The Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) is dedicated to diversifying its student body by welcoming students entering the 3rd year of bachelor (license 3) or 1st year of master (master 1) from across the globe and various disciplines. The International Selection competitive examination is designed for young graduates in Arts & Humanities and Sciences who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies in a foreign university and have demonstrated outstanding academic performance.
Through the International Selection competitive examination, joining ENS provides access to exceptional training facilitated by renowned researchers in an enriched academic and research setting. International students, once integrated into the normal community, pursue their studies at both ENS and the university simultaneously, receiving a 1000 Euros grant for three years and accommodation on one of the ENS campuses. Upon completion of their studies, these students graduate with a master’s degree in their specialty and the prestigious diploma of École normale supérieure.
The assessment procedure includes two phases: an initial selection based on submitted applications, followed by oral and written evaluations in Paris for candidates shortlisted by ENS. ENS provides 10 positions in Sciences and 10 positions in Arts & Humanities.
- A monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros for three years along with lodging at one of the ENS campuses.
- Candidates must not be beyond their 26th birthday on December 1st.
- Candidates must not have previously applied to the International Selection.
- Candidates should not have resided in France for more than 10 months during the academic year of the selection or the preceding year.
- Candidates must have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies at a foreign university in the calendar year preceding the start of applications.
- Candidates must justify at least two years of undergraduate studies in a foreign university by September 1st following admission. In exceptional cases, the Director of ENS may authorize applications from candidates with non-standard academic backgrounds.
International Selection in Arts & Humanities 2024:
- Application Period: From October 17 to December 11, 2023 (23:59 Paris time)
- Shortlisting: January 24, 2024
- Written Assessments: Scheduled between February 28 and March 1st, 2024
- Oral Examinations: Set between March 4 and March 8, 2024
- Admission results: March 13, 2024
Method of Application:
To submit your application, complete the initial application form provided HERE.
Within two days, you will receive an email to activate an account on Dematec, an application where you must upload the required documents in PDF format. If your file on Dematec is complete, it is submitted to the jury If your application is chosen by the committee, you will be offered the opportunity to undergo written and oral assessments in Paris. The results of these tests determine the roster of accepted students.
Note: Those keen on the Department of Cognitive Studies can apply using either the Science or Arts & Humanities forms without distinction. For additional details, please refer to the Cogmaster website.
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December 11, 2023