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REQUIREMENTS and APPLICATION

The Bachelor’s studies should be related to the course content of the targeted Master’s degree at EURECOM. For instance, strong basis in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Programming are required to apply to the Master’s degrees in Digital Security and Data Science, while strong basis in Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering is required to apply to the Master in Mobile Computing Systems. In any cases, a strong background in mathematics is required.

A completed Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a B2 level in English are the main requirements to be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree. 

The following criteria will also be taken into account by the Admission Committee:

- Reputation of the Home University

- Ranking of the student in her/his class (if available)

- Grades, academic performance

- Recommendation from professors, supervisors

- Personal motivation for the topic of the Master and for EURECOM

- Relevance of prior academic and professional background with the chosen Master's topic

- Future professional project

A completed Master’s degree in a relevant field is required.

The content of earlier studies in Bachelor and Master’s degrees should provide the necessary background to follow the courses described in each of the Post Master’s degree.

A strong background in mathematics is required and good bases in programming are helpful. 

A B2 level in English is required to be able to follow the courses entirely taught in English. A recent certification in English is necessary to be able to graduate, students can obtain this certfication while studying in EURECOM but it is strongly advised to obtain it before the start of the program.

EURECOM organizes monthly admission decisions from November to June, each with a deadline specified on the website (please check the Application Guide).

Students first upload the necessary documents on an Online Platform and receive a notification of results by email.

Make a copy of all their application documents (transcript and degree certificates in the original language + a copy of the official translation).

Bring this copy and the original document to one of the following institutions: home University, French embassy, public notary, Town hall.

Ask an officer to certify the photocopy is a copy of the original with a stamp and signature.

Unless your university can issue another “original document”, you should never send any original documents, as they can be lost. Candidates need to send only certified copies. 

Since all programs at EURECOM are totally taught in English, no prior French knowledge is needed and a French proficiency test is thus not required. Yet non-EU students are strongly advised to check with their local CampusFrance office/ French Consulate. Even if most French embassies will not require a French proficiency test if the curriculum is taught in English, it is better to check whether they have requirements in French to obtain the visa.

 

Students need to be aware that, even if French is not required to study at EURECOM, it may be relevant to start learning basic French before starting the program as these skills will be very useful if they wish to do the last semester internship in a company in France and are looking to work in France after graduation.

A B2 level in English certified by an external certification is required.

 

Please find the accepted certifications:

• TOEIC : 785 (750 for Post Master’s Applicants)

• TOEFL ITP : 550

• TOEFL IBT : 80

• IELTS : 5,5

• Cambridge English Advanced (CAE). 

Students can apply without the English proficiency test and receive a notification about their admission before receiving it. Applicants will then receive a Conditional enrolment letter. They will need to provide the final test certificate as soon as possible to receive a final enrolment letter, in any case before July 31st 2017.

Applications are assessed every month. Students are notified of the date of decision (please check the Application Guide “Deadlines” and receive a pre-admission letter by email if admitted.

Students then need to confirm the admission by paying a 1000€ deposit on the tuition fees and send a hard copy of their transcripts, degree certificates and letters of recommendation (in case the letter were upload in the online platform).

 

The final letter of acceptance is sent by post as soon as the deposit and documents are received.

Referees can send their recommendation letter by email to the following address: admission [at] eurecom [dot] fr

 

Since the online application form cannot be validated without 2 uploaded reference letters, we invite students in the abovementioned situation, to upload a WORD document in which they write the following sentence: “the Recommendation letter written by “Name + Surname + Position” has been sent by email to admission [at] eurecom [dot] fr

Students can apply without the final degree certificate. They need to provide all available transcripts and a certificate from the university stating the expected date of studies completion. Applicants will then receive a Conditional Enrolment letter. They will need to provide the final transcript and degree certificate as soon as possible to receive a final enrolment letter, in any case before July 31st 2017.

Age of enrolled students in Master’s degrees range from 22 to 30 years old.

The age range is wider for Post Master's degree as the degree targets both freshly Master graduates and experienced engineers.

Professional experience is not required. EURECOM’s applicants are shared between freshly graduate students and applicants with 3-6 years of experience. Both profiles are welcome.

Applicants are invited to look at each individual course description of the targeted degree since it contains useful information about the content and requirements.

The description of each course is available online: an individual page opens up by clicking on the Course Code (blue link to the left of each Course Title).

It is possible to postpone your admission for the next Intake, students need to write an email to admission [at] eurecom [dot] fr explaining the reasons of the decision. The final decision will be communicated by email. Students need to be aware that conditions regarding the degree may change from one year to another and current conditions at the moment of postponement will not prevail. Postponement is valid for one year only.

Once you have been recruited by EURECOM to pursue a master degree in Data Science, IoT or Mobile Computing Systems, you have the possibility to apply for a double degree program with one of EURECOM’s academic member. In 2019, EURECOM has double degree agreements to obtain a double degree Master in Mobile Computing System (at Aalto, Chalmers or CTU), IOT (at CTU) or in Data Science (at Aalto). 

The student must show his/her interest to participate into the double degree master program on arrival (or at the beginning of his/her first semester at EURECOM) liaising with EURECOM’s Department of International Relations. 

The selection of the candidates is operated during the 1st semester of the master and is based on previous academic background, motivation and the average grade of the first academic year at EURECOM (a minimum grade in some technical courses can be required). Please note it is mandatory to validate the 60 ECTS of the 1st year to be eligible.

 

At the end of the 1st semester, if the candidate validates all the necessary credits, if the application meets the selection criteria required by the Host University and EURECOM, and after the prior agreement of the professor in charge of the Master degree, the candidature will be sent to the host university.

 

The host university will send a pre-approval to this candidature during the 2nd semester of the year 1. At the end of the 2nd semester, if the candidate has validated the 60 ECTS obtaining good results (minimum grades in some technical courses can be required) and after final approval by the academic coordinator, the double degree exchange can be confirmed.  Please bear in mind the final decision is made by the host university.

EURECOM's Admission Committee requires at least one letter from a professor, able to assess the academic performance of the student. The second letter can be provided by an industrial supervisor, yet it needs to contain information about the applicant's skills related to the Master's degree topic.

ACADEMIC MATTERS

It depends on each individual course. Courses can be assessed with one only final examination during the examination period (end of February and end of June) or combined with regular assignments such as mid-term reports.

Online course description are available with details about assessment methods, please click on the Course Code to the left of the course which will lead you to another page decidated to each individual course.

EURECOM’s curriculum is very flexible and gives students the opportunity to design their own program by choosing the most relevant courses according to their expectations and initial background. The Master's curriculum is made of several Teaching Units with a certain amount of credits to be validated, meaning a few courses are compulsory but the vast majority of courses are elective.

The Post Master's degree does not contain Teaching Unit, but a few courses are highly recommended by the professors.

Students are given enough time to confirm their final choice of course, as they are required to make a final choice within two weeks after the start of the courses, meaning they can attend the first class and decide later whether they wish to follow the course.

Both the Master and Post Master’s programs include compulsory semester projects.

The project is a blend of theoretical and practical work done under the supervision of a professor and assessed by a final report and defense. A list of topics is published at the beginning of the semester. It can be a problem to solve, a prototype to build, or a new field to explore. Students are expected to dedicate 100 hours of personal work per semester and write a report and perform a project defense. Students can work alone or in group of 2/3 persons. Regular meetings with the supervising professors are held throughout the semester. All the topics are research or industrial relevant and some topics are even directly proposed by partner companies of EURECOM.

Each curriculum at EURECOM comprises Non-Technical courses aiming at the acquisition of soft skills in accordance with the regulations of degree accreditation bodies.

Companies are increasingly seeking engineers with double expertise with technical skills associated to soft skills in project management, law, team leadership.

This is the reason why EURECOM offers a large choice of non-technical courses in management, business simulation, law, innovation.

These courses are taught by MBA professors from renowned business schools and experts from the industry who share their expertise.

Courses at EURECOM are slip into long courses (5 ECTS) and short courses (3ECTS).

Both types of courses last 3h/week, the difference is that long courses are held every week while short courses span over 7 weeks instead of 14.

Language courses lasts two hours/week.

A min of 20 hours of course attendance per week is to be expected. Individual work is also required to support courses. Semester projects should be equivalent to 90h/semester of personal work.

EURECOM can offer any language course provided 5 students with a similar level are registered.

The following languages have been taught in previous years: German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian. Students can register to two foreign language courses maximum. Language courses last 2 hours per week.

MASTER:

The Master of Science program spans over a period of 4 semesters (24 months). It starts with a compulsory 3-week intensive French language program starting on the first week of September.

The curriculum include 3 semesters of taught courses, lasting each 14 weeks (from October to February, from February to June, from October to mid-February) followed by a 6-month paid internship in a company (from March to August).

Each semester is made of several Teaching Units, each with a set of courses and a minimum amount of credits to validate. Each semester, students are required to validate a certain number of technical credits and non-technical courses, one language credit.

Students need to validate a Semester's Project during the 2nd and 3rd semesters. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for more details about the credit repartition. Most of the courses are elective and thus allow students to design their own curriculum for maximum relevance.

 

POST MASTER;

The Post Master program spans over a period of 3 semesters (16 months). It starts with a compulsory 3-week intensive French language program starting on the first week of September.

The curriculum include 2 semesters of taught courses, lasting each 14 weeks (from October to February, from February to June) followed by a 6-month paid internship in a company (from July to December).

Each semester, students are required to validate a certain number of technical credits and non-technical courses and a Semester's Project. Students can either work on the same project topic from October to June with 2 defenses, one in February and one in June, or pick up a different project topic per semester.

One language ECTS in English language is also required to validate the curriculum. This credit can only be granted if the student provides a recent proficiency test from an official institution certifying a B2 level in English. The language ECTS is already granted to students who provide a recent proficiency test (obtained less than 2 years before the start of the academic year) before entering the program.

Please refer to the Academic Regulations for more details about the credit repartition.

Both the Master and Post Master’s programs start every Fall on the last Monday of September with an Introduction Week. 

A 3-week program of intensive French language and cultural visits is organized before the start of the academic program on the first week of September for Non-French speakers (with a level under B1 in French).. The French program is at no extra costs as it is already included in the fees.

The Student Association organizes a 2-day Freshers' Weekend during the first weekend in a resort to facilitate the integration of Incoming students. 

EURECOM's Msc degrees are recognized by the Ministry of higher Education and Research, they thus allow graduates to be eligible for further Phd studies.

The Master’s degree is officially accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, as a “Diplôme National de Master”. The curriculum is based on the ECTS system and thus can be internationally recognized.  It is called in French “Diplôme de Master en Sciences et Technologies ». 

FINANCIAL MATTERS: Tuition fees, cost of living and scholarships

The total cost of the program (4 semesters, 24 months) is 12000€ for non EU students and 6000€ for EU students.

The fees include a 3-week intensive French program and an airport pickup (during office hours and working days). No material fees are required.

Since 2019, EURECOM proposes a 18 months master's program. Its cost is 10000€ for non EU students and 5000€ for EU students.

The total cost of the program (3 semesters, 18 months) is 12 000€ for non EU students and 6 000€ for EU students.

The fees include a 3-week intensive French program and an airport pickup (during office hours and working days).

Students need to confirm their admission by paying a 1000€ deposit which will be deducted from the tuition fees.

The rest of the tuition fees may be paid in one installment before the start of the program or in two installments (one instalment before October 30th and a second one before the start of the second semester). 

Tuition fees already include material related fees, students will be provided free of charge a copy card to make copies. Course paper supports will also be provided free of charge. Access to facilities (computers, software, wifi...) are all free of charge.

Professors may recommend books which are available in the EURECOM’s library.

Yes students will receive a monthly allowance during their internship, during the last semester. It is legally compulsory in France to pay interns.

Monthly allowances vary and the amount depends on the company and the position and the country. The minimum legal allowance in France is 508€/month. 

On average, our students receive a monthly allowance of 1100€/month.

The average monthly cost of living for students varies greatly because it depends on the type of accommodation chosen and personal preference of students. Monthly expenses are assessed on average at 800/900€ per month.

An estimated list of monthly costs is available online in the document “FINANCIAL GUIDE” accessible via each degree's webpage. 

Two types of scholarships are open to applicants to EURECOM’s Master and Post Master’s degrees:

LABEX (Laboratory of excellence) scholarships aimed at research-oriented students wishing to do a Phd after their master. Students are provided with an allowance during the first year of their studies.

Partial Tuition Fee Waivers corresponding to a reduction of the Tuition Fees.

These scholarships are based on academic results. Given the high number of applicants and the limited amount of available scholarships, only graduates from leading universities and with a good ranking will be considered for scholarships.

 

For more information about these types of funding and application procedures, please refer to the Financial Guide available online on each degree's webpage

 

Important notice on Scholarships, please read carefully:

Students need to be aware that even if granted a scholarship and a partial tuition fee waiver, it will not be enough to cover the total amount of expenses during the total duration of the studies. In any case, students should have savings on their own.

Plus scholarships are often paid after the student’s arrival in France, meaning that students will have to pay the tuition fee deposit (1000€) and the first compulsory expenses in France (rent deposit, health insurance) on their own. 

The 1000€ is paid back in case students do not receive the French visa. An amount of 100€will be deducted for administration fees.

INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS

Students with a long term visa can apply to an extension to be able to look for a job.

Two months before the end of their studies, they apply to a document called “APS: autorisation provisoire de séjour” which allows them to stay in France up to one full year after their studies.

Even if it is legally possible to work in France as an international student with a long term visa, it is not advised to take a part-time job, since the master's program is very demanding and requires full dedication and having a part time job be very detrimental for the studies.

It may be also very hard to find a job around the campus without a good grasp of French language. EURECOM wishes to stress that it cannot provide job opportunities for students on its campus during the academic year.

Students should write a thesis based on a topic previously approved by a professor from EURECOM (academic supervisor). Students have to send a monthly report to the academic supervisor. At the end of the internship period, students will have dedicated time to finish writing the thesis. Students then defend the thesis in front of the two supervisors from EURECOM and the company.

Students can either do their 6 month internship in any company or research lab provided that the topic of their Master / Post Master's thesis is approved by their two supervisors (one professor from EURECOM and one employee of the company/lab).

Students who wish to do a Phd afterwards can choose to do their internship in a lab to do a research oriented internship.

The majority of our master’ students do their internship in big companies in Sophia Antipolis or Paris. Students 

Students will have to be autonomous in their search of internship, yet EURECOM provides several supports to help them.

 

EURECOM provides students with an access to a large database of internship opportunities provided by its industrial partners. This database is made available to students on time so that they can directly apply via this database with their CV and motivation letter. Each semester, EURECOM has around 300 internship opportunities (3 times more than the number of students).
Students will also be invited to take part in Job Forums where they can meet directly with recruiters from companies. EURECOM will organize workshops on how to write efficient CVs and motivation letters.
Professors may also help by recommending sources of potential internships for students who rank well in their courses.

In any case, students are advised to start early enough to look for internships, since the recruitment process can take time. A manager of the Academic Affairs Department is in charge of helping students in their internship procedures and ensuring that the process is going smoothly. 

CAMPUS LIFE

EURECOM is located at the heart of Europe largest techno park, Sophia Antipolis, which spans over several towns.

 

Here are the nearby towns and cities where students live:

  • VALBONNE/Biot: the closest towns. The Student public residences run by CROUS are located there. It takes around 15-20 min by bus. The place is generally very quiet during the weekends and ideal for students seeking a peaceful study environment. (Bus 1/100/6)
  • ANTIBES: 8 km from EURECOM; Touristic and charming town. Antibes covers a large territory, some students live in the Northern part which is closest to EURECOM while others prefer the city center with more facilities and close to the beach (Bus 1/100/6)
  • NICE: the 5th  biggest city in France. Very dynamic city for students. Yet since traffic jams can be intense. Buses are quite frequent from EURECOM to Nice. (Bus 230)

EURECOM does not have in-house campus residences, yet our staff helps students find a flat by providing them with accomodation contact data.

Students have the following options:

  • Public residence halls; these are the cheapest options (around 380€/month) as they are run by a public institution CROUS. Like other schools in Sophia, EURECOM has a limited number of rooms for its students in Valbonne (residences Isaac Newton and Les Dolines). Students who confirm their admission early will have more chances to secure a room due to the limited number.The CROUS requires a guarantor located in France or in the UE, or a bank guarantee equivalent to 3 month-rent. The bank guarantee is made after the opening of the bank account.
  • Private residences: there are several private residences very close to EURECOM (5-10 min on foot)
  • Offers from private landlords. Students can rent an individual flat or share a flat with other tenants. 

Offers from private landlords and private residences are all united in an online Housing Platform which is accessible to admitted students (a Password is needed).

VISAS and RESIDENT PERMITS

You should make sure that your visa is stamped by the customs officers. Once in France, you will need to take an appointment with the OFFI (French Office for Immigration) for medical visit. You will first get a sticker pasted in your passport to validate your long term visa.

After a year in France, you will apply for a renewal and will get a new resident permit which is a separate card.

This procedure is compulsory for students coming from one of the countries listed on the CampusFrance site prior to visa application.

The procedure consists in filling an online form and having an interview with a CampusFrance officer about your study project.

Students who hold citizenship of a European Union (EU) Member State other than France, of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland, are exempt from visa requirements to study in France.

 

Non-EU and non-EEA students must request an extended-stay student visa with resident permit (VLS-TS) to be able to study in France.