Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Nantes, France
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
In this unique study abroad opportunity, students will receive training and experiences in two areas:
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 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.
All 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.
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: