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Have you always wanted to study in France? This is your chance!
The Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT) is located in Troyes, a medieval town just 90 minutes from Paris in the heart of the Champagne region of France.
Most courses are taught in French, but sometimes courses are taught in English. See the Academics section for courses offered in English.
This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. UTT and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information about the university, see the Global E3 UTT specific page and the UTT website.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in France.
Troyes is a medieval town with a population of more than 120,000 people - including over 9,000 students. The Forêt d’Orient natural park and lake near Troyes is often host to cultural and music events and provides a space for recreational activities such as swimming, boating, and jet skiing.
Most courses are taught in French, though there are courses available in English. No French level is required to attend courses in English; however, a B1 European level is required to attend courses in French.
Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad. We suggest you review courses available with your academic advisor prior to applying to the program.
Visit the University's website to learn more about general course offerings, courses offered in English and check the Global E3 UTT specific website for general course information. The following disciplines are available:
Please note: Materials and Mechnical Engineering courses are not available to exchange students at UTT.
- Control and Computer Engineering
- Industrial Systems
- Software and Information Systems
- Systems, Networks and Telecommunications
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for SSoE engineering students
- Sophomore standing or higher
- All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office.
- Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
- Courses taken at UTT will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
- Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency. B1 European level in French required to attend courses in French.
For information about the grading scale at UTT, please see the website.
In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit.
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
Items Billed by Pitt
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5,000|
The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by exchange partner and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages. The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
For global scholarship opportunities, check out:
- the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
- PittFund$Me for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
- PittFund$Me for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!
Pitt students enroll at UTT for either spring or a full academic year (two full semesters). UTT’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, UTT’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, UTT’s Fall semester is as follows: Summer school: August & Regular courses: early September – 3rd week of January. Typically, UTT’s Spring semester is as follows: Winter school: 4th week of January to 3rd week of February & Regular courses: end of February – end of June. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to UTT through the Global E3 exchange. You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at UTT. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to UTT's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.)
Please contact Dr. Kristine Lalley for more information on Full Year 2020 openings for this program.
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students
- Sophomore standing or higher
Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.
- Summer school: August
- Regular courses: early September – 3rd week of January
- Winter school: 4th week of January to 3rd week of February
- Regular courses: end of February – end of June
UTT accepts students for Spring or Academic Year
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)