|Restrictions:||WPI applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Acad Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Project Opportunities:||MQP||Active Since:||2002|
|Director:||Stephen Kmiotek||Center Highlights:||International|
|Housing Type:||Self Catered Apartment||Program Preparation:||1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure|
|Program Eligibility:||Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation)||Major Eligibility:||Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering|
|Visa Requirements:||Visa Not Required for US Citizens - International Students Should Confirm Personal Status|
Nancy, France Project Center (MQP)
Location and Culture
Housing and Meals
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Location and Culture
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. 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 consider your own dietary restrictions, allergies, and general health and inform your Advisor(s) and IGSD of any conditions of concern through the Health Preparation Process. Accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed by the beginning of the term prior to departure.
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...
- Effect of Antibiotics on Biogas Generation from Animal Wastes
- Degradation of Toilet Papers in Wastewater Treatment
- Degradation of Fuel Cell Membranes
- 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
France is a very industrialized nation with great public infrastructure. Food and water standards in France are similar to those in the United States. As with all travel, be aware of your surroundings to diminish risk of pick-pocketing and mugging. Pickpockets can be common, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings in your line of vision at all times. Due to increased risk of terrorism in Europe, students are encouraged to be vigilant and avoid any protests, demonstrations, and large crowds. Make sure to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccination information.