Clermont-Ferrand is the capital city of the province of Auvergne in south-central France. The geography of this region is dominated by a large chain of impressive extinct volcanoes as well as numerous lakes. There also are numerous medieval cities with unusual castles and churches in Auvergne. The people of Auvergne are known for being exceptionally friendly.

SUMMER RESEARCH FOR UNDERGRADUATES AT BLAISE-PASCAL UNIVERSITY

OU CBME students can fulfill Honors Research or Senior Research courses by doing research in the summer (May 15 to August 1) in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Training in French is not a requirement since all the professors there speak English. It would be helpful, however, for you to take a French course or courses before going, or you could receive French training in Clermont-Ferrand.

Housing for OU students is arranged by Blaise Pascal University in one of the university residence halls. The cost is approximately €150 per month for a single room ($187.50/month at $1.25/€). There are four university restaurants with self-service and five cafeterias available to students at Blaise Pascal University. The cost is approximately €200 per month ($250/month) for eating all meals at the university restaurants or cafeterias.

For more information, please contact Roger Harrison, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering (E-mail: rharrison@ou.edu; phone: (405) 325-4367).

GRADUATE DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAM AT BLAISE-PASCAL AND OU

OU CBME students can simultaneously obtain an M.S. degree from OU and an Engineer degree from Blaise Pascal University in approximately two years through a newly established program. The requirements are as follows:

  • Three required graduate courses taken at OU (transport phenomena, kinetics and thermodynamics). These can be taken for graduate credit while completing the undergraduate chemical engineering degree
  • Four elective courses taken at Blaise Pascal University
  • Research at Blaise Pascal University

A course in French should be taken at OU before traveling to Clermont-Ferrand. An intensive course in French will be offered at Blaise Pascal University in July or August before enrollment for those students who desire to take one.

A stipend from Blaise Pascal University covers room and board.

For more information, please contact Roger Harrison, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering (E-mail: rharrison@ou.edu; phone: (405) 325-4367).



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