Created in 1994, ENSAI, the National School for Statistics and Data Analysis, along with ENSAE (Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics, and Finance), is part of the GENES, the Grouping of National Economics and Statistics Schools, which brings together the research and pedagogical activity of INSEE. Located on the Ker Lann Campus in Bruz on the outskirts of Rennes, this graduate school annually educates nearly 70 statistical engineering graduate students and the civil servant statisticians of INSEE (varying number according to the needs of the civil service).
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ENSAI has been accredited since 2002 by the French Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (the CTI, Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur). The school the high standards of graduate engineering schools with a multifaceted and comprehensive education, strong links with the professional world, and a continual development of its international programs and cooperation. Its recruitment process is unique in that half of its students are traditionally admitted annually based on the results of the Joint Entrance Examination for Polytechniques (concours communs polytechniques or CCP), a third of the students are admitted based on the results of a competitive Economics entrance exam, and around 20 students transfer, their acceptance being based on an application process that examines previous education and qualifications.
As a member of the group GENES (Grouping of National Economics and Statistics Schools), ENSAI participates in the international strategy of the group and benefits from its numerous networks. ENSAI also develops its own international strategy around three main axes: maintaining and expanding a network of professional contacts abroad, encouraging study abroad and academic exchanges, and promoting international mobility of its research professors. ENSAI's adherence in 2007 to the Rennes International Mobility Center, or CMI (Centre de mobilité internationale), has allowed it to benefit from logistical support for incoming international students.
For a current list of ENSAI's agreements and exchanges with foreign institutions, consult the Academic Partnerships page.
ENSAI devotes a great deal of energy to international efforts and has high expectations for its students. As such, studying English is mandatory throughout the entire education at ENSAI. Additionally, in order to obtain France's prestigious, graduate-level engineering degree, students must obtain a score of at least 785 (level B2, CEFRL) on the TOEIC test (Test of English for International Communication). For students with weaker levels, additional English courses are a mandatory part of their curriculum to ensure that they leave ENSAI with the linguistic skills they need.
In addition to English, ENSAI offers other optional language courses to its students. These languages include Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. French and foreign students at ENSAI also take part in a “tandem” linguistic exchange, strengthening both their oral and written skills.
Furthermore, both students and faculty have the opportunity to follow weekly linguistic preparation courses every Spring (7 foreign languages offered), financed by the partner establishments of the Rennes International Mobility Center (CMI) of the Université Bretagne Loire (UBL).
As part of its objective to encourage its research professors to participate in international conferences, ENSAI maintains an active policy to encourage such activities as well as finance the entirety of the resulting expenses. Apart from this very regular research mobility, several teaching and research assignments lasting a week or more have been carried out abroad. These assignments have taken place in Europe (Poland, Italy, United Kingdom) and in the United States of America and were funded thanks to bilateral agreements and the Erasmus+ program.
ENSAI has recently reached out to several of its global partners to encourage more incoming and outgoing mobility for teaching, hoping to strengthen research partnerships already in place and take full advantage of EU funding for such actions.
ENSAI is part of the Université Bretagne Loire (UBL), which is a a regional consortium of 27 institutions of higher education.
ENSAI is a member of the Rennes International Mobility Center (CMI) (Centre de mobilité internationale de Rennes), a grouping of establishments in Rennes attached to the UEB, whose goals are to promote the city of Rennes abroad, to encourage international mobility, and to contribute to developing international relations through the creation of common tools.
Likewise, ENSAI is an active member of the Grandes Ecoles Confederation (Conférence des Grandes Ecoles), as our Director presided over the Grandes Ecoles Confederation of Brittany from 2004 to 2007. We benefit notably from the actions of its International Relations Committee, whose objectives are to encourage information and experience exchanges, to help these establishments of higher education develop their international relations, to work with governmental and European authorities, and to assure regular contact with foreign counterparts.
Furthermore, ENSAI has been part of the "n + i" Network since 2008, a consortium of 70 French engineering graduate schools, which addresses itself to foreign students in the sciences or engineering fields, already holding an undergraduate-level degree in engineering sciences, wanting to complement their education in France with a Master's, and in some cases, a doctorate. ENSAI supports the objective of the Network, which is to educate future engineers who will have an international calling.
One of ENSAI's top priorities is international exposure and promoting the school abroad. Of course, this happens naturally when our students study and work abroad, but also when we integrate foreign students into our curriculum in a meaningful, concrete way. The first-year admission method based on common competitive exams forbids ENSAI from adopting any quota policy whatsoever with the aim of increasing the number of foreign students. Therefore, ENSAI always aims to diversify its student body by welcoming more foreigners through the transfer student method of admission for first and second-year students (admission sur titres).
If you wish to apply to ENSAI as a foreign transfer student based on your previous record and qualifications, consult the admission page Transfer Students as well as the international page for Foreign Students.
For several years now, ENSAI has acknowledged a constant flow of students who have been heading abroad to complete their internships (cf. Key Figures).
- Germany: European Central Bank, Federal Statistical Office of Germany, ATS GmbH, Sanofi-Aventis GmbH, Kissel & Wolf GmbH, Emnos GmbH, ATS Computersysteme GmbH, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Spain: Vistaprint España, Portaventura, Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, IDESCAT - Statistical Institute of Catalonia
- Denmark: University of Copenhagen
- Sweden: I3 Innovus
- United States of America: Library of Congress, Sabre Research Group, Averion International, Business Researchers, University of California-San Francisco, Colorado State University, Ohio State University, Société Générale (NYC), American Express, The NPD Group Inc.
- China: BNP Paribas Hong Kong, Tongji University
The Office of International Relations provides assistance to incoming students upon their arrival with the practicalities of arriving to live and study in France (e.g. accommodation, insurance, groceries, bank account, and transportation). Strudents follow an intensive week of French courses and refresher courses in Mathematics or Computer Science preceding the start of the academic year. Moreover, students take part in a “tandem” linguistic exchange throughout the entire duration of their stay, helping them not only to strengthen their linguistic skills but also to integrate into French student life. If they so desire, they may follow additional written French language courses (soutien linguistique) at CIREFE, financed by the UBL. Throughout their stay at ENSAI, a faculty member is appointed to each foreign student to answer their specific pedagogical needs.
Incoming students receive a final grade transcript displaying their numerical and letter grades and the successfully obtained credits; the letter grades are obtained using the conversion table set out by the Bologna Process.
Visiting faculty members from partner institutions enjoy a warm welcome from both the administrative and teaching staff, offering them bilingual and individualized assistance during their brief or extended stay.
The International Relations Service provides assistance to outgoing students before their departure to choose appropriate courses to follow at the host institution and to approve the content of an internship proposal abroad (alongside a designated faculty member). Throughout the duration of any period of studies or internship abroad, the Service and/or faculty remain at the disposal of the student to answer any concerns and to intervene, if necessary.
Upon their return from a period abroad, an ENSAI student is awarded the ECTS credits successfully obtained during their period abroad, respecting the international rules and regulations of the Bologna Process. UCAS credits obtained in the United Kingdom are converted (1 UCAS = 0.5 ECTS).
As soon as ENSAI receives the student’s results and corresponding credits from the host institution, a jury composed of the Dean and faculty members meets to come to one of the following decisions:
- to pass the student’s semester/year by equivalent number of credits (if all credits were received during the period abroad).
- to pass the student’s semester/year by decision of the jury by awarding bonus points to unpassed modules where necessary. The final grade transcript delivered by ENSAI includes the text “Semester/Year passed by decision of the Jury”. Only obtained credits are granted.
- to fail the student’s semester/year.
Since internships are obligatory, a written report is always due and sometimes it is also accompanied by an oral defense. A competent jury evaluates the reports and defenses and attributes the appropriate number of credits.
All results from these periods abroad are subsequently included on the student's grade transcript and Diploma Supplement (DS).