Electronique


International exchange at the Department of Electrical Engineering – Polytech’Nice Sophia

1. General information

International communication skill is now an essential requirement for most technology related engineering degree. Students of Polytech’Nice Sophia have to devote 13 weeks to an international mobility, among which a minimum of 8 weeks have to be spent in an engineering training programme in a way to obtain their Engineering diploma. At the ELEC Department, international experiences can be achieved within student internships (Work Placement, Engineer Assistant, Engineer, section 2.) or by the participation to an exchange programme (ERASMUS, etc., see 3.). Concerning language requirements, the TOEFL test may be required to apply on these exchange programmes (see section 1.2 ).
The international mobility experience is not mandatory for foreign students.
As the ELEC Department can host visiting students each year, parts of the courses in specialization programs may be offered in english (see 1.3 for more teaching language information).

A summary of the links described in this information page is given below:
Description Link
Office of International Relations at Polytech’Nice Sophia web page
Internship abroad: Information database for research web page
Internship abroad: Work Placement web page
Internship abroad: Engineer Assistant web page
Internship abroad: Engineer web page
List of exchange programmes at Polytech'Nice Sophia web page
List of funding opportunities web page
Polytech mobility grants page web
Grants in the frame of a foreign internship (Polytech'13) page web
ECTS and list of Teaching Units in english (semestre 9) web page
Version française de cette page d'information web page

1.1. Organisation and contacts

The office of International Relations at Polytech’Nice Sophia has a general information page at this web page and can be contacted at bri (at) polytech (dot) unice (dot) fr.
It is in charge of an information meeting at the start of the academic year to let students of Polytech’Nice Sophia know the schedule and procedure of applications. Applications to the partner university take place a bit later. Each exchange programme has its own rules and timelines.
It is only possible to apply to exchange programmes that are compatible with the competences of the ELEC department, in the list given in section 3.1.
It is the responsibility of leaving students to inform the following supervisors (when concerned) for a successful management of the teaching constraints resulting from their stay abroad:
  • International Relations manager for the ELEC Department : Sébastien Bilavarn, bilavarn (at) unice (dot) fr
  • Principal study manager : Vincent Granet (ELEC3), vincent (dot) granet (at) unice (dot) fr, William Tatinian (ELEC4, ELEC5), william (dot) tatinian (at) unice (dot) fr
  • Specialisation Programme managers :
    • CCS - Design of Electronic Circuits and Systems : Philippe Lorenzini , philippe (dot) lorenzini (at) polytech (dot) unice (dot) fr
    • GSE - Embedded Systems Engineering : Sébastien Bilavarn, bilavarn (at) unice (dot) fr
    • TR - Networks and Telecommunication : Robert Staraj, robert (dot) staraj (at) unice (dot) fr
  • Internship managers :
    • Work Placement : Laurent Labonté, labonte (at) unice (dot) fr
    • Engineer Assistant : Laurent Labonté, labonte (at) unice (dot) fr
    • Engineer : Fabien Ferrero, fabien (dot) ferrero (at) unice (dot) fr

1.2. TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS

Most exchange programmes demand standard English test requirements that are based on TOEFL and IELTS. The official English test standard at Polytech’Nice Sophia is TOEIC. As a result, students may need to anticipate the TOEFL test to be able to apply on most exchange programs. There are services to attend TOEFL test sessions, ask for information to your english teacher for further information.

1.3. Teaching language in Specialisation Programmes

Hosting visiting students at Polytech’Nice Sophia imply that some courses can be offered in English. This will concern more especially some among the teaching modules at the end of the engineering programme (semester 9). In the four possible Specialisation Programmes (CCS, GSE, TNS, TR), some courses will be opened to visiting students and can be offered in English. The complete list of teaching modules in English is available at this web page. If at least one visiting student attends a teaching unit in this list, this module will be delivered entirely in English (lectures, labs, examinations), otherwise it will be delivered in French.

2. Do an internship abroad

Internships are another opportunity to fulfill with the requirement to spend 13 weeks abroad. Foreign Internships in the frame of Work Placement, Engineer Assistant and Engineer internships can also be validated for the 8 weeks requirement to attend an engineering training programme abroad.
An information database is available to help you search an internship abroad (which is highly recommended because it allows to fulfill both international mobility and intership obligations at the same time) at this web page. A students from ELEC4 is in charge with database support for the current academic year. You must contact him to get a login / password. You are also requested to send him the contact of foreign companies that you might find during your own search for internships, in a way to keep the information base relevant and useful.

2.1. Work Placement (to discover the business world)

The minimum duration of a Work Placement internship is 4 weeks. As one goal is to get introduced with industrial concerns, it is a good opportunity for training and learning workplace experience in a foreign company. More information on international internship is available at this web page.
Contact : Laurent Labonté, labonte (at) unice (dot) fr

2.2. Engineer Assistant internship

The minimum duration of an Engineer Assistant internship is 8 weeks.
One goal of this internship is to gain experience at a qualified Assistant level in your field of study. Application for funding is possible with Polytech’13 internship grants, but the number of grants is limited. A necessary condition is to complete an internship within a minimum period of 12 weeks in Europe. If you wish to realize the total duration of your experience abroad in the frame of your internship, it must comply with afore-mentioned conditions (13 weeks in Europe, among which 8 have to be spent in engineering training programme). More information is available at this web page.
Contact : Laurent Labonté, labonte (at) unice (dot) fr

2.3. Engineer internship

For the ELEC Department, the final Engineer internship starts at the beginning of semester 10 (early february).
Students can also complete their engineer internship abroad. The duration is between 5 and 6 months, which let the opportunity to apply to different grants for international mobility support.
Funding can be based on Polytech’13 internship (ERASMUS), MESR (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) and regional (PRAME) grants. Non-cumulative and personal financial capacity requirements may exist for funding allocation, more information can be found at this web page.
Students having spent a semester or internship abroad can present their thesis defense until late October (instead of september, usually).
Contact : Fabien Ferrero, fabien (dot) ferrero (at) unice (dot) fr

3. Outgoing students

There are different opportunities to achieve 13 weeks international mobility experience : exchange programmes (ERASMUS, etc), do an internship abroad (Work Placement, Engineer Assistant, Engineer) or attend an official foreign university event (e.g. summer school).
At the end of your Engineer internship, the majority of students should have completed their international mobility. For those who didn't fulfil this mobility obligation, students who are potentially graduated after their final internship will be given a temporary graduation certificate with a period of two years for final validation of their international mobility (this rule is the same for english level TOEIC validation).

3.1. Exchange programmes

You must define a Learning Agreement of 30 ECTS corresponding to the semester programme you are about to miss at Polytech. This programme must be defined with the Specialisation Programme manager and the International Relations manager who must approve and sign the list of courses attended.
Among the different steps of the application process for an exchange programme, it is the responsibility of leaving students to inform the concerned representatives of the ELEC department of their mobility (International Relations manager, Principal study manager, Specialisation Programme managers, Internship managers when concerned) and all professor concerned with a potential absence to an examination, at least three months before the departure date.
These requirements are strictly mandatory in order to conduct the organisation of specific examinations if needed, for example when a student leaves before the official end date of an academic semester. Failure to comply with this information requirement will incur a penalty in each examination missed ('0' score for the examination).
It is also the responsibility of the leaving student to reply any email request issued by a representative of the ELEC department, for all the duration of mobility.

If the mobility dates overlap the period of semester 10:
  • You must inform the representatives of the ELEC department of your departure date at least three months before. You must be present at Polytech until the first week of January (included) in order to pass all examinations before leaving abroad.
  • You must be registered at the office of International Relations one academic year before you leave. For example, if you plan to leave for semester 10 in 2019, you must register at the office of International Relations at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Outgoing students must define a Learning Agreement corresponding to 30 ECTS, that can include courses different from your Specialisation Programme (CCS, GSE, TNS or TR). These ECTS does not take part in the validation of semester 10 (the 30 ECTS are dedicated to the final engineer internship). The Learning Agreement must be approved and signed by the International Relations manager.
  • Students must imperatively anticipate all application constraints relative to their final Engineer Internship, before their trip back in France. You can usually do this internship from June to October. The final thesis defense must be completed before the end of October in any case.
The schedule for applications and the list of all possible exchange programmes are depicted at this web page.
A list of funding opportunities can be found at this web page.
Applications for Polytech mobility grants are described at this web page.
Applications for foreign internship grants (Polytech'13) are described at this web page.
Contact the Office of International Relations for more information.

3.2. Looking for foreign internships

Looking for an exchange programme or an internship abroad is a similar process and must be anticipated as much as possible. Think first about a country of interest for you in terms of personal preference, attracting University and/or Industries. Don't overlook the possibility to do an internship in a Research Laboratory because they are more likely to hire short term internships. Spend time repeatedly seeking for Companies, Research teams and find the appropriate internship or contact information. Then write a profesional email explaining shortly your motivations for their field of activity with an english copy of your CV.
A list of pointers to foreign internships can be found at this web page. A student from the ELEC4 promotion is in charge with database support for the current academic year. You must contact him to get a login / password. You are also requested to send him the contact of foreign companies that you might find during your own search for internships, in a way to keep the information base relevant and useful.

4. Incoming students

An incoming student must define a list of courses (called Learning Agreement) he attends at Polytech’Nice Sophia. This program must comply with the learning outcomes of the university of origin and is often defined with a representative of the university of origin.
In any case, incoming students following courses at the ELEC Department must provide their Learning Agreement to the representatives of the ELEC Department.
The list of Teaching Units offered in english language, including labs, training and evaluations, and the corresponding number of ECTS can be found at this web page.
If at least one visiting student attends a teaching unit in this list, this course will be delivered entirely in English, otherwise it will be delivered in French. If a visiting student is comfortable enough with the French language, he can choose any teaching unit in the overall list of courses.
It is the responsibility of visiting students to contact the International Relations manager for the ELEC Department (Sébastien Bilavarn, bilavarn (at) unice (dot) fr) at the very begining of their stay for information and final validation of their Learning Agreement.
Failure to comply with this information requirement will incur a penalty for each examination missed (zero ECTS).