École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers (ECAM)

Photo of  Vladimir Otchere looking over the city landscape in Lyon, France.
Program Schedule: 
Summer Session
  • Summer (Beg-June to mid-July)
Sponsored By: 
College of Engineering
Available to Majors: 
Mechanical Engineering
Available Classes: 
  • Mechanical Fluids or Intro Thermodynamics 3 credits
  • Introduction to French 1 credit
What is the Program About?: 

Photo of three female MSU students on a field trip to the CERN laboratory (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire", or European Council for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland

The summer school programs in École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers (ECAM): http://www.ecam.fr/international/venir-etudier-a-lecam/summer-schools/

This is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, arranged through the Office of Education Abroad.

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.

Students 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 housed 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.

Program Contact: 

Dr. Andre Benard, Associate Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (517) 432-1522
Email: benard@egr.msu.edu
Web: Dr. Benard's Faculty Profile

Maggie Blair-Ramsey
Engineering Education Abroad
Michigan State University
1108-F Engineering Building
Phone: (517) 432-2012
Email: blairram@egr.msu.edu


Past Trip Photos / Videos: 

Vladimir Otchere - Summer of 2016

Photo of Vladimir Orchere looking at a painting at a museum in Lyon, FrancePhoto of Vladimir Orchere with two people from Lyon, France

"One of my favorite parts about my education abroad trip to Lyon were all the opportunities to visit the vast amount of culture found in the area. This includes historical buildings, old landmarks, cultural artifacts, and the local museums. While in France I visited a few of the museums in Lyon, Montpellier, and Paris. all of which helped provide a rich cultural experience to my stay in France.

I had the opportunity to visit a local church in Lyon during my stay. The service was in French and not only gave me insight on the amount of French I've learned in my studies, but it showed me how churches aren't really different from culture to culture which surprised me. I found it interesting that thousands of miles away, I found striking similarities to what I'm used to at home. The ECAM campus sits atop a hill that was not only a workout to get to, but a reward to have classes on. The campus looks very modern and gives a lot of opportunities to enjoy the natural surrounds with numerous benches to sit on, sporting fields to play on, lunch tables to eat and, and a beautiful view to take in.

The ECAM campus in Lyon, gives a magnificent view of the city, one that I've never seen before. The experience of taking classes in such a location will remain as one of the most memorable experiences of the trip for me."

Photo of three female MSU students on a field trip to Renault Trucks in France

Group photo of students and faculty on the steps of a building in Lyon, France.

Photo of group photo outside near the town of Annecy, France. French Alps in the background.Taryn Racine - Summer of 2015

"This picture (left) 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."


Photo of five female MSU students standing in front of a building on Ecole Catholique dArts et Meiters (ECAM) campus.