Overseas Departments and Territories

French Polynesia


Manutea, freshman, first class officer of the merchant navy (O1MM)

«I am from Tahiti, from Arue. I went to Lamennais high-school, the largest high-school in Tahiti, located in the capital, Papeete. My parents have lived in Tahiti for 25 years.
I have always lived within the maritime world, from a very young age. I’ve lived on a sailing boat since the age of six and I started sailing at four. As I wanted to do a job linked to the sea, friends of my parents, who had studied at the « Hydro,  told me about the ENSM. The skippers from the marina told me that if I had the opportunity to study at this school, it was the best thing to do for what I wanted to do in the future.

I therefore concentrated all my efforts on the ENSM and didn’t take any other competitive exams.

Today, I’m in first year. I’m doing well for the moment without having done a preparatory class. It’s just a question of getting used to the work pace. I went back home in December to visit my family and I will see them again in June as I will sign on a vessel in French Polynesia, the Aranui.

During the holidays, I either visit friends from Tahiti who are studying in France or my grand-parents.I spend my weekends with friends from school. I haven’t met any specific issues yet and I was very satisfied with the way I was welcomed.
If there’s one thing I can tell high-school pupils, it’s to set off on the adventure ! This school leads to great jobs, the programme is very interesting and the atmosphere is awesome.»

Théo Reibel, 25, fifth year student in the Offshore Maintenance Manager course, on the Nantes campus

«I spent my youth in Polynesia where I arrived when I was 5. My parents are still there and I go back every summer. I grew up on the seaside with this attraction for adventure and discovery.

I really discovered the maritime world when I went back after my first year in Maths Sup in France. The father of a friend who is pilot in Tahiti gave me the opportunity to discover the incredible world of the merchant navy. He took me on board vessels and explained his fabulous job.

After a preparatory class in the Rimains in Saint-Malo, I joined the Marseille campus in 2013.

I spent three wonderful years, from theory classes, practicals and above all to times on board. I was lucky in the course of my first three years to board VLCCs from Euronav. Cadetships are the key periods where we really get in touch with the job. We get the real feeling of the ships, the atmosphere so particular to the shipboard, of the work, of the encounters with other nationalities and of the maritime adventure.

After these three years, I had the opportunity to carry on my training by integrating the new maritime engineering programmes. This choice was finalized by the will to remain in the maritime world but being also an actor of renewable marine energies. It is obvious that it is a sector with a future and for me it is mandatory that the”marmar” (merchant navy officers and crew) be present in the changes operating at the moment, because it is true that nobody loves the sea as we do.

I’m keen on motivating young people to discover this world which is unfortunately not known enough. The merchant navy offers possibilities that few higher education Academies and Colleges offer, and above all, opens the mind and
gives you the opportunity to gain knowledge in a large number of sectors.
Don’t hesitate to take the plunge, you will live adventures that your relatives have dreamt of and will leave permanent traces. The future of the maritime world is yours!»


Vatea Sitjar, HYDRO’s former student

«In 2000, I joined the Marseille campus at Pointe Rouge for my freshman year. Anecdotally,I did two first years as student life in such a lovely city and such a brotherhood spirit among the students cannot let a young Polynesian impervious!

I did the two first years as a boarder. It was the last years for this type of accommodation within the school.
As I had some family in France, I spent my holidays with them but also with some of my classmates. The Marseille campus is now equipped with student accommodation near the school which allows the students to remain in Marseille when the school is closed.
This is quite a good system to maintain a kind of osmosis between the students and the teachers through the sports field and the school’s park.

As far as I’m concerned and according to the experience I had with my overseas schoolmates or from Corsica,our integration within the school went well because our training took place within the school and with teachers who were former seamen. The school’s head teachers came from the same sector. In fact, a management team who fought so that the school kept its school spirit and not a university spirit.

I was lucky to study within the old system: 2000 to 2004, first year to third year and in 2007, my final year (DESMM). I encourage our future overseas pupils to come to France and to sail abroad before going “home”to work for our local shipowners and to get them to use our experience and knowledge. To allow this job to remain one of the most beautiful jobs in the world, to get the French and overseas officers to remain well-known on all the oceans».


Pour la formation officier de première classe de la marine marchande-Ingénieur de l’ENSM, les épreuves sont du niveau Terminale scientifique. Les études durent 5, 5ans. Les trois premières se font à Marseille.
Pour la formation d’officier chef de quart machine / chef 8000kW, la scolarité dure 3 ans à Saint-Malo.
Les concours d’entrée se déroulent mi-mai 2018 dans les sites ENSM, à Bordeaux et dans les DOM TOM.
Les inscriptions aux concours pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020 seront ouvertes sur ce site de fin janvier à fin mars 2019.

Pour la formation officier chef de quart passerelle international, le recrutement se fait sur dossiers.
L’ENSM propose aux candidats n’ayant pas le niveau suffisant une classe d’intégration à la formation OCQPI : admissions sur dossiers.
Les élèves de l’ENSM peuvent obtenir des bourses d’études.


Pour les candidats polynésiens, les 60€ de frais d’inscription peuvent être réglés par virement à l’ordre de l’ENSM.
Le virement doit clairement indiquer le nom et prénom du candidat et le concours : Officier de 1ere classe de la marine marchande (O1MM) ou Officier chef de quart machine / Chefs 8000kW (OCQM/8000). Télécharger le RIB de l’ENSM.

Rappel : « Afin d’assurer un suivi des concours organisés sur le territoire, le cluster Maritime Polynésie française souhaiterait établir le contact avec les candidats. Vous pouvez, si vous le souhaitez, vous rapprocher de Madame Anne-Mai Do Chi, secrétaire du Cluster, à l’adresse : contact@cluster-maritime.pf »


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