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Ecole normale supérieure (ENS)

At the same time a French grande école and a university, the Ecole normale supérieure provides in Paris, at the heart of the Quartier latin, excellent training through research, leading to various teaching and research professions, and contributes to train through research the senior executives of public administrations as well as of French and European companies. 

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The ENS gives priority to fundamental knowledge and combines in-depth study in a discipline with familiarity in many other disciplines. The richness, diversity and organisation of the training fields, gathered in 15 departments for training and research in Sciences and Humanities, allow students to explore the boundaries of their disciplines and to develop intellectual approaches with a strong interdisciplinarity. 

The ENS enhances students’ autonomy with individual tutoring: all students draw up their individual study programme while being advised and guided by a tutor (agrégé répétiteur, teacher-researcher or researcher), so that they can make their choice among a large training offer. 


The research conducted at the Ecole normale supérieure are fundamental, theoretical or experimental, and may also lead to breakthrough innovations. When innovation becomes an invention, the issue at stake consists in finding, for each one, the suitable technology transfer: a transfer to an industrial partner who will convert the technology at stake into a product and place it on the market, or, ideally, the creation of a start-up exploiting this technology, when the context is favourable. Through specific and targeted awareness-raising actions and with some local support of quality, the ENS aims at creating an environment conducive to the emergence of projects springing from the whole ENS community. 


The ENS prepares students for high-level careers in both the public and private sectors in France and internationally.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
79 -15
64 5
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Housing services

The various campuses of the École normale supérieure (Ulm, Jourdan, Montrouge) are real living, meeting and sharing places.

With its comfortable accommodation, its varied teaching departments, dynamic research laboratories and well-stocked libraries, the École normale supérieure is characterised as a high-quality institution where it is pleasant to live and study.

The numerous cultural, artistic and sports events, organised by the ENS or the many student associations, animate campus life from September to June.

Library services

The library is rich of 800,000 volumes, 2,000 subscriptions to print-based journals and to 18,000 electronic journals, and also offers online access to 100 databases, on-site and remote services, as well as computing resources training.

Student Life

Campus life

The École normale supérieure offers its students the opportunity to live and study at the very heart of Paris. Its historical building is indeed to be found in the Quartier latin (Latin Quarter).This ancient building is well-known for its courtyard, called the Cour aux Ernest and adorned with busts of French thinkers, researchers and scientists who left their mark on history.

The two other campuses of the ENS are Jourdan campus (near the Parc Montsouris) and Montrouge campus (in a town next to Paris). With their modern and convenient installations, they also offer students comfortable places of living and study, close to the centre of the capital.

Sports facilities

The Bureau des Sports (BdS) gathers the ENS sports clubs, such as dance clubs, collective sports, individual sports, or even combat sports clubs. There are many opportunities for discovering new sports activities at the ENS!

Furthermore, the BdS organises one-time events throughout the year. The major event is, of course, the InterENS, which gathers students of the 5 Écoles normales supérieures (Paris, Lyon, Cachan, Rennes and Pisa) for a convivial weekend dedicated to sport. Everybody does their best to help their institution to win one of the most coveted trophies.

Student clubs

The École normale supérieure is more than just a place of study and research: students can benefit from its associative, cultural and sports life. Students develop their future collaborations and partnerships, and also form strong and long-lasting friendships there. The numerous events, clubs and associations present indeed all year long opportunities to meet students from other departments or disciplines.

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