If you're preparing to study at Polytech Marseille, either as part of an exchange with a partner institution or because you've joined one of our programs for a full course, here are a few tips to help you adapt to France and the region.
Studying in France
Studying in Marseille
More than 78,000 students have chosen to prepare for their future in one of the country's largest university and teaching centers. Join them!
Marseille also offers all the possibilities of a city of 800,000 inhabitants to organize your life and leisure activities. Its privileged geographical position in the South of France offers many advantages for going out, relaxing and even getting away from it all, without having to go too far, with the omnipresent sea and every chance of enjoying sunshine and mild temperatures for a good part of the year(Marseille seen from the sky).
The Marseille region, Provence, a legendary land of culture and tourism, has always attracted and seduced visitors for its landscapes, climate, light, traditions and art of living. There's no shortage of places and towns to discover: Aix en Provence, Arles and the Camargue, Avignon, Cassis, la Ciotat, Bandol, the Frioul Islands off Marseille, etc...
Every September, the city of Marseille organizes free activities to welcome its students. A special section dedicated to international students is also offered at the end of October/beginning of November.
Studying at Polytech
Classes at Polytech Marseille run from Monday to Friday. Thursday afternoons are usually freed up for sports or cultural activities. Thursday afternoons are also sometimes used for French courses for foreign students.
Classes are divided into lectures, tutorials, practical work and projects. Several exam sessions are organized to validate the modules you have taken. One or two exam sessions are organized during the semester, with many subjects to be taken in two or three days. Projects are assessed on the basis of a written report and an oral presentation. Details of teaching organization are set out in the school's internal regulations.
As all courses are taught in French, a B2 level of French is required before enrolling in the engineering cycle. If this is not the case, you can join the Polytech France program, which enables you to take a year of intensive French courses at Aix-Marseille-Université before entering Polytech's 4th year.
A dense community life is a hallmark of French engineering schools, so make the most of it! Polytech Marseille's sports and cultural associations will help you quickly identify students who share your interests, so you can fully integrate into the life of the school.