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Year abroad at CentraleSupélec 2021-2022

Please note that at this stage we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to offer a Year Abroad in CentraleSupélec for 2021-2022, but we welcome expressions of interest.

Please email David Tual ( and Alexandre Kabla ( to express interest.

We're planning an information meeting on Zoom on Thursday 17th Dec at 1pm, to be confirmed closer to the date.


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.


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.