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Grenoble, France

MAE 2300: Thermodynamics – France – Summer 2020

This course is cross-listed as: ENGR 2300.

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Take a core engineering course, make progress toward your degree completion, and visit global engineering companies while enjoying France’s fascinating history and culture this summer 2020.

 Join MU Engineering professor Dr. Stephen Lombardo, for Thermodynamics this summer in Grenoble, France. In addition to the campus culture at the CEA Learning Center and surrounding area, there will be tours and activities available to fit around your class schedule. Classes and company projects will be held Monday-Thursday, with three-day weekends to allow more time to explore.

Classes are held Monday – Thursday, with three-day weekends to allow more time for student travel.

Courses taught in English.

 Dates

The proposed travel dates are set for May 28 – June 27, 2020.

All students must arrive in Grenoble by May 28 for check-in and orientation.  Classes will be completed on June 25/26, but all students will be required to check-out of their apartments by Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The deadline to register is Friday, February 7, no later than 5pm.

Program Highlights

Classes will be held in beautiful Grenoble, France which is a center of research for chemical, electrical, and even nuclear engineering.  Students can tour ancient landmarks throughout the city or hike at the nearby regional and national parks while outside of class and absorb French culture during their time abroad.

The city is nestled in the French Alps with easy access for students to nearby Italy, Switzerland, or the French Riviera during free days or weekends.

Program also includes:

  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Site visits and excursions during free afternoons and evenings, such as cooking classes and hiking tours
  • Three-day weekends (Thursday evenings – Sunday)
  • and much more…

General Requirements

  • Course prerequisites: grade of C- or better in PHYSCS 2750 (Physics I)
  • Open to all engineering departments, UM System and SEC students.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors.

Program Details

Travel Date

The proposed travel dates are tentatively set for May 28 – June 27, 2020.

Location

  • Grenoble, France

Housing and Meals

Accommodations will be confirmed closer to the departure date.  Typically, students stay in nearby apartments which have fully stocked kitchens and laundry facilities.  Most apartments are a 5-10 minute walk to the student learning center.

Meals are not included in the program other than the welcome and farewell dinners.

Language

While French is the main language used in France, most students are able to communicate easily with English in most restaurants and shops.  It is useful to learn some of the basic lingo in French before your journey, but you will not need to be fluent!

Pre-departure requirements

Course prerequisites: grade of C- or better in PHYSCS 2750 (Physics I).

Prior to the official program dates, there will be a mandatory pre-departure class held in Lafferre Hall.  These classes will cover all health and safety issues students need to be aware of before departure, as well as discussing packing, cell phone plans, course needs, etc

Travel to/from program location

Group flight options may be available for your program or students may purchase their own flights to/from the program location.  If you are interested in a group flight option, please let your study abroad manager know once you have been confirmed as participating in a program.

Withdrawal from Program

If you find out that you must withdraw from the program, it is your responsibility to notify the College of Engineering Study Abroad Office.  Penalties for withdrawal are determined based on the date that you have notified the office of your updated status.

Visa and Travel Documents

Before you leave for any study abroad program, you must have a passport.  Passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end dates of your time abroad.  If you already have a passport, make sure that the dates will align with your program period to ensure that you do not need to renew before leaving the United States.  If you have not already applied for your passport, you will need to do so immediately.

No special visas are required to travel to/from France at this time for U.S. citizens.

Estimated Budget

See our itemized budget sheet for the Summer Program in France.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please note that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from your USA departure airport
  • Round trip airfare to/from France
  • Most meals
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees

Schedule of Payments

Charges for your study abroad program are arranged by the College of Engineering Study Abroad office, and all tuition and fees will be charged to your account in the same way that all other courses are charged through MyZou.

Bills are typically generated on or around the 15th of each month and are due the 10th of the following month (or the next Monday if it falls on a weekend). Students have two options for making payments, the first is to pay the balance in full, which will avoid any finance charges, while the second option is to make minimum payments until the full amount is paid.

Application Process

Application Checklist – Steps You Complete

  1. Complete your College of Engineering Study Abroad application form.
  2. Receive your acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet from the Study Abroad office.
  3. Apply for any applicable scholarships or financial aid.
  4. Apply for your passport (and visas, if necessary).
  5. Complete all post-decision documentation on your MyStudyAbroad.
  6. Pay attention to your e-mail in case additional details are requested to arrange your travel.

Steps Completed by the Study Abroad Office

  • Providing your official acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet.
  • Creating your initial MyStudyAbroad account.
  • Registering you for courses through MyZou.
  • Registering you for the mandatory health insurance coverage.
  • Facilitating or arranging group flights to/from program locations.

Finances

See our itemized budget sheet for the Summer Program in France.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please note that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from your USA departure airport
  • Round trip airfare to/from France
  • Most meals
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees

Schedule of Payments

Charges for your study abroad program are arranged by the College of Engineering Study Abroad office, and all tuition and fees will be charged to your account in the same way that all other courses are charged through MyZou.

Bills are typically generated on or around the 20th of each month and are due the 15th of the following month (or the next Monday if it falls on a weekend). Students have two options for making payments, the first is to pay the balance in full, which will avoid any finance charges, while the second option is to make minimum payments until the full amount is paid

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our College of Engineering is committed to your training and development as a global leader in engineering and offers a variety of scholarships to assist students with study abroad costs.  Submit your application now or stop by the Student Success Office in Lafferre Hall W1025 for more information.  Find our available scholarships and more information about financial aid for study abroad programs.

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