Geipi Polytech competition - General baccalaureate
How do I apply for the Polytech Engineering School Pathway (PeiP)?
Terminale générale students enrolled in a French lycée or a lycée approved by the Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger - AEFE (or holders of the Bac for one year), apply by registering for the Geipi Polytech competition, via Parcoursup, from January 18 to March 8, 2023.
This competition has been set up for 35 schools, the Geipi schools including the 15 schools in the Polytech network.
Registration for the competition counts for only one of ten possiblewishes on Parcoursup, and is triggered by the choice of a course in a given city (the registration fee is €60, and free for scholarship holders).
For example, at Polytech Marseille:
- PeiP A : A generalist course which, if successful, enables students to enter all the engineering specialties in the POLYTECH network, with the exception of 3 biological engineering specialties (all 15 schools offer this course).
- PeiP D Course for technological baccalaureates. This course is offered in partnership with the Marseille IUT.
- Peip Archi: Polytech Marseille enables students to pursue a double degree: engineering diploma + architecture diploma.
Students are enrolled in the dual curriculum if they are admitted to the 2 PostBac competitive entrance exams of the 2 schools: Geipi-Polytech and ENSAM.
You can apply to 2 PeiPs in the same city, or select several cities in which you would like to do your two years of general preparatory studies.
It's advisable to select at least 4 to 5 cities to increase your chances.
What are the conditions and tests for the Geipi Polytech competition?
The competitive entrance exams are as follows:
File study for all candidates: Première grades in mathematics, physics-chemistry, English and Bac de français + grades in chosen scientific specialties (among the PC, SVT/Biologie écologie, SI, NSI and complementary mathematics specialties, for candidates who have not taken the math specialization) and English.
All candidates will be invited to a written test (3h).
Please note: The competitive entrance exam consists of a file mark + a written test mark, resulting in a "classic" ranking and an "Bio" ranking. All decisions concerning the admission of candidates will be taken by the Geipi Polytech jury.
Are the jury's assessments taken into account when examining the files?
Appraisals are not taken into account in the file grade. However, the class average in the subjects covered by the dossier will be taken into account.
What is the written test?
The written test will take place on Wednesday afternoon, May 3, 2023, at the test center chosen at the time of registration (approximately 160 test centers in France and abroad).
Written test in 3 parts, taking into account the candidate's 2 scientific specialties.
Do I choose the school I want to go to, or does my ranking in the competition determine my assignment?
Select the schools you're interested in from your list of sub-topics. You will receive an answer (accepted, on waiting list or rejected) for each sub-version. You make the final decision.
Please note : you will not receive an offer of admission for a school you have not selected in your list of sub-wishes.
Special cases :
If the candidate did not take the special Mathematics course in Première?
He will be at a serious disadvantage in the case study and in the written mathematics test.
I'm a student with a disability. Can I apply for the Geipi Polytech Marseille competition?
Polytech Marseille is committed to welcoming and supporting students with disabilities.
This is reflected at various levels, including :
- Easy access to the school's various buildings,
- Adaptation of school curricula, timetables and examination procedures,
- Personalized follow-up within the school by an identified referent.
These arrangements are possible for the preparatory cycle (PeiP) as well as for engineering courses.
Does the Geipi Polytech competitive entrance exam accept European scientific baccalaureates?
Yes, the competitive entrance exam is open to students preparing a European scientific baccalaureate. For example: AbiBac (Franco-German Bac), Bachibac (Franco-Spanish Bac), Esabac (Franco-Italian Bac) and students registered with the CNED.
I'm in a Terminale Générale class abroad, at an AEFE-approved school. I would like to know if the written test can be taken in my country?
Many countries offer examination centers. If there is no center in your country, your high school needs to contact ENI de Tarbes (the school that manages the writing centers), as there are certain conditions for opening a center.
How many places do the 35 schools offer?
Around 3,800 places available in total.
What are the tuition fees?
The Polytech school of your choice is a public school, so tuition fees are the university fees, which are €601 per year and are waived for scholarship students, plus the €95 CVEC (compulsory) for all higher education studies.
Geipi Polytech competition - STI2D-STL technological baccalaureate
Are you in your final year of STI2D and interested in becoming an engineer?
Geipi Polytech also organizes a competition for students in the STI2D and STL series of the Terminale Technologique.
You will then be able to enter the POLYTECH engineering school pathway (PeiP D) at schools in the network of : Angers, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Orléans.
All the information you need to enter the GEIPI Polytech competitive entrance exam with a technological baccalaureate can be found in the following document:
How the PeiP A, Archi and D courses work
Is the PeiP course a "competitive entrance exam preparation" course?
No, the PeiP program does not prepare students for the entrance exam to the grandes écoles. It's a 2-year post-bac preparatory program, organized nationally by the Polytech network. It prepares students to enter the engineering program in one of the specialties of the schools in the Polytech network.
Is there a competitive entrance examination at the end of the PeiP course to enter an engineering speciality?
No, there is no competitive entrance examination at the end of the PeiP program. Validation of the PeiP program is sufficient to enter a specialization in the engineering cycle. Students must draw up a list of specialization wishes at network level, and will be assigned according to these wishes and the national ranking of all PeiPs.
I'm a top-level athlete or artist. Are there any special arrangements?
Yes, special teaching arrangements can be made for top-level athletes or artists, provided that this status is granted at the start of the academic year by the university sports department, and on application to the school management in the case of artists; it must also be renewed each year.
How does PeiP training work?
Academic registration for the PeiP course is carried out at Polytech Marseille. Classes, tutorials and practical work are taught by Polytech Marseille teaching staff and take place on the Etoile campus in Saint-Jérôme (Aix-Marseille University). In addition to the teaching units (UE) taken at the Faculty of Science, the PeiP course includes specific UE preparing students for the engineering cycle (English, discovery practical work, Polytech Projects, Human and Social Sciences).
How many hours of personal work are required in years 1 and 2?
There are about 25 hours of lessons a week. You have to work regularly, at least 1h30 or 2h a day, to review the lessons. But you also need to set aside time to relax: to play sports, to take part in cultural activities. In general, there are no classes on Thursday afternoons, so you can practice a sport or an activity.
Is there an internship during the course?
Yes, a work experience placement is planned between the first and second years of the PeiP program (4 weeks compulsory).
Are languages taught in the PeiP course?
Yes, the teaching of English is essential at Polytech, whether in the PeiP or Engineering cycle. Polytech takes full responsibility for English language teaching, and students benefit from a two-year program of 30 hours of English per semester.
If I don't pass my 1st year, am I allowed to repeat the year during my PeiP course, or can I reapply for the exam?
No, it is not possible to repeat a year except in exceptional circumstances (social or medical difficulties), and re-registration for the competition is therefore not permitted.
What is the PeiP A and D curriculum?
Orientation after the PeiP course
Am I guaranteed a specialization at the end of the two-year PeiP program?
Subject to successful completion of the PeiP course, students are guaranteed entry into the engineering cycle in one of the specialties offered by the Polytech network. Students who successfully complete the two-year program express their wish to continue in one of the specialties offered by the Polytech network. The choice of specialization is made on the basis of the candidate's wishes and the results obtained in the PeiP program.
If I do my PeiP in Marseille, can I take a speciality at another school in the network?
Yes, validation of the PeiP program in Marseille enables you to apply for one of the engineering specialties at the 15 Polytech schools (nearly 120 specialties). Please note that validation of a PeiP A or PeiP D course does not give access to the same specialties.
If I do my PeiP in Marseille, do I have priority over the school's specialties?
No, placement in the specialties only takes into account students' results, ranked nationally at the end of the PeiP course, and their wishes. Placement in a specialization therefore depends on the rankings, the number of places available in the specializations and the number of requests made for each specialization. Student origin is not taken into account.
If I decide to abandon the course, do I have an equivalent level at the Faculty of Science?
Any UE validated is definitively acquired and can be reused at a later date in another course. A student who has not validated the first year of the PeiP course can nevertheless validate the first year of the bachelor's degree (L1), as the validation rules are different. The same applies to the second year of the PeiP pathway and the equivalence with L2. At the end of the first year of the PeiP course, a student who has validated his/her L1 can enter a L2. At the end of the PeiP pathway (after the two years), a student who has completed L1 and L2 can apply for L3 or another course requiring L2.
How many specialties can I choose at the end of my course?
It is advisable to make 8 to 10 requests, especially if the results of the PeiP semesters are average within your class.
How are students assigned to specialties at national level?
The grading is based on the baccalaureate grade, the results of the first 3 PeiP semesters and the grades of the specific PeiP modules. There is one interclassification for the PeiP A course and another for the PeiP D course.
I'm currently doing an integrated preparatory course at one of the Geipi schools. Does this give me the same rights as if I'd taken a PeiP?
No. Unlike the PeiP pathway, this route does not give you direct access to the engineering cycle of a school in the Polytech network. Your application will be examined in the same way as those of all candidates with a L2 level, i.e. via a competitive entrance examination.