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* PURPAN Agriculture and Food Science Summer Program - Toulouse, France
Toulouse, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2018 07/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
Fact Sheet:
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Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, French
Program Coordinator:
Amy Young
Program Type: CSU Exchange Program, Internship, Service Learning, Volunteer
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

PURPAN Agriculture and Food Science Summer Program
in Toulouse, France

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This program offers students a unique opportunity to study European culture, agriculture,and food and wine production.
Purpan is ideal for CSU students with interests in crop and animal production,food processing, viticulture, enology, fermentation science,
cheese making, agro-tourism and related activities such as restaurant and resort management.  

This summer program is also a great foundation for the extended summer to fall term--a special program designed to give CSU Agricultural Science students the opportunity to study and intern over 6 months in the beautiful southwest of France.

General Program Information

WHEN:  Programs available for the full fall semester, spring semester, or during the summer.  
  This program page is for SUMMER, which runs from late May to late July.
  Students can also apply for the fall semester at PURPAN to enjoy a longer internship and receive up 18 credits while studying in Toulouse for six months.

WHERE:  Toulouse, France

HOST INSTITUTION:  École d'Ingénieurs de PURPAN is one of the prestigious specialized schools of France, called the grandes écoles. It is one of seven such schools comprising the Institut National Polytechnic de Toulouse.  The curriculum focuses on life sciences, agriculture, food science, marketing, management, and international experience.

CREDITS:  Two European Credit and Transfer System (ECTS) credits are equal one CSU credit.  Typically, CSU students earn twelve credits during a semester at Purpan and six credits for the summer program. 

COST:  Please see relevant budget sheet for summer. Non-resident students will pay a more affordable direct enrollment cost instead of CSU tuition.  Students should complete the Education Abroad Common Scholarship Application as Purpan applicants are eligible for scholarships.

LANGUAGE:  Courses are taught in English, and the curriculum includes a conversational French language course.  French language classes are available at all levels.  For advanced French speakers, it is possible to take classes in French that focus on European agronomy. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum GPA 2.8, Good Disciplinary Standing

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: This exchange program allows CSU students to study from the many Agricultural Science, Food Science, and Business courses at PURPAN during the special summer program which includes an internship in farms and businesses across France.  Over the summer, students will learn some French language and culture while gaining hands-on experience about the wine industry as well as food, fermentation (primarily food and wine production), and animal sciences in the south of France. 


SUMMER PROGRAM*: The four-week summer program consists of lectures in English coupled with field trips and intensive French courses.  An optional, but highly-encouraged four-week internship tailored to a student's interest can follow the academic program.  The first month of the program offers 4.5 transfer credits, and the internship equals 1.5 transfer credits for one month.  Students need to complete 6 credits in summer to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Here are the PURPAN tentative transfer course equivalencies.

The following videos describe the summer experience at Purpan:
Purpan Study Abroad Summer Program
Purpan Summer Study Abroad program--Apply Today! 
Summer Study Abroad Program: French & European Agriculture


For summer, participants live in residence halls or apartment-style housing. The program price includes lunch daily and a food stipend during the first four weeks. The internship period includes a home-stay with meals.  The internship program does not cost any additional fees and includes a valuable internship experience on small farms and in businesses across France.


Toulouse, located in the southwestern France, is the country's fourth largest city.  It is well known for its cultural heritage, stunning buildings made of pink stone, excellent gastronomy, and strong agricultural tradition.  There are many universities in Toulouse and the student population is 110,000 making for a vibrant and young community.


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