Perceived in the world as a Technological University that is already making its mark, IMT Atlantique aims to develop its teaching and research activities at the highest level on the international stage thanks to a network of selected partner universities.
IMT Atlantique’s ability to attract European Union funding, to provide opportunities for its students in the best universities abroad, to offer an attractive environment for international students to study in Europe, and to both coordinate and participate in international research consortia, are all evidence of its strategy for growth on the international stage.
IMT Atlantique is committed to fostering the internationalization of its teams and students by developing cross-border research and teaching collaboration. As a central element of the 2018-2023 strategic plan, internationalization is key in all of the structures, components and decision-making processes at the school.
We aim to establish and develop strategic partnerships with international universities in our core areas of teaching, research and innovation. IMT Atlantique maintains cooperative arrangements with universities of excellence, ranging from academic contacts and student exchanges to joint degree programs and offshore programs.
With a view to developing our students’ intercultural competence, we continuously strive to find new academic partners. Consolidating links with our partners, promoting research collaborations, and drawing on the excellent results already achieved are also key for our young researchers. The dynamic cooperation network with partner universities provides strong leverage for IMT Atlantique to become an internationally renowned institution and to increase its visibility in order to attract the "best brains" from all over the world.
International aspects of learning at IMT Atlantique
- Two foreign languages, including English at C1 level.
- Varied masters-level courses, in French and English, for students from all over the world.
- Internships abroad, academic exchanges with international partner universities (one or two semesters, dual degrees), humanitarian projects abroad.
- Intercultural events and courses: Global Village, French Summer School, Wasaa Summer School, etc.
On our Brest, Nantes and Rennes campuses, there are around 1,800 students in total, including, around 40% international students from more than 70 different countries. Thanks to this diversity, we are proud of the international feel of our campuses where students from different backgrounds come together in classes, projects, student societies and dorms, thus promoting an enriching cultural and linguistic experience for everyone.
The international scope of research at IMT Atlantique
With 54% of internationally co-authored publications, IMT Atlantique produces highly internationalized research thanks to collaborations with the world’s best scientific institutions and European or international research networks. Internationalization at IMT Atlantique is also reflected in its personnel, with 12% of non-French research and teaching staff. In order to further build on its network of collaborations, IMT Atlantique also hosts PhD students in co-supervision with international partner universities.
In addition, IMT Atlantique has developed numerous large-scale international partnerships including with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the European Institute for Innovation InnoEnergy. IMT Atlantique has been involved in the implementation of large facilities such as the Pierre Auger observatory (Argentina), the dark matter research project XENON1T (Italy) or the SILECS project (Super Infrastructure for Large-Scale Experimental Computer Science).
Finally, IMT Atlantique also supports the industrial sector internationally through the development of joint scientific projects with partner universities.