What is a "classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles" ?

A French specific two years undergraduate programme leading to a nation-wide competitive examination into a "Grande école", one of the top French engineer or business school system.

The programme includes high level courses in :

  • mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer and engineering sciences, as well as humanities (foreign languages and philosophy) in a scientific class;
  • mathematics, humanities, history, geography and economics in a management class;
  • a lot of humanities, history, geography in a arts class.

Glossary :

  • TIPE : pratical initiation to research methodology and communication.
  • Grandes ecoles : France's leading schools in engineering, management...

More on : CPGE wikipedia

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