Summer studies abroad program

This program is designed to welcome students from specific partner universities for either 4 or 8 weeks (June-July)
in a complete, “framed”, comfortable educational
programme all inclusive. No French is required.

SSAP students in Gavarnie – 2024

Why and who ?

You sould apply if you want :
– A « + » on your CV : international experience makes you more marketable
– A safe and well-organized stay in France
– Assistance by our Program Assistants
– To earn credits towards your degree
– To learn basics in French : even though there is no language prerequisite and the language used will be English

Who can apply ?

The SSAP is currently open to :
– Students from Kansas State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University, the University of Florida, Colorado State University, Washington State University, Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, Sam Huston State University, Michigan State University, Virginia Tech and South Dakota State University.
– Students from selected partner universities outside the United States : ITESO, ITESM, Amity University, AUB.
– Other applications may be considered.

The program

The Summer Study Abroad Program (SSAP) at PURPAN offers an on-campus program in June and it is then followed by either an optional internship for 4 weeks in July.

It consists of lectures in English coupled with field trips and intensive French courses. During most weekends, cultural visits and excursions are organized in the South-West of France and there is also a weekend planned in Barcelona, Spain.

– The first two weeks are dedicated to European Culture & Agricultural Economics and European Animal Production & Economics.
– During the last two weeks focus, you will choose between 2 options when applying for the program: Food Option and Viticulture & Enology option

The internship is a 4-week placement, in July, on a farm, or within an agri-related business (examples: vineyard, cattle farm, cheese making farm). Usually, the students will be immersed within a family, English speaking or not, also interested in the cultural exchange. The students are expected to take part in the everyday tasks on the farm, hands-on experience according to knowledge & experience.

SSAP students in Carcassonne – 2024
SSAP students in Gruissan – 2023

Downloads and application

Downloads :

Application :

Contact the international office from your university.


Should you have any questions on our Summer Program, please contact us :