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The Normale model

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  • Rigorous selection: approximately 1200 candidates participate in the admission competition. Only about 5% of those who participate are admitted.
  • Only the deserving stay the course: stringent educational obligations, high results required (no mark below 24, average of at least 27; all courses must be completed within the time allotted; an internal interview must be passed every year).
  • Collegial life: sharing time and space is an integral part of the education model.
  • International: the SNS promotes numerous exchange programmes for students and research staff.