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

10 places (5 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: 11 March 2022
  • Written examinations: 13 June at Centrale Supélec
  • Oral examinations: 16-17 June at Centrale Lyon
  • Eligibility board: May 2022

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Double degree - international

90 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

264 places: 

  • MP-MP: 110 places | MP Cycle International: 2 places
  • PC-PC: 60 places | PC Cycle International: 2 places
  • PSI-PSI: 80 places | PSI Cycle International: 2 places
  • TSI: 8 places


  • Apply online: from 10 December to 11 January 2022 (5 pm) - no applications accepted after the deadline
  • Upload required documents by 19 January 2022 (5pm)


  • Written examinations: 3-6 May 2022
  • Oral examinations: t.b.a


  • Choice registration: 1 February to 22 July 2022 (midnight)
  • 1st offer: Monday 25 July at 2 pm
  • 2nd offer: Friday 29 July at 2 pm
  • Subsequent offers (Tuesdays at 2 pm): 23 August, 30 August, 6 September

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

15 places


  • Pre-register online 9 February to 9 March 2022 midnight. No applications accepted after the deadline.
  • Upload required documents: 9 February to 21 March 2022
  • Fee due: 10 to 21 March 2022


  • Written examinations: 9-11 May 2022
  • Oral examinations: 20-23 June 2022 (t.b.c.)


  • Choice registration: 3 June to 3 July 2022
  • Eligibility board: 3 June 2022
  • Admissions board: 1 July 2022 at 2 pm
  • 1st offer: Thursday 7 July 2022 at 4 pm
  • 2nd offer: Monday 11 July 2022 at 4 pm
  • Subsequent offers: Monday 25 July at 2 pm, Tuesday 25 August at 2 pm, Tuesday 30 August at 2 pm

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

10 places



  • Written examinations: 2 to 11 May 2022
  • Oral and practical examinations: 23 June to 13 July 2022 at ENS Paris-Saclay and 27 June to 8 July 2022 at Arts et Métiers


  • Choice registration: 1 February to 22 July 2022 at 12 pm
  • Eligibility board: 11 June from 6 pm
  • Admissions board: 23 July from 6 pm
  • 1st offer: Monday 25 July at 2 pm
  • 2nd offer: Friday 29 July at 2 pm
  • Subsequent offers: at 2pm on Tuesdays 23 August, 30 August, 6 September

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PSR - Open to Nantes Université Parcours Scientique Renforcé L2 students only

3 places

  • Application form followed by oral examinations.
  • The deadline for submitting applications to the head of the Parcours Sciences Renforcées at the Faculty of Science and Technology is mid-April.

For more information, contact the Faculty of Science and Technology of Nantes University.

Double degree - by discipline

21 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 July 18, 2022