FAME- The French American Exchange Program

The French American Exchange Program is a Spring Semester Study Abroad Program for Electrical and or Computer Engineering students in their third year in an undergraduate program. Courses are taught in English by professors at the French University ENSEA (Ecole Nationale Superieure de L’Electronique at de ses Applications), which is 30 minutes outside Paris. 

Application requirements: 

  • Students in their third year of an undergraduate Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science program
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA 
  • No behavioral issues


  • The cost paid directly to ENSEA is 3500 Euros. This does not include housing, please visit their website for more information about housing costs.
  • Please note once you are registered for the program, you will be charged the $400 study abroad fee through the Pitt Pay system. 
  • Please note you will have to apply for a visa to study in France. 
  • Please review the ENSEA website to budget for other costs while abroad. 

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 Funding study abroad?  Check out the Study Abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.




Academic Description: 
Students will take a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours). The following courses have been offered at ENSEA in the past: Electronic Circuits, Communications Systems, Fundamentals of Power Engineering, Micro-processors & Embedded Systems, Operating Systems, Probability & Statistics, Signals & Systems, Microelectronics, AI & Big Data, Image & VR, UAVs/Drones. (Please review their website for up-to-date information about courses offered for Spring.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Application Instructions: 

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Programs office by our posted deadline.
Once you have been accepted, you will be directed to apply to ENSEA. ENSEA's deadline to apply is October 15.
ENSEA requires:

  • Application form
  • Transcripts offical copy
  • Letter from your school certifying your eligibility for the program (from International Programs office, 152 Benedum Hall)
  • Outline of courses you should take that are offered, and approved by your academic adviser.


  • Pitt's Application deadline- Spring, Sept. 29
  • Deadline to provide documents to ENSEA- Oct. 15
  • Pitt's Mandatory Program Agreement meeting - (Spring programs) Nov 8


SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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