Lyon, France

Photo of a horse sculpture and a building in France This is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Arranged through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA).

École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers (ECAM) is a school of engineering for undergraduate and graduate students with a main focus on mechanical and electrical/electronic & automation engineering. It was founded in Reims, France in 1900 and has been established in Lyon, France since 1940. A member of the National Conference of "Grandes Ecoles" and accredited by the government, it has been sanctioned by the National Commission of Engineering Qualifications. ECAM is located in the very heart of the city, mid-slope of the historical and green Fourviere Hill.

Photo of 5 female MSU students posing in front of a buildingStudents will be required to enroll for a minimum of four (4) credits. Students will take courses that include conversion energy for engineering majors, Introduction to Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Introduction to French Language.  These courses are taught in English by an English professor.  Credits will count as non-design electives for ME majors.  All students are required to meet with an academic advisor for approval.

This program is open to MSU students majoring in Mechanical Engineering only. All students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission. Selection for this program is based on an applicant's academic performance, progress in his/her major, and adaptability to the French education system. Preference will be given to students who have achieved junior standing by fall semester. Some working knowledge of French is also required.

Students will be house on campus in residence halls. A security deposit is required but will be refunded provided no damage/problems occur. Meals can be taken at the university cafeteria Monday through Friday.

Photo of a group of MSU students and faculty posing outside in FranceThis picture was taken near the town of Annecy. In the back you can see the French Alps (not much of it though).  We went to a small farm where they produce fresh cheese. They use their own cattle to produce the cheeses. We also got to taste some of their fresh made cheeses and got the whole tour of how they make their cheese. The weather, the view and the cheese were all amazing. The owner of the place is the man with the bluish shirt in the middle. Amazingly he could speak Bengali (language spoken in Bangladesh) along with French and English. We also got to taste their fresh apple juice (jus de pomme) and apple cider. They have been making cheeses for more than 30 years now. We all wished we could spend more time in that beautiful place with the amazing view and those amazing people.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Andre Benard, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (517) 432-1522
Web: Dr. Benard's Faculty Profile

Maggie Blair-Ramsey
Engineering Study Abroad
1108 Engineering Building
Phone: (517) 432-2012

MSU Office of Study Abroad detailed program information (with printable brochure) for:

Ecole Catholique dArts et Meitiers (ECAM)

Host institution
: ECAM Lyon