École nationale d'ingénieurs de Tarbes

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Motto Engineering the future
Type Public
Established 1963
President Talal Masri
Students 1,054
Location Tarbes, France
Affiliations National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, University of Toulouse, Elles Bougent, Toulouse Tech
Website http://www.enit.fr

Coordinates: 43°13′29.74″N 0°3′4.082″E / 43.2249278°N 0.05113389°E / 43.2249278; 0.05113389

The Ecole nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tarbes (ENIT), is a French school of engineering leading to the French “Diplôme d’Ingénieur” under the authority of the French Ministry of Education and Research and part of the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse. Founded in 1963 about 200 students graduate from the ENIT each year. It represents today an active network of 4,200 alumni.


The main admission (70%) to the ENIT is made through a selective examination during the year leading to the baccalauréat, most of the successful candidates come from the série scientifique or Bac S. There is however further possibility to join the ENIT later on after 2 years of studies in an IUT or at the University, the selection being on academic records.


The ENIT is located in Tarbes in the département of Hautes-Pyrénées, in the Southwest of France 30 km east of Pau and 150 km south of Toulouse. It is about 1 hour 50 minutes drive away from the beach resort of Biarritz and 45 minutes drive away from the main sky resort of the Pyrenées mountain.


Following a “common trunk” of 2 years during which the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and electronics are taught, students specialize during the next 3 years in mechanical and industrial engineering leading to the French “Diplôme d’Ingénieur”. Like most all of the French educational system the ENIT is following the tradition of the Encyclopédistes which focus on breadth rather than depth. It is particularly useful for cross fertilization purposes between different fields. In the final year, students have to choose one “majors”, and must present a final year project. The reason for this is that the generic education given at the ENIT is more focused on developing thinking skills than preparing for the transition to an actual engineering occupation. Recently new subjects have been added to the formation:

E.N.I.T. emphasizes industrial experience by making it compulsory for students to carry out three internships in industry and an industrially-based final project / master’s thesis.


  • 4 weeks, shop-floor level at the end of semester 2
  • 10 weeks, technical level in semester 3
  • 18 weeks, assistant engineer level in semester 6

Industrial project work:

  • Tutored industrial project work in semester 8

Master’s Thesis:

  • 22 weeks, professional engineer level, final project in industry

International Partnerships[edit]

The ENIT has signed agreements with universities both in and outside the E.U. to promote cooperation in education and research activities. These partnerships involve exchange of students and faculty, internship placements for students and promotion of joint activities in training and research. It is a member of the Lifelong Learning Program with numerous partner universities in 8 E.U. countries. All classes in the 10-semester engineering cycle are open to Erasmus international students.

ENIT students who want to take part in these exchange programs go through a selective process based on academic criteria. Once a committee of teachers has selected the students, the International Student Office takes care of the mobility process.

More than 60% of students at the ENIT have an international experience (Internship or exchange : Erasmus) during their academic studies.

Lecturers can also benefit from the L.L.P. scheme and, accordingly, visiting professors and guest lecturers are invited to give courses at ENIT in English each year.

Key Figures[edit]

  • Number of Students: 1054
  • Number of Teachers: 78
  • Ratio Students/Teacher: 13.5
  • Annual budget: 7,466M EUR
  • Total number of staff: 125

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