65 ENSTA Paris students went abroad for a linguistic internship in 2010

  • 20 in Japanese (Japan)
  • 20 in Spanish (Argentina)
  • 14 in Russian (Russia)
  • 11 in Chinese (China)

Modern languages

Language teaching at ENSTA Paris represents one fifth of the volume of training. It includes the study of English and at least one other foreign language. The classes take place in small groups and aim to strengthen the linguistic skills vital for today's engineer, but also comprise a significant cultural aspect, prolonged by language exchanges encouraged by the School.


3 hours of English teaching are given every week (one and a half hours in the third year). A minimum level of 780 points at the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) or 220 points at the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language; 83 points for the Internet-based TOEFL) is required in order to obtain the ENSTA degree.

In the first year, teaching employs a wide variety of fields and methods, depending on the level of the students.

In the second and third years, alongside the classes focusing on verbal communications, a number of more specific topics are proposed: English literature, urban American culture, English-speaking cinema, etc.

The second year also comprises training in business English, combined with recruiting techniques (job interview in English).

Languages other than English

Apart from the compulsory second language (1h30 per week), it is possible to take a third foreign language. ENSTA proposes nine languages:

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • French as a foreignlanguage
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese