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The international dimension in engineering education

The ENGEES encourages its engineering students to gain international experience in order to strengthen their ability to find employment in the field of water and environmental engineering.

The international strategy of the ENGEES is based on developing internal internationalisation, known as “internationalisation at home” (language courses, teaching in English, welcoming foreign students).

It is also based on strengthening student and teacher mobility. Engineering students are thus required to spend three months abroad during their course of study.

For students with apprentice status, the minimum period abroad is 1 month. It is carried out in a subsidiary of the host company or in another entity, in which case an agreement must be drawn up between the company that signed the apprenticeship contract and the entity hosting the apprentice.

 

Internationalisation "at home"

Foreign language courses

All engineering students must take two modern language courses (including English) during the first two years of the degree course.
For the second language, students with student status (civil servants or non-civil servants) can choose between German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Apprentices can choose between German and Spanish.
It is also possible to invest in learning a third modern language. 
To obtain the engineering degree, students must reach the minimum level B2 of the European Framework of Reference in English. This level is considered to have been reached with a score of 785 on the TOEIC, a test adopted by the ENGEES. Exemptions of 550 points for foreign students entering the 2nd year and students who have passed the internal selective admission may be considered.
Students have access to diversified teaching resources adapted to their levels in order to reach the required level.

Technical teaching in English

The ENGEES is developing the teaching of its technical subjects in English. The objective is to reach 20% of teaching in English. These courses include both technical and linguistic learning objectives (work on English language resources, acquisition of technical vocabulary in English, project presentation support in English, etc.)

Preparing vocational integration

Students benefit from preparation for international vocational integration:

  • during courses/workshops/seminars in English: they work on their CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews, improve their skills in scientific communication and argumentation,
  • at the end of the third year they take part in recruitment interviews conducted by recruiters, in English.
Reception of foreign students
  • French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses: In order to help non-French speaking foreign students to integrate the training, French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses are offered at the ENGEES (from level B2). 
  • Courses in English: we offer a growing selection of technical courses in English. This enables students who are more comfortable in English than in French to follow the course. These students will be able to ask questions and get answers in English, course materials will be available in both languages, and they will be able to indicate their preference for the language of the final exam (FR/EN).
  • Buddy programme: each exchange student can rely on his or her “buddy”, a French student who will help them to better integrate into their new environment (welcome, support with administrative formalities, possible academic support, etc.).

Doing an internship abroad

During the course at the ENGEES, internships are carried out every year. They can all potentially take place abroad.

1st year: 1-month “placement” internship

2nd year: 3-month “engineering practice” internship

3rd year: 4 to 6 months' “end-of-study work”

For details on the challenges of the different types of internships, please see the description page.

Each internship is defined by educational objectives which are distributed to students and host organisations. Students are invited to research their internships themselves (organisation and subject; possible negotiation of remuneration). They have at their disposal the proposals sent spontaneously to the school by the host organisations as well as all the information concerning internships carried out in previous years.

Studying abroad

Going to study abroad for a semester (or more) during your course of study is a wonderful opportunity both professionally (CV, language skills, additional training) and personally (openness to other cultures, ability to adapt, unforgettable memories, etc.).

The ENGEES has a range of academic partnerships that allow you to study abroad for one, two or three semesters (in the case of double degrees).

You can do:

  • 2 or 3 semesters abroad as part of a double degree (3rd year + final year internship)
  • one or two semesters abroad, at the beginning of the 3rd year (semester 9)
  • two semesters (8 and 9) abroad as part of the “Germany Pathway”

In all cases, a study contract is drawn up and validated by the ENGEES, the host university and the student, which allows the validation of the courses received at the partner's institution.

Doing a double degree abroad

The school offers double degrees with seven partners around the world, specialising in a variety of themes. This is an important investment because studying for a double degree usually involves extending your studies by one semester. It's a great boost to your CV, especially if you plan to work abroad.

List of double degrees

Each double degree has a specific format and constraints (schedule, cost, etc.): for more information, please contact the international department.

Spending a semester abroad

All of the ENGEES partners are open to welcoming students in their courses for one or more semesters. These are exchange semesters, which allow you to validate ECTS credits as part of your engineering degree, but do not involve obtaining a second degree. It is up to you to study the programmes and destinations that you find most rewarding for your career.

Some of this mobility is supported by scholarship programmes (Erasmus, FITEC scholarships).

Take the Germany Pathway from the second half of 2Y (S8)

The "Germany Pathway" is a new format for enhanced mobility, allowing students to leave as early as semester 8 (2nd semester of 2nd year) for a full year, including the engineering practice internship (SPI). It is available for 4 destinations:
• the Technical University of Dresden
• the Karlsruhe KIT
• the Magdeburg School
• the University of Rostock 
What’s the interest in leaving for a whole year? Gaining a good intercultural and linguistic background will strengthen your hand in terms of vocational integration for future work in an international and specifically German context, knowing that job prospects are good for all areas of study at the ENGEES.

This new mobility format is not only for German speakers, as there is a wide range of courses available in English, particularly at the KIT in Karlshruhe and the TU in Dresden.

 

Taking a gap year abroad

In a limited number of cases, it is possible to take a gap year abroad, usually between the second and third year of engineering education. Applications are studied on a case-by-case basis and validation depends on the quality of the application submitted.

There are two types of gap year: supervised gap years for which internships can be carried out (agreements, supervision by the school) and non-supervised gap years (all other activities).

Scholarships to finance international mobility

To finance your international mobility, you have access to various scholarship schemes, some of which are managed by the ENGEES.

The Erasmus+ programme
  • Internship and study mobility in Europe

Since 2001, Erasmus+ has been supporting the mobility of the ENGEES students to European Union countries (known as “programme countries”). The host institution must have an Erasmus+ charter and sign a bilateral cooperation agreement with the ENGEES. Whether or not you have received a scholarship, Erasmus student status allows you to benefit from a range of advantages during your stay in the partner institution and guarantees you full recognition of the courses you follow at the ENGEES.

To find out more: Higher Education Mobility - Student - Erasmus+

  • Mobility study in Canada

In 2020 for the first time, the ENGEES will participate in the Erasmus+ “International Credit Mobility” programme based on academic and scientific excellence between Europe (programme countries) and non-European partner countries. The support obtained is intended to promote the mobility of students and staff between ETS and the ENGEES in the framework of a joint project entitled “MIC Canada for Water, Environment and Energy”, which aims to establish synergies and cross-fertilisation on training and research aspects in these themes. It will run for 3 years from 1 August 2020.

To find out more: International credit mobility-2020

The Ministry of Agriculture's international mobility grant

You can apply for this lump sum grant of €400 to support your internship abroad (minimum 6 weeks). It can be awarded only once during your course at the ENGEES and cannot be cumulated with other scholarships.

The Eurometropole de Strasbourg scholarship

This scholarship aims to support the mobility abroad of students in apprenticeships. Only travel within Europe is eligible. It can only be awarded once during the course of your studies.

Grand-Est grant and “Ville Jumelle” (Twin City) grant from the city of Strasbourg

These grants may be accessible to you, but are not managed directly by the ENGEES.

> Bourse Grand-Est

> Bourse Ville Jumelle