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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Apartment Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class/Credit Status:
02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Areas of Study: Baking & Pastry Arts
Program Model: JWU Term Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
French Baking & Pastry at École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP)   
École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP)

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY 2017-2018 (final itinerary subject to change)
Term Program Arrival Depart Program
Fall 2017 September 21, 2017 November 18, 2017
Winter 2017-2018 January 4, 2018 March 3, 2018
Spring 2018 March 15, 2018 May 12, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE for Fall and Winter terms only
JWU now has a JWU Global Study Abroad Scholarship Application.docx and we have set aside funds specifically to support ENSP Fall and Winter terms.  Scholarship requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to August 15 and the award amount will vary depending on financial need and will max out at $2500.

25 students per term
Mix of JWU and non-JWU students

Sophomore, Junior and Senior level Baking & Pastry Arts students can participate in this intensive program. You will study directly with top French pastry chefs at ENSP, the leading pastry arts school in France.  Located in Yssingeaux, ENSP is owned and operated by world renowned chef Alain Ducasse and pastry chef Yves Thuriés.  The program will use theory, demonstration and practice to develop your skills and knowledge in the French approach to tarts and entremets, chocolate and sugar art, petits fours, plated desserts, sorbets, ice cream, bread and viennese pastry.  The program will also include an introduction to modern technologies and trends.  Upon arrival to ENSP, you will take a lab skills assessment exam for placement into an AM lab group or a PM lab group.

In addition to the lab-based coursework, this program includes 20 hours of French language classes to build your knowledge of survival French as well as French language terminology related to your field.  Once a week you will have a 2-hour French course to support the holistic experience of living in France, traveling in France and engaging with the community around you.  Whether you have studied languages before or this is your first time, it is imperative that you engage this opportunity to explore and practice the language around you. 
Laboratory and classroom time will be supplemented by industry and cultural excursions.  This is a wonderful opportunity to study, train and live in another country and develop intercultural competencies.   In addition to the credits earned while abroad, you receive a certificate of attendance from École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie to add to your professional portfolio.

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 13.5 quarter credits
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above. Upon completion of the program, the host will send an official transcript to JWU Study Abroad.  Successfully passed courses and grades will be applied to the JWU transcript.  The typical timeline for your JWU transcript to be updated is 3-5 months.

Student Status: Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.
Baking and Pastry Arts: Must demonstrate you are on a baking and pastry academic and career path.

Academic Skills:
JWU Students - Completion of all sophomore Baking & Pastry Arts labs by the program start date.
Non-JWU Students - Proof of specific baking and pastry-related skills must be presented through your application materials. Please reference our BP Skills Prerequisite for ENSP handout for a detailed skills list.

Kitchen 2
JWU Study Abroad staff and College of Culinary Arts coordinate pre-departure information. JWU staff does not travel with the students and program supervision is provided on site by ENSP faculty and staff. All academic content is delivered by ENSP to provide an immersive international education environment.

JWU Study Abroad and ENSP will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 30-40 hours per week. Activities include intensive labs, classroom learning and industry excursions. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.


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  • Valrhona - luxury chocolate manufacturer
  • Sevarome - food flavoring and aromas
  • Sicoly - fruit puree producer
The program is located in a small village of 7,000 people surrounded by a farming community.  ENSP is located on one side of a small valley and the the apartments are a 15-20 minute walk from the school to the other side of the small valley.

The housing complex is called Aubépine.  There are limited housing options in the town of Yssingeaux and we have selected a housing facility that is in close walking distance from the school and provides enough space for all of the program participants to be in the same location.  In addition, the housing provides fully furnished apartments with kitchenettes.  For all housing, bedding is provided, but bring your own towels or purchase upon arrival.  Prior students have found it helpful to have a flashlight for night time walking.  
Please be prepared that the rooming configurations within the building do vary.  Some bedrooms in the apartments are for single occupancy and other bedrooms are for double occupancy.  While every individual will have his/her own bed, the rooming configuration will vary.  Your placement into the rooms remains random. 

Your roommate will be selected at random upon arrival and will be based on which lab group you are placed into.  The goal is to ensure that AM lab students are living with other AM lab students and likewise for the PM group.
Please be aware that you will be placed with a temporary roommate upon arrival Thursday night and you will not be able to fully unpack until after the skills assessment test Monday.  The official rooming list will be established Monday and you will move into your permanent room during the first week of the program.  While the true settling in process will take several days, this housing process is in place to ensure that students are mixed regardless of JWU campus and home university, and that the daily schedules of roommates are compatible.

Lunch is provided Monday through Friday.  An additional light meal is provided either before or after labs and the schedule depends on which lab group you are assigned to attend.  All other meals are on your own and at your expense.  

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via JWU email, usually 4 months prior to departure.

JWU includes a 5-day 2-Country Eurail Pass *2nd class in the cost of the ENSP Program to France.  This pass gives you 5 days of travel within a 2-month period taken consecutively or not on the rail networks of France and a bordering country.  This pass does not include seat reservation costs that are an additional requirement for some trains.  Also high-speed TGV trains as well as some other trains require that you pay a supplement. 

Students will be given the opportunity to purchase insurance and/or upgrade their pass to a more inclusive rail pass.  All details are provided within the term prior to departure. 

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each campus has a mandatory pre-departure orientation with scheduled dates, times, and locations. Failure to participate in the orientation may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2018 11/15/2017 ** Depends on Application Date 03/15/2018 05/12/2018

** Indicates final application deadline date for this program. Applications are processed in batches. It may be possible to apply to an earlier batch application deadline. Please see the full list of application deadlines, notification dates, and required commitment dates.