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An exchange scheme was set up between CUED and CentraleSupélec (CS) in 2008. CentraleSupélec is one of the prestigious "Grandes Ecoles" in France and offers a range of courses similar to those given at CUED. We hope to be able to offer two or three places on this scheme again in the coming academic year.

Cambridge students participating in the Exchange Programme spend their third year in Paris instead of doing Part IIA or MET Part I. They are assessed at CS (by a combination of examinations, coursework and project work) and, subject to a satisfactory performance (i.e., the equivalent to a Cambridge third-class honours or above) will be deemed to have deserved honours at Part IIA. Note that students do not receive a degree classification for their third year.


Application Process

If you are interested in applying for the Exchange Programme you should:

- Contact Mr David Tual () to discuss your language level,
- Contact the CentraleSupélec coordinator, Alexandre Kabla ( to register your interest,
- Please submit:

  • A completed Application Form (pdf, doc)
  • A Reference Form (pdf, doc)
  • A 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae

to your DOS, by 9am 13th December 2019. Your DOS must then complete the Reference Form and submit all three documents to your Senior Tutor for counter signature by 10th January 2020 . Your Senior Tutor is then required to forward your application to the following UMS address by 17th January 2020:

Exchange Administrator, Dept. Of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1PZ

Students will be selected on the basis of their linguistic ability and academic ability, and will be informed of the outcome of their application early the Lent term.


Financial Arrangements, Travel and Accommodation

The Exchange Programme operates under the European Union's Erasmus Framework scheme so that students at both institutions will benefit from reduced tuition fees (15% of the full fee for UK/EU students and 50% of the full fee for overseas students). Furthermore, a monthly grant is provided which is expected to cover additional costs associated with the exchange.

Erasmus+ programme at Cambridge is administered by the University’s International Student Team. For detailed information on how Erasmus+ operates visit

You will be accommodated on the CentraleSupélec campus in Gif-sur-Yvette. Accommodation, travel and insurance costs will be your own responsibility but, given the monthly grant, you will almost certainly be better off financially than if you had stayed in Cambridge!

We encourage British students to apply for the Entente Cordiale Scholarship that can be used to cover the cost of a language course before going to CentraleSupélec. Note the deadline to apply is usually around Mid-March of every year.   

Student Guide


The following guide was designed by the students who took part in the exchange in 2015-16 (see the picture below). Although some of the information won't be relevant to students going to the new campus, it contains a lot of valuable tips and advice that will be useful if you go and spend a year at CentraleSupélec.

Click here to access the guide.

Former exchange students also put together this Google spreadsheet of comments to the CS courses. It should be useful when it comes to choosing your courses.

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The CS-Cambridge exchange has been running since 2008. Founded in 1829, École Centrale Paris is one of the most prestigious 'Grande Écoles' in France, with alumni including Gustave Eiffel, André Michelin, Marcel Schlumberger, Louis Blériot, Francis Bouygues, Armand Peugeot and Boris Vian. The study body is split into two parts, students who have completed the 'classes préparatoires' and international exchange students, many of whom undertake a double degree between CS and their home university. One of the unique aspects of CS is the great range of countries that its students come from, which gives students lasting international links when they leave the university.


Settling in

Adjusting to life at a new university in a different country is challenging, but there are two areas you can work on to make your life easier.

  • La langue française

Don't worry, you don't have to be even nearly fluent in French before embarking on the exchange! Don't underestimate how quickly you'll get to grips with the language when immersed in it. However, you can make a head start by taking the Language Program for Engineers in the CUED Language Unit which will provide you with all the basic tools. The summer before you leave for Paris, you can take an intensive language course at CAVILAM in Vichy, where you will live with a host family and take courses aimed at your language level. On arrival at CentraleSupélec, you will be given addition French tuition throughout the year.

  • Maths after la classe préparatoire

France is a country proud of its strong mathematical heritage. Unfortunately for us, this means that on leaving la classe preparatoire, the students are all rather good at it. This isn't anything to be scared of! Often it isn't in fact the maths that is difficult, but the methods that are used to solve problems. This takes some getting used to, but isn't life threatening. Either way, if you're having trouble with a course, there are lots of people that are there to help, such as the teaching staff and your fellow students.

While the lectures are longer, making the day more structured, previous exchange students have found that there's a lot less studying to complete at home.