THE NANCY SCHOOL
OF GEOLOGY IS A UNIQUE INSTITUTION IN FRANCE
AS IT OFFERS A THREE YEAR DIPLOM A COMBINING ENGINEERING AND EARTH
What is a French "Grande
The INPL Engineering Schools are considered, under the French Educational
System, as "Grandes Ecoles." In France, there are two
main types of institutions: Grandes Ecoles and regular Universities.
Universities are all public and accommodate a very large number
of students (about 1.5 million).
Second, the Grandes Ecoles to which access is
selective have a limited number of students and ensure a higher
level of education with a professional objective: training higher-level
business executives, engineers, and Professors. Admission to one
of these Grandes Ecoles is equivalent to being admitted to the
10% top-ranking universities in the United Sates.
French students are admitted to ENSG in their first year by way
of a competitive entry examination after a two-year compulsory
university curriculum in the so called "classes préparatoires" (« preparatory
The duration of studies is therefore three years in those five
A few students (10% who have obtained a graduate diploma in a university,
four years after the French Baccalaureate), can be admitted into
the second year in one of the five schools.
All INPL schools award an engineering diploma
five years after the Baccalaureate (GCE or A Level).
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