International exposure of ENGEES students
ENGEES fosters the international exposure of its students, on the one hand through foreign language courses and classes taught in English, and on the other hand by giving them the possibility of getting international experience by completing work placements, a third year at a partner university in another country (possibly leading to a dual degree if such an agreement is in place), or by taking a gap year.
Foreign language classes
To obtain the engineering degree, English is mandatory. The recommended level is C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and the minimum level is B2. This level is considered to be achieved with a score of 785 on the TOEIC, a test accepted by ENGEES. Exceptions may be made for scores of 550 points by international students admitted in year 2 and students from the internal competitive examination.
Engineering students have access to a wide range of educational resources adapted to their capabilities, in order to reach the required level of proficiency. Certain technical classes and conferences are given in English. Two masters programmes co-accredited with the University of Strasbourg are available in English.
A second foreign language is required for engineering students: German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
The engineering programme requires an international mobility period of at least 4 weeks, but in practice, the average time spent abroad is 4 months per student. This mobility period is either:
During the manual worker placement at the end of the 1st year (6th semester)
- Or during the practical engineering placement (SPI) at the end of the 2nd year (8th semester)
- Or during the third year (9th semester, through an academic mobility programme, in a partner university outside of France)
- Or during the work placement, or job, at the end of the course (10th semester - TFE) in a laboratory or company outside of France
- Or during a voluntary placement (SV) or during a gap year.
Each placement is defined by educational objectives communicated to the students and the host entities. Students are encouraged to look for their placements themselves (entity and subject; possible negotiation of a stipend), and they receive information concerning work placements carried out by their predecessors, including the reports, except for confidential ones). They are also informed of unsolicited offers sent to the school by host entities such as companies, laboratories in France and abroad, once these offers have been validated.
Work placements are always covered by a tripartite agreement following academic validation, whether they are in France or abroad. They are assessed and credit is granted.
When studies are involved, the mobility period may lead to a double degree, where relevant. In any case, a study contract is drafted and validated by all of the parties (ENGEES, host university and student). The transfer of academic credit is carried out as follows:
- When the home academic institution has a credit system, a comparison is made on the basis of a full semester, i.e. 30 ECTS, and proportionally to the amount of time spent by the student during the mobility period.
- If the institution does not have a credit system, the amount of work performed by the student is evaluated, and this figure is converted into credits based on the usual ratios (this is the case for Argentina).
Details regarding students' academic mobility periods and work placements are provided in the diploma supplement that has been provided systematically since 2004.
These agreements concern the ENGEES engineering programme. Currently, agreements have been entered into with the following partners:
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA, SANTANDER:
Double degree with the Masters of the Civil Engineering School (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos), as part of the Erasmus programme
- United Kingdom:
UNIVERSITY OF CRANFIELD:
Double degree agreement with several MSc programmes, with no enrolment fees, as part of Erasmus
ECOLE DE TECHNOLOGIE SUPERIEURE DE MONTREAL
ETS: Bilateral student exchange agreement with no enrolment fees, with possibility of a double degree, such as the DESS in Civil Engineering
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II DE RABAT
Bilateral student exchange agreement with no enrolment fees, with possibility of a double degree, (in the direction Morocco to France, subject to selection)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL LITORAL, SANTA FE
Bilateral double degree agreement, as part of ARFITEC, with the degree in Water Resource Engineering (Environmental Engineering).
VIETNAM FRANCE UNIVERSITY, Hanoi
Bilateral double degree agreement, as part of the USTH Consortium, with the Master of Water-Environment-Oceanography