The École Polytechnique
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Always rated among the top two or three unis in France, the École Polytechnique (known as Polytechnique and sometimes, ominously, just as X) provides intense and hugely respected education in science and engineering subjects.
Polytechnique began life as a military academy for engineers, and French first-years still have to do eight months of military training before beginning their fearsome studies.
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