Institut Supérieur du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics

Teaching excellence in civil engineering

With over 60 years of history, the Institut Supérieur du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (ISBA-TP), located in the beautiful port-city of Marseille in southern France, has a long-established reputation of offering the highest quality post-graduate studies in civil engineering.

TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: ISBA-TP

Founded in 1952, following the need for trained civil engineers during the region’s post-war reconstruction, the ISBA-TP is the only state-recognised institute to offer post-graduate civil engineering specialisations in the whole of France today, with a diploma recognised by the CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs).

Over the course of fifteen months, its students from inside and outside the EU specialize in either infrastructure or bridgebuilding, split into seven months of modules, two months of group projects and six months of internships – all in French.

On top of this, the institute also offers ‘tune-ups’ or ‘continued education’ of varying durations for professionals needing to update their theoretical knowledge in a specific area related to civil engineering. These include for example the Eurocodes, recently introduced European norms for structural design across the EU.

All students will be taught and guided by professionals from the industry, who are guaranteed to provide real-life test cases and practices for a feel of the professional world. The ISBA-TP strives to train its students to be employed into their field of specialization straight after graduation. It puts everything into place to achieve this by staying on top of technological developments and societal needs. Up to 60 per cent of students are employed following their internship.

To qualify for admission, candidates must have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a field relevant to civil engineering (or Bac +5 for those in the French educational system) and applications are open to both nationals and students from abroad. A very international institution, the ISBA-TP welcomes up to 50 per cent of foreign students every year. Their perfect location in the lively and historic city of Marseille attracts applications from a wide range of countries and ensures a classroom filled with diversity.

With an average class size of 20 to 40 students, the courses are tailored to meet the personal needs of each participant, ensuring a strong follow-up and feedback system when it comes to individual work, as well as group projects.

The ISBA-TP application process for this year is now open and the institute looks forward to welcoming ambitious postgraduate students in civil engineering for the next academic cycle.