ISARA, Lyon, FESIA
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
ISARA is a French Higher Education Institution created in 1968 to develop national and international education, research, and expertise activities in agricultural, food, and environmental science.
Recognized by the French Ministry of Agriculture, ISARA offers degree programs in agriculture, environment, and natural resource management, agrifood, food and industrial management, markets and corporate market, sustainable rural development, and viti-viniculture in order to educate the future managers of food, agriculture, and environment.
ISARA is located in Lyon, the third largest city in France. Lyon is in close proximity to numerous companies, research centers, and professionals in the fields for which ISARA offers degrees
. The diverse climate provides for a wide range of crop products, animals, and food.
Lyon is filled with museums dedicated to various aspects of the French culture and art from around the world. The city possesses rich cultural tradition and an ‘old town’ which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Some of the most visited Lyon museums include the Musee des Confluences, the Miniature and Cinema Museum, the Lumiere Cinema Museum, and Textile and Decorative Arts Museum. The streets of Lyon are filled with architectural beauty.
Situated simultaneously near the mountains and the sea, Lyon has become a popular location for exciting events such as the Fête des Lumières, International Dance Festival, and the Nuits de Fourvière music, dance, and theatre festivals.
Students can choose to study abroad during
- 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
ISARA Lyon gives international students an opportunity to choose courses within five training programs which correlate to their specialization:
- Fall Semester (September to December)
- Spring Semester
- Academic year
- Agriculture, environment, and resource management
- Agri-food, food, and industrial management
- Sustainable rural development
- Markets and corporate management
- Viticulture, territories, and agroecology
A diagram of courses recommended for each specialization can also be found on the International Student Guide
. The majority of courses at ISARA Lyon are taught in French, so students are required to have completed French courses up to FREN 202 or higher.
ISARA Lyon offers several on-campus housing options for international/exchange students.
These include the CROUS Student Hall: Residence Andre Allix, Residence Benjamin Delessert, and the Residence La Madeleine. These options typically offer 10 sq. meter rooms, with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen. There is an expected average monthly budget for students under 28 years old staying at Public Crous Residence for 2014-2015 in the ISARA Lyon International Student Guide
Students often use the public transportation to travel around Lyon, and student card passes to use the public transportation around Lyon cost around 28€ per month. Biking is also a very popular form of transportation in Lyon, as well as car sharing services.
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
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
or visit for walk-in advising.
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
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."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student