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Application for admission in the STRAINS programme is entitled to students holding a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or equivalent with a strong background in Mechanics, Physics and Mathematics.

Students from all over the world are welcome to join the programme.

1. Administrative review and validation

Once the applicants have submitted their application on our online platform, the coordinating institution will proceed with the administrative review and validation (i.e. it will make sure that the student's application is complete and valid, with certified copies, correctly translated documents, and no missing or invalid document).

Incomplete or invalid applications are not taken into account.

2. Evaluation of submitted applications

The selection of a student intake is performed in two waves:

  • In the first call to applications, the selection committee evaluates the applications with scholarship requests.
  • In the second call to applications, the selection committee evaluates the applications of students who wish to participate without a scholarship (self-funded students).

Each application file is reviewed by two members of the selection committee. The members come from two different institutions of the STRAINS consortium, to insure that all applicants are reviewed fairly.

Evaluation criteria

  • In addition to the English level, the academic background and ranking are the most important criteria.
  • Gender balance will be considered in the enrolment procedure: no less than 40% of selected applicants must be female candidates. To comply with these restrictions, some candidates may be removed from the main list and replaced by the next ranked candidates in the reserve list. The Programme Board is committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination and to the promotion of equal opportunities for all.

3. Interview of shortlisted candidates

After the evaluations, the applicants with the best grades will be invited to an interview in English by video conference or phone, with two members of the selection committee. The interview is designed to explore candidates’ motivation to participate in STRAINS, assess consistency of their project with the programme's objectives, evaluate their critical thinking skills and general understanding of solid mechanics and test their command of English.

4. Results

The results are announced mid-April for the first call to applications and in May/June for the second call.

Every applicant will be notified of their results. Applicants selected on main list will be asked to confirm their participation to the programme by email.
Applicants selected on reserve list have two choices: stay on the reserve list or participate as a self-funded student (i.e. a non-scholarship holder).

After the applicants have confirmed their participation to the programme, they will receive an email containing everything they need to manage their arrival (a letter of admission to the programme, a certificate of scholarship when applicable and a student guide). The student guide includes a lot of practical information regarding visa application, accommodation options, registration formalities, services available for students on campus (libraries, sports, medical facilities, etc).