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French Grande École

ENSSAT: a public Grande École* affiliated to the Mines-Télécom Institut. Enssat is a leading research hub in the fields of telecoms and emerging technologies.

Entrance to EnssatAcademic and research teams are in constant liaison with industrial players. Enssat provides students with skills and know-how at the cutting edge of these new technologies. Enssat offers its engineers exciting career opportunities in sectors with strong growth potential by integrating sustainable development issues and skills in human sciences.

ENSSAT is accredited by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education under the authority of the CTI through which the school has been credited with the EUR-ACE quality certification.

ENSSAT, a part of Rennes 1 University, is a "Grande École affiliated to the Mines-Télécom Institut", and is a member of:

  • The ‘Conférence des Grandes Écoles’ (The Conference of Grandes Écoles - CGE)
  • The ‘Conférence des Directeurs des Écoles Françaises d'Ingénieurs’ (The Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools - CDEFI)
  • The ‘Conférence des Directeurs des Grandes Écoles de Bretagne’ (The Conference of Directors of Breton Grandes Écoles* - CDGEB)
* Note: a French Grande École is an extremely selective higher education establishment which admits students on the basis of competitive exams.

The content of the syllabus is defined by knowledge developments and the need to adapt to industry demands.

The school offers four engineering diplomas as standard initial training courses (or through the APEL system), focused in four specialised areas:

  • Computing (cyber security, artificial intelligence, data science, software development)
  • Photonics (laser technologies, biophotonics, quantum photonics, telecom)
  • Digital systems (communicating objects, embedded systems, signal and image processing, artificial intelligence)
block release training course, available under either an apprenticeship or ongoing training scheme
  • Computer sciences (cybersecurity, data and multimedia science, artificial intelligence)
  • Photonics & electronics (laser technologies, electronic systems, instrumentation and measurement) -> new course, opening in Sept. 2022

See the Admission terms and conditions.

ENSSAT demonstrates its dynamic approach to research through the involvement of its respective teams in national and international projects.

Taran team (IRISA UMR CNRS laboratory and the Rennes INRIA centre – ‘Bretagne Atlantique’): research in the field of embedded systems
Headed by Olivier Sentieys

Expression team (IRISA UMR CNRS laboratory): research in the field of man-to-machine communications
Headed by Damien Lolive

Granit team (laboratoire IRISA UMR CNRS): research in the field of telecommunications
Headed by Olivier Berder

Shaman team (laboratoire IRISA UMR CNRS): research in the field of databases
Headed by Olivier Pivert

Photonics System team (Foton Institute UMR CNRS 6082): research in the fields of lasers, telecoms, optical guidance and sensors
Director of Foton Institute: Pascal Besnard
Headed by Monique Thual

Multip (UMR CNRS 6164 IETR laboratory): research in the field of image processing
Headed by Kacem Chehdi

ENSSAT is accredited and equipped to accommodate elite athletes.

One of ENSSAT's key priorities is to develop international and industrial collaborative links and exchanges.

See the international relations section.

Enssat is situated in a beautiful, picturesque town, close to the sea.

See the student life at Lannion university section, ENSSAT students' association (AEE), student projects...

Message from the Director

directeur de enssatFounded in 1986 to cater for the growing need for engineering training facilities, ENSSAT was established in Lannion, one of France’s major telecom hubs. Benefitting from its surroundings synonymous with extremely high-level scientific and technological achievement, ENSSAT is a leading light in the fields of photonics and digital development, boasting both its Imagery and Networks hub and the ‘Photonics Bretagne’ corporate group of companies.

Its status is recognised by the engineering Titles Commission through which it has been accredited with the European EUR-ACE quality certification.

All that remains is for me to invite you to come and discover our multi-faceted school and the surrounding area: a technology hub made up of over 5000 engineers and technicians (including 3300 working in the digital field and 500 in photonics), a town and university centre with over 1800 students as well as the remarkable local scenery.


Marie-Catherine Mouchot,