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CEA: ENGINEERING ABROAD

SPRING 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. Earn 12-15 credits.

Arrival: Early January, 2023
Departure: Late April, 2023
Program Fee: $17,895
Application Deadline: October 15, 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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Learn

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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Explore

Explore all that Paris has to offer and explore beyond the city with excursions to places such as Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. 

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. 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 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

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

Dynamics  

This course will guide you through Dynamics, the branch of Engineering Mechanics that deals with the movement of bodies subject to forces and constraints. The study of motion and its causes is developed in two stages, kinematics and kinetics. Kinematics introduces the basic tools, such as position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration that allow the description of motion of an object in space. Kinetics connects this motion to its causes–that is–to the forces that act on the object. Analysis passes from the basic motion of point particles to the more complex motion of rigid bodies as encountered in numerous engineering applications. The study of Dynamics introduces quantities, such as momentum, angular momentum, resultant force, and moment of a force that relate motion to its causes through Newton’s Laws.

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PARS ENGR 225

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

Fluid Mechanics  

The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to the physical phenomena of fluid flow and the building of mathematical models of such phenomena. Initial classes are devoted to a comprehensive introduction to fluid mechanics while subsequent classes will focus on applications in chemical engineering. This course will discuss the principles of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering, including aspects such as fluid statics, pressure distribution, and buoyancy. The basic conservation laws of mass, momentum, and energy are analyzed in control volume and differential form. Students will gain an understanding of the Bernoulli equation, pipe flows, flow meters, pumps and compressors, irrotational flows, boundary layer theory, drag force on particles, non-Newtonian fluids. Further they will learn about fluidization, bubble mechanics, flow through porous media, packed beds and fluidized bed as well as filtration.

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PARS CHE 350

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

Thermal Physics  

In this course you will cover material related principally to entropy and free energy. These unifying concepts are an important tool in the understanding of Science and Engineering systems. The content of this course will thus focus on: equilibrium, entropy, and energy; heat and temperature; ideal gases, equipartition, and molar heat capacity; Boltzman statistics; the laws of thermodynamics; reversible and irreversible systems; Hemholtz free energy; Gibbs free energy; chemical equilibrium between particles; adsorption of atoms and phase transitions; phases of systems; thermal equilibrium; and rates of equilibrium. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above students in this course will consider the contributions of the French in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering as well as explore practical applications of math and science to the field of engineering.

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PARS PHY 210

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

Thermodynamics with Chemical Engineering Module  

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.

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PARS ENGR 285

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