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The AESOP program offers a practice-oriented training to those with either a mechanical or electrical engineering background that are interested in orienting their curriculum towards the aeronautical and maintenance market. This is a one-year international program composed of a fall semester offered by the University of Bordeaux in France and a spring semester offered by the University of Cincinnati in the US. Two diplomas are obtained: a Diplôme Universitaire International (DUI) from UB and a Master of Engineering (MEng) from UC.

Program Factsheet

Duration: one year

Fall semester (September to December):  in Evering Institute of UB in Merignac, France

Spring semester (January to April/June): in Cincinnati, Ohio, US


  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati
  • Diplôme Universitaire International (DUI) in Aero-System Operations from the University of Bordeaux


Tuition fees

  • DUI (fall semester): waiting for validation
  • MEng (spring semester): waiting for validation

Language requirements

Students for whom English is not the mother language require a minimum level of:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 85
  • International English Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 59
  • Duolingo English Test certification: 110 

Admission requirements

  • Hold a US Bachelor degree within a College of Science
  • Or hold a European Bachelor degree or a European Professional Bachelor degree within a College of Science along with three years of professional experience 
  • Or hold a European Master degree within a College of Science 

Employment market

  • Examples of jobs from former AESOP students: flight test engineer, maintenance engineer, manufacturing engineer, processes engineer, project engineer, structure engineer, test engineer…
  • Examples of companies: waiting for validation

A one-year international program

The first semester in Bordeaux provides 

  • an overview of the aeronautical maintenance (regulation, design and implementation of maintenance program, technical documentation…)
  • technical skills associated to either structural maintenance (CAD design, composite material manufacturing and repair, non-destructive testing...) or avionics maintenance (fault detection, design of test benches, aeronautical data bus...)

The second semester in Cincinnati provides 

  • professional skills courses to develop the capacity to manage tasks and projects, lead teams...
  • courses to develop aerospace engineering skills through a wide choice of technical specialties
  • a capstone project

Detailed program of fall semester (Bordeaux)

Core curriculum - 9 USC

  • Introduction to Aircraft Systems, Regulations and Maintenance - Project (3 USC)
  • Regulation (1.5 USC)
  • Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (1.5 USC)
  • Maintenance Program (1.5 USC)
  • Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Organization (1.5 USC)

Specialization courses – 6 USC (choose 1 out of 2)

  • Structural aircraft maintenance (6USC): Technical documentation, NDT, composite, CAD, finite element modeling…
  • Avionics maintenance (6USC): Fault detection, technical documentation, NDT, test bench, ARINC data bus…

Detailed program of spring semester (Cincinnati)

Project / Task Management - 3 USC (choose 1 out of 4)

  • Engineering Project Management (3 USC)
  • Supply Chain Cost Modeling (3 USC)
  • Quality Control (3 USC)
  • Lean Six Sigma (3 USC)

Interpersonal Skill Development - 3 USC (choose 1 out of 4)

  • Innovation And Design Thinking (3 USC)
  • Applied Leadership for Project Teams (3 USC)
  • Fundamentals of Leadership (3 USC)
  • Effectiveness in technical organizations (3 USC)

Technical specialty - 6 USC (choose 2 out of 13)

  • Advanced Aircraft Performance (3 USC)
  • Soft Computing Based AI (3 USC)
  • Flight Test Engineering (3 USC)
  • Occupational Safety Engineering (3 USC)
  • Advanced Strength of Materials (3 USC)
  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing (3 USC)
  • Introduction to Robotics (3 USC)
  • Principles of Material Science (3 USC)
  • Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering systems (3 USC)
  • Advanced Flight Mechanics (3 USC)
  • Advanced Finite Element Method (3 USC)
  • Turbomachinery Flows (3 USC)
  • Rotordynamics, Theory and Applications (3 USC)

Capstone project - 3 USC

Video presentation of the AESOP program


The AESOP program was instrumental in helping me get my current job because it gave me the skills and experiences I needed to work on aircraft engines – their development, repairs and testing – and that made me a sought-after candidate. The program’s specialty in aviation operations, which isn’t offered by many schools, allows you to be a jack-of-all-trades. That is a very valuable skill in the aviation industry as this allows you to be adaptable and versatile to any challenges and new projects you might face.

How to apply

Strengths the AESOP program

  • One-year program offering career opportunities in aerospace engineering and maintenance
  • Gain an international graduate study experience
  • Wide choice of teaching units in UC semester to specialize your skills profile
  • Get a unique hands-on experience thanks to evering institute facilities


  • Christophe Farges

    In charge of AESOP program

    05 33 51 42 86

  • Stéphanie ALBIER

    In charge of lifelong training at Evering Institute

  • Eugene Rutz

    Director of Master of Engineering program