International opportunities for students
EC Lille, EC Lyon, EC Nantes, EC Marseille, CentraleSupélec (Paris) - within T.I.M.E. Consortium

Who can apply?

Option 1. - 2nd year UniTrento students of one of the following bachelor's courses:

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

who have passed Mathematical Analysis with mark at least of 26/30

Option 2. - 1st year UniTrento students of one of the following master's degree courses:

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechatronics Enginering
  • Information and Communication Engineering (CentraleSupélec) - please refer to the dedicated webpage

For all destinations French level A2.
For CentraleSupélec Paris, B1 in French and B2 in English
UniTrento selection committee will indicate the most suitable destination according to the student's background and motivation.

Please note that complete information and updates are to be checked on UniTrento call for applications and on the partner website. 

What is T.I.M.E.?

T.I.M.E. (Top International Managers in Engineering) is a consortium of 57 prestigious Faculties of Engineering and Polytechnics from all over the world that offers double degree courses in several branches of engineering.
The T.I.M.E. network promotes the high level and the international dimension of training and makes recent graduates competitive globally.
In addition to the Écoles Centrale Group, UniTrento has active agreements with the following universities / Schools: Ecole de Ponts Paris Tech (ENPC), Technische Universität Dresden, Technische Universität München, the Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa.

Why the Grandes Écoles?

The French Grandes Écoles are characterized by multidisciplinary study programs whose mission is to train engineers and people capable of facing the most diverse and complex challenges with an open approach, a global vision and a high management potential, thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired during the studies, in particular:

  • extensive knowledge of numerous scientific and technical disciplines
  • knowledge in other areas such as economics, social sciences, foreign languages and in the field of humanities
  • soft skills, such as leadership, management and innovation, teamwork, and project-oriented work 

all brought into a consolidated corporate networking (internships, job fairs, conferences) that enable the young engineer to operate effectively in presence of present and future problems, with particular regard to sustainability, digitalisation, climate change, energy management.

What is the added value?

Thanks to the Double Degree program, UniTrento students can directly access the Grande École three-year Diplôme d'Ingénieur (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?

Graduates with dual qualifications can aspire to top positions in international companies also thanks to the strong connection with the business world and national and international awards (SNECMA, EADS, SIEMENS, RENAULT, BOUYGUES, EDF, NAVAL GROUP, etc.). Double degree students must do a 5-week internship at the end of the first year (option 1) or a thesis work (TFE-Travail de fin d'études) during the third year (option 2).

What are the requirements at the time of departure?

  • option 1. students must have obtained credits of the first and second year of the Bachelor's degree
  • option 2. students must have obtained all the credits of the 1st year of the Master's degree
  • a weighted average marks of respectively of at least 25/30 and 26/30
  • Minimum A2 in French, B1 recommended
  • B1 in French and B2 in English required for CentraleSupélec

How long does mobility abroad take?

2 years, covered by UniTrento scholarship. The mobility starts in September.

Study plan

The study plan must be approved by both university supervisors. 

  • UniTrento bachelor's students (option 1) normally follow the first and second-year courses of the partner center ("tronc commun")
  • while the master's students (option 2) will follow the second and third year of courses of the partner center
  • at the end of the first year (option 1), students will do an operator-level 5-week internship.
  • during the third year (option 2), students will have to do an engineer-level 28-week internship, which will be the basis for a thesis projet (TFE - Travail de Fin d'Études), from mid-April to mid-October.

You can find details on both information in the downloads.

In which language?

Most courses are delivered in French.

Tuition fees

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


The fourth semester of mobility abroad is dedicated to the preparation of the thesis project which consists of a full-time job (5-6 months) which can be carried out in a company or in a laboratory.
The thesis, written in English or French, must be discussed either at the destination Ecole Centrale or at UniTrento according to the student's mobility scheme, in the presence of a representative of 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 the Ecole Centrale of destination