The Integrated Preparatory Classes of the Federation Gay-Lussac (CPI)
The Federation Gay-Lussac offers two common cycles: The so-called “classic” Integrated Preparatory Classes and an International cycle Chem.I.St (Chemistry International Studies). These classes are distributed over 5 sites in France : Clermont-Ferrand , Lille, Pau , Rennes and Strasbourg.
The principle? You enter one of these 5 CPIs after having obtained your baccalaureate. Learn more about admission.
After your 2 years of preparatory class, you can enter one of the 20 schools of the Federation without having to pass a competitive examination (depending upon your leaving ranking and continuous evaluation).
These educational streams are recommended for students who have chosen to attend an engineering school in chemistry or chemical engineering, but who are not set on a particular school.
More informations on the integrated preparatory classes of the FGL
Integrated Preparatory Classes in schools and other programmes
5 schools of the Federation offer their own Integrated Preparatory Class, i.e. which only allow you to enter the chosen school: CPE Lyon, ENSCMu in Mulhouse, ESCOM in Compiègne, INSA Rouen, ITECH Lyon. For CPE Lyon and ESCOM, admission is via the Concours Puissance 11 ; ITECH has its own recruitment procedure which you can consult on the school’s website.
Two schools of the Federation (ENSIC, ENSIACET) are also accessibles via Polytechnique Preparatory Classes of the 3 Instituts Nationaux Polytechniques (INP)
Two schools: ENSCBP in Bordeaux and ENSGTI in Pau also recruit from the integrated preparatory classes of the University of Bordeaux.
Lastly, INSA Rouen and Centrale Marseille offer other admissions processes at the Baccalaureate level.
Do not hesistate to consult the websites of the schools for more information on these recruitment procedures.
CITI access-to-engineering scheme
Students who have successfully completed an STL-SPCL Baccalauréat (Laboratory Sciences and Technology stream, with a special focus on physical and chemistry laboratory sciences) can now apply for a 2-year programme at FGL in Rennes.
30 places are available, and students are recruited at national level via the Parcoursup platform. To demonstrate their eligibility for this demanding programme, students are required to submit an electronic application and attend a recruitment interview with a panel of representatives from ENSCR (Rennes).
The curriculum is aligned with the requirements of traditional engineering courses, but is adapted to the students’ academic background to ensure they have every chance of successfully completing the engineering programme. Admission to the 2nd year of the programme is based on continuous assessment, as is subsequent admission to one of the engineering schools of the Fédération Gay-Lussac (i.e. students are not required to take a competitive entrance exam).
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