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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Engineering, French
Program Description:
Lyon, France

Program Overview     

Students should arrive in Lyon on May 17th, 2018 and will depart on June 15th, 2018. 

This summer program is held at INSA Lyon, one of France’s leading engineering schools. During this 4-week summer program, you will learn about European Perspectives in Engineering and Innovation through innovative and interactive teaching, including site visits to businesses. Students will also become acquainted with French culture and study either beginning, intermediate or advanced French. The program includes trips to Chamonix, Annecy and social activities.
Lyon is France’s second largest city, located in the heart of the thriving Rhône-Alpes region. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the former capital of the Gauls, Lyon has witnessed 2,000 years of continuous history. It is one of France’s cultural capitals and boasts many festivals and lively entertainment venues. Additionally, Lyon is home to many renowned companies and is a major international hub.




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Education Abroad Credits

This program offers three different tracks. Students will be able to either engage in two out of the three tracks of their choice (6 credits). The tracks are as follows:

French Culture, Industry and Society (Required) (3 credits)
All students will study themes related to intercultural competence, industry and society. However, based on your knowledge of French language you will be placed into a beginning, intermediate or advanced language course.

Students can choose one of the below tracks or enroll in both:

Connected Devices and Smart Services Track (3 credits)
  • Introduction to the Internet of Things – This lecture series provides an overview of the concepts and challenges of the Internet and its ever evolving ability to interconnect people, processes, data, and things that we call the Internet of Things.  
  • Smart and Assistive Environment Project – Students will work in teams on a health-monitoring infrastructure for elderly residents of an assisted-living home.
Management and Innovation in Europe Track (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Project Management of Innovative Products and Services – This portion provides students with a foundation in the concepts and solutions required for the successful completion of a project when faced with inevitable cost, schedule and resource constraints.
  • Economics & Management of Innovation in Europe – This portion provides an understanding of classic and recent trends on the economics of innovation in European countries. It also introduces the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Essential skills for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-driven Start-ups – The portion focuses on entrepreneurial behavior, the ability to create, maintain and enhance a network of European contacts, facilitating the development of innovative projects. 
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.

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Preference will be given to students with junior or senior class standing

Housing and Meals

Students will live in dormitories at INSA Lyon in shared rooms with other students. Students will have a meal plan, and access to a shared kitchen.

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

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 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.

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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/17/2018 06/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA

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