École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay

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Located in the Paris suburb of Cachan, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan) is a highly selective university in France, operating outside of the main French university system.

France’s École Normales Supérieures are a subdivision of the Grandes Ecoles system, and there are only four in the country.

The idea behind their creation was to develop establishments to teach and train France’s academic elite after the French Revolution as the country moved towards a meritocratic state. Today, they are widely considered to be among the best in France’s higher education system.

France’s other ENS institutions are in Paris, Rennes and Lyon, and based on student numbers ENS Cachan is the largest.

Students have to pass a competitive entrance exam before being accepted to study in one of ENS Cachan’s three main faculties, which are Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences and Humanities. They are divided into 17 individual departments.

Students who pass the entrance exam are known as normaliens, and they receive a monthly salary during their studies and have to spend six years working for a French public administration once they have completed their studies.

The ENS Cachan campus is home to a number of clubs and associations as well as a library, several resource centres, restaurants and halls of residence.

Among the notable former students of ENS Cachan are Marie-Noelle Lienemann, member of the French Senate for Paris, mathematician Marc Yor, economist Philippe Aghion and physicist Alain Aspect.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education


61, Avenue du Président-Wilson, Cachan , 94235, Ile-de-France, France



  • Saison culturelle 2022/2023
    Friday, 29 July 2022
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    Friday, 29 July 2022
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