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.
For an overview of our graduate programs, including details on living in Metz, France, please visit our Graduate Programs webpage.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PROGRAM START DATES & DEFERRALS
Q: Will the Coronavirus pandemic have any impact on the Spring 2021 semester and beyond?
A: Georgia Tech’s COVID-19 taskforce is closely monitoring the situation. We are successfully running the Fall semester with a condensed 12-week schedule. Classes are being taught live, at our campus in Metz, France, as well as online, with all courses being recorded. For the fall, students were given the option to complete the semester virtually. For Spring 2021, it is currently our intent to offer the semester live in France,
Q: What are the dates of the Spring 2020 semester?
A: Please see our Calendar for course dates. We may require students to arrive several days early and this will be reflected on the Calendar if and when updated.
Q: Will the French government authorities be issuing student visas for Spring 2021?
A: Georgia Tech continues to monitor the situation with the French government and CampusFrance. Students planning to attend Georgia Tech-Lorraine in the Spring will be advised by the Georgia Tech-Lorraine team when to begin the CampusFrance application. We will advise on next steps as additional details become available.
Q: What if I cannot obtain a French visa for Spring?
A: We hope that students will be able to obtain a visa before the start of the Spring semester. If for some reason a student is unable to obtain a visa, they will be able to defer their start date to Fall 2021.
Q: If I elect to defer to a future semester, can I request to start the program on the Atlanta campus instead of the Lorraine campus?
A: No. You have been admitted to begin the first two semesters of study towards your master’s degree on the Lorraine campus. You will not have the option to begin your studies on the Atlanta campus, but you will have the option of transferring to the Atlanta campus in your 3rd semester. Please understand that the decisions made by the respective schools are final and cannot be changed.
For example, if you defer until Fall 2021, you will not be reconsidered to start your studies on the Atlanta campus in Fall 2021; you would still need to first spend two semesters on the Lorraine campus before asking to transfer to the Atlanta campus. Remember, this is what is stated in the offer letter you received, and the decision holds for one year, through Fall 2021.
If you are intent on studying only on the Atlanta campus, you will need to wait until the deferment period has passed (one year) and reapply to Georgia Tech for Spring 2022 at the very earliest. This is not a recommended strategy as there is no guarantee that you will be admitted to begin your studies on the Atlanta campus, the second time you apply. The result could very well be the same, or you could not be admitted to Georgia Tech at all depending on the size and qualifications of the applicant pool.
Q: Will I have the option of completing Spring 2021 virtually through online courses, and if so, will I pay a lower rate of tuition?
A: Currently, we plan to offer the Spring 2021 semester live in France only. If this decision changes, we will update this page. If students beginning the studies in the Spring 2021 are given permission to complete the semester online, they will still pay the regular Georgia Tech-Lorraine tuition, which is equivalent to resident/in-state tuition at Georgia Tech. Mandatory Student Fees will remain the same. You will not have housing costs in Metz. You may review the Fall 2020 Tuition on the Bursar's website. (tuition for Spring 2021 will be the same as for Fall 2020)
Q: If I complete the Fall 2020 semester online, and the Spring 2021 semester live on the Lorraine campus, will I still be able to transfer to the Atlanta campus in Fall 2021?
A: Yes. Students can apply to transfer to the Atlanta campus after 2 semesters in the Georgia Tech-Lorraine program, whether instruction is offered online or live. At this point in time, we plan to offer the Spring 2021 semester live on the Lorraine campus. Students will not have the option to do the Spring 2021 semester online. If you elect to do the first semester at Georgia Tech-Lorraine virtually, this still counts as your first of two semesters at Georgia Tech-Lorraine.
Q: Just to confirm, if I defer to a future semester, I do not have to reapply to Georgia Tech, correct?
A: Correct. You can defer your matriculation for up to one year and do not need to reapply. To clarify, you can defer to either Spring or Fall 2021.
GEORGIA TECH DEGREE
Q: If I study at the Lorraine campus for the entire duration of my masters coursework, or if I spend two semesters on the Lorraine campus and then one or two semesters on the Atlanta campus, will my degree show that I graduated from Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: Your degree will always be conferred by the Georgia Institute of Technology! If you are an ECE major, you can study on our Shenzhen China campus as well. If ECE majors study on all 3 campuses, they will receive a special designation, but again the degree will still be granted by Georgia Tech! Our GEIP program, the "Global Engineering Immersion Program," is for ECE students who study on all three of our campuses - Atlanta, Metz, and Shenzhen! Please email us at GTL-France@gtl.gatech.edu for details.
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. You may not take any online/distance learning courses that are not listed on the Georgia Tech-Lorraine course schedule.
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: Can I take courses outside of my department and will they count towards my degree?
A: Yes, you can take courses outside of your department from other engineering disciplines, so long as they are related to your course of study. Each program specifies how many outside credits count towards the degree. Review the MS curriculum on your department’s website and reach out to graduate advisors in your respective department for guidance in your selection of courses.
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?
A: 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. To be clear, 9 hours is the minimum number of semesters you may take while you are at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, each semester, and you should not take any more than 9 hours each semester if you wish to spend your third semester in Atlanta. 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, or you can opt to start the thesis portion of your degree on the Atlanta campus in your third semester. 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). OPT and the second semester in Atlanta is only available to students doing the thesis option.
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 only once they are ready to complete their degree.
Q: At the end of my studies, do I receive a degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology?
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. If you complete two semesters on the Lorraine campus, and then transfer to the Atlanta campus in semester three, your degree will still be noted as "Georgia Tech" on your diploma.
MS THESIS OPTION
Q: Can I work with an advisor and a research lab outside of my department?
A: Normally, you can have an advisor in another discipline so long as you have a co-advisor from your home department. Please check with your school.
Q: Is it mandatory to find a thesis advisor prior to transferring to Atlanta in the third semester?
A: Yes. Students wishing to complete the masters with thesis on the Atlanta campus must find an advisor prior to arrival in Atlanta. Each school posts faculty bios and their areas of interest on their website. Once you review that information, you should contact the faculty member with whom you would like to work.
Q: If I choose the thesis option, am I obligated to complete all coursework before starting my thesis?
A: If you find an advisor on the Lorraine campus, you can work on your thesis and coursework concurrently. If you decide to work on your thesis in Atlanta, you will not begin this work until your third semester when you transfer to the Atlanta campus. You can elect to do a thesis with faculty in Lorraine or Atlanta.
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. Students have made great contacts and secured internships through connections made through Georgia Tech-Lorraine's Corporate Seminar series. 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.
Q: Can I come to Atlanta in my third semester, and then get an internship in Europe after completing my studies?
A: No. Should you wish to do an internship in Europe, we recommend searching during your time on the Lorraine campus. If you find an internship in Europe that begins after you complete your second semester, staff in Metz can assist with extending your visa.
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: What is tuition for the semester(s) in Atlanta?
A: Students will pay out-of-state/non-resident tuition for the semester(s) they will spend on the Atlanta campus. Please visit the Costs page on our website for more details. While at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, all students pay the lower in-state tuition.
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. So, those wishing to do OPT in Atlanta, will need to be on the thesis track. For more information, please visit Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education (OIE) International Students and Scholars Services webpage.
Q: My major is in the School of ECE. I see that students studying at Shenzhen have an option for "Track 5" where they can come to Atlanta for two semesters while doing a non-thesis option. Why can't I do this if I start on the Lorraine campus?
A: If you begin your studies on the Lorraine campus, it is not possible to spend two semesters in Atlanta if you are doing the non-thesis option. When you start on the Lorraine campus, you are required to take 9 SCH (semester hours) each semester, meaning you will complete 18 SCH total in semesters one and two at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. (You may not take fewer than 9 SCH per semester while on the Lorraine campus.) This will leave you with 12 SCH remaining for your 3rd and final semester in Atlanta. You will be able to complete you non-thesis masters in three semesters and will not be granted a visa for a 4th semester. The only way to spend a 4th semester in the program is if you opt for the thesis option.
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?
A: 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.
TUITION & FEES
Q: What is the tuition rate for the two semesters at Georgia Tech-Lorraine? And what about the semester in Atlanta?
A: All masters students at Georgia Tech-Lorraine pay Georgia Tech's in-state tuition for each of the two semesters they spend at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. For the semester(s) in Atlanta, students will pay the higher out-of-state/non-resident tuition. For more details on costs, please visit the Costs page on our website.
Q: How and when do I pay tuition for my semester at Georgia Tech-Lorraine?
A: Students will receive an invoice for tuition and fees for each semester within the first 10 days of the semester. Tuition is paid via wire transfer in U.S. dollars or Euros.
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: I see on Campus France that there are many scholarships offered to students from my home country who are studying in France. Do I qualify for these scholarships?
A: No. In order to qualify for these scholarships, which are offered through the French government, you must be studying at a French institution of higher education. Georgia Tech is a U.S. institution; Georgia Tech-Lorraine is our French campus. We are not a French institution of higher education, so you will not qualify for any scholarship or grant that requires students to be studying at a French institution of higher education. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for any scholarship or grant.
Q: What type of visa do I need to study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and what is the process to obtain one?
A: 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. Please do not begin this process on your own. We will be reaching out to any students who plan to begin their studies on the Lorraine campus in Spring 2021.
Q: What type of visa do I need if I decide to study at Georgia Tech-Shenzhen after two semesters on the Lorraine campus?
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. They will assist you in obtaining the proper visa. (You will need to be in good academic standing in order to switch campuses.)
Q: What type of visa do I need to study at Georgia Tech in Atlanta should I decide to study at the Atlanta campus after two semesters on the Lorraine campus?
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. (You will need to be in good academic standing in order to switch campuses.)
PLEASE DIRECT ANY QUESTIONS TO GTL-FRANCE@GGTL.GATECH.EDU