DeutschINSA is INSA Strasbourg’s Franco-German program. It enables French and German-speaking high school graduates to follow a series of bilingual and bicultural courses leading to qualification as an engineer. The program is available at three levels and mainly comprises the first two years of studies at INSA.
The aim of this program is to develop students’ ability to adapt and innovate and to enable them to work in French and German-speaking working environments and cultures. It therefore enables program graduates to understand their future industry partners.
This programs aims to equip future engineers to successfully face the challenges of “interculturality” and employability posed by many French and German companies. DeutschINSA aspires to train students so that they will feel equally at home in French and German-speaking environments.
DeutschINSA is available at three levels:
- Advanced level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B1 language level and includes: optional two-week summer school before the beginning of Year 1, German language lessons, interculturality classes and at least one internship in a German-speaking country
- Confirmed level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B1+ language level and includes : mandatory two-week summer school before the beginning of Year 1, German language lessons, interculturality classes, certain lectures and scientific seminars in German and at least one internship in a German-speaking country
- Expert level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B2 language level and the motivation to embark upon a demanding Franco-German journey. This level includes : mandatory two-week summer school before the beginning of Year 1, 1 or 2 years of study in Germany (depending on the specialization chosen : semesters 1- 4 = possibility of earning a German bachelor’s degree in parallel with the diploma at INSA, or semesters 3 – 4 only).
Access to Year 3 and 4
Students in Year 3 and 4 can join the DeutschINSA program (advanced level) if they take English and German language courses (“2 Langues Fortes”) and complete an internship or one semester of studies in a German-speaking country.
The summer school takes place at INSA Strasbourg during the second half of August, just before the beginning of the new academic year. It is mandatory for students of the Expert and Confirmed level and optional for students of the Advanced level.
The summer school has three goals: to serve as a linguistic and scientific refresher course, to get to know your fellow students and to start becoming part of that community, and to introduce the seven specializations taught at INSA Strasbourg.
Mechatronics DUAL EDUCATION COurse – DeutschINSA
A Mechatronics-DeutschINSA dual education course is offered to students with 2 years of higher education (DUT or BTS 2-year technical diploma, bachelor’s degree or Grandes Écoles preparatory class (CPGE)).
The Mechatronics-DeutschINSA course aims to teach hand-on experience, and to turn engineers into versatile experts in mechanical, informatics, and electrical engineering who will be able to hit the ground running in both German and French speaking working environments.
Continuing with a double diploma at the master’s level
At the end of the first three years, students can opt to continue their studies in a double master’s program with a German or Austrian institution of higher education :
- Hochschule Karlsruhe : Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics
- Hochschule Offenburg : mechanical engineering and mechatronics
- KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) : Topography
- TU Dresden : Civil engineering
- Fachhochschule Oberösterreich Wels : HVAC and energy engineering
The DeutschINSA project was/is funded with the backing of:
- Interreg Oberrhein – Rhin supérieur (2009-2012)
- Corporate sponsors: Clemessy, Gaggenau Industrie, Hager Group, Schaeffler France, Sotralentz, Vinci Energies
- Private sponsors: Christian Decolon, Jérôme Dentzer, Vincent Gassmann, Pierre Gaussen, Gérard Kling, Yves Monnier, Guy Potez, Jacques Prenveille, Quentin Sable, Paul Sige, Philippe Steff, Michel Stock, Fabrice Urban
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