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|Restrictions:||Virginia Tech applicants only|
|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:||2.5|
|Areas of Study:||Agriculture, Animal & Poultry Sciences, Hospitality Management||College Sponsor:||CALS|
|Terms Available:||Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer|
Field(s) of Study
Agriculture, Life sciences, Food science, Viticulture, Enology, Animal Science, and Food Production, Hospitality and Tourism
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/
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:
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.
Student LifeWith 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.
Ingénieur & IBC Programs
More information available at: http://www.purpan.fr/node/324
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