Virtual FAME program through ENSEA

Overview: 
The French American Exchange (FAME) Program is a Spring Semester Study Abroad Program for engineering students (in particular Electrical and/or Computer engineering students). Pick one course from a list of three options as part of your regular Pitt registration and tuition!.  Courses are taught in a virtual setting in English by professors at the French University ENSEA (Ecole Nationale Superieure de L’Electronique at de ses Applications). 
 
 
ENSEA is offering an online FAME program for the Spring 2021 semester!  This online option allows Pitt students to take engineering courses in English with a  French academic approach:
"A taste of French Tech from home, specifically tailored for your needs"
 
  • Very small study groups to provide flexible instruction and individualized learning. Each professor will work with 4 -6 students and carefully lead them to their technical goal through theoretical and practical formation adapted to the requirements of the research project.
  • The courses will be offered online, in a synchronous mode, for approx 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.  Each course is offered at a different day/time.  (Please see the course descriptions for the day/times of the synchronous meetings.) 
  • Course projects are built for team learning and for a collective experience from anywhere you want.
  • 3 US credits per course
  • Each course provides an exploration of French industry and research through projects adapted to French companies’ technical expectations
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering students may be especially interested in these courses. 
 
Students will have the opportunity to select a single  (3-credit) course from the three course offerings. Students will not be able to self-register for courses on this program.  The International Engineering Programs office will register accepted students for the course.   

No travel is involved, and there is no additional cost for you as the price for the course on this program is part of your regular Pitt tuition! 

Partner Information: 
ENSEA  (Ecole Nationale Superieure de L’Electronique at de ses Applications)
 
"the most innovative Independent Grande Ecole in France:"
 
  • ENSEA prepares students for general engineering careers in electronics, IT, telecommunications and embedded systems.
  • Based in Cergy-Pontoise in the Val d'Oise (95), it is an autonomous public institution, authorized by the CTI to award the "Diplôme d'Ingénieur" since 1952.
  • More than 7,500 alumni
  • 30 km from Paris, gateway to Europe
  • 800 students
  • 100 apprentices
  • 250 graduated students per year
  • 20% of final year students are in exchange or double degree programs
  • 152 international agreements with 30 double degree programs
  • 70 PhD and post-doctoral students
  • 90 tenured professors
  • 27 teaching laboratories
  • 200 corporate partners
  • 180 visiting professors from industry and partner institutions
  • 35 student associations
Academic Description: 

Three course/project options are available.  Pitt students may choose one of these three courses to add to their normal Pitt schedule*. (click here to see full course descriptions and class times/days)

Course option 1: Object oriented programming in Java through video games

Course option 2: Introduction to Wireless Communication Electronics

Course option 3: Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computation:  An overview of theory and experiment
 
 
  • Students will have the opportunity to select a single  (3-credit) course from the three course offerings. Students will not be able to self-register for courses on this program.  The International Engineering Programs office will register accepted students for the course.   
  • The courses will be offered online, in a synchronous mode,  for approx 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.  Each course is offered at a different day/time.  (Please see the course descriptions linked above for the day/times of the synchronous meetings.) 
  • Individual courses have pre-requisites also listed on the course descriptions linked above. 
  • The course schedule is slightly different than the normal Pitt spring calendar. Please note the course meeting dates on the course descriptions linked above.  Students will be issued a "G" grade until the course is completed and a transcript from ENSEA is received.  Once the transcript from ENSEA is processed, S/NC grades will be recorded.  S grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C" or better in the course; NC grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C-" or lower.  
  • If you are seeking to count this course towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please meet with your respective advisor to discuss the program and what the course will fulfill for you.

 

* The credits from this program's course count towards your total enrollment for the semester, so keep that in mind when planning your schedule.  If you register for more than 18 credits, including your program, you will be assessed a credit overload fee by the University.  More information on charges for taking more than 18 credits can be found here

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:: 
Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Grading: 

The course schedule is slightly different than the normal Pitt spring calendar. Please note the course meeting dates on the course descriptions linked above.  Students will be issued a "G" grade until the course is completed and a transcript from ENSEA is received.  Once the transcript from ENSEA is processed, S/NC grades will be recorded.  S grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C" or better in the course; NC grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C-" or lower.  

Program Fees: 

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to your in-state or out-of-state residency status. There is no additional cost for you.  You may register for one of the three course options on the Virtual FAME program.

 
Please note that there is a $350 non-refundable deposit when you sign up for the program. This is not an additional cost. The deposit you pay will be credited back to your spring semester bill.
Program Dates: 

Spring Semester (Jan 25-May 21)- individual class dates vary- see class information under academics. The course schedule is slightly different than the normal Pitt spring calendar. Please note the course meeting dates on the course descriptions linked under "academics". Students will be issued a "G" grade until the course is completed and a transcript from ENSEA is received. Once the transcript from ENSEA is processed, S/NC grades will be recorded. S grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C" or better in the course; NC grades are for those courses in which the student achieves the equivalent of a "C-" or lower.

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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Application Instructions: 

Apply using the Apply Now button by the deadline (January 7, 2021) in the lower right hand side of the page.  Part of the application in this portal will include a separate application page specific to the FAME program at ENSEA.   You must  complete all parts of the application (both Pitt and FAME sections) and submit all sections through the application portal.