MINES Saint-Étienne



Since the mid-18th century, French engineering schools have been the spearhead of the nation’s economic development and social progress. École des Mines de Saint-Étienne is France’s oldest elite engineering school outside Paris, and the fifth oldest among France’s 250 « Grandes Écoles ». The school is part of a family of seven “National Schools of Mines” created between 1783 and 1992.


Throughout its history, École des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE) has delivered academic programmes and research relevant to the requirements of today’s and tomorrow’s businesses. In two centuries, the School has been transformed from an elite vocational school into a fully integrated graduate research college.


One of the missions of École des Mines de Saint-Étienne is scientific research at the highest level and contributions to companies’ competitiveness. It aims at conveying the economical politics of the country and speeding up the sustainable industrial development by innovation and efficient contributions.

This high level scientific research leads to publications recongnized  by the international scientific community. Research and teaching are very closely interwoven and the consequence of this is the attractiveness of our Master’s Degree courses and our renowned Doctoral School.

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Housing services

Rooms and studio apartment are available at Mines Saint-Étienne. There are student residences on both campuses, depending on vacancies.

Library services

The main library occupies one whole floor of the school’s original building. It is set in a magnificent space dedicated to quiet reflection and reading.

The library has a considerable collection of books and a large number of periodicals. All in all, the School receives regularly some 270 printed works ranging from the national daily press to weekly reviews, foreign press and specialist reviews.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The original campus in Saint-Étienne is one hour away from Lyon.
  • 58,200 m2 of buildings
  • 532 student rooms & apartments

Sports facilities

The Sports Society (BDS) groups together some very different sports clubs representing all types of sports, whether individual or team, male or female, indoor or outdoor.

Student clubs

The Student Organisation Activity Club (BDE Anim’), which organizes regular trips such as weekends in Florence, Barcelona or Prague, treks and the traditional skiing week in March. The BDE Anim also organises sports trips for such things as bungee jumping, ice skating and snow walking.

Many cultural activities proposed by the Student Organisation…. : Astronomy club, Cookery club, Theatre club, Photography club, Wine-tasting club with a professional wine-taster and regular tastings, Gala club which organizes the prestigious end-of-year graduation dinner and gala. This is the event of the year at the School, with its review, fashion show, concerts and thematic bars.

Student Reviews

It is the light that takes me in the right road to achieve my goals
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was very special, and I aquired a huge knowledge about my dream study. It was full of hard work and ups and downs but the last results were very good and it was worth it.

Basic review of a Grande Ecole
Léo-Paul Hauet rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's a "Grande Ecole", in France it's very competitive to get into. That's why it is also hard to go throught all the exams and project. Still, I am learning a lot.

High ranking school in apprenticeship
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked that each student was followed by two mentors : one from school, one from a company. It gave us a good working and learning environment. What could be improved though is the rythm for studying : 4 hours of the same course, uninterrupted, is far too long ! Regarding student life, it was quite poor, but it is improving thanks to some highly motivated new...

Saint-Étienne, Rhône-Alpes, France


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