Summer school at the French seaside

Flinders University engineering students visited France and participated in the Western Alliance for Scientific Actions in Australia (WASAA) Summer School, thanks to a partnership with the Embassy of France.

Each January, successful Flinders student applicants travel to the seaside region of Brittany to join the Summer School, a collaboration between a select group of French Engineering Grandes Ecole’s (‘Great Schools’).

Brittany, which has 2,700 km of coastline, has shipbuilding and repair amongst the region’s traditional industries and is the key centre of France’s Naval and Marine Industries. 

Students at the WASAA Summer School.

In January 2023, nine engineering students were selected to travel to Brest, France, to join a three-week program of lectures, workshops, industry visits and cultural immersion. It culminated in the delivery of a research project to the WASAA faculty, which involves ENIB, ENSTA Bretagne, IMT Atlantique, UBO and UBS. 

Flinders student Mitchell Hodgson says “I’ve completed the WASAA program and had an incredible experience. I plan to return to France for my internship and would love to improve my French language skills.”

The WASAA Summer School began in 2019 and students that participate receive a fee waiver for program costs and earn credit back to their Flinders degree. For more information, visit the website:

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