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Transatlantic Mobility Program - 2018 Awards

The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative, announced by the Department of State and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 13, 2014, and endorsed by AAU (Association of American Universities), APLU (the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities), NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and IIE (the Institute of International Education), aims to strengthen the historic ties between the United States and France by doubling the number of students from France and the United States studying abroad in our respective countries, by 2025.

Within this context, in 2018, the Embassy of France in the U.S. has partnered with APLU and NAFSA for an exceptional call for projects open to all U.S. universities and community colleges aimed at increasing and diversifying study in France opportunities.

APLU–NAFSA Transatlantic Mobility Program

The following projects were distinguished by the selection committee:

  • Connecticut College of Technology, a virtual classroom abroad program and a study abroad program with University of Rennes 1 and its 3 affiliated IUTs, University of Lorraine and its 8 affiliated IUTs and Normandie University.
  • George Mason University, a “Comparative Entrepreneurship” embedded exchange program with University Paris Dauphine.
  • North Carolina A&T State University, a collaborative online and in-person business program in partnership with Ecole de Management de Normandie.
  • Oakland University, an automotive engineering and international economics study abroad program for American students at University of Orléans.
  • Pennsylvania State University, a short term program in agricultural and food system issues with Agro Paris Tech.
  • Skyline College, Skyline College’s students will be able to transfer to Rennes School of Business in the third year of “license” in business administration.
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo, a summer program for undergraduate students in business majors at ESSCA, School of Management in Angers, including cultural visits.
  • University of Houston Downtown, in partnership with University of Bordeaux Montaigne, the African Diaspora in France study abroad program will enable American students to explore the experiences and impact of French culture on peoples of African descent.
  • University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with University of Lyon 2, an undergraduate study abroad center will open in Lyon allowing students to take French language coursework.
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology, in partnership with INSA Rouen, this international collaboration between engineering students will develop sustainable built environment designs and global teamwork.

This is the fifth call for proposals since 2014 and the selection committee was thrilled to see variety in the geography, type and sizes of the institutions this year, as well as in the disciplines presented in the projects.

These competitive proposals aim to demonstrate how limited resources can effectively mobilize the greatest number of U.S. students to study abroad in France.

The Embassy of France will provide funding up to $20,000 for each of these awards, which will cover 50 % or less of each project’s total cost.

The Cultural Services and the Mission for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France congratulate the recipients of the “Transatlantic Mobility Program” and thank APLU and NAFSA for their commitment to this initiative.