International Relations Office

International Research Attachments (i-RAP)

France: École Polytechnique (ParisTech) Summer International Research Attachment Programme

Who is the host?

For more than two hundred years, Ecole Polytechnique, the most prestigious educational establishment in France, has been dedicated to educating students in Science and Technology at the highest level. The mission of Ecole Polytechnique is to train students capable of devising and achieving complex and innovative projects at the highest-level possible, thanks to a strong multidisciplinary scientific education. Among Polytechnique-related high-technology projects are the TGV, France’s high-speed train; Ariane rocket launchers; the only commercial supersonic aircraft, the Concorde; Airbus planes; the world-wide implementation of the most successful mobile telephone system, the GSM; and France’s nuclear reactor system. The Ecole's mission is also to train young men and women in leadership skills so that they can become tomorrow's outstanding scientists, researchers, managers and public officials.

For more information, click here.

What is the research attachment?

  • 3-6 month research placements in one of the 22 laboratories of École Polytechnique in the major scientific domains, e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Mechanics, and Physics.
  • English-speaking environment
  • Exchange students can participate in this programme before or after their exchange semester in France.

List of Research Projects

How many placements are available? When and where does the research attachment take place?

Job Scope
Attachment Period
No. of Placements
Research Attachment at École Polytechnique
Palaiseau, France
May - August/December 2014
Up to 5


What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Full-time NUS students from Faculty  of Engineering, Faculty of Science, School of Computing and Department of Economics
  • While there is no official CAP requirement, students who have been admitted in the past had a CAP of 4.5/5.0 or higher.
  • 3rd and 4th year Bachelor and Master/Phd students
  • Students must complete the programme before their conferment date.


What benefits does the host University provide?

Monthly Stipend (SGD)
600 Euros
Medical coverage

Monthly stipend will be paid in cash at the beginning of each month if the attachment is less than 3 months and will be transferred to student’s bank account if the attachment is longer than 3 months.

Is academic credit available?

NUS students interested in obtaining academic credit must submit their credit transfer application form to their faculty Dean’s office prior to embarking on the programme. IRO does not apply for credit transfer on the students’ behalf.

What are the accommodation arrangements?

On-campus accommodation is provided.

How much does the program cost?

The cost estimates below exclude monthly stipend provided by École Polytechnique.

$ 1500
€ 421 per month
Local Transportation
€ 30 per month
€ 260 per month
Provided by host
Personal Spending
€ 300 per month
Monthly Estimated Expenses
€ 1,011 per month
Estimated expenses for a 3 months attachment including airfare

Please note, these are estimated expenses and actual expenses may differ based on attachment length, price shifts and personal spending habits!

Is financial assistance available?

Students selected for the programme are eligible to apply for:

(a) NASA Enhancement Bursary and/or Scholarship concurrently using the programme application form (please see "How do I apply?" below).
(b) Overseas Student Programme Loan

How do I apply for a visa?

Students are to consult the Embassy of France in Singapore to determine if a visa is required and to apply for an entry visa if needed. 

Embassy of France to Singapore
101-103 Cluny Park Road 
Singapore 259595 
Tel: (65) 6880 7800

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have proper entry documents for all countries they plan to visit as part of this programme!

How do I apply for the programme?

Please combine all application document in one single document and submit them to: using your NUS email account.Applications submitted using personal email accounts (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will not be processed. Student will be notified of their placement results by mid-March.

Application Document:


Application Deadline: 25 February 2014 (Extended)

*Please note the official deadline stated on the website of Ecole Polytechnique is often earlier than the application deadline extended to NUS. NUS students are to submit their applications by the deadline stated on this website.