Nancy, France Project Center (MQP)
Nancy is a medieval city of about 350,000, located in the heart of the beautiful Lorraine region. The city is well connected by train to Paris, Frankfurt, and Brussels (each about 200 miles), and Luxemburg (75 miles). With the newly launched TGV Est service, travel from Paris to Nancy is reduced to 90 minutes and the trains are frequent and comfortable. The “vielle ville” (old city) region of Nancy is known for its small streets, beautiful mansions, museums, and historic walks. There is a large student population and Nancy offers plenty of sports, concerts, movies, shopping, and eating places that are of interest to students. The northeastern part of France has a semi-continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Average temperatures in Nancy in February fall between 30°F and 44°F.
The residence is located in Nancy, just a 10-minute walk or short bus ride from ENSIC. The apartments are furnished and equipped (microwave, plates, saucepan, etc.). Students may wish to bring an extra blanket/pillow and should definitely bring towels, dishcloths, etc. Most of the time apartments are shared among two people. Note that virtually all stores in Nancy are closed on Sunday. Residences have very limited wired internet. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
French cuisine has long been considered some of the world’s best cuisine. Many regional varieties exist, however many dishes consist of meat, cheese, potatoes, and vegetables. A formal French meal at a home can sometimes take hours and wine is frequently served. Typical dishes from various regions include crepes, croque monsieur/madame, foie gras, pot au feu, coq au vin, steak frites, andouillette, ratatouille, quiche, moules frites, boef bouirgignon, and gratin dauphinois. Don’t miss out on the French pastries, either! Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted in the Fact Sheet at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Nancy students have looked at:
- Effect of Antibiotics on Biogas Generation from Animal Wastes
- Degradation of Toilet Papers in Wastewater Treatment
- Degradation of Fuel Cell Membranes
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Nancy can be found here: Nancy Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State