Quick Info

  • Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Computing and Information Science, Engineering
  • : Fall, Spring, or Full Year -
  • : Pitt tuition and fees; additional costs listed below
  • : Spring: Sunday, 9/23 | Fall/Academic Year: Sunday, 2/17
  • : Engineering Students Only


Use the link below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.  We suggest you review available courses with your academic advisor prior to applying to the program.

Academic Departments:

Most courses are taught in French.  For information about courses available in English, please visit the university’s website.  The following disciplines are available:

  • Computer Science & Systems
  • Control of Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Instrumentation & Biosciences
  • Measurements
  • Mechatronics
  • Microwaves
  • Power electronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Telecommunications

Student Life

Cergy-Pontoise offers a range of activities and facilities for students to enjoy, including water sports on Cergy's lake, music festivals, concerts, cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, tennis courts, and a skating rink.

Student organizations flourish at ENSEA, check out the information on the Global E3 page. .  A wide variety of activities allow students to pursue management, personal development, and creativity.  Motivated students can follow their ambitions to posts in the Student Union, the university newspaper, or the student entrepreneurial organization.


ENSEA does not offer on-campus housing.  Off-campus residences are close by, within walking distance of the University.  Visit ENSEA's website for more information.

Pricing And Dates

You will pay tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad.

Personal expenses vary among individual students. Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the GE3 website for more information.

Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)
  • Heath Insurance (depends on partner institution)

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 Programs office.  However, you might 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. 

Special Information

Questions about scholarships? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for engineering students.There are many other national scholarships you can review. Begin to search for scholarships on the Institute of International Education website. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

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