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Incoming Erasmus+ Students

Nominations & Applications

Erasmus personnel from partner institutions must send nominations by email to ENSAI’s Office of International Relations to before students can begin the application procedure. Once students have been officially nominated, students will be contacted directly by ENSAI and provided with a link to the registration website to complete a very short online application. The application form should be submitted with particular attention paid to the deadline and all required adjoining documents. Students will be notified of official acceptance, at the latest, within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Autumn semester deadline: 30 June
  • Spring semester deadline: 30 November

Required documents for applications:

  • Transcripts
  • European Health Insurance Card
  • Recent Headshot

 

Academic Calendar

Autumn Semester: Late August – Early January

Spring Semester: Early January – Early June

Master 2 level programs end in late February or late March. Exact dates to be published on the ENSAI website every spring for upcoming year.

Autumn semester is preceded by mandatory Orientation Week, generally during the last two weeks in August, for Erasmus+ and other international students. Exact dates are provided once admission is granted. Orientation week includes intensive French language courses.

Annual Vacation Periods:

Fall break: last week of October/early November
End-of-Year break: 2 weeks in late December/early January
Winter break: 1 week in February/March
Spring break: 1 week in March/April

 

 

Language Requirements

Studying abroad at ENSAI will give you the opportunity to develop your linguistic skills in both English and French, but minimal levels of one or both languages may be required. Even if you elect to follow a program that is taught entirely in English, students should learn some French prior to arrival, as speaking the language of Molière is essential for daily life and integration. Erasmus+ students are highly encouraged to follow French as a Foreign Language courses while studying at ENSAI. They are offered to all international students, free of charge. 

Language requirements for programs are detailed as follows:

Year 1 of Engineer Statistician program (Final Year of Undergraduate Studies) – Taught entirely in French

Semesters 1 & 2: B1 minimum in French, B2 highly recommended; no minimum level in English

Year 2 of Engineer Statistician program (1st Year Master Studies) 

Semester 1: B1 minimum in French, B2 highly recommended; B1 minimum in English

Semester 2: B1 minimum in English & no minimum level in French for English taught track; B1 minimum in French for courses taught in French

Year 3 of Engineer Statistician program (2nd Year Master Studies)

Data Science for Economic & Health Modeling program: B1 minimum in English, B2 highly recommended; no minimum level in French

All other specializations: B1 minimum in French, B2 highly recommended; B1 minimum in English, B2 highly recommended

Master for Smart Data Science (2nd Year Master Studies) – Taught entirely in English

B2 minimum in English, C1 recommended; no minimum level in French

Master in Data Science for Public Decision Making – EMOS (2nd Year Master Studies)

International Track: B1 minimum in English, B2 highly recommended; no minimum level in French

Statistical Studies & Methodology of Public Statistics tracks: B1 minimum in French, B2 highly recommended; B1 minimum in English, B2 highly recommended

 

Official language certifications are accepted but not necessary. ENSAI trusts its partner institutions to nominate students with appropriate linguistic skills.

 

 

Course Information & OLA

ENSAI is a small “grande école” offering graduate-level degrees with limited undergraduate-level courses. The following figure should make it easier for students to understand how ENSAI’s programs are structured and how they compare to typical degrees offered by universities. In turn, this should help students understand which programs or tracks of programs they may request when applying to ENSAI as an Erasmus+ student.

Incoming students must finalize their Online Learning Agreement prior to arrival at ENSAI. Due to scheduling overlap, it is generally impossible to take courses from different programs or different years in the same program. As such, Erasmus+ students are admitted into specific tracks at ENSAI. Course selection is therefore restrained to classes within the given track. The list of courses for each track are available on the program pages linked below:

Engineer Statistician program
Master for Smart Data Science – 2nd Year Master Studies
Master in Data Science for Public Decision Making (EMOS) – 2nd Year Master Studies

For any questions regarding course offerings or to be put in contact with an academic advisor, please contact ENSAI’s Office of International Relations.

 

 

Accommodation

Erasmus students can reserve a studio in student housing on the Ker Lann Campus. For fall semester/academic year arrivals, reservations should be made directly following acceptance to ensure availability. Students must agree to rent the studio during the entire announced duration of their stay and give 3 months’ notice prior to departure. Availability of rooms cannot be guaranteed for January arrivals.

Students may also secure accommodation off-campus in Rennes or in Bruz, the closest town to the Ker Lann campus. ENSAI can provide advice to students regarding housing, but cannot reserve housing. 

 

Co-Signer Requirement for Lease Agreements
Residence halls and private lessors require a co-signer or garant that lives in France. Foreign students may obtain a guarantor through a service called Visale. Applying for this program can be done online.

 

 

Visas

International students from EU member states or Schengen countries do not require a visa to study abroad in France. All other students must request a visa unless they already have a  “long-term resident permit-EU” from an EU member state. 

Visa requests from EU member states are handled directly by the consular services of the French Embassy. For more information about costs and procedures, students should visit the French Embassy website of their country of residence.

If you are not sure about whether or not you need a visa to come to France, you can use the France Visas website’s “Visa Wizard”. The ENSAI Office of International Relations can also help you find answers to your questions regarding visas. 

 

Studying in English at ENSAI

English-taught Programs at ENSAI

ENSAI offers several opportunities for students who wish to study only in English at the graduate level. Currently, all undergraduate-level courses are offered only in French. 

 

Year 2 of Engineer Statistician program (1st Year Master Studies) 

Semester 2: An English-taught track of 30 ECTS credits is available to international students who do not speak French.

Year 3 of Engineer Statistician program (2nd Year Master Studies)

Semester 1: Data Science for Economic & Health Modeling specialization taught entirely in English.

Master for Smart Data Science (2nd Year Master Studies) 

Semester 1: Taught entirely in English.

Master in Data Science for Public Decision Making – EMOS (2nd Year Master Studies)

Semester 1: International EMOS track taught entirely in English.

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