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  • Locations: Poitiers, France; Toulouse, France
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
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Program Information:
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Location Poitiers & Toulouse, France
Academic Terms Summer A Term
Eligibility Junior standing or above; 3.0 GPA preferred 
Language All instruction in English
Adviser Mike Engh,
January 15
General Spend the summer exploring topics of aviation and aerospace in the south of France with professionals and professors from leading engineering institutions in France.
Read More About Program DescriptionWhere You Will StudyAcademicsHousing, Program Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships, Application Process

Program Description

This program will provide you with an overall knowledge of aeronautics and space fundamentals, as viewed from a European point of view. The contents include scientific and technical courses, but also general conferences and visits to aeronautical and historical sites.
Through this program, you will discover different parts of France and be immersed in the French “art de vivre” for more than 1 month. The program will start in Toulouse where you will meet the GEA team and the other students during the welcome day. Lectures and visits in Toulouse will be led by staff from ENAC (French Civil Aviation University) and ISAE-SUPAERO (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace). You will then spend one week in Poitiers for lectures led by staff from ENSMA, a leading French Grande École in mechanical and aeronautical engineering. The program will also include field trips to Marseilles and Arcachon Bay in the Bourdeaux area.
The program includes a combination of lectures and technical site visits to airports and laboratories along with cultural visits of historical sites. Lectures cover several key topics within aeronautics, including air transport economics, aviation safety, aircraft architecture, propulsion systems, combustion fundamentals, and structure analysis.

Learn more on the GEA program page
GEA also offers a separate summer program focused on space engineering. Details about that program can be found here. If you are interested in participating in that program, please contact for more information about applying. 

Where You Will Study

Toulouse, also called “La ville rose” because of its rosy-toned brick buildings, is the gateway to the Pyrenees Mountains, the natural border between Spain and France. The city boasts a rich and fascinating heritage with famous monuments such as the Saint Semin Basilica, the Capitole city hall, and the Space Museum. With its sunny climate, beautiful buildings, numerous tourist attractions, and lively student life, Toulouse is a great place to spend the summer.
You will spend one week in Poitiers, a charming medieval city which hosted one of the oldest French universities in the 15th century. 
This program is provided by GEA France, a consortium of leading aeronautics engineering institutions. From Poitiers to Toulouse, the member schools of the GEA cover the whole spectrum of aerospace disciplines. In close synergy with their respective research laboratories, they train each year hundreds of expert engineering, project managers, and general managers of the aerospace industry as well as PhDs in many aerospace related fields. 


You can expect to receive 9 undergraduate credits for the program. Students majoring in Aeronautics & Astronautics can count 6 credits toward the free elective requirements for their degree and 3 credits for the I&S general requirement. Students in other departments should check to see how these credits will apply toward degree requirements. 


The program will provide housing in hotels in all of the program locations. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on weekdays during the program. 

Program Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

You will pay a program fee of EUR 4,100 € (approximately USD $4,300) directly to the program providers. This fee covers the cost of courses, accommodations, some meals, site visits, field trips, and transportation in France. A non-refundable application fee of EUR 700 € (approximately USD $750) must be paid to reserve your place in the program; the remaining amount of the program fee is due by the start of the program. Additional expenses include airfare, meals not covered by the program fees, international health insurance, and personal expenses. The UW Study Abroad Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information, visit UW Study Abroad Finances

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Affiliated Program Application Instructions.” For College of Engineering partner programs, this step is not necessary because students will receive instructions on how to submit their applications to the program provider after submitting the UW Study Abroad application. In order to ensure that your UW Study Abroad application is considered complete, click on the link labeled “Affiliated Program Application Instructions,” enter the current date in the date field at the bottom of the page, and click Submit. Contact if you have any questions. 
This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to GEA. The secondary application requires a UW transcript. Additional information and instructions for the secondary application will be sent by email after the UW application is submitted. 
See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.
See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.