Student life

Student projects

Student projects are an integral part of ENSM’s institutional project, which emphasizes open-mindedness, versatility, teamwork, responsibility, solidarity… All values that club activities develop, and which the school encourages and supports.

At ENSM, associations support students’ sports, cultural, humanitarian, and scientific commitments.

The Burals

The Burals are the student councils at ENSM, which include about twenty other associations affiliated with them.At each ENSM site, the Bural is made up of a president called “Grand mât,” a general secretary or “Mât de misaine,” and a treasurer. It animates student life and perpetuates the traditions of the Merchant Navy, including welcoming Pilots (first-year students) and their baptism in the presence of families, teachers, and alumni.

See the various Burals 


ENSM Festive Events Charter

The students and the general director of ENSM have signed the Charter of Festive Events.

This document, approved by the ENSM Board of Directors, is now part of the Internal Regulations of the institution, replacing the previous charter. It outlines the responsibilities of different parties in organizing events and aims to hold organizers accountable.

In this context, ENSM firmly commits to combating sexual and sexist violence, but not only as all types of discrimination are targeted and students’ ecological awareness is addressed. With this document, ENSM bets that students will foster change.

Student Representation

Delegates / roles

Student representatives on the Board of Directors and the Academic Council are elected by and from among the class delegates.
A class delegate may be part of the local development committee.

The role of class delegate goes beyond simple class life management:

  • Participate in the local school life commission at each site;
  • Participate in working groups;
  • Attend, as a guest, a (CSA?) depending on the agenda;
  • Assist a student summoned to the disciplinary council;
  • Be the spokesperson for their class;
  • Facilitate exchanges between the students of the class and the site management through the Studies and Training Office.

Informal elections are organized in October by the deputy director of training at each site.
The list of class delegates from the four sites is published in the “School Life” area.

ENSM students are represented in various bodies, by election or appointment.

Board of Directors

Schematically, the Board “sets the general directions of the School” (internal organizations, COP, RI, teaching policy, tuition and fees, student recruitment modalities, research directions, budget…). It is the only decision-making body of the school, the others only provide opinions.

Academic Council (CE)

The CE is consulted on:

  1. The general orientation of initial and continuing training;
  2. Accreditation requests to award national diplomas and on the evaluation of teachings;
  3. Measures to promote cultural, sports, social, or associative activities offered to users;
  4. Social action in favor of users, health policy, disability management, and measures to improve the working conditions of users.

Election of student and teacher representatives to the ENSM Academic Council.
Nine teacher representatives and nine student representatives are elected to the CE:

Engineering Curriculum, L cycle
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative in the 1st year
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative in the 2nd year
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative in the 3rd year

Engineering Curriculum, M cycle
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative

Monovalent Deck Curriculum
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative for OCQP, Captain 3000, and Captain

Monovalent Machine Curriculum
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative for chief engineer training
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative for OCQM8000kW, chief 3000 kW, and chief 8000 kW trainingInternational Curriculum (OCQPI)
1 teacher representative and 1 student representative.


Election for the student college at the National Council for Higher Education and Research (CNESER): list of electors for ENSM

The National Council for Higher Education and Research (CNESER) represents scientific, cultural, and professional institutions (E.P.S.C.P.) and public institutions. The Council oversees the major national interests, particularly educational, cultural, scientific, economic, and social, whose representatives are appointed by joint order of the minister in charge of Higher Education and Research. The Council comprises 100 members.

To designate representatives of the student college, CNESER organizes an indirect suffrage election for which the school has designated among the elected members of its councils 3 electors who will vote to elect the representatives.

Au Rad'Lo

Au Rad’Lô is a student association created in 2016 by about ten 3rd-year students in Marseille, starting from the observation that they were trained to abandon ship, with the TIS (Individual Survival Technique) and the CAEERS (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats), but not to survive. They thus spent 5 days surviving aboard a raft, accompanied by a BMPM Marine Firefighter. Monitored by doctors, they were able to study the effects of lack of food and water, of promiscuity, but also the raft itself.

With a new team, a second experience was organized in 2022: 22 people, including 4 non-mariners and 2 Marine Firefighters, embarked in a boat and a raft, moored to a buoy off the Frioul. The 5 days were conclusive. Numerous studies were conducted under the direction of doctors and psychologists. The castaways were also able to compare survival conditions between the raft and the boat.

For 2024, the students are thinking even bigger: about forty people will embark on a 50-person raft, for 2 to 5 days adrift off Marseille. Starting from a base of abandoning a passenger ship, to recreate a more versatile crew, there will be onboard more than twenty non-mariners, completely novices in the field of marine and survival. There will also be 8 members of Au Rad’Lô, 2 doctors, and 2 Marine Firefighters. This new experience is a big challenge, requiring a lot of organization to ensure everyone’s safety.