This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and ENSCI. The program is open to students for Industrial Design and Textile Design.
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in French culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
As one travel site puts it “Paris has all but exhausted the superlatives that can reasonably be applied to any city. Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower have been described countless times, as have the Seine [River] and the subtle (and not-so-subtle) differences between the Left and Right Banks. Yet, what writers have never been able to even slightly reflect is the grandness and the magic.” One of the most historic Western cities, Paris is a vibrant metropolitan city with architectural styles reflecting its storied history and a culture that always seems to be “modern” in any era. Awash with landmarks, street cafes, shops, and people who are both seeing and being seen, Paris is also a city that is home to many students (visiting and residents).
L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, otherwise known as ENSCI, is an award-winning school for design located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. The school was started in 1982 as the nation’s first national school devoted exclusively to industrial design. ENSCI allows students to discover and deepen their design abilities to work with public industry and commerce, while also considering sustainable development and remaining open to contemporary art and culture. It has also been ranked as one of the 60 best design schools in the world.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- You obviously need to be very motivated, and to be willing to work and communicate in French. Although we now have an English-speaking project studio and tutorial support is available in English, almost everything at ENSCI-Les Ateliers happens in French. For a meaningful exchange period it is essential to arrive with a basic working knowledge of the language.
Students are permitted to enroll in any classes in which they are qualified, and subjects include industrial and textile design. Most of the classes offered are taught in French, although they do offer some classes and seminars in English. There is also an English speaking project studio. Nevertheless students should have at least a basic working knowledge in French. Staff on campus may assist students in finding French lessons if desired.
One semester’s programme for each student consists of the following:
Considering the courses, we offer different types of classes:
- 1 major project studio led by design practitioners. Each project studio deals with different fields of design practice, from product design, communication design, service design, interaction design and graphic design. Choice is given between 6 to 8 different studios, the projects’ themes and subjects change each semester and are often client projects.
- 1 minor project studio either creative studio (fine arts, creative writing, video, graphics) or experimentation studios in emerging design fields.
- 4 to 5 classes (depending on the study level of students BA vs. MA). ENSCI asks their students to enroll in 4 to 5 classes amongst which 1 or 2 intensive classes.
- One-week intensive class (full time) offering either introduction to theoretical knowledge (semiology, humanities in the era of digital…) or introduction to workshop practices (wood, metal, CNC tools…) or introduction to technical/operational skills (video, sound, programming…)
- One week intensive practical class (full time) led by visiting design practitioners and/or artists and/or scientists to initiate our students to other design practices (data visualization, ethnographic design, social innovation)
- Weekly class called “hebdos” (40 hours in the semester 4h x 10).
In the meantime, permanent tutors are advising students upon request in the fields of video, sound, photo, programming, materials, workshops practice depending on students’ need for their design projects. Since the major project studios are often client projects and different each semester, it is difficult to inform in advance with which fields these projects will deal for upcoming semesters and on what kind of skills and mindsets these projects will focus.
As far as the incoming exchange students are concerned, we organize an introduction week and work with them either in a group or individually to determine the programme that would fit best to their profile and the way they want to challenge their profile. Individual programmes of foreign students consist of 1 major project studio, 1 minor project studio and 4 to 5 classes, as described above.
The programme of the ongoing semester is available, in French here.
ENSCI does not have on-campus housing available, but the International staff will be available upon request to assist students in finding off-campus housing.
Fall semester: September – February
Spring semester: February – July
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
*Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services. Exchange students are also required to pay into the French National Social Security System.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Transportation: $1,500.00
- Room & Meals: $4,000.00
- Books & Supplies: $300.00
- SJSU Required Health Insurance: $350.00
- Mandatory French Social Security (National Health System) contribution: $250.00
- Personal Expenses 2,000.00
- Total $12,300.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click here.
: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking here.