Students will study in ESTACA in Paris-Saclay, ISAE-ENSMA in Poitiers, ISAE-SUPAERO inToulouse and ECOLE DE l’AIR in Salon de Provence. As they will travel from school to school on Sunday, they will have free time on week ends especially on the first week-end if they want to visit Paris by themselves.
Poitiers, the capital of the "Poitou-Charentes"region, is located in western France between Bordeaux and Paris. It is sometimes referred to as the "plus petite des grandes villes" : the smallest of the big cities. Smaller than Toulouse, it offers a quieter atmosphere, different achitecture and a milder climate. During the week-long stay in Poitiers, students have the opportunity to experience a completely different French city.
Toulouse is France’s largest city. This "Pink City" as Toulouse is nicknamed, is located in the southwest and is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region. Situated on the banks of the Garonne River and close to the Pyrenees Mountains, it is halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The city has a fascinating dual personality. On the one hand, it is home to the French Aerospace industry and the country’s growing information-technonogy sector. On the other hand, it is the alternative artistic and intellectual center of France ( alternative to Paris, that is)
Everyone must have a valid passport to travel to France. If you already have one, please check the expiration date to ensure that it will be valid during the time you travel to France. If you do not have a passport, see the following site for directions on how to obtain one :
With so many changes in airline industry regulations, it is a good idea to check with your airline company to know what your luggage allowance is. Remember to leave room in your luggage to take home souvenirs !
We recommend that all students travelling abroad consult the US Department of State’s website for information regarding safety notices :
Depending on the exchange rate ( check out www.xe.com for current rates), daily life in France can be a littlel pricey for a foreign student. The following examples can help you in preparing a budget for the time abroad :
- Dinner out : 15€-18 €
- Sandwiches and Kebabs : 4€-5€
- Ice cream, one scoop : 2€
- Coffee : 2€
- Movie : 6 € with student ID
- Large bottle of water : 2 €
- French pastries : 2€-4€