Global E3 ENSEA- France

Overview

Have you always wanted to study in France? This is your chance!

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA) is a school of electrical engineering, computer science, and telecommunications located in Cergy-Pontoise, a suburb of Paris.  ENSEA is just a 30-minute train ride from the heart of Paris.

This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. ENSEA and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) For more information about the university, see the Global E3 ENSEA page and the ENSEA website   

ENSEA accepts students for Fall, Spring or Academic Year 

Courses in English available for undergraduate students (junior/senior level) only during the SPRING semester in the FAME program.

Fact sheet
Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in France.

 

Partner Information

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Relations Office   |   ri@ensea.fr
6, Avenue du Ponceau 95014 CERGY-PONTOISE, FRANCE
 

Location Description

With its close proximity to Paris (30 minutes from the Champs-Elysées), the Roissy-CDG airport, and Versailles, Cergy-Pontoise has a great deal to offer students.  Its range of cultural and sporting facilities makes it a very attractive place to live.  Many leaders of industry - including 3M, Siemens, Clarins, and Vuitton - have established headquarters in Cergy-Pontoise. 
 
 
Cergy-Pontoise offers a range of activities and facilities for students to enjoy, including water sports on Cergy's lake, music festivals, concerts, cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, tennis courts, and a skating rink.
Student organizations flourish at ENSEA, check out the information on the Global E3 page. .  A wide variety of activities allow students to pursue management, personal development, and creativity.  Motivated students can follow their ambitions to posts in the Student Union, the university newspaper, or the student entrepreneurial organization.
 

Housing Description

ENSEA does not offer on-campus housing.  Off-campus residences are close by, within walking distance of the University.  Visit ENSEA's website  and the Global E3 ENSEA website for more information.

Academic Description

At ENSEA, most courses are taught in French. Students who have a B3 level of French language can take courses in French in the fall and spring.

Courses in English available for undergraduate students (junior/senior level) only during the SPRING semester in the FAME program.
 
Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.  We suggest you review courses available with your academic advisor prior to applying to the program. 
 

Academic Departments: 

Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings,  FAME program courses in English, and check the GE3 website for general course information. The following disciplines are available: 

    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Computer Science & Systems
    • Mechatronics
    • Embedded Systems
    • Signal Processing
    • Power Electronics
    • Microwaves
    • Measurements
    • Instrumentation & Biosciences
    • Control of Systems

Minimum Requirements: 

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students 
  • For the University of ENSEA, SSoE students at the junior or senior level only, can take classes in English in the FAME program. 
  • Sophomore standing or higher for classes taught in French.  
  • Students who have a B3 level of French language can take courses in French

 

Of note: 

  • All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office. 
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken at ENSEA will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.    

 

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

For information about the grading scale at ENSEA, please see the website

In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. 

Information about the grading scale abroad can be found on the Global E3 page. 
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. 
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
 

 

Experiential Learning Description

N/A

Program Fees

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,331 $18,530
Program Fee $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $11,276 $19,475

 

How Much To Budget

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.  

 

 

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at ENSEA for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). ENSEA’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, ENSEA’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Please note, that English language courses in the FAME program are typically SPRING only. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

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

 

Application Instructions

Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to ENSEA through the Global E3 exchange. You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives  is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at ENSEA. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to ENSEA's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  

Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.) 
If you are interested in the FAME program, please go to this website: https://www.abroad.pitt.edu/FAME

Each university might have an additional application.  Please refer to the Global E3 ENSEA website for details.  

Requirements: 

 

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students 
  • For the University of ENSEA, SSoE students at the junior or senior level only, can take classes in English in the FAME program. 
  • Sophomore standing or higher for classes taught in French.  
  • Students who have a B3 level of French language can take courses in French

 

Additional Information

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

 

Language Requirements:
At ENSEA, most courses are taught in French. Students who have a B3 level of French language can take courses in French in the fall and spring.

Courses in English available for undergraduate students (junior/senior level) only during the SPRING semester in the FAME program.

 

Insurance Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program. 
 

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  

In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)