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Centrale Nantes

4.0 out of 5 (11 ratings / 10 reviews) Nantes, France
In keeping with the traditions of French Engineering schools (grandes écoles d'ingénieurs), Centrale Nantes, founded in 1919, trains versatile engineers to a very high scientific and technical level. Equipped with a strong managerial culture, they are capable of placing scientific subjects into a global context incorporating environmental and societal issues.



In keeping with the traditions of French Engineering schools (grandes écoles d'ingénieurs), Centrale Nantes, founded in 1919, trains versatile engineers to a very high scientific and technical level. Equipped with a strong managerial culture, they are capable of placing scientific subjects into a global context incorporating environmental and societal issues.


As a member of the Ecoles Centrales Group (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Paris), Centrale Nantes delivers a teaching programme of the highest quality to rigorously selected students. Over 2000 students are present on the Nantes campus.

Centrale Nantes has two major tools for innovation and creation: unrivaled research platforms (ocean test facilities, dynamic and static testing, rapid manufacturing, engine test benchs etc) and an incubator with 20 years of experience in supporting startup projects. Since an engineer develops products for society, you will learn how companies work and develop your ability to create, develop and manage them.


Research and education have always gone hand in hand at the school. The scientific courses fall within the research areas of the school's teaching staff and they conduct their research in the school laboratories. This osmosis between education and research will be valuable, beneficial and a guarantee of quality in your studies at Centrale Nantes.

The main research fields are:

  • Ocean engineering and MRE
  • Computer science and automation
  • Robotics
  • Energy and engines
  • Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing
  • Engineering for Health
  • Civil engineering and innovative concrete
  • Numerical simulation and high performance computing
  • Materials science and composites
  • Urban environment
  • Social sciences and humanities


Centrale Nantes has developed a talent and career center that, in partnership with the Nantes Alumni Association, provides students and graduates with new tools and services on self-awareness, knowledge of sectors of activity, expertise of job search tools, etc. Among these, multiple sessions - workshops, training, conferences, assistance in resume writing, career workshops, coaching, use of networks ...

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Housing services

Each year Centrale Nantes signs a cooperation agreement with "CROUS" (French national organization) to book accommodations in university residences near the campus.

Through this agreement, the International Relations Department proposes international students accommodation in five CROUS residences which offer independent rooms from 9m2 to 20m2. Depending on the residence, there can be shared or independent toilets, bathrooms and kitchens. The monthly cost is different depending on the comfort you choose.

  • Residence Jacques Tymen
  • Residence Wangari Maathai
  • Residence Alice Milliat
  • Cité Bourgeonnière
  • Cité Fresche Blanc

Library services

The Centrale Nantes Library strives to provide students, teachers, researchers, research engineers and doctoral students with the documentary resources that meet their needs. Electronic resources available:

  • Over 20 000 documents
  • 8 000 freely available books
  • 1 100 theses
  • 70 ongoing magazine subscriptions
  • 120 archived titles
  • The entire collection of Techniques de l'Ingénieur (Engineering techniques)

ICT services

  • The Ecole Centrale wireless network: WIFI-ECN
  • Eduroam wireless network
  • Eduspot wireless network
  • Mail service for travel
  • VPN connection for permanent staff

Medical services

Medicals, vaccinations, minor ailments, the school nurse is on hand and will be your main contact point for preventative medicine and first aid. The nurse conducts the mandatory medical for all first year engineering students.

Student Life

Campus life

Centrale Nantes in the heart of an super-sized metropolis.

On one hand, a wood and steel 12 meter-high elephant on whose back tourists ride to discover Nantes. On the other hand, the first sailing of the world's largest ship built in Saint-Nazaire, which made the front pages of all the international media. 

Two “super-sized” images summing up the new prominence of Nantes Saint-Nazaire. One represents the dynamism of an urban area where cultural and creative industries have strong growth potential. The other symbolises the positive outlook for shipbuilding in the Loire estuary, and more broadly, a local industry boosted by advanced technology.

Sports facilities

Passion, ambition, leadership development, conviviality, integration, respect, well-being ... sport contributes to the all-round education of an engineer.

From the beginner to the experienced player, regular training sessions with expert supervision.

Sport at Centrale Nantes 

  • Athletics
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Blowpipe
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • French boxing
  • Hand Ball
  • Horse riding
  • KravMaga
  • Mountain biking
  • Rowing Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Trekking
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Volley-Ball 
  • Water-polo
  • Weight training
  • Windsurfing

Student clubs

A very lively and dynamic associative activity, thanks to student engagement and the active support of the school.

  • More than 80 clubs and associations
  • Various activities all year round: robotics club, film club, poker, cookery, Zik, ski week, participation in 4L trophy
  • Events of regional or national scope: Créadanse, Inkjet Competition, Nemo Challenge, international week
Students can find an activity that allows them to express their talents, to develop their organization, project management, and communication skills.
  • Centrale Nantes Student Association (BDE - Bureau des Elèves)
  • Student Arts Association (BDA - Bureau des arts)
  • Student Sports Association - (BDS - Bureau des sports)

Student Reviews

Tank you Europe !
Côme Keranflec'h rated 5 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the exchanges between the universities, like the Écoke Centrale de Nantes and the Architecture School in Nantes, but also the Czech Technical University in Prague for my Erasmus exchange.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I got accepted into Ecole Centrale de Nantes. To be honest its really hard to study here. It is not an easy job but the life here in Nantes is amazing, the people so nice. Its really a blessing to be here

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I recommend this university for its double diploma in architecture and its education.