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Study for the summer alongside other international students at Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture (ESA) in Angers, France! Students enrolled in this program will spend four weeks in the classroom taking courses in English about French Civilization and Europe, Sustainable Agriculture and Wine and Regional food product development. In addition to the classroom experience, students will also have visit companies and cultural sites.
A center of learning, Angers boasts two renowned universities and several specialized institutions, altogether responsible for more than 40,000 students. The city is about an hour and a half train ride from Paris and about 100 kilometers inland from the ocean.
Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture is located in Angers, a city of 270,000 people situated along the Maine River in the Loire Valley of western France. The city is about an hour and a half train ride from Paris and about 100 kilometers inland from the ocean.
The region hosts the greatest variety of crop and animal production in Europe, including cereals, oilseeds, vegetables, flowers, fruit, wine, cattle, pigs and poultry. This agricultural diversity, along with modern processing plants, numerous food companies and research centers make Angers an ideal setting for an agricultural institute of higher learning. Angers is known as the Most Flowered City in Europe for its many parks, gardens and fresh cut flowers. Angers also hosts a middle-age fortress where the longest tapestry in the world can be seen. It is also the home of the famous Cointreau liquor and of a number of modern industries.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Paris but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times. Students will be picked up in Paris for a cultural field trip before being transported to Angers.
A visa is not required for US citizens staying for less than 90 days. A passport valid for 6 months after the program ends is required. Non US citizens should contact the Study Abroad Advisor to determine if a visa is required.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You will also receive an onsite orientation when you arrive in Angers.
During the first four weeks of the program, students will live with a host family in Angers. Meals are provided and families may speak some English.
Excursions and Activities
For the first five days, students will spend time exploring the city of Paris and the magnificent castles of the Loire valley. During the final weekend, students will participate in a group cultural trip to Brittany and Normandy, visiting landmarks dedicated to World War II and the beaches.
ESA is very close to the city center, less than ten minutes walk from the railway station, and no more than that to the major shops. Angers has an exciting cultural life with festivals, concert halls, cinemas, gymnasiums, tennis courts, parks and plenty of French cuisine. Students will have three free weekends to explore the area on their own or in groups.
Students will take part of touristic and cultural visit to places such as Paris, Chateau de la Loire, Mont Saint Michel and the landing beaches in Normandy, among others.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Staff from the Groupe ESA Summer Program.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Angers, France Summer 2013 Handbook
(Summer - 2012-13)Angers, France Summer 2013 Handbook
(Summer - 2012-13)
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Summer Program Forms
ESA Application form - Angers: Submit
ESA Optional Farm Internship Application - Angers: Submit
Passport ID Page: 2 Photocopies
Passport-Sized Photograph: 1
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
|Summer - 2013-2014 Academic Program
The ESA summer program is a four-week program with the purpose of introducing students to the French way of life, the role of France in the European Union and the rich heritage of French culture, while at the same time providing concentrated study in "Sustainable Agriculture" and "Wine and Regional food product development".
The first two weeks of sustainable agriculture will include crop production and agroecology, animal production and sustainable livestock farming systems, and agribusiness. The second two weeks of wine and regional food product development will include oenology, viticulture, food science and technology, sensory analysis, consumer behavior and international marketing.
A French language and civilization course will be conducted partly in French at the students' proficiency level, but all other classes are conducted entirely in English. The program combines lectures, educational field trips, and cultural visits in a wide variety of places.
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