Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Nancy, France C2013

Term – C 2013

Project Opportunities – MQP (CHE, CEE)

Housing – studio apartments or suite-style apartments (if shared)

Director – Professor Terri Camesano

Preparation – 1/6 unit preparation activity in B 2012

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)



Nancy is a medieval city of about 350,000, located in the heart of the beautiful Lorraine region.  The city is well connected by train to Paris, Frankfurt, and Brussels (each about 200 miles), and Luxemburg (75 miles).  With the newly launched “TGV Est” service, travel from Paris to Nancy is reduced to 90 minutes and the trains are very frequent and comfortable.  The “vielle ville” (old city) region of Nancy is known for its small streets, beautiful mansions, museums, and historic walks.  There is a large student population, as well, and Nancy offers plenty of sports, concerts, movies, shopping, and eating places that are of interest to students.



The projects will be done in collaboration with l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), which is comprised of five separate laboratories: Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Macromoléculaire (LPCM, Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules), Département de Chimie Physique des Réactions (DPCR, Physical Chemistry of Reactions), Laboratoire de Thermodynamique des Séparations (LTS, Thermodynmics and Separation Processes), and Laboratoire des Sciences du Génie Chimique (LSCG, Chemical Engineering Sciences).   Projects are chosen based on consideration of the interests and majors of the applicant students.  Typically, we have a project in polymeric drug delivery/nanoparticles, biofilms in bioreactors, and in development of fuel cells. Examples of past project titles include “Polymer Stabilized Emulsions for Drug Delivery” and “Biofilm Development and Characterization”. 






Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$   900

Local Transportation from airport to residence

$   150

Groceries and dining out

$ 1,600

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$ 1,400


$  1,600


Apartment and liability insurance and student ID (all required)

$   150


Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

$ 5,800


Expenses included on your WPI bill*


Housing and program expenses

$ 400**


Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

$ 6,200

Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate

** $400 confirms a student’s place in the program.  This deposit is refunded to the students at the end of B term.









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