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  • Locations: Beauvais, France; Grenoble, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Program Type: U of A Exchange
Program Description:
This program is open to U of A junior and senior geology majors as part of a partnership with the department of geology at LASALLE BEAUVAIS. It offers a unique opportunity for field work in geology in FRANCE. International and French students will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty members, graduate students (peer teaching) and invited specialists. They will experience hands-on geological exploration in small groups. Extend learning from the classroom from to the field in sequence stratigraphy and with a transect of the Alps. The field school will also introduce the participants to cross-cultural management, geological mapping and petrography. French language is not required but basic French would be useful.

Beauvais is located in northern France, 50 miles to the north of Paris. The Picardy region, home of LaSalle Beauvais, is well known for its beautiful villages and its inspiring Gothic cathedrals. Known for its gastronomy, wines and cheeses, France is a large country of amazing geographical variety. You will meet people who are proud of their cultural heritage, their lovely countryside, and their quiet towns and fine restaurants. Beauvais also has the benefit of the French public transportation system and can access many cities in Western Europe in a matter of hours. 

The « Grandes Ecoles » are unique to France, they were created in the late 18th century in order to offer outstanding scientific education to the country’s future engineers. LaSalle Beauvais, founded in 1854, belongs to this tradition by promoting the development of talents and abilities. In 2013, more than 150 students were enrolled in the Geology Master level programme which courses cover four main sectors: energy resources (petroleum geosciences), mineral resources (mines and quarries), geological engineering (geotechnics and natural risks), water, land and environment (hydrogeology and industrial risks). LaSalle Beauvais encourages the maintenance of a direct link between student associations and international scientific and professional associations (3 student chapters: AAPG petroleum geologists, SEG economic geologists, SEG exploration geophysicists) on top of multiple student organizations present on campus (UNIRAID, Geotech LaSalle, etc).

Students will be enrolled in credit hours in U of A Fulbright College during the summer semester. Additionally, students will be assessed a program fee for their participation (fee covers transport from the airport to/from LaSalle, accommodation and most meals during 5 week academic program, transportation to and from field sites, $50 non refundable application fee to LaSalle and study abroad fee). Students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, insurance, books, passport, lunch and dinner one day in Grenoble, and personal expenses. Click on the Budget sheet above for a full break-down of expected costs for the summer.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Honors students should apply for study abroad grants through the U of A Honors College. And all students should read through our scholarship page for more funding opportunities and deadlines.  Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your summer in France.

Additional Information
The International Office assists exchange students in finding suitable accommodation in the “Résidence du Bois” dorm, with most meals included, during their time on campus along with suitable accommodation in the field as part of the program fee.

For assistance with academic expectations, course information, etc., contact:
Prof. Christopher L. Liner 
Department of Geosciences Chairman