French - Sciences - Sustainability: French Immersion Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine


Are you interested in improving your fluency in French and learning more about sustainability, while living in one of France’s most progressive “smart cities”? Starting in Spring 2019, study French, STEM and Social Sciences at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, Georgia Tech’s European campus in historic Metz, France.

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Dr. Chris Ippolito
Associate Professor of French

Catherine Bass
Director of Undergraduate Academics & Student Affairs, Georgia Tech-Lorraine

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With an emphasis on French language study, Sciences, and Sustainability, students will experience real language immersion while focusing on the region’s sustainability efforts through coursework, service-learning projects, and excursions. Students will have the opportunity to engage with Metz’ residents on issues such as the fight against climate change; the preservation of the region’s biodiversity and natural resources; and ideas about improving the quality of life for the city’s inhabitants.

Students participating in the French Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine must take at least four courses, to include a minimum of one French course at the 2000-level or higher. Students may choose from two program levels—intermediate or advanced French—depending on their level of French proficiency. In addition to French, students may take up to four courses in STEM (Engineering, Mathematics, Physics…) and/or Social Sciences (Economics, International Studies, History). See the full list of Spring 2019 courses at Georgia Tech-Lorraine.

Motivated students from other schools are welcome and encouraged to join the program.

Metz, France, is in the heart of Europe: 45 minutes from Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium; 2 hours from Switzerland; and 1.5 hours from Paris. Students take classes 4 days a week and will participate in excursions and guided visits specific to the French Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, with visits to Paris, beautiful medieval downtown Metz — specific to the French Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine.

Students may choose to continue with the LBAT France summer program following the completion of their semester at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. Participation in the French Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and/or the LBAT France summer program allows students the option of completing most or all of the requirements for a French minor.

While FREN 1001 and 1002 are both offered at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, in order to participate in the French Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, students must have completed FREN 1002 or equivalent by Fall 2018 or score a 251+ on the online placement test


Georgia Tech-Lorraine Campus (Metz, France)


January 7 - May 2, 2019

Host Institution

Georgia Tech-Lorraine


Students will reside in state-of-that art housing facilities shared with French students at an adjacent Engineering School campus. Students will take a pledge to speak only in French while in student residences.


For French, you will have the following options in Metz (Spring 2019):

  • FREN 2001: Patterns of French Culture I (Intermediate French I) (3 credits)
  • FREN 2813 or 3813: French Immersion [register for your course according to your level on the online placement test] (3 credits)
  • FREN 3120: French Conversation (3 credits)
  • FREN 3011: France Today I (3 credits)
  • FREN 3500: Field Work Abroad (3 credits)

Please see full course descriptions.

Internship, Independent Study [with Instructor’s consent] (see Georgia Tech Catalog):

  • FREN 4695: Internship (3 credits)
  • FREN 4699: Undergraduate Research (3 credits)

Other Georgia Tech-Lorraine courses (Spring 2019):  (AE, COE, CS, ECE, ECON, HTS, INTA, ISyE, Math, ME, MSE, PHYS)

Some INTA courses may be cross-listed with FREN (ask your advisor or instructor)


  • Second-Year Track (2001, 2813): FREN 1002 or two years of French in high school, or 251 on the online placement test.
  • Third-Year Track (all 3xxx courses): FREN 2001 with an A, FREN 2002, or 401+ on the online placement test.


Georgia Tech-Lorraine tuition and fees apply. See

Cancellation Policy

Georgia Tech-Lorraine cancellation policies apply. See

Informational Meetings

Information Sessions in Atlanta during Spring and Fall 2018, will be held at the same time as Georgia Tech-Lorraine Info Sessions – Spring 2018:   

For more information or to join the email-list or pre-apply, please contact the 2018 French program director, Dr. Chris Ippolito, at