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The National School for Water and Environmental Engineering (ENGEES) is accredited by the French Engineering Qualification Commission (CTI) to grant an engineering diploma (a 5-year post-secondary degree; Master level) in Water and Environmental Engineering.  The CTI is a French organisation that is independent from the government, responsible for certifying all engineering courses offered in France, in order to guarantee their quality.

In the face of climate challenges, technical and human skills must be combined!

At ENGEES, our work is based on a mastery of the latest scientific approaches and emerging technologies, as well as an understanding of the issues and the social and environmental changes underway. So that everyone is prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow in these fields of the future.

ENGEES engineers must be able to mobilise cutting-edge expertise. More broadly, he/she must be able to take a cross-disciplinary view of the issues, at the scale that is most relevant for solving the problems: the catchment area for water, the ecological unit for nature, the catchment area for public services.

To achieve this, ENGEES engineers benefit throughout their studies from courses that enable them to develop cross-disciplinary skills in:

  • Understanding the institutional and human environment
  • Innovation
  • Management / Governance
  • Communication
  • Adapting to professional environments
  • International context
  • Entrepreneurship

As they build their project, students can also delve deeper into other subjects by following one of the many pathways in partner establishments

  • Coastal management
  • Geomatics / geo-construction / civil engineering
  • In-depth management

A single class, different statuses to obtain the same engineering degree

ENGEES engineering courses are open to students and apprentices, with the same diploma being awarded. A few places are also allocated as ‘civil servant students’ for students from the CPGE (preparatory classes). They follow the same curriculum as students. 
Students with student status can follow their 3rd and final year at ENGEES on an apprenticeship, via a ‘professionalisation contract’. 

Compare the different statuses of engineering training: student, apprentice, student civil servant


Becoming an ENGEES graduate: Developing sustainable solutions to the challenges of water and the environment

ENGEES is driven by the firm conviction that water is a patrimony that must be protected, defended and treated accordingly, and that it is a limited resource on our planet.  It has thus become a major stake.  

ENGEES engineers have both an overall and sector-specific understanding of the functioning of water.


Training hydraulic engineers skilled in river development, urban and agricultural water systems and land-use planning. The school was founded by the Ministry of Agriculture in order to train engineers skilled in rural engineering, especially water systems. 

ENGEES engineers also have a sound knowledge of eco-geography and process engineering, so they can do their respective jobs with a dual objective of sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment.

The educational objectives are structured into 3 areas: 

  • Providing future ENGEES engineers with a solid scientific and technical knowledge base and the ability to keep up with technical advances throughout their careers. 
  • Acquiring knowledge to understand the complex ecosystems in which natural and human factors interact. 
  • Supporting all students with their career plans, through personalised, continual follow-up (regarding work placements and electives) and an education based on personal development, to foster growth and creativity, as well as providing training in project management and the multidisciplinary approach.




Progressive, open-minded teaching methods

The entire scientific and technical knowledge base that underlies an ENGEES engineer's stature and identity is addressed from the very first year, by level.  This reinforced and integrated approach to water and the environment in local areas, working closely with the stakeholders, facilitates the implementation of ENGEES engineers' expertise, within the general context of understanding and grasping the complex problems encountered in the professional world.  This instruction is based on the strong presence of the humanities and the social sciences, adapted to each profile.

A broad choice of specialisations

From the second year (2nd semester), students specialise by choosing from 6 ENGEES specialisation courses.

In the 3rd year, students continue their specialisation at ENGEES. Students and civil servant trainees can also do this 3rd year in a partner establishment, in France or abroad. 

See other 3rd year opportunities in partner institutions

With an engineering degree from the National School for Water and Environmental Engineering (ENGEES), you'll have what it takes to become a sought-after professional, capable of dealing with society's challenges and issues surrounding water and sustainable development.

Strong values

  • Solidarity
  • Agility
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

Exposure to the outside world

Through various actions, ENGEES seeks to promote the exposure of its students, not only to the world, but also to their immediate surroundings. For example, joint events are organised with other engineering schools in Strasbourg. The students are also involved in humanitarian, cultural and association-based initiatives and take part in regional and national sports events. 

As for international exposure, ENGEES signs agreements with foreign universities for student exchanges. For more information on the school's international partnerships, go to the international section.

Teaching staff

  • A third of the classes are taught by permanent ENGEES teachers (engineers from the Ministry of Agriculture and teacher-researchers from the School).
  • A third of classes are taught by professors from the laboratories of the University of Strasbourg.

The last third are taught by professionals:

  • Engineers from the private sector (engineering firms, private operators holding leases for water supply and sanitation devices, etc.)
  • Researchers from partner laboratories: the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Strasbourg
  • Executives from the public sector and the semi-public sector, such as the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of the Environment, or local authorities, such as the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg.

Why choose ENGEES for your studies?

> Expertise recognised by water professionals for over 60 years,
> individual support,
> an extensive network of partners,
> teaching based on high-quality research,
> close links with the professional world throughout the course.


Competitive Examinations Department - Wendy CUNJAMALAY
Tel: +33 3 88 24 82 75