International Relations Office

International Research Attachments (i-RAP)

France: École Polytechnique Summer International Research Attachment Programme

Who is the research attachment host?

For over 200 years, École Polytechnique has been a leader among the French engineering Grandes Écoles. The prestige of École Polytechnique rests upon the quality of its students, faculty and researchers and on its unique multidisciplinary education that meets the most ambitious academic and scientific standards.

Among École Polytechnique-related high-technology projects include TGV - France’s high-speed train, Ariane rocket launchers, Concorde - the only commercial supersonic aircraft, Airbus planes, GSM - the world-wide implementation of the most successful mobile telephone system, and France’s nuclear reactor system. École Polytechnique’s mission is to produce socially responsible professionals who excel in high-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of the 21st century.

With 22 laboratories and 8 major areas of expertise, École Polytechnique holds 500 patents (including extensions) and registers an average of 18 new patents per year.

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What is the programme about?

The Research Internship offered by École Polytechnique for international students gives NUS undergraduates and postgraduates the opportunity to carry out a 3 to 6-month internship in laboratories at École Polytechnique.

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What is the academic content?

List of Project Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physics
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Molecular Chemistry
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Irradiated Solids

Students are to choose from the list of projects/subjects available

Are academic credits available?

Academic credit MAY be available. Students interested in obtaining credit must work with their faculty for credit transfer. IRO is unable to apply for credit transfer on the students’ behalf.

How many placements are available? When and where does it take place?

Research area
Location (City, Country)
Period (Date - Date)
No. of Placements
Paris, France
May 2015 – July 2015


What are the eligibility requirements?

General NUS Requirements

  • Full-time NUS students from Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and/or School of Computing
  • Prior research experience in a relevant field will be advantageous
  • Year 3 and 4 undergraduates are preferred, though Year 1 and 2 undergraduates can apply if they have research experience or feel that they are qualified for the programme
  • Graduate students are eligible

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.

What are the accommodation arrangements?

École Polytechnique will arrange for on-campus accommodation, payable by students.

How much does the programme cost?

École Polytechnique will be providing a monthly stipend ranging from €450 to €700.

The cost estimates below exclude benefits from the university, ie stipend, meals, airfare etc.

Return Airfare
Travel Insurance
Monthly expenses (meals, transportation, personal spending)  
Total cost estimate for a 3 - month research attachment
Approx. S$6,860

Please note, these are estimated expenses and actual expenses may differ based on price shifts and personal spending habits. Do adjust these estimates based on the duration of your internship.

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 (Singaporeans only)
(c) PSEA Fund Withdrawal (Singaporeans only)

Other Forms of Financial Assistance

École Polytechnique will be providing a monthly stipend ranging from €450 to €700, depending on the level of the students and their country of origin to help cover accommodation, meals and personal expenses.

How do I apply for a visa?

NUS and the host university will assist in providing documentation needed to apply for a visa.

Students are to consult the Embassy of France in Singapore for more information.

Embassy of France in 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 submit your application as early as possible as interviews may start before the application deadline.

  • Use your NUS email account* to submit your application package to:

*Applications submitted using personal email accounts (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will NOT be processed.

If you do not hear from us one month after the programme application deadline, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Research Attachment Period
Application Deadline
May 2015 - July 2015
23 January 2015

Application Process:

Please click here to see the entire application process and the steps involved.

Where can I get more information?

Please read the i-RAP Application Guide here.

For additional information or related queries, please click here.

For travel notices, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.