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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:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Program Manager
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
French Baking & Pastry at École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP)
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École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP)

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
Term Program Arrival Program Depart
Fall 2017 September 21, 2017 November 18, 2017
Spring 2018 March 19, 2018 May 17, 2018
Summer 2018 May 24, 2018 July 21, 2018

20 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 designed specifically for JWU students and other students who apply through JWU. 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.

In addition to the lab-based coursework, this program includes 25 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.

ENSP 3Scholarship Available:
JWU now has a JWU Global Study Abroad Scholarship Application and we have set aside funds specifically to support ENSP.

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 & Pastry Arts students must demonstrate you are on a baking and pastry academic and career path.

JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
Completion of all sophomore Baking & Pastry Arts labs by the program start date.

Non-JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
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.

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.

The program manager will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

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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The academics are delivered in Yssingeaux which is a small village of 7,000 people surrounded by a beautiful farming community.  ENSP is located on one side of a small valley and the rest of the community is a 20 minute walk from the school to the other side of the small valley.

There are limited housing options in the town of Yssingeaux and, as a result, we have selected a housing facility in a nearby town of Le Puy-en-Velay with the population of nearly 18,500 people. The apartment residency is located close to local shops, grocery stores, the hospital, local shuttle buses and, most importantly, a train station. A local housing manager resides on the same property. The housing is 26 km from ENSP so private group bus transport will be arranged to and from ENSP around the group academic schedule. The housing provides basic, but furnished apartments, shared kitchens, shared bathroom/shower facilities, and laundry machines.  For all housing, bedding is provided, but please bring your own towels or purchase upon arrival.  
Please be prepared that the rooming configurations within the building do vary.  Most rooms are double occupancy. While every individual will have his/her own bed, the rooming configuration may vary.  Your placement into the rooms remains random. 

Your roommate will be selected at random with the intention of mixing students from different campuses.

A hearty lunch is provided Monday through Friday when classes are held at ENSP.  An additional light snack is provided mid morning during a lab break.  However, plan for the majority of the meals 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, usually 4 months prior to departure.

As explained above, the program and related housing take place in a more remote part of France. On arrival day, the group will be met in Lyon by ENSP staff at a certain pre-determined time and bused as a group to the housing in order to settle in.  A multi-day orientation will be coordinated to introduce the group Le Puy en Velay, Yssingeaux, and ENSP.  At the end of the program, one group bus transport will also be provided at a specific time back to Lyon for departure flights.  All details will be provided in the flight parameters.  Do not buy any flights until the parameters are distributed.

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

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

I would advise other students considering this program to really sit down and realistically cost out how much they would like to spend on this trip. Keep in mind its two moths of: food, laundry, AND Traveling. It adds up fast, try to create a realistic budget and save for it!
     — Nicole Hallett, Spring Quarter 2018
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