Institut supérieur de l'électronique et du numérique

The Institut supérieur de l'électronique et du numérique (ISEN; Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training) is a group composed of four French grandes écoles (higher education establishments). They propose a high level engineering program in ICT (information and communication technologies), Micro & Nanotechnologies and Innovative Design.

Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training
Institut Supérieur de l'Electronique et du Numérique
Budget 15000000
PresidentMichel Lannoo
Academic staff
220 (2010)
Students1.700 (2010)
AffiliationsCTI,FESIC, CGE
WebsiteOfficial website


The ISEN group is a consortium of four grandes écoles whose main site is located in Lille. The different establishments are:

  • ISEN Brest (Western France),
  • ISEN Lille (Northern France),
  • ISEN Toulon (Southern France) and ISEN Fès (Morocco) --> ISEN Méditerranée

ISEN The ISEN-Lille/Toulon/Brest building is attached and located in the campus. Research Labs and teaching rooms are both located in the same building.

Formations for Engineer degree

Studies at ISEN consist in courses in electronics, computer sciences and computer network, micro-electronics, and also acoustics, physics, signal processing and telecommunications. The curriculum is covered in 5 or 3 years of studies according to the degree when entering the school. Studies are structured in bachelor's and master's levels but all students obtain the same degree Diplôme d’Ingénieur which is equivalent to a master's degree. Two options at Bachelor's level are offered: "Networks & Computer Science" and "Engineering Sciences". During the last two years, each student personalizes his own syllabus according to his favorite fields. The five following options are proposed at Master's level:

  • Multimedia, Information Systems & Networks (MISN),
  • Digital Systems & Applications (DTA),
  • Project Management & Business Development (PMBD),
  • High Technology & Innovative Design (HTID),
  • High Technology & Environment (HTE).

The ISEN group is member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles . The ISEN provides an engineering degree certified by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and accredited by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur.

ISEN is in relation with universities all around the world in the field of educational exchange or research activities. Each ISEN student spent at least two months abroad during an educational exchange or an internship. International students are welcome to study in all the subjects offered by ISEN. However, Bachelor's courses are taught in French, and candidates are required to master French at the B2 level at a minimum.

Research at ISEN

Research activities are recognized worldwide in all the applications of Electronics: Control Engineering, IT, Telecommunications, Networking, Microelectronics as well as Nanosciences. Currently, research at ISEN consists of more than 150 researchers (30 of them being CNRS) who belong to 8 departments: Physics, Electronics, Micro/Nano-electronics, Acoustics, Computer Science, Robotics, Optoelectronics and Microsystems. Furthermore, ISEN is one of the regulatory authorities of two Joint Research Units, namely IEMN (UMR 8520 - Lille) and IM2NP (UMR 7334 – Marseille).


Admission to ISEN is possible either after the baccalauréat or after two year scientific undergraduate studies. This admission is made through a selective examination. There is however further possibility to join the ISEN later on after 2 years of studies in a classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles (CPGE).



The ISEN alumni association AI-ISEN supports the ISEN students to find an internship, the ISEN graduates and organizes events. and funding campaigns for the Fondation Norbert Ségard.

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