If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Medical Image Enhancement, Visualization, and Analysis-Medieval France

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Paris, Montpelier, Lyon , France
Course # SA 10517
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/08/24 to 05/22/24

Program Leader

Name Craig Goergen
Email cgoergen@purdue.edu
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

The goals of this program are to 1) introduce students to advanced medical image acquisition and quantitative analysis in clinical settings throughout France, 2) highlight how clinical medicine is practiced in France, and 3) broaden students' international experiences and enrich their understanding of French history and culture. The learning objectives include: 1) identifying different types of medical imaging equipment and data, 2) quantifying cardiac and vascular medical image data through segmentation and other post-processing algorithms including neural nets, and 3) learning how each imaging modality is applied in the study of different pathologies. Although the scientific community works in English and the study abroad content will not require French language proficiency, we plan to expose the students to introductory French phrases that will be useful when traveling in the country. Through this new study abroad program that introduces students to clinician-scientists, we ultimately aim to increase the knowledge of future engineers in imaging research, clinical medicine, and healthcare abroad.

Proposed itinerary: (subject to change)

Wednesday, May 8 -Depart USA

Thursday, May 9 (French Bank Holiday) - Arrive in Paris; welcome lunch/dinner

Friday, May 10 - First class session/lab tour/lecture; Afternoon cultural activity

Saturday, May 11 - Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Seine boat tour, Sacre Cour, Catachome tour, etc.

Sunday, May 12 - Explore Paris in the morning; Afternoon train to Lyon

Monday, May 13 - Department of Radiology, Hospital Croix Rousse

Tuesday, May 14 - Department of Biotechnology Engineering and Bioinformatics at the Institut National de Sciences Appliquees (INSA)

Wednesday, May 15 - Meet with researchers at Creatis Medical Imaging Research Center, University of Lyon

Thursday, May 16 - Morning train to Montpellier

Friday, May 17 - LIRMM - Montpellier; CNS University of Montpellier - Chemistry; INRIA

Saturday, May 18 - Day trip to Carcassonne - Medieval Citadel/Fortified City

Sunday, May 19 - Beach day on the Mediterranean Sea or explore the city

Monday, May 20 - (French Bank Holiday) Montpellier art museums, Toulouse, Marseille/cultural experience

Tuesday, May 21 - Conservatory of Anatomy; research seminars at Genopylous; farewell dinner

Wednesday, May 22 - Depart for the USA

For more information, please email Professor Craig Goergen at cgoergen@purdue.edu or Professor Vitaliy Rayz at vrayz@purdue.edu



Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for BME 49500. This will be a technical elective for BME students. Students in other engineering schools must check with their academic advisors to see how this can be used in their plans of study.


BME students, other Engineering majors, and related majors such as Science and Nursing are eligible. 

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Cost is estimated at $5,150--includes housing, ground transportation, some meals, welcome and farewell dinner, activities on the itinerary, Academic credits, and international health insurance.

Additional cost: round trip airfare, passport, meals, visa (if needed), and personal spending money. 

Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 20 spots available.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.