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PEI is a program which aims to welcome and support foreign students (whether refugees or asylum seekers). The goal is to teach french during one year and to accompany you in your project of study.

The participation gives access to:

  •  A “visiting student” card that grants access to the ENS, its library, its campus, including sports facility.
  • Intensive french classes taught by students from the ENS, after they have received appropriate training.
  • Every class and seminary of the school as a visiting student (no degree or credit). The ENS provides classes in: philosophy, litterature, biology, mathematics, history, physics, sociology…
  • A material support (a “welcome kit” with notebooks, pens etc., five free lunch tickets by week for the student restaurant, and a support for public transport)
  • The possibility to participate to the creation of seminaries or lectures with the other students of the school.
  • Some specific activities: theater, museum tours, etc.

Be sure to acknowledge:

  • PEI does not grant diplomas or degrees, but we can advise you if you want to access to a degree course. Also, certificate of participation are provided.
  • PEI cannot influence your application for asylum.

Who can apply for this program?

This program is indented for people who are students (or lecturers, professors, intellectuals), and were unable to pursue their studies because of ethnic/religious/political persecutions, climatic or ecological disasters, war or conflicts. Your current stage in the administrative process will not be taken into account for selection.To integrate this program, you must:

  • Have been involved in a higher education course (bachelor, master, PhD) in your country of origin.
  • Be willing to pursue those studies (to get a University degree, take part in seminaries, write articles etc.).
  • Be able to explain your area of study, your projects, to argue about it.

The main criteria are motivation and education level. You will be asked to talk about your previous studies, your research area, your own study project and your motivations, during an interview. If you cannot bring proof of your degrees and diplomas, we will rely on what you tell us, and trust you!

To ask questions about your eligibility, or to be put in the waiting list for the next session, please write us at etudiantinviteens@gmail.com , with those informations:

  • Name
  • Description of your studies in your country of origin
  • Description of your project of study
  • Languages spoken
  • Address
  • Age

How does PEI works?

As soon as you are accepted, the administration of the school will give you a “visiting student” card, so you can enter into the school freely. A French class schedule is set, according to your level in French; you can attend to french class four times a week. Moreover, language partners have been created in order to let you exercice in fluent french, having conversations in your own language with a french student in exchange.

The program relies on two main relationships:

  • The partnership: you will be “matched” with a fellow student, whose role will be to make you visit the School, to explain to you how it works, to answer your questions, to show you the different classes you can attend, according to your study areas; also, to let you discover the student “atmosphere” of the school (parties, associations, etc.).
  • The mentoring: you will also meet a teacher in your subject who will help you with your study project.

What is the Ecole Normale Supérieure?

The École normale supérieure (ENS) is a French grande école (higher education establishment outside the framework of the public university system). The principal goal of ENS is the training of elite professors, researchers and public administrators. The ENS has a structure which is atypical within the French university system; it is seeking to select the very best students.

PLEASE NOTE : This program has never been done in our School before this year. It is absolutely voluntary; the organizers receive no salary for it. We hope you will help us build it, improve it, and that you will manage it with us. You will be encouraged to participate in the decision making process, and to express your views about it. It is meant to be flexible, not to be a pressure on you, so do not hesitate to tell us if it does not fit in with your own obligations and living conditions. Thank you!
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