"Normalien" is a specific French status for students of an Ecole Normale Superieure.
Treated as trainee civil servants, they receive a monthly stipend during their studies and commit in return to work for the French state for at least 10 years (including the period of study at the ENS).
The vast majority of Normaliens are French but the status is also open to international students, under specific terms:
- For citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area: 1,500€/month salary for 4 years and commitment to work for the French state for 10 years – just like French nationals.
- For students from other countries - the best candidate in each "série de concours": 1,000€/month grant for 3 years.