International opportunities for students
within T.I.M.E. Consortium

Who can apply?

UniTrento Bachelor’s and Master’s students from previously-mentioned courses for Écoles Centrale Group, as well as 1st year UniTrento students of the master's degree course in:

  • Information and Communicaton Engineering 

with a B1 in French 

​​and B2 in English in addition to French.

What is T.I.M.E.?

T.I.M.E. (Top International Managers in Engineering) is a consortium of 58 prestigious Faculties of Engineering and Polytechnics from all over the world that offers double degree courses in several branches of engineering.
T.I.M.E. distinguishes the high level and the international dimension of training and makes recent graduates competitive globally.
In addition to CentraleSupélec, which is part of the Écoles Centrale Group, UniTrento has active agreements with the following universities / Schools: TU Dresden, Ecole de Ponts Paris Tech (ENPC), the Technische Universität München, the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon.

Why CentraleSupélec?

CentraleSupélec is the fruit of the 2015 merger of two historical institutions: Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures (Ecole Centrale Paris, 1829) and Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec, 1894).
CentraleSupélec is a founding member of

  • Université Paris-Saclay (14th worldwide in the 2020 Shanghai ranking),
  • the T.I.M.E. network
  • Alliance4Tech.

It is also a strategic partner of ESSEC Business School and it chairs the Écoles Centrale Group.
Ranked among the best higher education institutions in the world (position n.138 worldwide, n.2 in France in Engineering and Technology, according to QS), it has an international reputation for its relations with employers (ranked 7th worldwide by QS).

CentraleSupélec collaborates with 200 partner universities in 50 countries, operates 80 double degree agreements, hosts 30% of international students representing 70 nationalities, and boasts a network of 35,000 alumni working on all 5 continents.  
In 2005, it became the first major French Group of Engineering Schools to export its teaching model abroad with the creation of École Centrale Pékin (Beijing, China). Later, Mahindra École Centrale opened in Hyderabad, India, and École Centrale Casablanca in Morocco. 
It also boasts partnerships with the main national research agencies (CNRS, CEA, INRIA, INSERM, ONERA) and takes part in 5 associated international laboratories (with China, USA, Singapore and Canada). 

What is the added value?

Thanks to the Double Degree program, UniTrento students can directly access the Grande Ecole three-year master's degree course (equivalent to the Italian master's degree). UniTrento students therefore have a privileged entry channel compared to French students who are required first to attend two years of "Classes préparatoires" after high school (mainly focused on the deepening of mathematics, physics and chemistry) and then to pass a very selective entry exam.
Besides, in Italy and abroad, a double degree is always an added value. Not only the experts say it, you just have to browse through the job offers to realize that companies and organizations are looking for international and open-minded profiles, able to work in multicultural and face ever new global challenges: these are the engineers of the future.

What are the professional outlets?

Students build their own training path in relation to their professional project, in order to become high-level executives and entrepreneurs capable of tackling challenges of the 21st century. Graduates with double degrees can aspire to senior roles in international companies.

What are the requirements at the time of departure?

  • option 1, students must have obtained credits of the first and second year;
  • option 2, students must have obtained credits of the Bachelor program and 1st year of Master's degree
  • ​a weighted average marks of respectively  of at least 25/30 and 26/30
  • B1 in French and B2 in English required 

How long does mobility abroad take?

2 years, covered with UniTrento scholarship.

Study plan

The study plan must be agreed upon with your academic supervisors at both UniTrento and CentraleSupélec. 

  • Option 1: you attend the 1st and 2nd year of the Engineering curriculum (“cycle ingénieur”) at CentraleSupélec. At the end of the first year, you will have to do an operator-level 5-week internship.
  • Option 2: you attend the 2nd and 3rd year of the Engineering curriculum, equivalent to 1st and 2nd year of Master’s degree. During the 3rd year, you will have to do an engineer-level 28-week internship, which will be the basis for a thesis project (TFE – Travail de Fin d’Études). It runs from mid-April to mid-October. 

See the details of the mobility scheme in the extract of the Agreement, in the downloads.
Contact details, academic calendar, grading system, and services offered to international students in the Fact sheet in the downloads.

In which language?

Most courses are taught in French. Yet, there is a choice of electives taught in English, and projects can be done in this language as well. A good command of French is required for contacts with administrative services and everyday life.
It is also required to obtain the Engineering Degree.

How does the conversion of grades take place?

The conversion takes place on the basis of the agreements between the two universities.

Thesis

During your fourth semester your will prepare the thesis project. This is a full time work (of 4-6 months) that can be carried out in a company or in a lab.
The thesis work, in English or in French, must be discussed either in France or at UniTrento according to the student's mobility scheme, in the presence of a representative from both universities.

Tuition fees

Students participating in the double degree program pay the tuition fees at UniTrento.

Educational qualification

At the end of the double degree course, students obtain two separate second cycle degree diplomas:
  • Master's Degree in Engineering from UniTrento
  • Diplôme d'Ingénieur from CentraleSupélec