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Central School of Marseilles

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Description of Central School of Marseilles

  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Year of foundation: 2006
  • Language of study: French, English
  • Type: mixed.

Central School of Marseilles is a leading higher engineering institution located in the second largest city in France – Marseille.

The school was established in 2006 as a result of the merger of several higher education institutions. Central School of Marseilles is part of the central world colleges together with schools in Beijing, Paris, Lyon. It is multidisciplinary, but the vast majority of students undergo in-depth study of mathematics and physics for two to three years.

Throughout the history of its existence, the Central School of Marseilles has graduated more than 14,000 specialists, including the CEOs of ST-Ericsson, ST-Microelectronics.

Education can take place both in French and in English.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Central School of Marseilles

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The school cooperates with the agency CROUS, which provides places in student dormitories. Students live in single rooms with an equipped washbasin. Showers, toilets, kitchen with appliances are shared and located on the floor. Upon arrival, each resident must bring bed linen and towels. Foreign students reside in the Cité Alice Chatenoud or Cité Claude Delorme buildings.

Payment for accommodation is monthly: each student pays about 135 € per month, and upon check-in - for three months of accommodation and 135 € additionally in the form of a refundable deposit. For stays of less than nine months, the room will cost 180 € per month.

There are five university restaurants in the city, where you can find dishes of different cuisines.

Activities Central School of Marseilles

Student life at the school consists in the activities of several large student clubs:

  • Association des Elèves de Centrale Marseille – organizers of many events, including weekends for freshmen, gala concerts. The club also deals with communication between students and administration.
  • The Sports Association is the organizer of sports competitions at inter-school tournaments. Members of the sports club in scuba diving, horseback riding, badminton, skiing and much more off campus.
  • International club for foreign students.
  • Association of sailing events, inter-school races.
  • An association of engineers working on aid and development projects abroad.
  • Club of culture and art, developing the talents of students in drawing, photography, music and dance, theatrical productions.


  • Member of the TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) community
  • Eight innovation laboratories in collaboration with the University of Aix-Marseille
  • Exchange programs with universities in Germany, USA, Great Britain, Japan, Chile and other countries
  • Included in the TOP-20 of the best professional schools in France
  • More than 14 000 graduates
  • Conditions and places for internships are provided.

Facilities and equipment at Central School of Marseilles

Most of the campus is located at the foot of the Etoile massif, several academic buildings are located in Saint-Jérôme. The main campus covers an area of 5.7 hectares, but in the coming years it will be expanded by another 4 hectares. In the future, a new amphitheater, a sports center, student dormitories will be built here.

Today on the territory are located:

  • Research laboratories used by neighboring universities
  • Multidisciplinary lecture halls
  • Large amphitheatre accommodating more than 400 students
  • Several large amphitheater auditoriums with 115 seats
  • Computing Labs
  • Library collected in collaboration with the University of Provence
  • Publishing center, where French, international newspapers, magazines, reviews are printed
  • Sports and gyms
  • University restaurant CROUS.

The campus is a 10-minute walk from the metro, with good access to bus routes. 

Admission dates and extra charges

There are several semesters in the academic year. Classes are held on weekdays in the morning, club gatherings and events - in the second. Vacations are established for those who complete the semester without "debts": winter, autumn and summer.

Additional monthly expenses:

  • Accommodation – 140
  • Meals – from 150€
  • Personal expenses, leisure
  • Communication – 50€
  • Transport – from 40€.

On average, students spend about 700€ per month.

Upon arrival, the student will have to pay:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Refundable deposit for accommodation
  • Initial expenses: household appliances, books, etc.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

You can get to study at the Central School of Marseilles through entrance tests or by applying for exchange programs.
Without participating in these activities, the applicant will need fairly high scores from the previous place of study and spoken English or French.

Scholarships Central School of Marseilles

  • National Rector's Scholarship
  • Departmental scholarship of the General Councils
  • Credit of honor granted by the rectorate
  • Grant for a trip from the rectorate
  • Mobility grant from the Ministry of National Education.

Other material assistance:

  • Loans from banks
  • Erasmus+ Exchange Student Guide
  • Assistance for International Mobility for Fellows
  • Financial support for graduates of the Central School of Marseilles for vocational courses or further education.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
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