Each year, ENISE hosts 13.6% students who are visiting from about 20 countries. They come from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Tunisia, Cameroon, Russia, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Moldavia, the United States, etc.
Some come for an academic exchange of one semester or one year (in French) or even for a dual degree (in French); some others come for the Master's degree classes (in French or in English), for internships in laboratories (in French or in English) or attend our Summer school (in English).
ENISE wish to provide their students with the necessary means to succeed in their studies in France, knowing that a successful immersion in a new city and school is usually the key to a quality mobility year for foreign students. This is why the school organises a summer course each year (intensive French, assistance in administrative formalities, a guided discovery of the city) starting at the end of August, as well as some weekly classes in French as a Foreign Language dedicated to our new international students.
'Club International' is also a good way for the students to be introduced and find a patronage. This involves organising international events showcasing their cultures, organising outings for leisure activities and meeting other Eniseans, answering their questions, etc.
From the end of August to mid-October, ENISE has a 'Students Welcome Desk' organised with the city of Saint-Étienne and other high-education institutions so as to give students and teachers from other countries the best welcome. This desk located in the heart of the city centre gives advice on: residence permits, accommodation, transport, culture & leisure and health.
First-hand accounts of our students
« I remember my first class in maths very well, as my teacher was speaking very fast, when I had just arrived in France. This memory keeps reminding me now of how much I have improved throughout the year. I feel much more comfortable speaking French now and I am doing fine in class.
Thanks to this extraordinary experience, I have made many friends - we have become inseparable. I have learnt a lot from my failures and successes: everything I have experienced here has made me grow as a person. I wish the same experience to everyone! »
Aurora Bacanumenth (Colombia)
Student in Physical Engineering
« As part of the BRAFITEC programme, I was able to do part of my studies in France, at ENISE. I was warmly welcomed from day one, which helped me find my bearings, within the school but also in the city of Saint Etienne. During my time spent studying at ENISE, I also had the chance to do an internship for a French company, which is how I took part in setting up a new factory for the same group in Brazil. During the internship, I received the technical support of the company's engineers and therefore the possibility to improve my technical skills, my level of French and I also feel that I have grown personally. »
Thiago Moser (Brésil)
Student in Mechanical Engineering