BS/BA, Internships & Study Abroad
French IEP students take a French course each semester alongside their chosen engineering curriculum. In the fourth year of the program students spend eleven to twelve months abroad. During the first semester they study full-time at our exchange partner university in France, the Université Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), where they take coursework (in French) towards their engineering and French majors, as well as general education courses.
Following the semester of study at UTC students are placed in six-month, full-time engineering internships in France (or, occasionally in French-speaking Canada or Switzerland). Interns receive a cost-of-living stipend and housing assistance, and are under the supervision of a person or team in one of the many IEP corporate partner companies. Each intern regularly writes internship reports of his or her experience in French, which are shared with the students and faculty of the IEP back in Rhode Island, and for which they earn credits toward the French major.
Students return to complete their fifth and final year back on the Kingston campus, where they have the opportunity to participate in special recruitment visits from corporate partners. IEP students are highly sought after for their combination of strong engineering skills and extensive cross-cultural experiences.
Read about French IEP student Martha Ziolkowski's experience abroad from the URI Viewbook.
Lars O. Erickson, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
French International Engineering Program