Groupe ESA is situated at the heart of France´s principal agricultural and food-processing region and offers 50 diploma courses from higher diplomas to MSc level. These diplomas can be earned through classic courses, apprenticeship, distance learning or continuous education. ESA has strong ties to the world of business and every year 2000 ESA students undertake internships in over 1500 companies. ESA is also a research facility with 5 research laboratories in the principal areas of interest to contemporary agriculture. ESA has 136 international partners in 40 counties. Every year 500 ESA students go abroad and we welcome 300 international students and professors from our partner universities. Outside of Europe we have strong ties with partners in Brazil, Russia and China.
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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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master's degree at Groupe ESA - École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers!