Fall Semester or Full Year 

Le Havre is more than just a port city in northwestern France: named a World Heritage site for its post-war architecture and home to renowned impressionist painters, the city also houses Université le Havre Normandie. The university is ideal for students seeking to improve their French skills, offering course options in both French and English, French lessons at every level, tailorable credit-bearing volunteering opportunities and a welcoming environment for international students and a robust buddy program. 

The University of Le Havre has developed this ambitious program in Renewable Energy in Civil Engineering in order to offer Engineering-Sciences students (in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, etc.) opportunities to work in the growing sector of Renewable Energy in Europe and worldwide. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to explore a variety of forms and uses of Renewable Energy sources. Full Year students will spend the second semester gaining specialized knowledge through a placement in industry (an in-company internship) or in a research unit. The program, based on existing local experience and knowledge in Renewable Energy, will be taught by professors from the University of Le Havre, experts from industry, and by visiting professors from other universities. 

During the fall semester, Renewable Energy technologies will be studied with a comprehensive approach, without focusing on specific disciplines (Wind, Solar, Biomass or Marine Energy, etc.). However, the implementation of these technologies will be studied in detail: construction of onshore/offshore wind farms including civil engineering, installation of solar panels on buildings, construction of biogas factory, etc. Full Year students are able to focus on a specific discipline when choosing the content of their internship in the spring semester. 

This master's-level program in renewable energy engineering is also open to qualified upper-level undergraduate students who have taken the necessary prerequisites. 


ISEP students are accomodated in a university residence hall and recieve a meal stipend. 

Program Website

Course Description

This program is divided into two semesters: Fall Semester and Spring Semester each consisting of approximately 14 weeks. The fall Semester is made up of the lectures and practical sessions. The spring semester consists of an internship of minimum 4 months to maximum 6 months. ISEP students may attend only the fall semester, or the entire academic year. 

Academic details can be found here.

Fall semester

Due to the special structure of the program, and the fact that parts of the program will be taught by visiting professors from abroad, some modules will be taught as block courses. Block courses will be taught over a period of one or two weeks. The different modules are the following: Wind Energy, Marine Energy, Solar & Earth Energy and Energy Converters & Grid Integration, plus the mandatory modules in Humanities (Language, Legal Aspects, Project Management, Global Warming, Energy Savings, World Energy Situation and Geopolitical Aspects).

Regular courses and courses taught by video conference will be delivered on a weekly basis throughout the semester. Language modules, including French as a Foreign Language, will be held on a regular basis throughout the semester, 2h a week.

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the fall semester will obtain 30 ECTS.

Spring semester

The Spring semester consists solely of a 4 to 6-months internship with a defense in front of a jury at the University of Le Havre (during the first week of July or the third week of September), or by video conference, if necessary. This internship period may be done in industry, government services or in Research (Academic or Research and Development in a company). This internship can be done in France, Europe or all over the world. The only requirement being that students must make a presentation of their internship in front of a jury in Le Havre, either at the beginning of July (between the 1st and 14th of July) or in September (third week of September). A video conference can be organised if necessary.

Upon successful completion of the internship the student will obtain 30 ECTS.

Website for Course Availability

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Fields of Study

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • LPR Required
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Academic Requirements


Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

While students can take a full course load in English, it is highly recommended that students have a working knowledge of the French language to navigate daily life in France. ISEP recommends at least two semesters of French. If you have less than two semesters of French, please contact the Student Advisor for France.

This master's-level program in renewable energy engineering is also open to qualified upper-level undergraduate students who have taken the necessary prerequisites. 

Non-native English speakers most provide a Language Proficiency Report for English and be at the B2 level. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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