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Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Affiliated Department: Engineering
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 3. Junior
Program Information:
Location Poitiers, 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 |
Priority Application Deadline January 31
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.
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. 

This unique program offers two different options, depending on the year:

GEA Space (offered Summer 2020)

Offered in even years; for example, 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.

This program will provide students with overall knowledge in space fundamentals from a European perspective. The contents include scientific and technical courses but also general conferences and visits to aerospace and cultural sites in four different locations in France. Program highlights include: technical and scientific courses, conferences, workshops, visits to space industry, and cultural visits. 

The program takes place in several different locations, including: St Quentin-en-Yvelines, Toulouse, Poitiers, and Salon-de-Provence. 

GEA Aviation (offered Summer 2021)

Offered in odd years; for example, 2019, 2021, 2023, etc;, corresponding to the years of the Paris Air Show

This program provides students with an overall knowledge of aeronautics and space fundamentals, as viewed from a European point of view. The program begins in Toulouse – home to Airbus and the hub of the European aerospace Industry. Students get insider access to aerospace facilities and industry leaders. The final weeks of the program are spent in Poitiers, where students experience the charm of this medieval city combined with a visit to the most advanced European high tech and multimedia center. 

In addition, two side trips are included every year that allow students to explore other parts of France. In even-numbered years, students will visit Marseille, France’s second-largest city located on the Mediterranean coast, and Bordeaux/the Arcachon Bay. In odd-numbered years, students will visit Paris to attend the Paris Airshow, and also travel to Biarritz, a beach town near the Spanish border. This comprehensive 6-week program combines classroom lectures with technical visits to industrial aerospace and historical sites in each of these fabulous locations. 

Learn more on the GEA program page for the aviation and space programs. 


Toulouse serves as the primary location for both programs. This city, 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.


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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.


9 UW credits per quarter


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 undergraduate students entering their Junior or Senior years with a solid scientific background who are enrolled in aerospace, mechanical, and mechatronics engineering curricula. A limited number of graduate students demonstrating strong motivation and good results in their application can also be selected.
The course for the space program is being evaluated for credit by the A&A department. For the aviation program, you can expect to receive 9 UW credits of AA 498. 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.



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


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. 


Program Expenses

For the 2020 space program, you will pay a program fee of EUR 4,500 € (approximately USD $4,900) 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 1000 € (approximately USD $1100) 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 reference, the 2019 aviation program fee was EUR 4,100 € (approximately USD $4,500) paid directly to the program providers. 

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.


  • 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 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 Process

To apply to a College of Engineering partner program:

1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. This application includes a set of 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 if you have any questions. 

2) Submit the College of Engineering Summer Study Abroad Partner Program Supplemental Application. This application requires you to submit a personal statement and unofficial transcript. For competitive programs in which more applications are received than available spots, the personal statement will be the primary means for selection. Personal statements will be assessed based on how well the student's personal interests and goals match with the program. This application should be submitted by the UW application deadline. 

3) After the UW application deadline, selected students will be notified of their nomination to the partner program and will receive instructions to submit the partner program application directly to the program coordinators. Students should receive confirmation from the program coordinators regarding acceptance into the program. Notification dates will vary by program. 


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


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.