The French AMerican Exchange program is a Spring Semester Study Abroad program for undergraduates taught in English by professors at ENSEA, one of the top French Engineering Schools in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science.


Students in their third year of an undergraduate ABET-accredited degree program with a major in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science. FAME program will perfectly match their junior year Spring Semester.

FAME Partner Universities

Since the beginning of the program, 10 US Universities have joined us : Illinois Tech at Chicago, University at Buffalo (UB), University of Pittsburgh (UPitt), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Georgia Tech (GaTech), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U-M), Michigan Tech University, Mississippi State University (MSU).

An unforgettable taste of the French Engineering School System

Ever heard of "Diplôme d'Ingénieur"? This is the French Master of Excellence... What is it excellent for?

First, the students. They are highly selected after their A-levels to enter a two or three-year preparatory class-program where they have to master fundamentals in maths and physics in order to prepare for a nationwide competitive entrance exam to "Grandes Ecoles".
Then, the school. These students are far more well tutored than in classic French Universities. In fact, besides the classic lecture type of courses, Engineering School students have tutorials and practical work in small groups (labs).
Finally, the job. Engineers who get the "diplôme d'ingénieur" generally find a job within six months after graduation. Some of them also continue for a PhD.

The goal of FAME is to let you taste our best education from within, during a semester, through courses taught in English and transferable credits so you don't waste your time either.

FAME at a glance

What is it?

FAME is a spring semester study abroad program, taught in English by professors at ENSEA, one of the top schools in Electrical Engineering in France.


ENSEA is located in Cergy, France, 35 minutes from the center of Paris. Students will take courses here.

When did the FAME program start?

FAME started in Spring 2008 with IIT, UB and ENSEA as initial partners for the development of the program and organization of the courses and verification of course transferability. As of 2011, 8 US partner institutions have joined the program.

How many students have attended the FAME Program since its inception?

More than 50 students from all our partners.

What is the minimum and maximum number of students the FAME program can accommodate?

8 - 20 students.

Is there a required quota per school?


Who is eligible?

Students in their third year of an undergraduate ABET-accredited degree program with a major in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science. FAME program will perfectly match their junior year Spring Semester.

What are the courses currently being offered to FAME students?

Electronic Circuits, Computer Architecture and Introduction to Microprocessors, Signals & Systems, Communication Systems, French Language & Culture, Power Engineering, Probability & Statistics, Operating Systems, Algorithms Design & Analysis
Students are requested to take a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) among which French Language and Culture is compulsory.
For more details, you can download the detailed program at the end of this page.

Are all the courses transferable?

Each course is transferable as the courses offered are in accordance with the ABET-accredited Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum.

What is the cost for the FAME program?

With bilateral partnerships : program & tuition fees are 3,500 Euros with a 500-Euro discount if a school sends a minimum of 3 students.

When is the payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of 500 Euros is to be wired to ENSEA by October,15th.
However, this deposit will be refunded if the program cannot open due to an insufficient number of participants. The decision will be announced no later than October,30th.
The additional payment is due upon arrival.

What are the dates for the Spring semester?

January 23th to June 2nd 2023.

When is the deadline to apply for the FAME program?

October 15th, of the previous year.

What are the application requirements?

Application form, transcripts certified, letter from your school certifying your eligibility for the program, and an outline of courses you should take that are offered, and approved by your academic adviser. Courses signed up for are the courses students are committed to take. Drop/Add will be permitted on a case by case basis only if it does not affect the scheduling and organization of the program.

What about housing (room and board)?

Options for housing will be provided by ENSEA with a list of costs and room type (single or double) sometime in November of the previous year. Each student must indicate his/her preference so that the required rooms may be booked in advance. Room rates may vary from 500 €uros per month to 650 €uros per month for a single. The estimated cost for food and local transport is about 300 €uros per month.

What are the benefits of the program?

Transferability of courses, experience in a foreign culture, courses offered in English, relatively low cost (scholarships, loans from existing financial aid may be applied to the program), better employability in the future.

Living in Cergy

You will find a detailed guide for incoming students in the download section at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to share it!


International Relations Office :

Head of FAME Program : Carine Sabouraud-Muller

Director of International Relations : Eneko Chipi

An office dedicated to you

The International Relations Office helps you feel comfortable at ENSEA and in Cergy. You can use these services as soon as you arrive and throughout your stay. IRO staff is exclusively focused on the needs of international students.

Useful links

Cergy's wiki

About Paris

Visa for studies in France

Campus France Website


For English-speaking undergraduates students that want to spend a Spring semester in our institution, the FAME program is tailored for you. It was build under the partnership with 10 American Universities whose professors validated all the modules proposed in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science.
The Application Form (downloadable at the end of this page) and the required attached files are to be sent to along with a resume and a cover letter.





University at Buffalo(UB)
I enjoyed the small class size and the hands on experience as well as the close proximity to Paris and rail connexions to France. Having 2 two-week breaks plus other long weekends was great. I liked having the ability and the time to travel to France and parts of Europe while taking the same courses as I would have at UB.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC)
I found that ENSEA was very helpful with any problem we had and was very accommodating. FAME was a great program for me that allowed me to experience Europe while keeping me on track with my engineering studies in the US.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC)
I would have liked classes with the French students to increase our integration into the school. I appreciated to experience a new culture and to have time to travel. This program kept me on track for my Engineering Curriculum.
Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago(IIT)
The Fame program offered me a great experience and opportunity to visit different places. The program exposed me to a different culture and environment while fostering personal growth. It also gave me an opportunity to work with students of different backgrounds while keeping on track with my course schedule. I would also say that the cost of the program is great for IIT students because they can get a scholarship from IIT.
Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago(IIT)
The FAME program gives you a chance to explore the world and experience an independent life abroad. You also learn new things about a different academic system. I enjoyed the ability to travel around Europe without falling behind my academic schedule.
University at Buffalo(UB)
I would 100% recommend this program. All the people we have met here have been awesome, really understanding. I really appreciated that the courses we took here were equivalent to those of UB and that we had the possibility to transfer credits.
I particularly enjoyed the microprocessor course, build the circuit and make it work was great! And if possible, I would have taken even more French language courses.
I think that employers are interested in people that are willing to or have been abroad, this experience will be perfect to put in my résumé.
University at Buffalo(UB)
I appreciated that the courses were taught in English but at the same time we had the chance to learn French. I enjoyed the smaller classes than in my university, for the labs and the building of circuits it was much easier to ask questions to the professors. In the US we have a lot more homework to do, for one hour of lecture we must work two or three hours at home.
I think companies will appreciate the fact that I could “survive” abroad and adapt to a different culture.
University at Buffalo(UB)
I would absolutely recommend the FAME program. I learned a lot more here during the lectures because of the smaller class than in the US. Twice during the semester we had two weeks of vacations, during the first break we travelled in northern Europe : Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and Prague, during the second break we went in southern Europe : Monaco, Venice, Barcelona… We mostly travelled by train and walked a lot in the cities.
Back in the US, I would like to go on studying French language. I will miss French food and coffee !
University at Buffalo(UB)
I wasn’t planning to study abroad until I heard of this program. To me it’s a very specific program, it’s the unique study abroad program that fits exactly with our schedule at UB. It’s a perfect program for somebody who doesn’t speak the language but wants to get a good dose of culture and maintain his curriculum abroad. I really appreciated the welcome and the hospitality when I arrived in France at ENSEA.
University at Buffalo(UB)
Coming study in France with the FAME program was such an opportunity : it was a great experience of another culture and language. I hope to go on studying French language. However I think we couldn’t have attended scientific courses in French, hopefully our courses were taught by French professors fluent in English. During the weekends we could visit Paris and other French cities. One of my best memories is when we went in Normandy : we found no public transportation on Easter Monday so we rented bicycles and biked 30 kilometres to reach Omaha Beach !
In France I have experienced a different pace of life, more relax than in the US. I will miss French wine, cheese and the famous “baguette” bread.

University of Pittsburgh : School of Engineering(UPitt)
I would strongly recommend the FAME study abroad program. The possibility to travel in Europe during the semester was really amazing.
At first I was surprised that ENSEA buildings were closed in the evening and during the weekends. Because in the US students can study in the library or work in the computer labs at any time ! Then I appreciated this different pace of life here in France.
ENSEA students were very welcoming and they didn’t miss the opportunity to practice their English with us ! I also met other foreign students from India and from Peru.
From a personal point of view, the FAME experience was enlightening !
Colorado School of Mines(CSM)
I have enjoyed the fact of studying abroad and most of all of having been able to travel all over Europe from Paris. Moreover, this program allows us to transfer our credits which will be taken into account towards our American degree.
University at Buffalo(UB)
I have never been abroad and it was for me a great opportunity to explore the world.
Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago(IIT)
I liked the fact that the courses were taught in English. It was a good learning experience and I have also learnt a lot about life. Moreover, the cost of this program corresponds exactly to what we were told before leaving.
Amy & Shannon
Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago(IIT)
We have enjoyed discovering a different culture. Breaking the language barrier was a challenge and a good experience.
University at Buffalo(UB)
We liked our French classes very much. We were able to get some autonomy
throughout our stay.
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