The school is one among a family of seven “National Schools of Mines” created between 1783 and 1992.The history of the school is all about “value exploration and value mining”. No wonder that the old mine safety lamp (patented by a school alumnus, Jean-Baptiste Marsaut, class of 1850, is still today the school’s symbol: all what we do is about discovery and enlightening!
Our academic standing is committed to excellence, wealth of subject fields, and we desire to offer each student a curriculum tailored to his or her goals and the realities of the economic world.
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It is reassuring to make housing arrangements before leaving for France. This is possible if you are able to secure a room in a university residence managed by CROUS, the regional student-service agency (although spaces in CROUS buildings are largely reserved for recipients of French government scholarships and students participating in exchange programs) or if you plan to attend an institution that maintains its own student residences.
The main library occupies one whole floor of the school’s historical building. Set up in a magnificent space dedicated to quiet reflection and reading.The library has a considerable collection of books and a large number of periodicals. All in all, the School receives regularly some 270 printed works ranging from the national daily press to weekly reviews, foreign press and specialist reviews.
Students enjoy lower prices and special assistance in many aspects of daily life—advantages that can markedly improve their quality of life. The national health-care system is modern and accessible; public transportation is efficient and affordable; rent subsidies are widely available. In addition to access to low-cost restaurants, students pay discounted prices at museums and athletic events.
I really liked that each student was followed by two mentors : one from school, one from a company. It gave us a good working and learning environment. What could be improved though is the rythm for studying : 4 hours of the same course, uninterrupted, is far too long ! Regarding student life, it was quite poor, but it is improving thanks to some highly motivated new...