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  • Locations: Poitiers, France; Toulouse, France
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2019 01/16/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS
Location Poitiers & Toulouse, France
Academic Term Summer A-Term
Credits 9 UW credits per quarter
Eligibility Junior standing or above by the time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Engh | enghmw@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15
HIGHLIGHTS
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. The contents of this program include scientific and technical courses, but also general conferences and visits to aeronautical and historical sites.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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. 

In this particular program, you  will be able to gain an overall knowledge of aeronautics and space fundamentals, as viewed from a European point of view. In addition, 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 the coastal area of Biarritz and the Paris Air Show.
 
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 enghmw@uw.edu for more information about applying.
 
LOCATION

Site

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 also spend one week in Poitiers, a charming medieval city which hosted one of the oldest French universities in the 15th century. 




 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits

9 UW credits per quarter

Courses

This course is intended for undergraduate students primarily for the GEA partner universities. It will provide the students 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.

The program is tailored for Junior and Senior undergraduate students with a solid scientific background who are enrolled in aerospace, mechanical, mechatronics engineering curricula. A limited number of graduate students demonstrating strong motivation and good results in their application can also be selected.
 
You can expect to receive 9 UW credits of AA 498 for the program. For A&A students, 6 credits can be counted toward the A&A free electives and 3 credits can be counted toward the I&S requirement.  


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

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

VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.

Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Partner Program Application.” 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 “Partner Program Application,” select, and click Submit. Contact enghmw@uw.edu 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. 

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.