Please note that only Penn State Engineering students may apply to this program.
This institution offers a large selection of courses in Mathematics, Physics, Mechanics - Civil Engineering, Advanced Information Systems, Social Sciences, and Languages and Culture. At ECP, classes and accompanying work are conducted in French or English. Information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the Ecole Centrale website. Please note: Penn State Engineering students may participate on the Ecole Centrale Exchange in the Fall*, Spring, or Academic Year.
*Due to Ecole Centrale's academic calendar, Penn State Students who wish to participate on the Ecole Centrale Exchange during the Fall semester will need to take a leave of abscence from Penn State for the Spring semester upon their return. The Fall semester at Ecole Centrale also has a more limited offering of English taught courses. If you are considering doing a Fall Exchange at Ecole Centrale please be sure to consult with your Academic and Education Abroad Advisers.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits/18-22.5 ECTS). Students who are interested in the intensive French language course available before arrival at the École Centrale should visit the CAVILAM website.
NOTE: According to the ECTS credit system, each 3 credit course at Ecole Centrale is equivalent to 2 Penn State credits, so students should choose classes accordingly in order to fufill their full- time Penn State load and must check the program manual to see the credit conversion scale.
NOTE: Engineering students should not take SE2550 Introduction to Purchasing.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept ENGR Ecole Centrale Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA 3.3
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
Familiarity and comfort with the French Language (courses taken in High School, etc.)
This program is open only to students in the Penn State College of Engineering
Students must have successfully completed the required math courses for the College of Engineering major upon admission to the host university
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly through Ecole Centrale. You will live in a residence hall on campus, where you will have access to on-campus eating establishments and kitchens. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.