ENSTA Bretagne : étudiants en semestre d'études à l'Instituto superior técnico (IST) - Universidad de Lisboa

A semester abroad at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) – Universidad de Lisboa

ENSTA Bretagne
Naval and Offshore Architecture
Bapiste and Alexis, two second year engineering students from ENSTA Bretagne, chose to study abroad for semester n°4 at the Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa (IST), to study Naval Architecture.
They shared their experience abroad and their stay in the Azores with Martin, who came to do his 2nd year internship in the research centre of the same university.

« We left with many memories of a stage which made us more mature and gave us a taste for travelling and meeting even more people of differing nationalities ».

«We had lessons based on individual projects (Ocean Floating Systems, Design of Ship Structures, Maritime Transportation and Ports), continuous assessment (Hydrodynamics), a group project and final exam (Shipyard Management). We had to do a lot of personal work and to conduct 4 to 6 projects simultaneously. These projects required us to learn new software which we needed to master. What was different from in France was the implication in individual projects, enabling us to learn hands-on rather than theoretical knowledge. We have also become a lot more autonomous in technical projects and become more confident in our technical knowledge.

We did try to keep some time to go surfing and to have at least one evening out in the Bairro Alto quarter with our ERASMUS friends from all over Europe. The city of Lisbon is perfect for international students, several bodies enable us to get reductions for numerous events using our student card: visits, outings, evenings etc.»

They took advantage of the end of the semester to visit the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores with Martin, who is doing his 2nd year internship in Naval Architecture in the research center at the same university. The three month internship c entres around 2 areas: the construction of a boat out of composite materials and the study of a shuttle tanker’s movements.

«The island of Sao Miguel is wild and rugged, between the sea and volcanoes. This trip alternated between hiking and swimming in the naturally heated pools.»