ENSAI’s mission is to prepare its students for professions involving the collection and analysis of information, especially in the social and economic spheres but also for industry, life sciences, marketing, finance, health, and information systems.
The schooling lasts two years for civil servant statisticians, and three years for statistical engineering students.
Civil servant statisticians and statistical engineering students follow the same classes for the most part, sit the same exams and are graded together. However, in the second semester of the second year, the students choose their classes. Statistical engineering students make their choice on the basis of their intended third-year specialization and civil servant statisticians on the basis of their future career working in National Statistics for INSEE, the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies.
Thanks to partnerships, engineering and civil servant students can obtain, under certain conditions, a licence (L3 level) in Applied Economics with the Paris Dauphine University, or a licence in Mathematics et Rennes 1 University. The cursus leading to the licence in Economics is done during the second year at Ensai.
Second-year classes carry on from the first-year studies with a combination of introductory and in-depth classes. Some form the core syllabus, and others are taken as options to enable students to start specializing in one of the principal fields in which statistics is used, taking into account the distinction between civil servant statisticians and statistical engineers. Applied work forms a large part of second-year teaching.
Students are required to go on three internships during their studies in order to be awarded an ENSAI statistical engineering diploma. They are also required to spend a minimum of four weeks abroad, either as part of these internships, as a student in a foreign institution, or on a linguistic stay abroad.
At the end of their second year, students have to go on an applied internship lasting at least 8 weeks. This internship starts at the end of May or early June.
There is no internship at the end of the second year for INSEE civil servant student statisticians.
Students may apply to follow a course of study in a foreign university. One possibility ins through the SOCRATES ERASMUS exchanges in Europe during the second semester of their second year. ENSAI has partnerships with the University of Sheffield, Aarhus University, University of Bologna, University of Barcelona, and University of Munich, to name a few.
Another possibility is for students to spend a gap year of studies at an American university in between their second and third year of studies at ENSAI, known as a 'gap year.' For this, ENSAI has bilateral agreements with the University of Nothern Iowa and Colorado State University. This year, however, does not replace the students' third year and does not award the students with any official credit in France upon their return.
Please consult our International pages, particularly Universities Abroad, for a complete, detailed list of ENSAI's partnernships.
Annual tuition fees (in 2018/2019) are €1,850 for statistical engineering students, and free for INSEE civil servant statisticians.
INSEE civil servant statisticians receive a brut sum of €1,550 per month throughout their studies. ENSAI awards scholarships to statistical engineering students on the basis of financial need.