Quick Info

  • Normandy, France
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • : Spring 2018 course; study abroad portion, Spring break 2018 -
  • : TBD
  • : TBD in Fall 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


This 3-credit course typically fulfills a technical elective, pending your academic advisor’s approval.  The course covers nuclear energy in France from a variety of locations and perspectives, including nuclear power generation, the upstream and downstream sides of the nuclear fuel cycle, and storage and disposal of radioactive material

The course acquaints you with nuclear power through the use of classroom lectures and site visits. There will be opportunities to speak with nuclear engineering academics, engineers, and scientists working in the area.

You can read over the 2015 syllabus for more information. 

Students need not have had French language experience to participate in the program, as all lectures will be conducted in English; however, it is advisable to learn some French phrases prior to departure. 

Coursework may count towards European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Tom Congedo came to Pitt from the position of Director of Technology Development within Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, Research and Technology, where he led the Central R&T laboratories, leading a staff of world-recognized experimenters, analytical developers and facilities.  He has thirty-five years of experience in the nuclear industry, including nuclear core design, nuclear fuel criticality and manufacturing safety.  He has also been active in beneficial applications of nuclear radiation, including detection of environmental contamination and contraband. Dr. Congedo holds fourteen patents and is the author of 17 peer-reviewed technical publications and one scientific handbook chapter.  His personal interests include Martial Arts and music, both of which he has pursued for five decades.

Daniel G. Cole is Pitt’s Director of Nuclear Engineering.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, and he joined the community at Pitt in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. His research is focused in several areas including nuclear instrumentation and control, and supervisory control of small modular reactors. He has visited the Normandy region several times and is familiar with nuclear sites near Rouen.




You will be provided housing at a youth hostel. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
2018 TBD 2018 TBD
Arrive in France Depart France
Spring break: March 2018 March 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Questions about scholarships? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.


Inclusions & Exclusions

The following are included in the program fee:

  • Tuition for 3 Pitt credits, on-site orientation
  • Housing in youth hostel
  • Some meals
  • Ground transportation for excursions
  • Health insurance
  • Admission to all scheduled events and excursions (including the Nuclear Plant tours)

Keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000-$1,500)
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits).


Special Information

Students that have gone on the program want you to know....

"To start the trip with such an amazing lecture boded well for the rest of the series.  I can honestly say I learned a lot more about the industry and how much effort designing and building plants takes."

- Jared Andes

Check out his blog! 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Walk-In Advising Hours:
Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

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