List of supporting documents required:
No paper copies are needed for the admission review process. If you are admitted, you may be required to submit official or certified hard copies before the start of the program. Supporting documents include:
Transcripts & Degrees
> For all applicants: scanned copies of transcripts of the last three years of secondary education which you have already completed (typically, Grades 9, 10 and 11 if you are currently in Grade 12. Or, Grades 10, 11 and 12 if you have already graduated.). All academic records from these years must be submitted including from exchange programs and programs you did not complete. If your transcripts are not in English or French, they must be translated to either language.
For students in the British Secondary system: we require not only your (I)GCSE grades and predicted (or obtained) grades at A / Pre-U level but also your internal grades from your high-school for your last 3 years of complete education, meaning UK grade 10, 11 and 12 (Form 4, 5 and Lower 6) if you are in UK grade 13 or grade 11, 12 and 13 (Form 5, Lower 6 and Upper 6) if you have already graduated.
> For applicants having already graduated from high school or the equivalent: scanned copies of secondary school leaving certificate or entrance certificate to study sciences in a higher-education institution.
> For applicants having already started post-secondary education: scanned copies of transcripts of all post-secondary education and if applicable, scanned copies of degrees for completed programs.
> For applicants coming from an institution which is not connected to the French system of education: if available, official document or letter from your high school and/or your university explaining the grading and ranking system.
> For all applicants: personal statement in English. This personal statement is in the form of a series of three questions which will be found on the application website. The answers will need to be 300 words per question maximum. For applications for the September 2019 intake, the personal statement questions are:
1. How do you believe the Bachelor of Science program will help you achieve your future academic and professional goals?
2. Describe one example of how you have been able to develop your interpersonal skills through an experience where you have influenced others positively, helped solve disputes or contributed to group efforts.
3. Is there a problem in the world today, no matter the scale, that you would like to help to solve? Explain how this problem relates to you and how you would contribute to a solution?
> For all applicants: 2 recommendation letters, including at least one from a teacher/professor/lecturer/academic supervisor in science/mathematics at your current institution. You must provide information about your referees (names, positions and emails and if applicable, websites), and a request for a recommendation letter will be immediatly sent to them. We suggest you inform your referees and let them know that you are involving them in your application process before filling out the recommendation request on your application form. Please be advised that recommendation letters must be sent back to us by your referees before the end of the application deadline. It is your responsability to make sure they send their recommendations before the deadline. Your referees cannot be members of your family or friends of the family, and you cannot write your recommendation letters yourself.
Here is an example of what the letter of recommendation looks like. On the online version, referees do not write their recommendation on the website, they can upload a PDF format of their recommendation letter. Referees can write their recommendation in either French or English.
BEWARE: Recommendation letters must be submitted by the referees themselves. Recommendation letters given by the candidates will not be accepted as official recommendation letters.
Is one of your referees experiencing issues with the online recommendation form?
It is your responsability to make sure that your referees send their recommendation letter before the deadline. Please check with your referees to make sure that they have sent their recommendation. If one of your referees experiences technical issues while trying to submit their recommendation, you can download the recommendation form below in either Word format or PDF format and send it to your referees. Your recommendation will have to be sent back directly to bachelor-admissions @ polytechnique.fr by your referee.
> For all applicants: CV or resume, in English, which is a form to fill in and can be found on the application website. The CV also includes questions about the mathematics knowledge learned in secondary education which must be answered truthfully in order to evaluate the candidate at their real capacity.
Here is an example of what the resume looks like. Do NOT use this sample resume for your application, please use the one provided to you during the application process. Some changes in the resume may occur and we will only accept the newest version.
Photo & ID
> For all applicants: copy of passport (or ID card for European students).
> For all applicants: photo ID (Different from the one on the ID document).
If applicable, you may also provide scores for the following English language test results: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Internet-based Test of english as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt).