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ATHENS (Advanced Technology Higher Education Network /Socrates)

Created in 1997, the ATHENS Network is made up of 14 European technological universities and nine ParisTech Graduate Schools of Engineering, which coordinates the programme.

The principal goal of the Network is to facilitate the exchange of students, teachers and researchers from major European technological universities and to participate together under European technological development and training programmes.

The ATHENS programme is a 7-day scientific and cultural exchange programme offered twice a year in November and March to students from all partner institutions.

This activity is called the ATHENS week.

Around  4,000 students participate in the exchanges every year.
For more information on the programme and selection process, please consult this website and contact your ATHENS local coordinator.


ATHENS Programme student commitment While applying you sign a student commitment containing the rules that you commit yourself to respect when participating in ATHENS

ATHENS General Rules Very important information for students.

Members of the network:


ParisTech is a consortium of prestigious higher education institutions, which collaborate on joint training, research and innovation projects in the fields of Science, Technology and Management.

Comprising 10 Grandes Écoles based in the Greater Paris area, each of which is a leader in its field, ParisTech works closely with education and research centres worldwide, and has entered into numerous partnership agreements.
Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Chimie ParisTech
École des Ponts ParisTech
École Polytechnique 
ENSAE ParisTech
ENSTA ParisTech
ESPCI ParisTech
HEC Paris
Institut d’Optique Graduate School
MINES ParisTech
Telecom ParisTechI