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Sports at École Polytechnique

Sports have always formed a very important part in students' education at École Polytechnique. We truly believe that sports will help you develop qualities and skills such as sense of discipline, leadership, teamwork, spirit of healthy competition and fair play, confidence in oneself and ethics.

Sport is also an excellent way of breaking down barriers and bringing people of different backgrounds together. In particular, we consider sport as one of the best ways to facilitate the integration of international students on campus (and more generally in France).

As sport is part of the requirements for the completion of your degree, attendance is compulsory.

Two options are available:

>>> General Health & Physical Education

>>> Sports in Competition

General Health & Physical Education

This course gives you the opportunity to discover and play multiple sports. It includes two hours of practice per week (during term 1 and 2) and no competition participation. Six of the following sports will be offered:  Handball, Volley ball, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Martial Arts, Swimming, Rowing, Ultimate, Orienteering, Cardio and Strength Training, Climbing. Further information is provided during orientation week in September by the Office for Physical Education (Bureau de la Formation Sportive – BFS).


Sports in Competition

This course gives you access to the Sports Sections (Sections sportives) with advanced trainings and inter-university competition in one specific sport. It includes 4 to 6 hours of practice per week (during term 1 and 2) as well as regular competition participation (matches and meetings can be held at École Polytechnique but also in other campuses or facilities. They may also take place on weekends). Please note that attendance to competition is compulsory.

15 sports are offered: Handball, Volley Ball, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Ultimate, Badminton, Swimming, Climbing, Judo, Boxing, Adventure Racing (called “RAID”, including foot orienteering, mountain biking, running, canoeing), fencing, rowing and tennis.

As these courses are intermediate or even advanced-level, no beginners are accepted. A pre-selection is done based on the information you provide via the online administrative enrollment form. If your request is pre-approved, you will then be requested to do a test in September with a coach from the Office for Physical Education (Bureau de la Formation Sportive – BFS).


Medical Exemption Request

You may be exempted from playing sport if you can provide a medical exemption certificate from your doctor. This document must be handed over before or during orientation week. In order to validate the Sport module for the award of the degree, exempt students are required to write up a 20-page dissertation on a sport-related topic. The choice of topic is determined with the Office for Physical Education (Bureau de la Formation Sportive – BFS) once the medical exemption request is validated.


Sports as Leisure

On a voluntary basis and on your free time, you may also participate in the École polytechnique’s Sport Association, called « Le club sportif de l’X » or « CSX ». The Association offers almost 40 different sports and leisure activities. Trainings usually take place at lunchtime or between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.

In order to subscribe, you will have to pay the following fees: 23 euros for the membership card and a subscription fee whose amount depends on the sport that you choose (between 15 to 170 euros per year).

For further information, you can consult the CSX website (only available in French. For non-French speaking candidates, please contact us if you have any questions).


Further information about our facilities can be found here.

You may also visit our flickr album about sports.