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Télécom ParisTech
Logo telecomparisTech.png
Motto Innovate and foster entrepreneuship in a digital world
Type French Grande École
Established 1878
President Yves Poilane
Administrative staff
Students 1400
Location Paris, France
Campus Paris, Sophia Antipolis
Affiliations Institut Mines-Telecom, ParisTech
Website http://www.telecom-paristech.fr

Télécom ParisTech (also known as ENST or Télécom or École nationale supérieure des télécommunications) is one of the top French public institutions of higher education and research (Grandes Écoles) of engineering in France. Located in Paris, it is also a member of the ParisTech Group and Institut Telecom.

In 1991, Télécom ParisTech and the EPFL collaborated and established a school named Institut Eurécom located in Sophia-Antipolis. Students can now be admitted in two different curriculums, located either in the Paris or the Sophia-Antipolis campus.[1]


  • In 1845, Alphonse Foy, director of telegraphic lines, proposed a school specializing in telegraphy for Polytechnicians. His proposition was rejected.
  • The school was founded on 12 July 1878 as the École professionnelle supérieure des postes et télégraphes (EPSPT).
  • In 1912 the school's name was changed to École supérieure des postes et télégraphes (ESPT).
  • In 1934 the ESPT moved to rue Barrault, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
  • In 1938 the school was renamed École nationale supérieure des postes, télégraphes et téléphones (ENSPTT), and in the same year, the President of France, Albert Lebrun honored the school Legion of Honor.
  • During the Second World War, in 1942, the school was divided into two schools: the ENSPTT and École nationale supérieure des télécommunications (ENST). The ENSPTT was closed on 31 December 2002.
  • In 1971 the ENST passed under the direct guardianship of the Direction générale des télécommunications, and the development of the telecommunications during this period drove the state to create two associate schools: the ENST Bretagne in 1977 at Brest, and the INT in 1979 at Évry.
Locations of Institut Telecom schools


There are two ways to get admitted into Télécom ParisTech as an undergraduate student:[3]

  • Through a selective entrance examination (Concours Commun Mines Ponts) after at least two years of preparation in Classes préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles curriculum following high school
  • Through an admission process based on application file for university students
    • After a scientific bachelor's degree (mathematics, physics, mechanics, computer science etc.)
    • After a DUT degree from a French university of technology

University students can also get admitted into Télécom ParisTech's Master of Science (MSc.) programme through an admission process based on application file for university students from all over the world.

Télécom ParisTech is also one of the approved application schools for the École Polytechnique, making it possible for fourth-year students to complete their studies with one year of specialization at Télécom ParisTech. Télécom ParisTech also provides education for the Corps des télécommunications.

Around 250 engineers graduate each year from Télécom ParisTech. 30% to 35% of the graduates are foreign students coming from all over the world.[4] Specialization courses cover all aspects of computer science and communication engineering: electronics, signal processing, software engineering, networking, economics, finance etc.

Research at Télécom ParisTech[edit]

Research at Télécom ParisTech consists of:

  • Optimization and transmission of information
  • Improvement in data processing
  • Microelectronics, such as FPGA and DSP systems
  • Image and signal processing, wavelets
  • Artificial intelligence, data mining, distributed and real-time systems

Télécom ParisTech has four research laboratories:

  • The Department of Electronics and Communications: This laboratory consists of about one hundred researchers and teaching researchers (37 tenured) within 7 research groups
  • The Department of Computer Science and Networking
  • The Department of Signal and Image Processing
  • The Department of Economic and Social Sciences

These departments are associated with the CNRS through the "Laboratory of the Communication and Processing of Information".

Formations for Engineer degree[edit]

  • First year - Multidisciplinary studies

For undergraduate students, the core curriculum, commonly referred to as tronc commun, consists in courses in most areas of science (mathematics, economics, applied mathematics, computer science, physics, etc.), as well as compulsory courses in the humanities (foreign language, social science, general knowledge, etc.)

Taking place in the Paris campus of Télécom ParisTech, this year of multidisciplinary studies is common to both Paris curriculum students and Sophia-Antipolis curriculum students; and is followed by a one or two months mandatory summer internship.

  • Second and Third Year - Specialization in Paris or at Sophia-Antipolis (at Institut Eurécom)

Starting from their second year, students have to choose a specialization in which they'll receive in-depth courses and that will conclude their engineering curriculum. Based on 13 specialization tracks more than 120 courses,[5] these two years eventually unfold to a 6 months internship through which the engineering student will acquire their first real professional experience.

Third year students can also choose to complete their studies in an approved university in France or abroad, as part of a Double-Degree or a Master of Science program.

Formations for Master degree[edit]

ENST offers Mastères spécialisés (MS), Masters Recherche (MR) and Master of Science (MSc) programmes in different domains.

Mastères spécialisés courses[edit]

  • Formations on 1st year
    • Conception et architecture de réseaux
    • Conception et architecture des systèmes informatiques
    • Création et production multimédia (in partnership with l'INA)
    • Dispositifs et techniques de communications
    • Ingénierie du logiciel
    • E-Business a.k.a. Management et nouvelles technologies (in partnership with HEC)
    • Management de projets technologiques (in partnership with l'ESSEC)
    • Radio Mobiles
    • Sécurité des systèmes informatiques et des réseaux
    • Signal, Images et Reconnaissance des Formes
  • Formations in alternance on 2nd year
    • Management des systèmes d'information répartis (in partnership with l'ESSEC)
    • Réseaux

Masters Recherche courses[edit]

  • Master de sciences & technologies (Université Paris VI)
  • Master de mathématiques et informatique (Université Paris VII)
  • Master de mathématiques et informatiques pour les sciences de la vie (Université Paris V)
  • Master de sciences économiques, sciences politique, sociologie (Université Paris IX)
  • Master de mathématiques, informatique, décision et organisation (Université Paris IX)
  • Master de sciences de la modélisation de l'information et des systèmes (Université de Toulouse)
  • Master de sciences, technologies et santé (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis)

Master of Science courses[edit]

Master of Science is offered through Institut Télécom and ParisTech. This program is intended for bachelor's degree holders or of an equivalent diploma to 4 years of university studies in the domain of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The duration of courses will be 12 to 24 months and the course fee is €10,000. The courses offered at Paris campus will be initially in English and gradually in French. The courses offered at Institut Eurécom, Sophia-Antipolis campus will entirely be in English. The degrees which are obtained are accredited by Conference des Grandes Ecoles and are called Master of Science (English) / Diplôme National Master (French).

  • At Paris
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Information Systems Management and Spatial Applications
    • Networked Computer Systems
    • Signal, Image and Computer Vision
  • At Eurécom, Sophia-Antipolis
    • Communications and Computer Security
    • Mobile Communications
    • Multimedia information technology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Les cursus de la formation d'ingénieur". Télécom ParisTech (in French). 
  2. ^ (French) Décret n° 2009-1136 du 21 septembre 2009 relatif à l'Institut Télécom. Legifrance. Retrieved on 2014-06-16.
  3. ^ "Admission Process". L'Usine Nouvelle (in French). 
  4. ^ "Palmarès des Écoles d'ingénieurs". L'Étudiant (in French). 
  5. ^ "Cycle Master: Campus Paris". Télécom ParisTech (in French). 

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