École normale supérieure de Cachan

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École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay
Logo of École normale supérieure
Established 1892
Director Pierre-Paul Zalio
Students 1,337
Undergraduates none
Postgraduates Masters, agrégation, Ph.D
Location Cachan, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Nickname ENS Cachan, Normale Sup' Cachan
Affiliations UniverSud Paris, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, ASTech
Website www.ens-cachan.fr

The École normale supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan, Normale Sup' Cachan ; now École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay since 2016) is located in Cachan within the Val-de-Marne department near Paris, in the Île-de-France region of France.

It is one of the most prestigious and selective French Grandes Écoles. Like all the other Grandes écoles, this higher education institution is not included in the mainstream framework of the French public universities. It belongs to the Ecoles normales supérieures network, along with the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the ENS de Lyon and the ENS de Rennes .

In 2014 it became a founding member of the confederal University of Paris-Saclay.


ENS Cachan, d'Alembert building

Its main mission is to train world-class academics, but it is also a starting point for public administrative or private executive careers. It recruits mostly from the very competitive "classes préparatoires" (see also Grande École). Students of the ENS Cachan who passed the entrance exam are civil servants and are known as "normaliens". Normaliens are paid a monthly salary (around 1300 €) by the French government for their studies and have to work for a French public administration for six years when their four-year curriculum at the ENS is completed. ENS Cachan also recruits some students from the university;[which?] the latter are not required to work for a French public administration but are not paid either.

Students of the ENS Cachan follow the standard university curriculum (Licence, Master, and most of the time PhD). They are encouraged -though it is not mandatory- to take then the Agrégation competitive examination.

There are 17 departments : Mathematics, Computer Science, Fundamental Physics, Chemistry, Biology for the scientific department, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering for the engineering departments, Economics and Management, Social Sciences, Languages, Design.

ENS Cachan cooperates with many foreign universities, for example in student exchange programs. One of them is MONABIPHOT developed in cooperation with Wrocław University of Technology in Poland, Complutense or Carlos III University of Madrid in Spain, MIT, Oxford, Humboldt.


The admission to the ENS Cachan as normalien is made through a highly competitive entrance examination, and requires at least two years of preparation after high school in Classes Préparatoires (Scientific (MPSI, PCSI...), Literary (B/L) and Business sections (Economics and Management)). The ENS Cachan recruits every year 360 normaliens and 800 degree seeking students.


Though normaliens follow the standard university curriculum, they have the opportunity to pursue their studies in other Grandes Ecoles such as Sciences Po, HEC, École Polytechnique and the ENSAE without having to take an entrance exam (or only a part of it).[1] Normaliens can join the Grands Corps techniques d'Etat or prepare the ENA entrance exam.

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  1. ^ "Université Paris-Saclay". www.universite-paris-saclay.fr. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 

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Coordinates: 48°47′19″N 2°19′36″E / 48.788748°N 2.326632°E / 48.788748; 2.326632