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  • Locations: Nantes, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
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Class Standing:
1 - First Year
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0 - none
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Program Description:
Department Engineering Design Nantes France_City view of Nantes

Program Overview

In this unique study abroad opportunity, students will receive training and experiences in two areas:

  1. The practice of design with international collaborators and in international environments 
  2. Conducting design for global markets

In addition, students will learn to function in cross-cultural engineering design teams partnering with students from the US, France and other global institutions. This View of the lobby in Ecol Central de Nantes study abroad program takes place at École Centrale de Nantes over a 2-week period at the end of May. This is an ideal program for Penn State Engineering students as it allows students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program while still having time to complete a summer engineering internship!

As part of this program, students will participate in a course that examines engineering design from a global perspective through hands-on design activities, engagement with industry partners and a 2-week design project. Through the course, students will learn to identify global engineering design problems, develop effective solutions within a cultural context, evaluate their designs with global parameters and effectively communicate their designs. The culmination of the course is a final project where the results are presented in oral reports as well as detailed prototypes. Student evaluations in the course will be based upon the quality of oral reports, prototypes, and team performance.

As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to visit the design studios and manufacturing operations of French companies like Renault to learn how the principles taught in class are practiced in industry. Students will also experience many culture activities like visiting historic sites and enjoying the French coastline.

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Education Abroad Credits

Students at Nantes on the beach next to sandcastleAll student with take EDSGN 297 Introduction to Design Engineering for 3 credits.

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.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • This program is open only to engineering students

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in homestays where most meals will be provided.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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

For more information regarding this program, please contact Conrad Tucker. You may also 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 Student Spotlights 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 on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018


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.

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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.