Nuclear Engineering - France, Switzerland, Austria

The course covers two very important element in the field of the nuclear technology- the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle and the radioactive waste management, storage and disposal. The locations that will be visited during the study abroad experience are unique, one-of-a-kind, and those with world class facilities. Internationally known experts will deliver lectures and briefings to students from Texas A&M. The participating students will be benefitted from the knowledge gained that will also be valuable in their professional careers. Moreover, this experience helps a lot when students seek job opportunities when they graduate.


  • Locations: France, Switzerland, Austria
  • Dates: May 12 - 27, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 12, 2017

Location Information


The group will visit the Areva La Hague Reprocessing Plant near Cherbourg in Normandy.  This is the largest such facility in the world and has reprocessed used nuclear fuel from 11 countries.  The outputs from the plant are constituents, uranium and plutonium, that are used for recycled nuclear fuel and radioactive waste products emplaced in borosilicate glass for ultimate disposition.


In Switzerland, there will be an opportunity to see several interesting facilities and meet with key organizations.  This will include the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (the main government agency dealing with radioactive waste disposal), Nagra (a cooperative organization formed by the nuclear utilities that has responsibility for identifying potential sites and disposing of radioactive waste), Zwilag (an interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel), the Paul Scherrer Institut (the principal national research laboratory in Switzerland), the Grimsel Test Site and the Mount Terri Rock Laboratory (two world-class underground research laboratories), and Marthalen (a possible location for the geologic repository).


The group will visit the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a component of the United Nations.  The IAEA has some 160 Member States and deals with all aspects of the use of radiation applications and nuclear energy.  A tour of the headquarters facilities at the Vienna International Centre will take place as well as briefings by the groups that coordinate IAEA activities dealing with the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management and disposition.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Kenneth Peddicord


For more information contact

Ms. Jay Haines
(979) 845-0972

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Courses Offered

Students can register for 3 credits only.

NUEN 489 : Special Topics - Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management (3 CR)

NUEN 689 : Special Topics - Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management (3 CR)

Prerequisites: ENGR 111, ENGR 112

Eligibility Requirements

Students who desire to study abroad must have:

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Attendance at ALL program specific orientations

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:


The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is offering scholarship for selected student who has a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, it is automatic if students meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application
  • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
  • Be admitted and confirmed by Feb. 15, 2018
  • Required to attend all Study Abroad Programs Office (SAPO) and College of Engineering pre-trip orientations
  • Submit requested documents by deadlines

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous (airfare not included) $1,900
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* Included in Spring semester
International Airfare (Estimated Cost) $1,500
Personal Spending $Varies
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Total Estimated Cost$2,900

*Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.