International exposure – École d'Ingénieurs de PURPAN

International exposure

When it comes to preparing future engineers for an increasingly globalised workplace and cluing them into the agricultural, economic and cultural realities surrounding them, PURPAN firmly believes in maximising their exposure to the international arena.

The School puts a series of teaching methods and offers into practice to give all students chance to enjoy a three-month international experience in an English-speaking country. Close to 95% of our students follow at least two extended placements abroad during their course (i.e. a total of approximately nine months).

Interpersonal skills development and language teachers play an integral role in these international placements.

Therefore, international mobility for PURPAN’s students represents a field of excellence in the School’s teaching philosophy. On average, 350 students perform an internship or university-based semester abroad every year.

Language immersion and introduction to the agricultural realities abroad.

Every student carries out a three-month internship in an English-speaking country (United Kingdom and Northern Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), whether at a university, farm, research laboratory or company.

Internships are supervised by tutors and, in certain cases, supported through grants awarded by the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food. There are two main objectives:

  • Significantly improve students’ English skills
  • Deepen students’ insight into the realities facing foreign agricultural industries

A report produced in English will describe the farm in its context, while specifying the strengths and weaknesses.

Fourth-year students at PURPAN have the option of spending a semester studying at a foreign university.

The study periods offered by PURPAN are the ideal way to discover a different teaching approach, culture, language environment and society. Students may deepen or hone their knowledge or expertise in a specific field.

The study periods depend on PURPAN’s networked partnership agreements (France Agro³) or bilateral agreements (particularly partnership agreements in the USA and Canada) with over 80 universities in 40 different countries.

Four out of five students decide to spend a semester abroad and choose from a range of courses allowing these future engineers to improve their knowledge in subject areas complementing those taught by PURPAN.

Examples of our partnerships: Wageningen in the Netherlands, Cordoba in Spain, Laval in Quebec, Kansas, Purdue, Urbana-Champaign and Florida in the USA, Buenos Aires in Argentina and São Paulo in Brazil.

Students can benefit from one of the partnerships established with the School to join a long-term development programme.

Special focus has been given to target zones and countries (Latin America, West Africa, India-Nepal, Southeast Asia and so on), and lecturers are on hand to provide close support and guidance.

These schemes are the perfect opportunity to engage with an international project promoting solidarity in the most impoverished countries, while developing project management skills during the fourth year.

A sense of service and contribution towards long-term progress are the keywords. These placements are managed in liaison with HODACE, a student NGO that works with the School in providing financial aid to students who sign up to this particular scheme (25 to 30 students on average).

Second-year internship

Language immersion and introduction to the agricultural realities abroad.

Every student carries out a three-month internship in an English-speaking country (United Kingdom and Northern Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), whether at a university, farm, research laboratory or company.

Internships are supervised by tutors and, in certain cases, supported through grants awarded by the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food. There are two main objectives:

  • Significantly improve students’ English skills
  • Deepen students’ insight into the realities facing foreign agricultural industries

A report produced in English will describe the farm in its context, while specifying the strengths and weaknesses.

Academic semester abroad

Fourth-year students at PURPAN have the option of spending a semester studying at a foreign university.

The study periods offered by PURPAN are the ideal way to discover a different teaching approach, culture, language environment and society. Students may deepen or hone their knowledge or expertise in a specific field.

The study periods depend on PURPAN’s networked partnership agreements (France Agro³) or bilateral agreements (particularly partnership agreements in the USA and Canada) with over 80 universities in 40 different countries.

Four out of five students decide to spend a semester abroad and choose from a range of courses allowing these future engineers to improve their knowledge in subject areas complementing those taught by PURPAN.

Examples of our partnerships: Wageningen in the Netherlands, Cordoba in Spain, Laval in Quebec, Kansas, Purdue, Urbana-Champaign and Florida in the USA, Buenos Aires in Argentina and São Paulo in Brazil.

Semester in an NGO within a developing country

Students can benefit from one of the partnerships established with the School to join a long-term development programme.

Special focus has been given to target zones and countries (Latin America, West Africa, India-Nepal, Southeast Asia and so on), and lecturers are on hand to provide close support and guidance.

These schemes are the perfect opportunity to engage with an international project promoting solidarity in the most impoverished countries, while developing project management skills during the fourth year.

A sense of service and contribution towards long-term progress are the keywords. These placements are managed in liaison with HODACE, a student NGO that works with the School in providing financial aid to students who sign up to this particular scheme (25 to 30 students on average).

International agreements
International agreements

PURPAN's network of international partners has been built upon longstanding relationships with certain universities and higher education institutions as part of bilateral cooperation agreements.

Dual diploma programme
Dual diploma programme

Every year, 10 students on average decide to pursue a programme that symbolises excellence in academic prowess.

International masters
International masters

A Master's degree corresponds to a Level 7 qualification. This degree generally takes two years after completing a Bachelor's degree (Level 6 qualification).

Erasmus +
Erasmus +

When it comes to preparing future engineers for an increasingly globalised workplace and cluing them into the agricultural, economic and cultural realities surrounding them, PURPAN firmly believes in maximising their exposure to the international arena.