DeutschINSA is the INSA Strasbourg’s Franco-German strand. It enables French and German-speaking high school leavers to follow a bilingual and bicultural course leading to a qualification as an engineer or architect. The strand is available at three levels. It mainly concerns the first three years of studies at INSA.

Aims

The aim of this strand is to develop students’ ability to adapt and innovate and to enable them to work in French and German-speaking working environments and cultures and therefore to be able to understand their future industrial partners.

This course aims to meet the challenges of “interculturality” and employability of future engineers faced by many French and German companies. DeutschINSA aspires to train students who will feel equally at home in a French and German-speaking environments.

Studies

DeutschINSA is available at three levels:

  • Advanced level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B1 language level. By taking German language lessons, completing at least one internship in a German-speaking country and taking interculturality classes, their diploma in engineering will specifically mention that they completed the “DeutschINSA advanced course”.
  • Confirmed level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B2 language level . Before the beginning of Year 1, they will attend a mandatory two-week summer school. By taking German language lessons, completing at least one internship in a German-speaking country and taking interculturality classes, and in addition attending certain lectures and scientific seminars in German, their diploma in engineering will specifically mention that they completed the “DeutschINSA confirmed course”.
  • Expert level is for baccalaureate holders with at least a B2 + language level and the motivation to embark upon a demanding Franco-German course. This level offers the possibility of preparing for a German bachelor’s degree in parallel with the first cycle at INSA. Before the beginning of Year 1, they will attend a mandatory two-week summer school. Depending on the specialization chosen (at the end of the summer school), the semesters spent in Germany will be either S1-S2-S3-S4 or S3-S4 (the latter variant not leading to the German bachelor’s degree). In addition to the German bachelor’s degree, the student will also receive their diploma in engineering specifically mentioning that they have completed the “DeutschINSA expert course”.
  Advanced Confirmed Expert
German lessons Mod. Lang 2 Mod. Lang 1 Mod. Lang 1
Interculturality classes x x  
Internships in Germany x x x
Teaching   certain lectures in German 2 or 4 semesters in Germany
Summer school   mandatory mandatory
Semester abroad     2 or 4 semesters in Germany

Access to Year 3 and 4

Students in Year 3 and 4 can join the DeutschINSA strand if they take the 2LF language course and complete an internship or one semester of studies in a German-speaking country. Their diploma in engineering will specifically mention that they completed the “DeutschINSA advanced course”.

Summer school

The summer school takes place at INSA Strasbourg during the second fortnight in August, just before the beginning of the new academic year. It is mandatory for students on the Expert and Confirmed courses.

The summer school has three functions: as a linguistic and scientific refresher course, to create a feeling of belonging to a group and to introduce pair and small group work. In addition, it is an opportunity to present the seven specializations taught at INSA Strasbourg, so that students on the Expert course can choose their specialization.

Mechatronics sandwich course – DeutschINSA

A Mechatronics-DeutschINSA sandwich 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 train hands-on engineers who are versatile and directly operational in the fields of mechanics, data processing and electronics in a Franco-German context.

Continuing with a double diploma at master’s level

At the end of the first three years, students can opt to continue their studies on a double master’s course run with a German or Austrian establishment (in surveying engineering with the university of Karlsruhe, in civil engineering with Dresden University of Technology, in HVAC and energy engineering with the Fachhochschule Oberösterreich (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria) in Wels, in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics with the Hochschule Karlsruhe (Karslruhe University of Applied Sciences).

Project funding

The DeutschINSA project is funded with the backing of:

  • Europe (ERDF), Interreg Oberrhein Rhin Supérieur, Région Alsace;
  • our corporate sponsors: Schaeffler France, Clemessy, Gaggenau Industrie, Vinci Energies
  • our private sponsors: Gérard Kling, Guy Potez, Jacques Prenveille, Pierre Gaussen, Christian Decolon, Vincent Gassmann, Yves Monnier, Michel Stock, Jérôme Dentzer, Paul Sige

Any other questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions page

contact

Mathias Zessin, head of the DeutschINSA international course