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CEA: ENGINEERING ABROAD

FALL SEMESTER IN PARIS

Study engineering abroad at the CEA Center in Paris.

Set yourself apart with this unique Engineering program at the CEA Paris Center. Take courses in engineering and mathematics taught in English specifically designed for US students studying abroad. Experience Paris as a learning lab through site visits and lectures which complement your classroom curriculum. Plus choose core and elective courses in a variety of disciplines including art history, communications, political science, and French language from the full CEA Paris curriculum. Jumpstart your French language skills with the Early Start option. Earn 12-18 credits.

Arrival: August 29, 2022 (Early Start: August 11)
Departure: December 17, 2022
Program Fee: $17,895
Early Start option additional fee: $1,000. Application Deadline: May 5, 2022
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The CEA Paris Experience

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Experience

Explore this multicultural center of art, politics, and social change; wander historic streets; and enjoy Paris’ many gastronomic delights.
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Live like a Parisian in this visually stunning city in your choice of five housing options (single studio, residence hall, apartment, foyer, or homestay). 
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Take courses in engineering and mathematics taught in English specifically designed for US students studying abroad. Plus choose courses in a variety of disciplines including art history, communications, political science, and French language from the full CEA Paris curriculum.
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Language

Participate in the Early Start option and jump start your language learning through intensive French language learning prior to the start of the regular fall semester. Early Start supplemental fee: $1,000.

CEA Paris Program Inclusions

 

CEA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more. 

Courses & Credit

Earn 12-18 credits. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school. Courses are 3 credits/45 contact hours. Classes meet at various times, Monday through Friday. The optional Early Start option consists of one French language course. Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. After arriving in Paris, you'll also take an oral language placement exam. Credits are issued by the University of New Haven.

Housing

Stay in a single studio, residence hall, homestay, shared apartments, or foyer conveniently located in central Paris. Apartments are close to the city center and commuting distance of 20-45 minutes to the CEA Paris Center. Apartments, foyers, and homestays may incur an additional fee. Homestays include breakfast and the option of two additional meals per week. All other housing is self-catered.

Excursions

Excursions vary by term and may include visits to Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. 

Activities

CEA provides a variety of activities throughout the program, including a wide range of welcome, orientation, and engagement events and opportunities. CEA also provides pick-up from the airport in conjunction with planned arrival dates. 

Support

CAPA’s partner CEA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Paris. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations.  Students also have access to various safety, health, and wellness resources during your program.

Insurance

As a student in the CEA program, you’ll receive medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CEA Paris Courses

Choose one core course plus additional courses in engineering, mathematics, and a variety of other disciplines including art history, sociology, environmental sciences, photography, and cultural studies from the full Paris curriculum. Courses are taught in English with the exception of language courses.

Advanced French (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had two or more years of university-level, French language instruction, Advanced French builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner and intermediate levels, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries. More concretely, at the advanced level of French, you will continue refining your proficiency in the four areas of language competency in order to communicate effectively in the target language. The varied class activities and exercises focus, therefore, upon the following four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted entirely in French, this class requires daily preparation as well as a high level of engagement on your part during class meetings. And while the instructor does not expect you to understand every word said in class, you should look for patterns and look/listen for contextual clues in order to gain a global understanding of the situation and sense behind it. Learning to derive global meanings from speech and text that you may not entirely understand is a powerful tool that will hone your ability to understand your environment as you navigate your way through French-speaking cultures, both literally and figuratively. Your constant attention and dynamic participation are indispensable ingredients for making real and observable improvements in your cross-cultural competency. As an active student you will be expected not only to come prepared to class, but also to discuss there the new cultural facts or discoveries you have encountered outside of class.

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PARS FRE 301

Beginning French Conversation (Core Course, Early Start)  

Gaining practical fluency in a foreign language is one way in which to expand insight into another culture. As a student in linguistic immersion you have a unique opportunity to engage locals, even at the beginning levels as a way to increase both your bi-cultural and your intercultural competence. However, as a beginner, you may wonder how you can go about engaging locals despite your lack of adequate conversation skills. This course will begin with an emphasis on phonetic control and aural comprehension with the objective of training you to distinguish and reproduce sounds, words and structures in immersion. Designed for students beginning university-level French language instruction, this course offers students a structured learning environment for a directed study of French phonetics and the acquisition of beginner-level, action-based conversations appropriate to the immersion experience, such as: ordering at the market, making a medical appointment, reserving a train ticket and booking a hotel to name a few. Over the course of the semester, you will hone your beginning-level competences in “oral communication” through an action-based, intercultural approach that will also promote the favorable development of your personality and sense of identity in response to the enriching experience of otherness in both language and culture. Your goal, therefore, is to systematize competencies related to listening and oral production so as to effectively achieve acts of speech such as “establishing basic social contact”, “producing simple, mainly isolated phrases about people and places”, and “asking and answering simple questions”. While vocabulary and grammatical competencies are not listed in the objectives for this course, mastering them is a step necessary to making progress in this course. This course reinforces those spoken and listening competencies normally acquired in the A1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL). As such, it is also appropriate for the student with greater writing and reading competence in French but who lacks equal proficiency in listening and speaking. Conducted entirely in French, this class requires daily preparation as well as a high level of personal engagement during class meetings. And while the instructor does not expect you to understand every word said in class, you should listen/look for patterns and contextual clues in order to gain a global understanding of the situation and sense behind it. Learning to derive global meanings from speech and text that you may not entirely understand is a powerful tool that will hone your ability to understand your environment as you navigate your way through French-speaking cultures, both literally and figuratively.

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PARS FRE 111

Beginning French I (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had no prior contact with the French language, Beginning French I introduces the basic structure of the French language with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 101

Beginning French II (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had minimal prior contact with the French language, Beginning French II builds on the basic structure of the French language learned in Beginning French I with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 102

Calculus III  

In this course you will cover material related principally to Calculus III dealing with functions of multivariable calculus. These mathematics are an important tool in science and engineering and an extensions of the concepts from Calculus I. The content of this course will thus focus on: curves and surfaces in Euclidean 3-space, length and curvature, area and volume; surfaces, partial derivatives, total differential, tangent planes to surfaces; gradient; vector-valued functions; path integral; Stokes’ theorem, Green’s Theorem, and Divergence Theorem. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above, students in this course will explore practical applications of math and science to the field of engineering.

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PARS MATH 245

Calculus III Mathematica Laboratory  

Mathematica is a computer programming language that through over 30 years of development covers a full range of technical computing needs. It relies on built-in functions and automated algorithms to simplify the coding language process that makes it a very useful tool for engineers. This 1-credit course is an assignment-based laboratory using Wolfram’s Mathematica software, and it is intended to complement the 4-credit Calculus III course. More specifically, it consists of weekly, one-hour laboratory sessions in which students develop their skills in the application of Mathematica in order to resolve Calculus-based problems. Emphasis will therefore be placed on the practical implementation of real world models, building on competencies acquired in the 4-credit Calculus III course. The laboratory sessions are informal and students are expected to contribute in a positive manner.

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PARS MATH 246

Communication & Global Competence (Core Course)  

This course thus explores the interaction between culture and communication and introduces students to the knowledge and skills requisite to building intercultural competence. More specifically, this course invites students to analyze and evaluate how their own cultural identity influences communication with others; encourages interaction with the host culture; and prepares students with knowledge and skills to be effective and ethical intercultural communicators.

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PARS COM 340

Differential Equations  

In this course you will cover material related principally to differential equations dealing with ordinary differential equations. These mathematics are an important tool in Science and Engineering and are commonly associated with understanding population dynamics, radioactive decay, and certain chemical reactions. The content of this course will thus focus on first-order differential equations, higher-order differential equations, Laplace transforms, and series solutions of linear differential equations. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above, students in this course will identify the relevance and practical applications of mathematics to various fields.

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PARS MATH 350

Electrical Circuits  

This course will guide you through the basic principles of ideal linear time-invariant electrical circuits and will provide you with the main tools for a full comprehension of their behavior. The basic circuit elements will be explained, together with the main laws deriving from their connection. The main methods for circuit analysis, efficiently merging the information on circuit components, and circuit topology will be introduced and described.

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PARS ENGR 340

Intermediate French I (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had one year of university-level, french language instruction, Intermediate French I builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 201

Intermediate French II (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had three semesters of university-level, French language instruction, Intermediate French II builds on the basic structures, learned at the Intermediate I level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 202

Statics  

This course will guide you through statics for engineering, the branch of mechanics that analyzes the forces and torques of bodies in equilibrium. Statics defines quantities such as the moment of a force, the centroid, and moments of inertia that describe how structures and bodies can remain at rest or maintain a constant velocity. In this course you will learn about trusses, joints, frames, and machines. You will understand the use of forces and moments and how these combine to achieve equilibrium. As a tool for engineering, statics will provide you with the methods to design structures capable of supporting and moving loads safely and effectively from beams to bridges. The course includes two- and three-dimensional force systems, moments, equivalent systems; trusses, frames, machines; centroids, centers of mass, moments of inertia, friction, internal axial and shear forces, and engineering applications. The course will also give you the opportunity to discuss and analyze complex and composite rigid systems, considering their inner structure and identifying the forces and moments required to maintain equilibrium. You will explore the challenges engineers encounter in designing ever more functional structures and machinery and how these designs introduce requirements and constraint on materials.

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PARS ENGR 380

Thermodynamics  

This course will guide you through thermodynamics, the branch of Engineering that deals with the macroscopic behavior of systems. Thermodynamics defines quantities such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure that describe the global properties of a body. It states that the behavior of these quantities is subject to general constraints that are valid for all materials whether these are liquids, solids, gasses, and irrespective of their particular properties and chemical composition. These general constraints are expressed in the Laws of Thermodynamics which can be interpreted in terms of statistical mechanics. In the course, you will be dealing with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. You will master fundamental issues such as energy conservation, irreversibility, and how these govern the working of devices. As a tool for Engineering, thermodynamics will provide you with the methods to analyze and use physical laws in processes aimed at transforming, transferring, and storing energy such as in engines, refrigerators, and batteries. The course includes basic elements of classical thermodynamics, the First and Second Laws, the properties of pure materials, the Ideal Gas Law, the Carnot Cycle, control volume analysis of closed simple systems and open systems at steady state; Engineering applications, including engine cycles and psychrometrics. You will have the opportunity to discuss in physical and quantitative terms the functioning of systems that are apparently complex and diverse such as a heat pump, a combustion engine, or a solar panel. You will explore situations that bring the predictive power of physics into play in unexpected and important situations such as in the energetics of a living cell and discuss ideas such as harnessing energy from the surroundings that continuously challenge engineers and are at the heart of our present energetic and environmental concerns and strategies.

 

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PARS ENGR 281

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