The ESPE (“École Supérieure de Professorat et d’Éducation”) is composed of five universities and one national training institute belonging to the Academy of Versailles: University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), University of Evry-Val d’Essonne (UEVE), University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense (UPONLD), University of Paris Sud (Orsay, UPSUD), University of Versailles-Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) and National Higher Institute for Training and Research for the Education of Young Disabled Persons and Adapted Teaching (INSHEA).
The ESPE provides academic and professional training and preparation to recruitment exams for teachers of primary and secondary schools as well as educational administration staff. It also offers a wider range of study programs in the field of culture and education. It contributes to training and research in education (see degrees delivered by the UCP on science of education given above).
Our Institute of Political Studies (IEP) (open in september 2014) - administered jointly by the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP) and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) - is the 10th IEP to open in France.
These public institutions of higher learning practice selective admissions based on performance in competitive exams and provide excellent course content and teaching. The 5 year curriculum stresses the learning of foreign languages, makes English classes available at every stage of a student’s course of study and requires students to spend their third year abroad. Students are given a general background in Social Sciences via introductory courses in Political Science, Law, Economics, International Relations and Contemporary History before choosing a specialized subject in their 4th and 5th years.
Economics and management
UFR économie et gestion
International studies and modern languages
UFR langues et études internationales
UFR lettres et sciences humaines
Science and technology
UFR sciences et techniques
Institute of Technology (IUT) - website
Teacher Training College (ESPE) - website
Institute of Political Studies (IEP) - website
ESPE: School of Education
CMI: “Master of Engineering”, a new national Master’s degree programme within French Universities dedicated to the training of future professional engineers by introducing a new syllabus based on society’s needs: beyond the excellent disciplinary knowledge, the engineer should have societal, cultural, environmental and entrepreneurial skills.
HDNT: Higher National Diploma in Technology