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Admission and exchanges



Admission to ENS Louis-Lumière is exclusively open to candidates having completed two years of higher education. Candidates may apply during their second year of study.


In order to take the entrance exam, candidates must be under 27 years of age on January 1st of the year they apply. They may take the exam as many times as they wish.


When applying for the entrance exam, candidates must choose a specific Masters program: Cinema, Photography or Sound.









Any student wishing to take part in an academic exchange must have the support of their "home" institution, with a bilateral agreement already in place, setting out the terms of their stay at ENS Louis-Lumière.


All exchanges last 1 semester; incoming students join ENS Louis-Lumière's 2nd year students (Semester 3: September-January) and follow the same classes. All courses are mandatory. Courses are delivered in French; the candidate's level in French may be examined before they can be accepted.


ENS Louis-Lumière is a signatory of the Erasmus+ Charter. It can accommodate two students from European or international partner institutions per Masters program per year of study. The list of partner schools is continuously evolving; amongst partnerships active over the last three years:




  • Academy of Fine Arts. Antwerp, Belgium
  • FAMU - Filmova a Televizni Fakulta Akademie Muzickych Umeni v Praze. Prague, Czech Republic
  • Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Potsdam, Germany
  • HFF - Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Munich, Germany
  • PWSFTViT (The National Film, TV & Theatre School. Lodz, Poland
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. Vienna, Austria
  • ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Zurich, Switzerland


Outside Europe


  • ALBA - Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. Beirut, Lebanon
  • CCC - Centro de Capacitatión Cinematográfica. Mexico City, Mexico
  • EICTV - Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión. San António de los Baños, Cuba
  • SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. New York, United States
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Applications are open between January 5th and March 31st 2023 for a mobility during the 2023 Fall semester (September 2023-January 2024).


Contact: Raïssa Lahcine, director of International relations







At the international level, and linked to the Erasmus+ programs, the ENS Louis-Lumière's international strategy is to develop its visibility and new partnerships in strategic geographical areas, and to build up its international dimension via research.


A mobility project at the end of the 3-year training (semester 7) allows ENS Louis-Lumière students to take part in international filming or photojournalism.

A first pilot group of seven sound students was able to participate in ten thesis film shoots by Masters students of the Tisch School of Arts at New York University (NYU,  New York  USA) between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, thanks to a partnership set up in 2019. Shoots took place in New York, Chile, Europe and India. In addition, two photography students inaugurated a partnership with the College of Communication (Boston University - BU, Massachusetts, USA) in February 2020. They were invited to cover the New Hampshire primary election with journalism students from the university.


Based on these experiences, ENS Louis-Lumière plans to expand such exchange schemes, in order to multiply new opportunities for students, exposing them to a range of other industries and curricula while travelling and acting as ambassadors for their School's accumulated knowledge and network.


In addition to NYU and BU, bilateral agreements have been signed or are in the process of being signed with : ECAM (Madrid, Spain), ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany), DFFB (Berlin, Germany), Famu (Prague, Czech Republic), National Film School of Lodz (Lodz, Poland), John Huston School for Film and Digital Media (Galway, Ireland), Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema (Montreal, Concordia University, Canada), Dodge College (Chapman University, Los Angeles, California, E. U.) and PSE (Phnom-Penh, Cambodia), the internship program dedicated to women photographers of the UN agency UN Women.