ESTACA - Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile

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Student Life
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ESTACA in brief, A transport and mobility engineering school

As a specialized post-baccalaureate engineering school, ESTACA is a major European player in the field of transport and mobility. It trains students in aeronautics, automotive, space, and railway & guided transports.

With innovative teaching that goes to the heart of current transport issues (eco-design, on-board systems, propulsion systems and on-board energy, etc.) and a fully developed research center.

ESTACA trains passionate students on technologies and with an expertise that is recognized in the industry. Created in 1925, ESTACA is accredited by the” Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs” (CTI) and a member of the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles” (CGE). It’s located on two sites: in the Paris region in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and in the Mayenne region in Laval.

The school is actively involved in academic, industrial and scientific collaborations regionally (competition clusters, Institutes of Excellence, etc.), nationally (ISAE group, CGE, etc.) and internationally


ESTACA in Figures



·         2 000 students

·         8 000 alumni

·         280 graduates per year

2 research teams

·         70% of teachers are active engineers

·         12 months’ mandatory internship in company

·         43 partner universities around the world

·         94% of students hired within 3 months after graduation

·         39 000€ average starting salary for 2016 graduates

·         City:

o   Paris-Saclay Campus: Montigny-le-Bretonneux

o   West Campus: Laval



  • ESTACA - Campus Paris-Saclay (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines):

ESTACA Campus Paris-Saclay

12 avenue Paul Delouvrier – RD10

78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Tel.: +33 (1) 75 64 50 41

Fax: +33 (1) 47 37 50 83


• Train (SNCF): Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Montigny-le-Bretonneux via train station "Gare Montparnasse" (Ligne N) or "La Défense" (Line U)

RER C: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Montigny-le-Bretonneux (C7 branch, final stop of the line)

• Car: Highway A12, N12 or N10 direction Saint-Quentin-en-Yveline then Montigny-le-Bretonneux

  •  ESTACA - Campus Ouest in Laval (Mayenne region): 1h40 minutes from Paris

Parc Universitaire Laval-Changé

Rue Georges Charpak - BP 76121

53061 Laval Cedex 9

Tel.: + 33 (2)  43 59 47 00

Fax: + 33 (2)  43 59 47 09


• SNCF: TGV, 1½ hrs from Paris Montparnasse

  (from Gare de Laval :  8 minutes walikg distance to the Campus)

• Car: motorway A81 (300 km from Paris)

• Bus: lines 7 and 12


The ESTACA engineer : an expert adapted to the needs of the Company

ESTACA trains engineers experts in transport, especially appreciated for their specific skills:

  • Technological: thanks to 5 years of in-depth specialization, ESTACA engineers are “product-focused” and have true expertise on graduation.
  • Operational: thanks to project-based teaching, they are used to working in teams, replying to specifications combining cross-disciplinary skills, meeting deadlines, adapting to a changing environment, innovating.
  • Human: enthusiastic about their speciality, ESTACA engineers are deeply involved in their missions, highly motivated and thus effective within the company.

5 key values

  • Passion: 89% of students say they are passionate
  • Innovation: thanks to the close synergy between research and training
  • Solidarity: Graduates continue to invest in their school: intergenerational ties
  • Pragmatism: thanks to training in direct contact with the realities of the company
  • Commitment : 80% of students engaged in extracurricular activities (humanitarian, SD, societal, etc.)

Training courses preparing the mobility specialists of tomorrow

To train engineers that are operational and can adapt to the technological changes of tomorrow’s industrial world, the educational project will enable students:

  • to choose their path by specialising from 2nd year and building a tailored career plan.
  • to acquire multidisciplinary skills in the engineering sciences and in transport engineering
  • to be able to apply and transfer the knowledge acquired
  • to deal with industrial practices both in terms of reasoning and methods of organisation
  • to learn about innovation by means of Research-Training synergies
  • to develop personality and open up to the world


Professional Network

The company : a key role at the heart of School life

The close ties between ESTACA and companies guarantee training and research that goes to the heart of industrial issues. Associated in all the important decisions of school life through their involvement in the management, companies participate actively in student development, by teaching, managing projects, speaking at conferences, welcoming interns, etc. Applied research is also conducted closely with industry, especially for collaborative projects managed within the competition clusters.
There are numerous opportunities for company collaboration at all levels of School life:

  • Engineering courses : teaching, Study projects, Site visits
  • Governance Observatory : Career development, Participation in management bodies
  • Vocational Training : 1 to 11-day sessions, Diploma courses
  • Internships & Jobs : Worker internships, Engineer internships, Jobs
  • Funding : Apprenticeship Tax, Sponsoring associations, Junior company
  • Research : Research partnership, Thesis, Chair
  • Communication : Reputation, Access to the ESTACA network
  • Professional Project : Career day, Jobs Conferences, HR workshops

Internships, sandwich year and jobs : Rapid integration in the company

Internships and sandwich year
Each student spends at least twelve months in a company during his or her ESTACA curriculum. There are four mandatory internships and an optional sandwich year is offered at the end of the 4th year. Any internship or sandwich year is subject to a training agreement or temporary employment contract; for 5th-year students, permanent contracts or volunteer projects are also possible.

ESTACA graduates are operational, have strong technological expertise and perfect knowledge of the company. As such, they are quickly taken up on the jobs market. The department of Corporate Relations and Professional Integration accompanies students throughout their curriculum to help them onto the jobs market. Once graduated, the Careers Service helps them to manage their career plan.

Online offers:
Offers of internships, sandwich year, volunteer projects, jobs can be published online at: http://www.estaca.fr/deposez-une-offre.html
Job offers for confirmed engineers should be published on: www.alumni-estaca.fr

Career Day:
Every year in November, the Career Day enables companies to meet students and young graduates via conferences and individual meetings.

HR workshops:
Twelve or so companies participate in preparing 5th year students in recruitment procedures.

Research : anchored in industrial and academic collaborations

Applied research geared towards future challenges in transport and mobility 

ESTACA conducts applied research in liaison with transport actors. Backed up by high-technology equipment, the six teams at the Research Centre are working to meet the need for new methods of mobility.
They will be making their contributions in the following fields:

  • vehicle weight reduction, in particular via the use of new materials and new design methods for structures,
  • on-board systems for information processing (on-board codes)
  • integration and merging of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic technologies (mechatronics),
  • energy efficiency and the environmental impact of combustion engines.

Dynamic research integrated in five competition clusters

Since 2006 already, the ESTACA research teams have entered into the spirit of industrial and academic cooperation driven by the competition clusters. This involvement in clusters bringing together companies, research laboratories and higher education establishments enables the school to be at the heart of technological innovation and anticipate the needs of companies.
ESTACA is a member of the management structures of the clusters to which it belongs.
This involvement in competition clusters has led to ESTACA’s participation in 7 major collaborative research projects. The teams provide complementary contributions to these projects with strong commitment to the clusters Mov’eo and Astech in the Paris region (mechatronics and automobile and aeronautics systems), but also in the strategic area of composite materials in the Pays de Loire region (clusters EMC2, iD4car).

Training-Research synergy
Teacher-researchers also participate in training enabling them:

  • to remain one step ahead of training content to be developed and serve as a privileged channel for exchanges between academic and industrial partners.
  • to motivate students and open them up to innovation by means of contact with teachers who spend most of their time innovating in their field, either for industry or for creating unique and scientifically solid knowledge.

Focus on an innovative institute: VEDECOM

ESTACA is one of the founding members of the Institute of Excellence VeDeCoM (Smart Low-Carbon Vehicle and Mobility). Created in 2012, this institute includes 12 major industrial groups (including PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Safran, Valeo, Veolia Environment, etc.), ten universities and grandes écoles, and five research organisations. Selected by the French government as part of its “Investment in the Future”, its goals are:

  • to invent new mobilities and vehicles to reduce energy consumption by eliminating pollutant emissions in particular in urban areas,
  • to unite regional authorities, transport operators, infrastructure manufacturers and operators, town planners, economists and sociologists around this new mobility.



ESTACA has been a Member of the N+i network since 2007.

Important Dates

ESTACA registers new foreign students at any session.

The recruitment will stop at session 3.


Unfortunately ESTACA does not offer any scholarship to foreign students.


Campus France has on its website a list of scholarships per country: http://campusbourses.campusfrance.org/fria/bourse/#/catalog


ESTACA Master of Science in Engineering (5 year degree: Undergraduate and Graduate Courses): The tuition fees for one academic year at ESTACA are approximately 8 000€.

Post-Master Aeronautical Operation and Maintenance (Master Studies - 1 year Degree): Fees: 13 000€ / 10 000€ (reduced fee for recently graduated students)

Post-Master Embedded Lighting Systems (Master Studies - 1 year Degree): Fees: 13 000€ / 11 000€ (reduced fee for recently graduated students)

Available master
Student Life

Students’ Associations: commitment and company spirit

 Learning to be an engineer at ESTACA is not just about acquiring knowledge, it also means pursuing passions, opening up to the world and believing in and defending one’s convictions.

Associations give students the opportunity to realize enriching missions to help others. It is also an opportunity, via concrete projects, to learn about managing people and resources, achieving goals within deadlines, managing

communication, etc. These are all essential experiences in their future life as an engineer.

 - PV3e and its energy vehicles: 2 700 km on one liter of petrol! An association that designs and builds low-energy vehicles (petrol and fuel cell) to participate in the Shell marathons. The goal is to cover as many kilometers as possible with the minimum energy.

 - Rocket club: ESO (Estaca Space Odyssée) designs, builds and launches experimental rockets, mini-rockets and stratospheric balloons with the methodological and logistical support of Planète Sciences. Launches take place during C’Space campaigns organized by the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales).

 - Cercle Aéronautique and Flying West build historic aircraft (the Paul Cornu, 1st ever helicopter, the Flyer 1 of the Wright brothers or the Favre, 1st seaplane) or flight simulators, innovative aircraft (solar airship), etc. They also organize inaugural flights (plane, helicopter, aerobatics), plane trips, conferences, company visits, flying lessons, etc.

- Pégase initiates primary school children to technology and sciences. The students conduct missions in schools in the Paris region, in Laval and Senegal.

 - Estacaide develops international solidarity projects and is working for a fairer and more inclusive society. The association develops humanitarian projects such as enhancing hygiene conditions in Vietnam.

 - ESTACA MOTOTECH designs and builds two-wheeled prototypes.

 - The Bureau des Arts includes theatre, music, drawing, photo and circus activities and also publishes the school’s newsletter.

 And also

The Student Office, Sports Office, Estatrain, Estacatrelle, Estacom, Estaca Modelisme and Model Ouest, ESTACA Sailing, the ski club, ICAE, Emos Karting, RACE, Air Addict, etc.

 Junior ESTACA

Since 1983, the association has been offering companies technical studies conducted by ESTACA

students. Baptized “Junior Enterprise”, a guarantee of the seriousness and stability of the association, it is

specialized in technology and R&D consulting applied to the four transport sectors: automotive, aeronautics,

guided transports and space. It develops studies in IT & Automation, Electricity & Waves, Mechanical engineering, etc.



Unfortunately, ESTACA does not provide on-campus housing. Therefore, the international students must find accommodation themselves. However, the Department of International Development can help students find the best housing deals.

Which housing option do you prefer?

  • Renting an apartment
  • Living at the student residence (dormitory)
  • Living with a host family


The majority of French and international students choose to live in student residences. Since the residences are only for students, it is beneficial for students from one university to meet students from other universities.
One of the biggest governmental establishments for students is “des Centres Régionaux des Œuvre Universitaires et Scolaires” (CROUS). Since 1955, this institution, held by the Ministry of National Education, has been helping French and international students in many ways, such as, finding scholarships or grants, providing accommodation in affordable prices, offering medical and other types of different and useful services.


The majority of French and international students choose to live in student residences. Since the residences are only for students, it is beneficial for students from one university to meet students from other universities.
One of the biggest governmental establishments for students is “des Centres Régionaux des Œuvre Universitaires et Scolaires” (CROUS). Since 1955, this institution, held by the Ministry of National Education, has been helping French and international students in many ways, such as, finding scholarships or grants, providing accommodation in affordable prices, offering medical and other types of different and useful services.


Accommodation fees

• Cost

Estimated costs for a typical student


Housing: Minimum 800 €/ per month + utilities (varies on location & size of housing)

Entertainment (movies, clubbing, restaurants, etc…): 120 €/ per month (will vary depending on your personal spending habits)

Food (groceries): 200 €/per month (will vary)

Transportation: 73 €/per month

Miscellaneous: 100 €/per month (varies on your spending habits)

Housing Insurance: 45€ to 50€ / per year

Social Security for Non-EU:  215€/academic year



Housing: Minimum 600 €/ per month + utilities (varies on location & size of housing)

Entertainment (movies, clubbing, restaurants, etc…): 120 €/ per month (will vary depending on your personal spending habits)

Food (groceries): 200 €/per month (will vary)

Transportation: 70 €/per month

Miscellaneous: 100 €/per month (varies on your spending habits)

Housing Insurance: 45€ to 50€ / per year

Social Security for Non-EU:  215€/academic year


• Deposit

You will be asked to pay a deposit, which will be refunded when you leave, unless there are any damages. Usually, the deposit is equivalent to 2 months of rent.


• Housing insurance

Housing insurance, covering residential and civil liability is compulsory. Mutual insurance funds offer insurance policies. The insurance is about 45 € – 50 € per year.


• Lease

It is the contract, which clearly stipulates the conditions for tenancy.


• Departure and notice

Three months before students intend to depart, they should inform their landlord (by registered letter (“lettre recommandée”).


• Inventory

Upon arrival, an inventory must be taken in student’s rented accommodation, as well as upon student’s departure. Depending on the state of the inventory, the deposit will be refunded either totally or partially.


• Rent receipt

This document proves rent was paid. Students will be required to show this document for any request for accommodation allowance.


• “Allocation Logement” - Allowances for Accommodation

Government housing subsidy is called “aide au logement”, and it is under the category of “Caisse d'Allocations Familiales” or simply CAF.

In order to obtain an allowance for accommodation, students will be required to provide the following documents:

- CAF Application Forms online

- Copy of your ID or Passport

- Copy of the visa

- Copy of the OFII form or the OFII stamp (if applicable)

- Your birth certificate translated in French by the French consulate or embassy in your home country (with the apostile) or by the French government (http://www.ceticap.com/) or a multi languages birth certificate

- Copy of your student’s card

- Copy of your French social security number when you receive it (upon arrival in France)

- Your French Bank Account Information, called R.I.B (Relevé d’Identité Bancaire)


Allowances for Accommodation are not given right away. It takes several weeks to receive it.

Some figures

We have about 4% of international students every year.

About 73% of those international students graduate with a Master of Science in Engineering or a post-master degree.

Partnership with n+i

ESTACA is a member of the N+i network since 2007.



International engineers open to the world

Understanding different technologies and cultures on a global scale is essential for future engineers. International experience is therefore mandatory for our engineers. It can take three forms:

  • Internships

All internships can be taken abroad. They enable students to discover different professional practices and develop a strong network of contacts abroad. Target destinations are countries where the transport industry is strong or emerging: the United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil, China, India, Germany, Great Britain.

  • University stays

The school has signed agreements with universities throughout the world. Students can spend a semester of study or follow diploma courses (Master) abroad. These partnerships are part of the European and international networks of which ESTACA is a member, including: SOCRATES, organizer of the ERASMUS+ mobility program, CREPUQ (Conference of rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities), Campus France.

  • Research projects

ESTACA also enables its students to conduct applied research projects with foreign universities. In reply to specifications proposed by industries, 4th year students for example, spend a semester with students from the space propulsion department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Last year, NASA’s project was a feasibility study on a remotely-piloted aircraft. As well as the multicultural dimension, these partnerships allow students to learn about distance working, managing international specifications, working with major international institutions and associated methods.

Welcoming international students
As part of agreements signed with its university partners, ESTACA also welcomes international students to its engineering courses. Some students follow the last two years of the programme and graduate with the ESTACA diploma.
The School also offers a course in English entitled “Automotive and Aeronautics Design Program (AADP)”, open to international students.

An International Student Office (BDEI) supports exchanges between French and foreign students.

Official website
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