ESA Angers, FESIA, France
The School of Agricultural Studies of Angers (École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, or Groupe ESA) was created in 1898 by Jesuits and representatives of the agricultural world in Western France. ESA belongs to a French consortium of 4 private agricultural universities called FESIA, which educates 6,000 total students every year. Today, ESA is the largest institute of higher education for life sciences in France, and has 2,630 students in attendance. ESA offers 50 different study programs in the sectors of farming, food, landscape management, environment, horticulture, viticulture, retailing, trade, agribusiness management and town and country planning.
ESA places heavy emphasis on field experience, and remains in contact with agricultural professionals throughout France in order to provide their students with the hands-on experience required for success in their studies. The school also has five research units actively involved in the regional economy and in professional and academic networks. ESA Angers values international cooperation and approximately 120 international students study at ESA each year.
The School of Agricultural Studies of Angers is located in France’s northwest city of Angers. It is a lively riverside city with a population of about 150,000 people. Filled with beautiful architecture and culture from its history as the home of the Dukes of Anjou and the Plantagenets, Angers provides all visitors with beautiful landmarks and museums. This includes the Chateau d’Angers, a palace surrounded by 17 watchtowers which resides on the banks of the La Maine River, famous for its intricate tapestries depicting the Apocalypse. The Cathedrale St-Maurice, a 12th-13th century cathedral with delicately detailed stained-glass windows and an 18th-century organ, can be found in the heart of the city, where the most intricately deigned historic buildings can be found. Le Quai, a state-of-the-art performance and visual arts center draws the attention of Angers natives, as well as the Musee Jean Lurcat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, which holds the famed tapestries for which Angers is famous.
- 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
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Fall Semester (September to December)
- Spring Semester (February to May)
- Academic year (September to June)
ESA Angers offers a wide range of agriculture and food science courses to exchange students. Each student who plans on attending ESA as an exchange student must get all courses taken abroad approved by their home university. Information about how to enroll in courses as an exchange student at ESA and the suggested courses can be found at the exchange student course webpage on the ESA website. The ESA course guide also provides students with a general idea of the course offered to them at ESA Angers.
All exchange students are guaranteed on campus accommodations. University residence halls are around 245 € per month. Living on campus at ESA Angers, students have easy access to the city of Angers, where walking, biking, taking a bus, or using the railway station will assist in traveling from place to place. Assistance in finding accommodation and arrival for international students can be found on the ESA Angers website.
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.
ESA Angers Homepage
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"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."
ESA Angers Course Guide
ESA Angers Exchange Student Page
ESA Angers Info about Applying for a Student Visa
International Students Assistance for Arrival and Adjustment
ESA Angers Scholarships and Budget Info
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Angers, France Travel Guide
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program at ESA Angers, FESIA, France, 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.