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ISAE Aerospace Summer Program

Paris, France
Poitiers, France
Salon de Provence, France
Toulouse, France
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Katherine Schwarzentraub
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Program Overview

The ISAE Aerospace Summer Program (France) will provide 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 aerospace and cultural sites.

The ISAE program offers you the unique opportunity to visit and study in five leading French engineering schools, while discovering different regions of the country and being immersed in the French "art de vivre" for 5 weeks!

  • Module 1 (June 7-15): ISAE-ENSMA in Poitiers
  • Module 2 ( June 15-26) : ESTACA and ISAE-SUPMECA in Paris (includes a visit to the Paris Air Show!)
  • Module 3 (June 26- July 2): ECOLE DE L’AIR ET DE L’ESPACE in Salon de Provence
  • Module 4 (July 2-12): ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse

The program is designed for rising junior or senior undergraduates (current sophomores and juniors) with a strong interest in space having solid background knowledge in aeronautics and/or space sciences. A good background in general sciences is required and students should have a minimum 2.75 GPA by the start of the Spring semester in order to participate in the program. Graduate students can also take part in the course on a case-by-case basis. Applications for this program are due early, on February 1st. 

To learn more about this program, please make an appointment with the Office of Global Engineering Leadership.


This course will count as 6 ENAE upper-level elective credits (fulfills in-major and out-of-major technical elective requirements). 

To learn more about the weekly academic content covered, labs, site visits, and excursions, see the program syllabus.

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The program fee for this 5-week program is 6500 Euros. The cost of this program includes:

  • Pedagogical and administrative costs
  • Room and board (breakfast and lunches on weekdays only)
  • Technical visits and transportation from one school to another within France

An overview of costs for Other Approved Programs are outlined on the Costs of Study Abroad page


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 2023 03/15/2023 01/20/2023