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CHEMistry International STudies (CHEM.I.ST programme)

ENSCL offers an International Undergraduate Programme (CHEMISTRY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES) which allows both French and international students with science A-levels to enter one of the 19 Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Schools in the Gay-Lussac Federation (FGL) without sitting the entry exam.

The selection of a candidate is based on a thorough review of their application. The program lasts 2 years (semesters S1-S4). The courses are taught in Lille, Rennes or Clermont-Ferrand. This preparatory program has been designed to host students having completed their secondary schooling within the last year, issued from France or abroad.

A minimum of French proficiency is necessary to follow the courses in the program.

This specific two-year program includes a high level of scientific training enhanced by courses dealing with international economics and culture.

Upon completion of the two years in the “CHEM.I.ST.” programme, the students who have fulfilled the examination requirements will be directly admitted to one of the 19 Schools of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, all members of the Gay -Lussac Federation ( in order to pursue the French “Diplôme d’Ingénieur”, graduate degree, as well as a Master’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering.

• The dedicated training of students in small groups led by tutors.
• French as a Foreign Language.
• An opening into business thanks to a one-month industrial internship at the end of the first year.
• An optional third language : Japanese



In order to apply, you must register online at the following french website :

Registrations are open from 20th of January to the 20th of march 2016. In order to understand the application procedure, we highly recommend that you read the applicant’s guideline available in "admission-postbac".

The CPI International (CHEM.I.ST) application procedure is the same for all foreign students :
• The possibility to rank the CPI centres by order of preference
• One file for all the schools
• Application Fees (95 €)
• An interview by phone or through skype
• One schedule with the 5 CPI centres


Important Dates

Registration : on the website which is open from January 20th until March 20th 2016
Rank the different centres according to your preferences from January 20th through May 31st 2016
Deadline to send the application form, the requested documents and to pay the fees : April 2nd 2016
ENSC CPI centres will make admission proposals : on June 8th, June 23rd and July 14th 2016
French summer school : August
Science classes will start a week before the beginning of the academic year
Beginning of the academic year : early September


Programme of study

CHEMIST Programme 1st Academic year
CHEMIST Programme 2nd Academic year