Perhaps you received an email stating that you are being given the opportunity to begin your studies at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, Georgia Tech's European campus in Metz, France, rather than Georgia Tech's main campus in Atlanta? Maybe you received an email to let you know that you have been admitted to a master's program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, but without funding, and were told that you could study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine for half the cost? Either way, you have a decision to make!
We think congratulations are in order, since studying on Georgia Tech's European campus will take your Georgia Tech degree to a global level! The Lorraine campus was established in 1990. From an initial class of just six Electrical and Computer Engineering master's students in 1990, Georgia Tech-Lorraine now sees over 600 undergraduate and graduate students pass through its doors each year.
Benefits to Studying at Georgia Tech-Lorraine
- The course syllabi in classes taught on the Lorraine campus are identical to those taught on the Atlanta campus.
- The language of instruction is English. You do not need to know any French.
- Faculty are primarily from Georgia Tech; some are permanently based on the Lorraine campus, while others come from Atlanta for a semester or more.
- Class sizes are smaller and you have greater access to faculty – classrooms and faculty offices are all located in one building.
- You will be in the heart of Europe while working towards your degree.
- It’s an excellent value – studying on the Lorraine campus is half of the cost of studying in Atlanta.
- There are opportunities for international internships while in Europe.
- You have the flexibility of studying on any of the three Georgia Tech campuses – Lorraine, Atlanta, or Shenzhen (for ECE students) – after spending two semesters on the Lorraine campus.
- Georgia Tech-Lorraine is home to GT-CNRS UMI 2958, a joint international research laboratory.
- In the end you will receive the same prestigious Georgia Tech degree.
Q: Is funding available for master’s students?
A: No. Master's students are admitted without funding to Georgia Tech-Lorraine.
Q: Can I obtain a research assistantship (GRA) during my master’s studies?
A: There are limited opportunities for those students on the master’s thesis track, but the majority of funding is reserved for PhD students. There is no way to secure any funding ahead of time, as faculty recruit their students directly.
Q: Can I apply to be a teaching assistant (GTA)?
A: You will be eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship to help with undergraduate labs once you arrive at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. If selected for the TA position, you will be refunded 1,000 Euros at the end of the semester. You will still need to pay the full tuition up front.
Q: Do you offer scholarships or fellowships?
A: There are no scholarships or fellowships available to students while studying on the Lorraine campus. We offer limited opportunities for students who opt to spend one semester on the Atlanta campus, to offset the higher cost of attendance. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information on applying.
Q: What type of visa do I need to study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and what is the process to obtain one?
A: All students must obtain a long-stay student visa (VLS-TS) in order to spend a semester or more in France. Once you have officially accepted the offer to attend Georgia Tech-Lorraine, staff from the Atlanta office will contact you to assist you with the visa process.
Q: What type of visa do I need to study at Georgia Tech-Shenzhen and what is the process to obtain one?
A: Should you decide to study at the Shenzhen campus for your third semester, you will need to contact a staff member on the Lorraine campus for assistance.
Q: What type of visa do I need to study at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and what is the process to obtain one?
A: Should you decide to study at the Atlanta campus for your third semester, you will need to contact a staff member on the Lorraine campus for assistance. They will assist you in obtaining an F-1 visa.
Q: What courses can I take while I am at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: You may take only the courses listed on our website. Here is link to the course offerings on the Lorraine campus.
Q: Do I need to know any French in order to study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: No. The language of instruction is English.
Q: What if I want to take courses that are only offered on the Atlanta campus?
A: You may only take the courses that are listed on the Georgia Tech-Lorraine course schedules. We are a small campus and do not offer the breadth of courses found at the Atlanta campus. Should you need to take specialized courses that are only offered on the Atlanta campus, please consider studying on the Atlanta campus in your third semester.
Q: Are all of the courses taught "live" on the Lorraine campus?
A: Most courses are taught "live." Courses listed on the schedule as "DL" (Distance Learning) or "OMSCS" (Online Master of Science in Computer Science) are taught remotely via distance-learning.
Q: Can I take "Distance Learning" or "OMSCS" courses that are not on the Lorraine schedule while I am at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: No. You may only take courses that are listed on the Georgia Tech-Lorraine course schedule.
Q: How many hours of coursework do I need to take each semester while studying on the Lorraine campus? Does this differ between the thesis and non-thesis option?
30 hours of coursework is required for the non-thesis master's degree. Since you will be studying in a new culture, we recommend that you take 9 semester hours of coursework each of the two semesters you are in Metz. You would then need to take 12 hours of coursework in your third semester to complete your degree. Should you decide to spend your third semester on the Atlanta campus, you will need to take a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in order to maintain full-time student standing as required by the F-1 visa.
The thesis option also requires 30 hours of study -- 18 hours of coursework and 12 thesis hours. You can complete the thesis option in three semesters with some planning. You will be assigned an advisor at the Lorraine campus and can complete the thesis hours during the first two semesters on the Lorraine campus. Many students opt to take an extra semester for the thesis option, completing two semesters on the Atlanta campus, making them eligible for OPT (more information on OPT is found below).
Should you decide to transfer to the Atlanta campus, you will need to take a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework or thesis hours each semester in order to maintain full-time student standing as required by the F-1 visa. Although only 30 hours of study are required to obtain the MS degree, students may earn more than 30 credit hours. Students should submit their petition to graduate once they are ready to complete their degree.
Q: At the end of my students, do I end up with a degree from Georgia Tech?
A: Yes. We are one Georgia Tech. You may complete your degree on any one of the three Georgia Tech campuses - Atlanta, Lorraine, or Shenzhen - and the degree will be granted by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Q: What are the different research areas available at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: Georgia Tech-Lorraine is home to GTL-CNRS UMI 2958, a joint international research laboratory between Georgia Tech and the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), the French National Center for Scientific Research, and other local partners. Laboratories and areas of specialization can be found on the UMI 2958 website.
Q: Can I get an internship after my first two semesters at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: As most European Engineering schools require students to complete an internship in order to graduate, the market is quite competitive. Summer internships, which are common in the U.S., are less common in Europe, where 6 month internships are the norm. With initiative and determination, it is possible to find a global internship beginning in the summer after your first two semesters at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. Students have found internships without speaking any French. A staff member at Lorraine campus can assist you with the process.
Please keep in mind that as standard internships in Europe are generally 6 months in duration, you will need to plan accordingly for your final semester of studies. For example, if you begin your studies in Fall on the Lorraine campus, followed by the Spring semester, and start your internship in the Summer, your third semester of study will be in the Spring.
QUESTIONS ON THE SEMESTER IN ATLANTA
Q: Am I guaranteed the right to transfer to the Atlanta campus in my third semester?
A: Students who remain in good standing during their first two semesters at Georgia Tech-Lorraine will be given permission to transfer to Georgia Tech in Atlanta (or, for ECE students, the Shenzhen campus is also an option). In order to remain in good standing, general Institute policy is that master's students maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA. Students in the School of Mechanical Engineering must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in good standing and transfer to the Atlanta campus in their third semester. All students should be aware that they will be transferred to the Atlanta campus without funding.
Q: Can I get funding if I come to Atlanta?
A: No. Masters students are self-funded for the semester in Atlanta.
Q: Can I obtain a research assistantship (GRA) during my Atlanta semester?
A: There are limited opportunities for those students on the master’s thesis track, but the majority of funding is reserved for PhD students. Students will need to contact Georgia Tech-Lorrraine’s Director of Academic Programs, for direction on trying to secure a GRA before heading to the Atlanta campus. GRAs are not guaranteed. The School of Mechanical Engineering has already indicated that they will not grant ANY GRA/GTAs for students coming to the Atlanta campus.
Q: Can I apply to be a teaching assistant (GTA)?
A: It is unlikely that you will be able to obtain a GTA while on the Atlanta campus. There are no possibilities for students within the School of Mechanical Engineering.There may be limited opportunities in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, but you should plan as though you will not obtain a GTA.
Q: Can I get OPT (Optional Practical Training) when I am in Atlanta?
A: Under the F-1 visa, only students who spend two consecutive semesters as full-time students (12 credit hours per semester) on the Atlanta campus are eligible for OPT. For more information, please visit Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education (OIE) International Students and Scholars Services webpage.
Both those students completing a thesis or non-thesis master's degree must spend two semesters in Atlanta if they want to qualify for OPT. Although only 30 hours of study are required to obtain the MS degree, students may earn more than 30 credit hours. Students should submit their petition to graduate once they are ready to complete their degree.
GETTING A JOB IN THE U.S. OR EUROPE AFTER I GRADUATE
Q: Can I find a job in the U.S. after I graduate?
A: The F-1 student visa does not facilitate finding long-term U.S. employment. Students studying in the U.S. who have qualified for OPT (see above) will have 60 days to secure employment under OPT with the F-1 visa. Students will need to research on their own the process for obtaining an H1B visa, which requires sponsorship by an employer. Although students are not guaranteed to find a job in the U.S., many do find companies that are willing to sponsor a work visa.
Students have asked if completing their degree on the Lorraine campus will hinder their chances of finding a job in the U.S. The answer is, no. Whether students complete their degree on the Lorraine or the Atlanta campus, the degree is the same U.S. degree granted by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
While studying on the Atlanta campus, students will have the opportunity to participate in career fairs with a wide variety of companies recruiting. Many companies prefer candidates who already have the right to work in the U.S., but it may be possible to find a company willing to sponsor your work visa.
While on the Lorraine campus, students will be invited to participate in smaller job fairs attended by global companies.
For more information related to living and working in the U.S., please visit Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education (OIE) International Students and Scholars Services webpage.
Q: Can I find a job in Europe after I graduate?
Finding a job in Europe post-graduation is possible. Even without a promise of work or a work contract from an employer, non-EU students holding a Master’s degree may request a temporary resident permit (Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour) valid for 12 months while they are seeking employment. We have a staff member at Georgia Tech-Lorraine who can help to put you on the right track with your job search.
NEXT STEPS FOR ACCEPTING THE OFFER TO STUDY AT GEORGIA TECH-LORRAINE
- Once all of your questions have been answered, and you have made the decision to study on the Lorraine campus, please send an email to email@example.com clearly stating that you accept the offer from [name of school/major] to study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. The deadline for AE, CS and ME is May 1. The deadline for ECE is May 15. Please do not wait until the decision date to begin asking questions on the program.
- You will then be issued an admission letter to Georgia Tech-Lorraine from the school to which you applied via the CollegeNet system. You will be asked to confirm your acceptance of the offer via CollegeNet. Please note that you are not considered "admitted" until you receive this letter from the school and accept the offer via CollegeNet!
- The final admission letter for the master’s program comes from the Georgia Tech Office of Graduate Studies and will be issued after confirmation that no additional documents are needed to complete your file.
- After receiving your final admission letter, and accepting the offer, you will be contacted by Georgia Tech-Lorraine’s Atlanta office to assist you with the logistics of getting to Georgia Tech-Lorraine (visa, housing, insurance, tuition and fees, etc.).
- Should you have questions at any time, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.