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  • Locations: Annecy, France; Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France; Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Spring and/or Summer
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring and/or Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1st Year (Freshman), 2nd Year (Sophomore), 3rd Year (Junior), 4th Year + (Senior)
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Program Description:

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Entrepreneurship with INNOV@INSA Lyon in Lyon, France




INSA Lyon is one of France's top universities for science and technology, located in Lyon, France, the third largest city in France, recently ranked as France's #1 college town. 

During this summer program, students will learn about European perspectives in engineering and innovation. Students will do a deep dive into critical innovation topics such as project management, economics, and essential entrepreneurial skills. They will also study French language and culture, specifically focusing on intercultural competency, industry, and society. Courses combine traditional lectures, exercises, case studies, quizzes, and group discussions. Program activities include day trips to the Alps, and industry and lab visits. 

Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession.  Participants on this program, in particular, will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
  • Networking | participants will network with French faculty, other U-M students, as well as other international students studying in Lyon
  • Professional Practice | Through coursework, students will gain essential skills for developing real-world solutions to inevitable cost, schedule, and resource constraints in an entrepreneurial context


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA*
  • Current U-M Ann Arbor University of Michigan students in good academic standing, priority consideration will be given to:
    • Engineering students who meet the requirements
    • Non-Engineering students in STEM and/or business majors
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Freshman or above**
  • There is no foreign language proficiency requirement for the program
*A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for this program; students are not allowed to petition for an exception to GPA rules.

**Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.



All participants must enroll in the language course + ONE entrepreneurship course (6 credits total)
1)     French Language Course (all students):
  • 300-level INTERSS:  French Language, Cross-Cultural Communication, Industry, and Society (3 credits)
    • 300-level International Course for the International Minor for Engineers (NOT Comparative Perspectives)
    • Social Science (SS)
 2)     Entrepreneurship Course (students choose 1 of 2 course tracks):
  • Track 1:  Connected Devices and Smart Services (3 credits)
3 transfer credits for ENTR 390.005 Entrepreneurial Design, 390.008 Hardware/Coding/IoT, and general 400-level ENTR credit
  • UM Pre-Requisites:
    • basic knowledge of algorithms and programming languages (e.g. ENGR 101, ENGR 151, etc.)
    • background in a STEM field
  • Track 2:  Management and Innovation in Europe (3 credits)
3 transfer credits for ENTR 410 Finding your Venture + ENTR 417 Entrepreneurship Discussion
  • UM Pre-Requisites:
    • basic knowledge of economics (e.g. AP Economics, ECON 101, ECON 102, ECON 108, etc.)
    • background in a STEM or business field
 Detailed Course Descriptions

Students should consult with their Academic Program Advisor regarding what program degree requirements may be met with these courses.


College of Engineering Students: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE semester study abroad programs, the College of Engineering requires students to earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or better in the course. 

Non-CoE Students: please contact your home unit/academic program advisor to determine how the credit earned on this program will be posted to your U-M transcript, and whether you are required to achieve a minimum grade in a course in order to earn U-M credit.


2019 Program Fee: $6,220
Program fees will be charged directly to U-M student accounts.

Program Fee Includes :

  • GEOBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance (Coverage from May 14 - June 16, 2019, to include travel days to/from the program site)
  • Required IPE pre-departure orientation (April 6, 2019)
  • Tuition for both courses
  • On-site accommodation
  • All meals
  • All social and cultural activities, including:
    • 2 Day trips to the Alps: Annecy (The 'French Venice') and Mont-Blanc
    • Cooking Class
  • All transportation for program-related travel (note:  this does NOT include costs associated with flights to/from the program destination)
  • Industry and lab visits
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Click Here to Learn More About Available Funding

Passport and Visa

Students going on an IPE Program are required to have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the end date of their program.  For this program, your passport must be valid through January 2020.
Due to the duration of this program (less than 90 days), U.S. citizens who participate in this program are not required to obtain a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check the French Consulate's website to determine if you need a visa to enter the country. 

If a visa is required, please inform the IPE program advisor.  IPE can offer guidance and help facilitate the collection of required documentation from the host institution; however, only the immigration officials of the host country can answer specific questions regarding your application.  IPE does not represent foreign governments, nor do we create visa regulations. 

+Please note the following:
  • It is the student’s responsibility to research and obtain the required entry/exit documents (i.e. student visa).  Visa requirements vary greatly by program destination and citizenship of the student. 
  • IPE does not guarantee that students can obtain the appropriate visa for this international experience.
  • IPE does not grant visas for students nor claim to be a visa authority.
  • Students cannot apply for a visa until after they have committed to the program.   Once students have confirmed participation in the program, IPE will help gather the required documents needed for the visa application.
  • The visa process can be time-consuming and quite detailed.  If a visa is required, you should start the application process upon confirmation in the program.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to contact the U-M International Center to inquire about how this program may impact their U.S. student visa.

Learn more about IPE's role in the visa process if you are required to obtain one.

Passport Photos:
IPE offers a free passport photo service by appointment every Friday that classes are in session in the IPE office (245 Chrysler). Undergraduate CoE students needing passport photo(s) for a passport or visa application may drop in to have these photos taken and printed for free. 

Make Your 10-minute Appointment

In your appointment request, please include the following information:
  • What is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • Where is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • How many photos do you need?
Click here for more information on IPE's free passport photo service. 

Application Procedures

IMPORTANT NOTE:  While this program is marked as having "Rolling Admission", complete applications will not be reviewed until the deadline (January 30, 2019).  Students will receive admissions decisions on February 6, 2019.  Accepted students will have 7 days to submit their confirmation decision.

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS POLICY: Please note that the M-Compass application system allows students to open multiple applications for the same term, but IPE has specific rules regarding the number of applications per student we will review. Please refer to our Multiple Applications Policy for details, and contact your IPE advisor if you have any questions.

Dates & Deadlines

Key Program Dates: May 16 - June 14, 2019
Arrival Date & First Night in Housing: May 16, 2019
First Day of Classes: May 17, 2019
Last Day of Classes & Departure Date: June 14, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program is January 30, 2019

ORIENTATION: All participants who confirm participation in the program must complete two mandatory components to the Pre-departure Orientation:

  1. The Online Supplement to Pre-Departure Orientation is a self-paced online course that must be completed any time before 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2019.  Additional information will be provided to students once confirmed in the program.
  2. In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 p.m. on North Campus.


Students will be housed with other U-M students in shared twin rooms in on-campus residence halls.  Rooms are equipped with:
  • Furnishings (bed, desk, chair, wardrobe)
  • Kitchenette (refrigerator and hot plate)
  • Private Shower Room
  • Note:  sheets, blankets, and kitchen utensils are not provided
For additional information, refer to INSA Lyon's Life on Campus webpage.

Need to Know

Contact Information

Lead Advisor: Matt Hancock,
International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2091
Phone: (734) 647-7129
Fax: (734) 647-7081

Christine Gordon
Assistant Director, Curriculum and Experiential learning
Center for Entrepreneurship
3350 Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
Phone: (734) 763-2903

Visit the International Programs in Engineering website for additional resources and information for engineering students.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2019 01/30/2019
Rolling Admission 05/16/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program is January 30, 2019. Applications completed by this date will be reviewed for admission. There is only one deadline for this program. ORIENTATION: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.