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.
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.
Please note that only Penn State Engineering students may apply to this program. Students must also meet the following:
Education Abroad Credits
Minimum GPA 3.3, Junior or Senior Standing
At least 3 semesters of French OR participation in a month-long intensive French language course prior to arrival at host university
Students must have successfully completed the required math courses for the College of Engineering major upon admission to the host university
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the 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.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a residence hall on campus, where you will have access to on-campus eating establishments and kitchens.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, 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.
Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college’s international office is located in 205 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have. Please see http://www.engr.psu.edu/global/ for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.