Internationally accredited as a Master of Science and Engineering, the French engineering degree (diplôme d‘ingénieur) enjoys global recognition as it offers an exceptional level of academic excellence in the field of science and technology. HEI provides this solid foundation and also gives students the business, creative and soft skills needed to succeed in any organisation.
The complete HEI curriculum is built on a 5-year plan: 2 years of integrated preparatory courses followed by 3 years of engineering courses. The engineering courses allow students to refine their career objectives and give them a head start upon their entry into the professional world. Admission to HEI is available at any level, except the final year, depending on your academic background.
HEI engineers are experts in the general discipline of engineering: designing, building and maintaining simple solutions to complex issues using the latest technology. The broad experience gained during their studies at HEI gives our alumni access to countless disciplines in science and technology, making them adaptable to the evolving job market and competitive in the global workforce.
The true advantage of an HEI education is the well-rounded coursework emphasizing soft skills: organisation, information management, communication, adaptability (agility), and most notably project management and teamwork. Foreign language skills and a required time abroad round out the HEI curriculum to create a complete and unique learning experience. After HEI, you are not only prepared to take on projects and manage teams of experts, but also benefit from the emphasis we place on the soft skills needed to take on the complex challenges of the global workplace.
Our common core classes cover a large array of disciplines over the whole curriculum: mathematics, physics, engineering science, information technology, automation, electricity; mechanical, fluid and energy, personal development and leadership training, language, business organization and management and sports.
Diverse Choices for Specialisation
During the professionalisation cycle (years 4 and 5), area studies complete the common core with consideration for the employability of our future engineers. Many business actors participate in this phase of the curriculum.
The 13 areas of professionalisation enrich the generalist courses with knowledge and specific skills (600 hours spread over the 4th and 5th years).
HEI delivers a French National Engineering degree which is recognized internationally as a Master of Science and Engineering degree by Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur , CTI.
Throughout their time at HEI, students who wish to adapt their educational experience to their individual ambitions can make themselves stand out to prospective employers. Students can choose their own:
International mobility destination
Cultural awareness and optional classes (electives)
Special Features of an HEI Education
High level science and technology foundations for all engineers
Ongoing interactions with the business world
Project-centred teaching which integrates business-led projects into classwork
A focus on personal development and a range of classes on soft skills and general culture
A Personal and Professional Project (PPP) which HEI supports each student with as they progress and learn to adapt their curriculum to their ambitions.
Credits and Grading System
HEI uses the European Credit Transfer System to facilitate the transfer of credits and ensure the validity of learning outcomes according to the European system. In the ECTS, a full semester consists of 30 credits and a full year of study is 60 credits. HEI’s credit and grading system is fully compatible with the ECTS, allowing our alumni to easily adapt their skills and experience to an international context.
Exchange students who join HEI in the framework of an Erasmus + partnership can rest assured that the credits earned at HEI will be fully recognized by their home university.
French academic standards differ from international systems. Numerical marks given out of 20 indicate the following performance:
> 18 – Excellent
15-18 – Very good
12-15 – Good
10-12 – Average
8-10 – Satisfactory
In addition to a numerical mark, students are given a rank-based grade of their academic performance relative to all students validating the course credits. A student’s general average is calculated on the totality of all marks obtained, including teaching units not validated.
HEI Grade Equivalent
13 – 14
Fail – some work required before credit awarded
Fail – considerable work required before credit awarded