratory (innovation)

2004: First Erasmus Charter

• 2007: CTI accreditation

• 2009: Launch of the International Master in English (DNM)

• 2010: The semester abroad becomes mandatory

• 2011: First International Week

• 2012: Bachelor in English

• 2013: Creation of the Start-up incubator,EPITA StartUpLab

• 2014: EPITA celebrates its 30-year anniversary

• 2014: Creation of the French Language Center

• 2015: French Language Center is accredited by the CIEP

• 2016: New Master of Science in English is launched

• 2017: Launch of Master of Engineering in English

Aspirations

EPITA’s primarily global strategy is driven by the following key objectives:

  • Further develop and enhance partnerships and networks in the international world: we want to increase the number of double degrees and joint degrees with partner universities to offer more study abroad opportunities to our students, as this represents a springboard for international careers.  We also need to focus on cooperation in research, teachers and staff mobility, and finally on International Credit Mobility. For this purpose, we will develop new Erasmus+ projects with partners inside and outside Europe.
  • Equip graduates with the skills, insight and experience to thrive in the international sphere, coupled with employers’ conviction that EPITA engineers are recognized worldwide as “must have” employees.
  • Continue to increase and support international student recruitment: with the aim of improving our services for international students, the school created its own French Language Center offering intensive French sessions upon arrival, as well as extensive courses over the year. Short programs have also been developed to offer the opportunity to study French or IT-related programs during summer or winter. Those students come from a partner institution or are free-movers.
  • Create new opportunities to study in English: One of our goals for the coming years is to create new majors in English at the Master level in order to continue to offer subjects which are in line with the needs of IT companies and innovations in the digital world, but also in order to train international profiles who will better adapt to the business world.