Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers

Angers, France
ESA was created over a century ago, in 1898, under the impetus of farming professionals in Western France. Our history and our values represent nearly 110 years of experience and development.
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Why should I study here at Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers?

With its 2,630 students, the Groupe ESA is the largest institute of higher education for life sciences in France. It offers a wide range of courses in 10 major sectors of activity : farming, food, landscape management, environment, horticulture, viticulture, retailing, trade, agribusiness management and town & country planning

About Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers

A founding principle: the human dimension

The educational leadership was initially entrusted to the Jesuits (until the 1970s). To achieve excellence, the human dimension was emphasized, in addition to scientific and technical skills:

  • open mindedness,
  • respect and sharing ideas,
  • the common good

We still hold these values very dear.

Promotion 1950

Knowing how to evolve and innovate.

To help our students "stay one step ahead" the ESA Group stays closely attuned to trends and changes. Thus, in the 20th century, we expanded to include:

  • international cooperation, research
  • correspondence courses since 1927, female agricultural college
A public service mission coupled with human values

Since 1984, the French government has considered agricultural education as a public service. In 2002, the Board of Administration, composed of former students who have all become successful professionals, reaffirmed the values and missions of the ESA group. Our educational project, faithful to the founding commitment, has been set forth in a charter.


"To grow freely, we must engage in solidarity. The ESA Group aims to train men and women who are curious about the world, concerned about the common good, caring and attentive to the poor (...). We welcome those who seek training or professional advancement in agriculture, agribusiness and farming, as well as human values training, to help them achieve personal development and excellence."


Within the Groupe ESA, there are four institutions and four research laboratories :
A ‘grande école’, ESA
which awards undergraduate and post graduate degrees (including PhDs) and the typically French diploma ‘ingenieur’, which is traditionally a five year sandwich course punctuated with five work placements in industry, including a MSc type thesis.
A school of executive management, called 'Agricadre'
which offers a 2 year course in management and trade to students who have already done a minimum of two years university education ; it also offers the European Engineer Degree course in collaboration with Christeljike Agrarische Hogesschool, Dronten in the Netherlands.
which offers two year vocational courses in a wide range of subjects.An adult education centre for professional training offeringapprenticeship training, adult continuing education , and even distance learning (or correspondence courses).
A century old school :
ESA was founded in 1898 by Jesuits and representatives of the agricultural world. The school has been instrumental in the development of agriculture in northern and western France, the first region in Europe in the farming and the food industry sectors. Since the Jesuits left in 1970, the school has become a non-profitmaking organization managed by alumni, but closely controlled by the state.
FESIA, the Consortium of Agricultural University Colleges :

ESA belongs to a French consortium of 4 private agricultural university colleges called FESIA ('Fédération des Écoles Supérieures d’Ingénieurs en Agriculture'), which assembles 6,000 students, thus representing 30 % of all such students in the agricultural and food industry sectors in France. The diploma known as ‘Ingénieur’ awarded by the FESIA colleges, is accredited by the French Ministry of Agriculture and the official body recognising ‘Grandes Ecoles’ (the 'Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur'). This is to be sure a major asset when it comes to finding a job. The positions held by our graduates in and outside France amply testify to that.

Student life at Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers

Angers is a medium sized city that one can get about fairly easily, rarely getting snarled up in traffic jams.

There are also several pedestrian and bicycle only streets enabling easy access to city centre shops, bars, cinemas and other entertainment.

ESA is very close to city centre, less than ten minutes walk from the railway station, and no more than that to the major shops.

Students usually get about on foot, by bike, or on the bus. Indeed the efficient bus network often surprises our foreigners ; theres even a night service.

Life at ESA isnt limited to studying...

With the help of the ESAternational Committee (in charge of welcoming international students), you can profit from the French way of life, and the numerous opportunities offered both on our campus and by the city of Angers.

On arrival, you are greeted as a friend !

Soon after a party is organized for you whereat, you will meet young people from other lands, and your godfather or godmother. For more info, click on A local godfatherSeveral activities are organised in the following weeks :
an intercultural dinner for which you will be expected to make and bring some typical dish from your country,
a group outing to the festival Accroche-Curs, which is an in-the-streets festival held every year in September,
a weekend beside the sea,
and plenty of other things

Sports : Rugby, football, volley-ball, hand-ball, tennis, sailing, etc ... organised by the students Association Sportive du Groupe ESA.
If you wish, you can take part in local, regional and national competitions, such as : Coupe des Grandes Écoles dAngers, Championnat de Fédération des Sports Universitaires, Coupe de France de Voile étudiants (for sailing enthusiasts).
Culture : Photographic, nology, beekeeping, rural development societies, even rockn roll lessons, are on offer, proposed by the Bureau des Etudiants du Groupe ESA (the students union).

Make new friends and practice your conversational French by your weekly visit to :
mardis cafés, where foreign and French students of all the institutions of higher education of the city meet -in a different bar each time, thus discovering new places and new ambiances.
veni vidi vixi, conversation groups limited to ESA students and those of our neighbours (UCO - Université Catholique de lOuest, and ESEO Ecole Superieure d Electronique de lOuest).

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Master's Programmes at Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers

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Departement of viticulture and oenology

Chemistry and Physics in Food Science department

Alternate program school / enterprise

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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