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Yes, it is mandatory for all AST2 students to complete an exchange, with the exception of ASTi.
This depends on the option you choose:
- Option 1 (Expand): semester 5 and 6 of the double-degree abroad (full year of PGE3)
- Option 2 (Explore): semester 4 (2nd semester of PGE2)
- Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years)): semester 5 (1st semester of PGE3)
When should I select my universities?
- Option 1 (Expand): in February (or February N+1 if you choose to take a gap year)
- Option 2 (Explore): at the start of the academic year (mid-September)
- Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years)): in February/March of your PGE2 year
How do I make my selection?
Online, via an Online Training Offer (OFL) accessible on your RISE account.
How many universities should I choose?
You can choose between 9 and 12 universities, in order of preference.
What do I need to do before selecting the universities that interest me?
You must complete your “Exchange abroad” profile on RISE.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE MY “EXCHANGE ABROAD” PROFILE?
In order to allocate you a university, we must first verify the compatibility of your profile with the prerequisites of our partner universities (passport validity, language tests, GPA). Through the OFL, you will have access to all the universities for which your profile meets the admission conditions.
How can I access universities outside of Europe?
You must submit on your RISE account a copy of your valid passport via the "Exchange Abroad > My passport" tab (which is valid for the entire duration of your exchange + at least 6 months after the end of your exchange in order to avoid any administrative problems with embassies) and fill in the requested data.
If I choose not to carry out my exchange outside of Europe?
You do not need to provide a passport, instead, select the “No, I want to go to Europe” field. Don’t forget to make sure that your identity card is valid for the duration of your exchange. ⚠ This answer does not apply to students who choose the EXPAND pathway, for which a valid passport is a condition of admission.
Do I have to take language tests?
Some universities require an official language test as a prerequisite for admission. If you wish to submit test results (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS type) as part of the university allocation process, you must have submitted your valid test results on RISE via "Exchange Abroad > My language certificate" tab before the deadline corresponding to your pathway (see below).
Is there a deadline for completing my Exchange abroad profile?
The Option 1 (Expand) is selective (passport + TOEFL 80), you must complete your “Exchange abroad” profile on RISE before 31 August.
As part of the Option 2 (Explore), you must complete your “Exchange abroad” profile on RISE before 31 August.
As part of the Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years)), you must complete your “Exchange abroad” profile on RISE before 31 January.
IN WHICH PARTNER UNIVERSITIES CAN I CARRY OUT MY EXCHANGE?
During your OFL, you have access to all of the Partner Universities for which your profile meets the admission requirements. With our 350 academic partners, we strive to offer you widest possible choice of exchange destinations. You will thus have access to many countries even if all the universities within each country will not be accessible, in order to maintain equity between all programmes.
When will I find out about the University Placement Offer ?
For the Option 1 (Expand), the University Placement Offer, with the universities available for a double-degree departure, is available in January prior to your departure (to be reconfirmed).
As part of the Option 2 (Explore), the University Placement Offer, with the universities available for departure in semester 4, is available in early August.
As part of the Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years)), the University Placement Offer, with the universities available for departure in semester 5, is available in February of PGE2 (to be reconfirmed).
In the meantime, you can find more information here (Drive link PGE2/AST2 - Google Drive) about the range of Partner Universities available in previous years, to give you an idea of the possible destinations and the prerequisites requested by the partner universities (⚠These documents are provided for information purposes only as they may change from one year to the next. Note that for departures in 2020/21 the language requirements have been specifically adjusted due to Covid, so they are likely to be more numerous for departures in 2021/22.)