Apply for the engineering programme

The admissions process for the engineering programme is highly selective. French students with excellent high school results spend two years in the intensive 'classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles' preparing for the 'concours' - competitive entrance examinations to French engineering schools. Successful candidates then undertake three years of study at Centrale Nantes - corresponding to the senior undergraduate year and two graduate years.

The 'diplôme d'ingénieur' qualification conferred upon successful completion of the engineering programme is equivalent to a Master of Science and Engineering and is awarded to students after a total of five years of higher education. The Centrale Nantes engineering programme is accredited by the CTI, the French Engineering Degrees Commission, for 5 years.
Access to the engineering programme for international students is via CASTing, a double degree programme or the fast-track engineering programme.
CASTing entrance examination

15 places (10 engineering programme and 5 degree apprenticeships)

Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science

  • Places are available in the Ecoles Centrale group (Lyon, Nantes, Lille, Marseille) for students with a three year degree in Science.
  • Graduates with a bachelor's degree or equivalent in science (mathematics, mathematics for computer science, mechanics, physics) who wish to pursue engineering studies, can apply to CASTing, (Concours d'Admission Sur Titre Ingénieur du groupe des Écoles Centrales).
  • To simplify the access procedure a single series of tests is held for all four schools.

Applications Process

  • Application deadline: 12 March 2021 (midnight)
  • Written examinations: early June
  • Oral examinations: early June
  • Eligibility board: 17-18 May 2021

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Double degree - international

85 places

Open to international students selected by our partner institutions.

Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Students must complete at least one semester of the first year programme.

Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution. Successful completion of both courses of study leads to the award of a double degree at master's level.

Fast-track engineering programme

10 places

Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science.

Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.

Year 1 comprises a broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific courses, taught in English throughout. In year 2, students focus on a technical discipline with their choice of specialisation from over 20 on offer within the engineering programme, combined with a professional option, which focuses on a particular sector of activity or function. A 6-month internship in a research laboratory or in industry is then undertaken from early April to late September.
Competitive entrance examinations

Only students from classes préparatoires are eligible to apply for the Centrale Supélec, ATS and banque PT competitive entrance examinations:

Concours Centrale Supélec - open to classe préparatoire (MP, PC, PSI and TSI) students only

263 places: 

  • MP-MP: 115 places | MP Cycle International: 2 places
  • PC-PC: 60 places | PC Cycle International: 2 places
  • PSI-PSI: 75 places | PSI Cycle International: 2 places
  • TSI: 8 places


  • Apply online: from 10/12/20 to 12/01/21 - 5 pm - no applications accepted after the deadline
  • Upload required documents by 19/01/21 - 5 pm


  • Written examinations: 20/04/21 to 23/04/21
  • Oral examinations: 21/06/21 to 18/07/21


  • Choice registration: 01/02/21 to 23/07/21 - 12 am
  • 1st offer: 26/07/21 - 2 pm
  • 2nd offer: 30/07/21 - 2 pm
  • Subsequent offers (Tuesdays at 2 pm): 24/08, 31/08 and 07/09

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Concours ATS - Open to classe préparatoire (ATS) students only

15 places


  • Pre-register online 10/02/21 to 10/03/21 - 12 am. No applications accepted after the deadline.
  • Upload required documents: 10/02/2021 to 22/03/21


  • Written examinations: 10/05/21 to 12/05/21
  • Oral examinations: 21/06/21 to 24/06/20 (provisional dates)


  • Choice registration: 28/05/21 to 04/07/21 - 12 am
  • Eligibility board: 04/06/21
  • Admissions board: 26/06/20
  • 1st offer: 02/07/21 - 4 pm
  • 2nd offer: 08/07/21 - 2 pm
  • Subsequent offers: 26/07, 24/08 and 31/08

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BANQUE PT - Open to classe préparatoire (PT) students only

10 places



  • Written examinations: 03/05/21 to 12/06/21
  • Oral and practical examinations: 17/06/21 to 05/07/21 at ENS Cachan/Paris-Saclay and from 21/06/21 to 02/07/21 at Arts et Métiers.


  • Choice registration: 01/02/21 to 23/07/21 - 12 pm
  • Eligibility board: 12/06/21 - 6 pm
  • Admissions board: 24/07/21 - 6pm
  • 1st offer: 26/07/21 - 2 pm
  • 2nd offer: 30/07/21 - 2 pm
  • Subsequent offers: 24/08, 31/08, 07/09

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Double degree - by discipline

25 places

Open to students from Audencia Business School, ensa Nantes and L'Ecole Navale de Brest for a double degree programme (Management and Engineering, Architecture and Engineering, Naval studies and Engineering respectively).

Published on February 18, 2020 Updated on June 24, 2021