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|Who Can Apply:||Texas A&M University applicants only|
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|Program Type:||Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program||Academic Area:||Agriculture and Life Sciences|
|Academic College:||College of Agriculture and Life Sciences||Academic Department:||Agribusiness, Agricultural Development, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Journalism, Agricultural Systems Management, Agriculture, Agriculture/Life Sciences, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Botany, Dairy Science, Ecological Restoration, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Land Economics & Real Estate, Nutritional Sciences, Poultry Science, Rangeland Ecology & Management, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences, Renewable Natural Resources, Soil Science, Spatial Sciences, University Studies Agriculture, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Language of instruction:||English, French|
|Program Advisor:||Cathryn Clement, Patrick Moore||Housing:||Dormitory|
|Open to non-majors:||No||Classification:||Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|REEP Program Type:||Departmental Exchange|
The Higher Institute of Agriculture in Lille (ISA) is located in the Lille Catholic University, the largest private university in France, and was founded in 1963 at the request of various professional agricultural organizations. Each year, the university admits over 1,300 students. ISA Lille is one of the four schools that are members of the Fédération des Ecoles Supérieures d'Ingénieurs en Agriculture (FESIA.) ISA Lille provides courses in various studies such as agriculture, environmental sciences, food sciences, landscape, and economics and management.
The school is located in a leading region in food exports, the 3rd most important region in agricultural production, 3rd most important region for turnover in food production, and 2nd most important region for foreign investments in France. The location and connections at ISA Lille provide numerous opportunities for the students to gain experience in the field of their choice.
LocationLocated along France’s border with Belgium, the city of Lille has a strong Flemish influence and, in recent decades, transformed from a polluted, industrial metropolis to a beautiful commercial and cultural hub.
Lille tourists often find themselves touring the city, viewing the elaborate and beautiful architecture and exploring the history-rich museums. Some of the more popular destinations in Lille include museums such as the Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle, Chez la Vieille, and the Palais des Beaux Arts. The charming city provides small forms of entertainment which are generally uncharacteristic for such a large industrial hub, such as a small Municipal Zoo and an outdoor market. Travel from Lille is easy with the TGV and the Eurostar, which makes Lille an easily accessible destination from London, Paris, and Brussels.
- This program is limited to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in French or English
- Obtain a student visa if needed
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
- Fall Semester (September to December)
- Spring Semester (January to May)
CoursesISA Lille offers courses in French and English, all of which are open to exchange students. While at ISA Lille, exchange students also have the opportunity to conduct lab research projects in agriculture and food quality. All courses taken abroad at ISA Lille must be approved by the student’s home university prior to arrival.
HousingFor accommodations, exchange students at ISA Lille are encouraged to book a room in a Lille Catholic University Residence Hall. These dorms range from 350 to 400€ per month. Most of the dorms have a shared kitchen, so students are welcome to prepare their own meals. The university cafeteria is located across the street from ISA Lille and is open for dinner on the weekdays, or students have the option of purchasing food from the various sandwich shops and fast food places near the campus. Students should also visit the Housing FAQs page to obtain more information about living on campus. Lille Catholic University has also provided a "passport" for living in Lille as a guide for students.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage. ISA Lille also provides an estimated budget for incoming exchange students, to give students a good idea of their expenses per month.
Lille Catholic University Homepage
ISA Lille Virtual Tour
ISA Lille Exchange Students
ISA Lille Research Projects
Lille Catholic University Accommodation
ISA Lille Guide for International Students
ISA Lille Monthly Budget Estimation
Studying in France Guide
ISA Lille Academic Calendar
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Lille, France Travel Guide
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program at ISA, Lille, FESIA, students should contact Cathryn Clement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Patrick Moore.