Study organization

At ÉNSA Versailles the cursus is based on the LMD system: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate (PhD) recognized at national and European levels. These 3 levels are converted in ECTS credits, which allows all students - whether they are French or international – to easily understand and compare their degree program to any other European degree program.

Our exchange program offers Bachelor-year3 (Licence3) and Master-year1 (Master1) studies to our incoming students.


LOQUET Anais - TESSIER Chloé, PFE 2020 / © Pierre-Louis Mabire

Every year ÉNSA Versailles academic calendar is published on our website:

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • 1st or Fall semester from September to February
  • 2nd or Spring semester from February to July.
  •  1st semester: 2 weeks - end of January to beginning of February
  • 2nd semester: 2 weeks - beginning of June

Project is organized according to two rhythms:

  • the long project of 10 to 13 weeks’ duration includes course and tutorials and favouring the teaching and the individual corrections provided by a teacher on a common program.
  • the studio workshop, from 1 to 4 weeks, promoting students teaming and offering a privileged space for developing multidisciplinary experiences around the project. ‘Associated disciplines’: they develop students' general knowledge (history-social sciences) and bring them Mastery of specific techniques in architectural design (technical thoughts - artistic culture).

The Bachelor cycle ends with the production of a study report known as “Rapport d’étude” which allows students to reflect on their entire undergraduate cursus.

Projects are attached to ‘poles’ which allows students to build their own path and tackle different issues.

Certain projects are subject of agreements with partners abroad on common educational objectives.

They therefore offer a study trip, part of which is financially supported by ÉNSA Versailles even for exchange students.

There are four ‘thematic poles’ at ÉNSA Versailles:
1. "Space, structure, material"
2. "Cities and territories, housing, landscape and society"
3. "Experimental processes and metropolization"
4. "Architectural cultures and material practices”. ‘Initiation to research’ (1st semester): it’s a set of modules based on a plurality of lessons and subjects covered. It is also a specific approach of research resources: critical readings, research tools that prepare students for their master thesis.

The development of the thesis is organized in groups chosen by the student such as:
- "Heritage, history",
- "Constructive cultures",
- "Experimental processes",
- "Territories, places and practices”.

Master student must follow two elective courses per semester providing courses and lectures on subjects which aim to enrich their general culture

  • Master2 JHPP  Specialization: “Historical gardens, inheritance and landscape”
  • Master2 AST Specialization: Research courses of "Architecture and its territories"
  • Double Master Architect-Manager
  • Double Master  Civil engineer-Archi engineer
  • Double Master (International)  Ecological Urbanism with CAUP Tongji, Shanghai   

Entitled «Toward territorial transition», the international master focuses on the themes of metro-polization and urban ecology, two main research and design axis of our school. Entirely in English and open to the disciplines and excellence of the ÉNSA Versailles and its partners, it is also original in its structure for its adaptability. The Inter-national master’s programme indeed welcomes diverse horizons students and offers great opportunities for mobilities and diplomas.

Four types of pedagogical paths are indeed organised.
1/ French students involved in a French Chinese double master’s degree “Architect-Urbanist” with the famous CAUP-Tongji University in Shanghai.
2/ French students willing to seize diverse Erasmus or international program ex-changes opportunities. It is to note that students involved in the miv-TTT have preblocked ex-changes with our partners and the priority on ÉNSA Versailles’ exchanges compared to common cursus students.
3/ Chinese students in-volved in the French Chinese double master’s degree.
4/ International students welcomed at ÉNSA Versailles for one semester or one year. The French Chinese double master programme is limited to 12 students (6 French and 6 Chinese). The miv-TTT welcomes in total 20 students. For French students involved in the miv-TTT, after a selection based on Bachelor results, motivation and proficiency in English, the curriculum is organised into 2 to 3 years: first year at the ÉNSA Versailles, second year abroad (one full year or one semester depending on the cases), third year back to Versailles for the completion of a final diploma with a research mention (PFE mention recherche). During or in between second and third year, students are helped to find an international and/or research internship of minimum 3 months. As a result, students obtain: a French Architecture diploma with a research mention, and a double master “Architect-Urbanist” with the CAUP-Tongji for those involved in this specific miv-TTT option. It is to note that the development of other double master’s degrees as “Architect-Urbanist” and “Architect-Landscape architect” are in progress with our partners and new partnerships are explored.

Educational objectives

The International Master’s program provides students tools and methods to answer significant and urgent contemporary questions such as:
- How to explore new ideas about city design, management, and planning to call for more radical thinking in the face of an environmental crisis?
- How to meet the colossal demographic and ecological challenges?
- How to question the idea of utopia and avoid dystopia?
- How to analyse territories and the systemic interrelations between nature, water, food, energy, pollution, and economy?
- How to acquire a theoretical urban culture, tackle the operational dimension of urban planning?

Reflection on these topics will enable students to learn how to interrogate a spatial context at different scales, to problematize an issue through an interdisciplinary approach, and at the same time to evaluate hypotheses for strategies. In addition, students will learn how to analyse numerous case studies of design material critically, how to spatialize complex systems, grasp their interoperability at different scales, and at the same time, design their temporal dynamics. Finally, the interweaving of knowledge and design experiments will enable students to create a personal connection and relationship between disciplines and work on various modes of representation to design and communicate their ideas. The analysis of territories is done by discovering different field sand tools that are new to the students and that they will find throughout the master’s degree and their double curriculum: geographic, statistical, cartographic, political, urbanistic... which are brought together in site portraits, with an effort at graphic transcription to bring them closer to the architectural demonstration.

More than a traditional educational program, students in the miv-TTT participate in international workshops, exhibitions, research, and publications regularly conducted. In addition, the publications and exhibitions about students’ works allow them to join a unique cultural environment and show their work and reflections to a broad audience. More than a traditional teaching method relationship, students benefit from the assistance of a dedicated tutor that helps in making training and career path decisions. In addition to this formal guidance, the school alumni network would ensure and generate solid backing for graduates during their studies and future working environments. More than traditional exchanges, students are offered opportunities to join international environments during their Master’s and to continue in those after graduation. Indeed, the program allows entering a unique network and partnerships with foreign universities and architecture, urbanism, and landscape agencies around the globe. In addition, the ÉNSA Versailles cross-national environment, which has hosted and is hosting scholars and teachers from all over the world, facilitates the richness of the exchanges’ proposition. Lastly, the educational and network offer will increase over the following years, offering students a broad spectrum of possibilities.