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GEA Summer Aviation Program (direct enroll)

Toulouse, France
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EA Advisor: 
Heath Thompson


GEA Summer Aviation Program

 What's the scoop?

It will provide the students with an overall knowledge of aeronautics and space fundamentals, as viewed from a European point of view. The contents include scientific and technical courses, but also general conferences and visits to aeronautical and historical sites. The program is tailored for undergraduate students in Aviation/Aerospace, rising Juniors or Seniors (current Sophomores and Juniors) who have a solid background knowledge in aeronautics and/or space sciences. A good background in general sciences is expected. Graduate students can also take part in the course on a case-by-case basis.

The program extends over 6 weeks (see program dates below). 4 weeks will be spent in Toulouse at ENAC and ISAE-SUPAERO, and 1 full week of courses takes place in ISAE-ENSMA Poitiers. In addition, two 4-day field trips to Marseille and Arcachon Bay (Bordeaux area) are planned..

Language of Instruction: English ("Survival French" courses will be provided to students)

Program Dates: June 3, 2019 - July 12, 2019

***Note: This program is designed for a maximum of 25 students, and will not run with fewer than 15.*** 

What do I take?

400-level Aerospace Credit (6 credits which fulfill both your in major and out of major technical elective required for your degree)
Lower level Cultural Experiential Learning (1 Credit) 

Students who participate in the GEA Aviation study abroad program will earn 6 credits of 400-level Aerospace Departmental credit. The credits count as technical elective credit for ENAE and AOSS students. Students will also earn 1 credit of lower level cultural experiential learning which counts as general elective credit. For more information about the course, please visit the GEA Program website. GEA also provides admitted students with a guidebook that includes detailed information about course materials and assessment. 

Disciplines available: Aerospace Engineering

Course Offerings Website: Click here

Where do I live?

Accommodation in Toulouse, Paris, Poitiers, and Biarritz is provided for students from May 28th until July 16th for students who wish to extend their stay at the end of the program.

While in Toulouse, students will stay in standard single dorm rooms at the ENAC Student Residence Hall. 

Student Residence Amenities:

  • Internet access
  • Furnishings provided
  • Community bathroom on each floor
  • Access to sport facilities on campus

What's the cost?

The program fee is paid directly to the GEA program and at time of writing is 4,100 Euros. This includes visits, room and board (breakfast and lunches on weekdays only) and transportation within France. Students are responsible for booking their own travel to and from France as well as covering those associated costs. A study abroad fee is assessed by the Education Abroad office and students are required to have international health insurance, also billed by Education Abroad directly to your UMD student account.

The 700€ deposit is due within 15 days of being admitted with the remaining balance due by June 3, 2019. Credit cards or cash are the only accepted methods of payment for settling the balance of your account. 

Application process for engineering programs:

All engineering students should meet with Brian Dillehay ( in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership in 1131 Martin Hall before the application deadline.

MyEA Application Due:January 25, 2019
GEA Application Due Dates:
January 31, 2019

Students have to apply online via . As a reminder students from partner universities benefit from a reduced fee. In order to be identified, they must enter the code E2F4G6H1 when they create their account on the application page “how to apply”.

Application Requirements:
Application form
ISAE Security form
Unofficial Transcript
Copy of passport
ID photo (passport-sized) on the application form
Proof of insurance

Who's here to help?

If you are interested in this program, please contact the EA Advisor listed at the top of this page.

Additional Information & Resources

Visa Information: Due to the duration of this program (less than 90 days), students with U.S. citizenship studying on the GEA Summer Aerospace program are not required to obtain a visa. U.S. citizens will receive the appropriate passport stamp at the airport when they arrive in France which limits their stay to 90 days. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check the French Consulate's website to determine if you need a visa to enter France. The Consular page also includes the application form and the list of required documents needed to obtain a visa. Please be sure to have these documents and the payment prepared before going to the consulate or before leaving the country. 

GEA Summer Aerospace Program website: Click here

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/15/2020 01/01/2020