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*Ecole d'Ingénieurs de PURPAN
Toulouse, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: Virginia Tech applicants only
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Language(s) in which classes are available:
English, French
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
2 Sophomore
Program Type: Bilateral Exchange
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Agriculture, Animal & Poultry Sciences, Hospitality Management College Sponsor: CALS
Program Description:


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Field(s) of Study

Agriculture, Life sciences, Food science, Viticulture, Enology, Animal Science, and Food Production, Hospitality and Tourism



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See what students say about their study at PURPAN (In French).


Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer

Semester Exchange at Ecole d'Ingénieurs de PURPAN

PURPAN, a Jesuit private college founded in 1919, has maintained a spirit of direct collaboration with the agricultural environment. It is administered by a non-profit making council and depends on the Ministry of Agriculture. It awards the degree of “Ingénieur en Agriculture” which is equivalent to a MSc in Agriculture. Students are admitted after the French “Baccalauréat”, or directly into 2nd or 3rd year (after a two-or-three-year university degree). Virginia Tech partners with PURPAN to exchange undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for one or two semesters.

PURPAN curriculum is based on three key principles: intensive academic studies, on-the-job experience, and strong international exposure.


PURPAN is located in Toulouse, in Southwestern France, one hour by plane from Paris. 4th largest city in France, famous for its unique red-brick ancient buildings, Toulouse is also the 2nd largest university town, the 3rd largest scientific region and a high-tech center. Located in France’s most important agricultural region, Toulouse also remains attached to its traditions.


Approximate Semester Dates

Semester 1 (Fall): August - December
Semester 2 (Spring): January - May
Summer 1: May - June
Summer 2: June - July


Preference for majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact Global Education office for exceptions.

Please note that students are required to submit an official translation of their birth certificates in French.

Students applying for the Ingénieur program will need to provide a "Proof of Language Proficiency" with their application. Please check more details in the Academics section below. 


PURPAN offers courses to exchange students for one semester or a year in two tracks: the IBC program (International Bachelor Certificate in Animal Productions & Food Sciences) and the "Ingénieur" program.

PURPAN offers some modules in English in the IBC program. Modules in Semester 1 focus on Animal Productions, while in Semester 2 focus on Food Science. Workload of a full-time student in the IBC program is 28 ECTS of classes per semester. Please check here for a list of course offerings for the IBC program.

For the Ingénieur program, the language of instruction is French. Students must provide Proof of Language Proficiency (Certificate of knowledge of French language level B1 minimum, B2 recommended). Please check here for more information about language proficiency. In addition to classes, the curriculum also includes internships and reports, thus the maximum workload exchange students can reach is 15-20 ECTS during semester 1 and 20-25 ECTS during semester 2. Please check here for a list of course offerings for the Ingénieur program. French language classes are offered to help students adapt to the change of language of tuition.


Summer Study Abroad Program (SSAP)

PURPAN offers a Summer Study Abroad Program with two options: On-Campus program for 4 weeks of classes in June, and an optional Internship program for 4 more weeks in July for a total of 8 weeks.

The On-Campus program consists of lectures in English coupled with field trips and intensive French courses. During most week-ends, cultural visits and excursions are organized in the South-West of France. The first two weeks are dedicated to culture, agriculture and animal chains in Europe. The last two weeks focus on either crop production and food processing or viticulture and enology (students get to choose when they apply for the program). Check for more information about SAAP Syllabus Details and SSAP French Intensive Course details. 

The Optional Internship Program is designed for students with interests in farm/ag business stays. Internships are provided according to students' interests in animal production (dairy cows/beef cattle, sheep/goat milk, pig, horse) agro-tourism, plant production (main crops, horticulture), vineyards/wineries, etc...

Please check the SSAP 2017 Practical Information and SSAP 2017 FAQ. Note that no Proof of language proficiency is required for SSAP.



University Tuition & Comprehensive Fees

Virginia Tech tuition and comprehensive university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Participants in exchange programs will be charged a $300 administrative fee through the Bursar.

Room and Board

Room and board is not included in the exchange. Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing and meals in France.

CISI Travel Medical Insurance (required)

Participants will be required to enroll in Virginia Tech's travel medical and security insurance coverage for the duration of the program. The cost is approximately $35 per month.

France Study Visa

Non-EU students staying in France for more than 3 months need to apply for a study visa: a long stay student visa “VLS-TS Etudiant” with multiple entries in the Schengen area, category D (Visa fee is around $56 for students). Students will be notified whether they must apply for a Residence permit once in France. Please check the Consulate General of France in Washington Visa section website for more information.

French Student Social Security

For non-EU students staying in France for more than 3 months, they must sign on to the Basic French Student Social Security upon arrival. Cost for 2016-2017 is €215 ($234) for the academic year. 

SSAP Program Fees

Program fees for the SSAP is €2575. This includes lodging, board, local transport, insurance and other expenses (like some cultural excursions and organized outings, field trips, academic materials, organization of the internship …) during the on-campus program. This fee does not include airfare, personal expenses (leisure, free week ends…), passport fees and Virginia Tech fees.

Additional expenses are likely to include travel costs i.e. round trip international airfare, passport/visa fees, immunizations, books/supplies, telecommunications, and personal expenses.


Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing. However, PURPAN can advise and support in this process. Possibilities include:

  • Room rents in private housing
  • CROUS Residence Halls (according to a quota granted each year or according to availabilities)
  • ICAM-PURPAN residence (only a few offers for students staying for 10 months minimum or according to availabilities)
  • Sharing a flat with other students (only a few offers per semester)
  • Studios or flats (only a few offers per semester)

Housing for SSAP

Students will be accommodated at the ICAM-PURPAN Student Residence Hall near the school during the on-campus program. They will have to pay a security deposit of 250 Euros upon arrival, IN CASH, which they will get back at the end of the on-campus part, before they leave (for good or for the internship), if all is in order.

Ecole d'Ingenieurs de PURPAN

Student Life

With more than 120,000 students, Toulouse is one of the liveliest cities in France. At the crossroads of Europe, Toulouse is only 6 hours from Madrid, 4 hours from Barcelona, and 2 hours from many European countries. The city is also at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenean Mountains. Toulouse’s cultural mosaic enlivens the region’s various entertainment activities, and gives a southern European tone to its night-life. It offers at the same time exciting prospects and an easy way of life that attracts many people.

Contact Information

VT Contact

Chelsey Watts
Assistant Director for Partnerships & Affiliations
VT Global Education Office

PURPAN Contacts

Ingénieur & IBC Programs
Delphine SEGUI

International Relations Assistant
+33 (0)5 61 15 30 19


International Project Manager
+33 (0)5 61 15 30 98

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer 2018 01/28/2018 01/28/2018 TBA TBA

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