Ecole d'ingénieur et centre de recherche en télécommunications
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

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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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:

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

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). 

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).

The total cost of the program (4 semesters, 24 months) is 11000€ for non EU students and 5000€ 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.

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.

 

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:

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:

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.