Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP) - French Academic Program Description
Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP–French) is a nine-semester B.S. degree program that combines a major in one of four engineering disciplines (civil, computer, electrical or mechanical), a major or minor in French, and one academic year of study and work in France. The program allows students to gain linguistic and cultural proficiency in the French language and prepares them for careers with French or U.S. companies that operate globally.
VIEP – French students fulfill the following requirements:
- Take one French language course per semester beginning, at the latest, in the third semester
- Participate in a Study Abroad program in Compiègne, France in the seventh semester
- Work in a cooperative placement in France during the eighth semester and ensuing summer
- Reside in the French House, La maison francaise, for at least two semesters
VEIP–French is coordinated jointly by the College of Engineering and the French section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students who wish to pursue VIEP-French should see their engineering adviser and a French instructor as early as possible.
Study Abroad Program Description
Compiègne is approximately 39 minutes from Paris by train and 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle International Airport by car. Compiègne is a city of 60,000 inhabitants, in a historically rich area and surrounded by a forest of 150 km².
The "Université de Technologie de Compiègne" (UTC) is a public institution created in 1972, as a new model in the French higher education system. UTC's main missions are education, research and technology transfer. UTC interacts with society and industry by anticipating research's requirements of companies and by facilitating the professional insertion of its students. UTC delivers Engineering degrees, Masters, and PhD. There are 7 departments at UTC : Biological engineering, Mechanical engineering, Computer engineering, Industrial Process engineering, Mechanical Systems engineering, Urban Systems engineering, Technology and Human Sciences.
All types of accommodation are available: four student residencies (CROUS), private accommodation, private residencies. Student accommodation are generally situated at a walking distance from the campus facilities and academic departments. The International Relations Directorate assists exchange students in finding accommodation.
Many activities and clubs are organized by the students such as musical bands, theatre, astronomy, robotic, ect… UTC is engaged in several sports competitions : football, volleyball, handball, tennis, ping pong, rowing… and a lot of possibilities are also offered to the students who wish to practice sports on a recreational basis. UTC is located in the city of Compiègne in France.
Studying in Compiegne will fulfill all requirements for one of the four engineering majors. The engineering curriculum is organized in two semesters with a modular course structure, allowing freedom of choice. As in the American university system, students must respect some guidelines to ensure both competence in the engineering field and a good general education. During their studies, students must spend two six-month periods of internships in industry, in France or abroad. These internships projects complement the students’ scientific and practical knowledge acquired at the university and provide a solid basis for their professional career. The Internship Service helps students to find their internships. For exchange students, a four week intensive French course is organized before the beginning of each semester. It is free of charge for students of exchange partners and is followed by a special "Integration week" for counseling and orientation.
For the first semester, students will take coursework in France and enroll in a placeholder course at Valpo to maintain their full-time student status. Courses/grades will be retroactively input post-program once transcripts are received. During the second semester co-op/internship, students should work with their academic advisors/departments to ensure they enroll appropriately at Valpo and satisfy all of the academic requirements.
During the first semester, classes typically begin in the second week of September with the "Integration Week" prior to the start of classes. Classes conclude at the end of January with exams occurring in the last weeks of January. Co-op/internships will take place shortly after and last through about June/July.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Eligible participants will be pursuing the Valparaiso International Engineering Program - French degree and apply to study for their fourth year in the program, or as directed by their academic advisors. The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is March 1, 2018. After the application deadline applications will be reviewed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee as they would during a semester on-campus at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. As a guide to living costs at UTC, a student is recommended to budget between 500 to 750 € per month, depending on the type of accommodation. A meal at the University Restaurant costs 3€. Urban transports are free. The currency in France is the Euro.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Professor Timothy Tomasik - Associate Professor of French
Office: ASB 268
Phone: (219) 464-5263
Dean Eric Johnson - College of Engineering
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.