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Program Description:
Ecole Superieure d’Ingénieurs, Purpan
Toulouse, France


Student Population:
Approximately 1,000 students
Language Pre-requisite:
Primary Instruction Language:
Semester Programs: English
Summer School Program: English
Important Dates and Deadlines:
Academic Year and Fall Semester: Beginning of June
Spring Semester: Beginning of October
Summer School Program: during the month of March, prior to the summer
Orientation Sessions:
Academic Year and Fall Semester: Beginning of October
Spring Semester: Beginning of January

 PURPAN, a Jesuit private college founded in 1919, has maintained a spirit of direct collaboration with the agricultural environment. It is administered by a non-profit making council and depends on the Ministry of Agriculture. It awards the degree of “Ingénieur en Agriculture” which is equivalent to a MSc in Agriculture. Students are admitted after the French “Baccalauréat”, or directly into 2nd or 3rd year (after a two-or-three-year university degree).

PURPAN is located in Toulouse, in Southwestern France, one hour by plane from Paris. 4th largest city in France, famous for its unique red-brick ancient buildings, Toulouse is also the 2nd largest university town in France, the 1st European city for aeronautical activities and a high-tech centre. Located in France’s most important agricultural region, Toulouse also remains attached to its traditions.
Toulouse Map 
There is plenty to do downtown. With more than 95,000 students, Toulouse is one of the liveliest cities in France. At the crossroads of Europe, Toulouse is only 6 hours from Madrid, 4 hours from Barcelona, and 2 hours from many European countries such as Italy, Austria, Switzerland, etc. The city is also at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenean Mountains. Toulouse’s cultural mosaic enlivens the region’s various entertainment activities, and gives a southern European tone to its night-life. It offers at the same time exciting prospects and an easy way of life that attracts many people.
Getting around Toulouse:
With options of a City-bus, metro, and/or tram; transportation is easy and practical.
Our public transport network “Tisseo” offers the possibility of buying different cards that give you special  reductions (rates for people under 26 years old, student rates, daily cards, monthly cards… according to your needs).


PURPAN follows the ECTS grading scale. Local examinations are graded from 1 to 20, and are translated into ECTS grades as described hereunder. The minimum passing grade for students is 10/20. Some courses may be validated with ECTS, without grade (based on attendance and work, with the mention "NC").

purpanSemester Exchange - International Bachelor Certificate (IBC):
This programme is at undergraduate level and gives students knowledge in Agriculture. Semester 1 focuses on Animal Productions while Semester 2 focuses on Food Sciences.

Courses for Semester 1 with a focus in Animal Production: French Language and Intercultural Issues, Geographic Information System/Remote Sensing, Strategic Management, Agricultural Policies, Animal Productions, Tutored Work in Animal Productions, Winemaking

Courses for Semester 2 with a focus in Food Sciences: French Language and Intercultural Issues, Rural Sociology, Food Sciences, International Wine Business & Communication.

PURPAN follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): The International Bachelor Certificate programme thus amounts to 60 ECTS, out of which 52 ECTS correspond to courses available to exchange students. The remaining 8 ECTS correspond to a final internship that is not open to exchange students. 
Consequently, exchange students usually choose 26 ECTS for one semester, or 49 ECTS maximum for 1 academic year. They should thus verify their Home Institution requirements, and check if/how they can reach them.

Students choosing IBC courses cannot mix them with courses from other programmes (for example "Ingénieur" courses) because it is technically impossible (timetable conflicts/courses overlapping). Students thus choose courses from 1 programme.

Summer School program:
The Ecole Superieure D’Ingenieurs - Purpan offers a 4-week or an 8-week summer program that is made up of 4 weeks of courses, then an optional a 4-week internship/homestay. Students have the option to select a specialized study in either the French & EU Agriculture - Agricultural & Food option or Viticulture/Oenology option.

Courses for the French & EU Agriculture - Agricultural & Food option are: European Culture & Agricultural Economics, European Animal Production & Economics, Main Plant & Crop Productions, Food Safety/Health & Technology, and French.

Courses for the French & EU Agriculture - Viticulture & Enology option are: European Culture & Agricultural Economics, European Animal Production & Economics, Technical Approach of Vine/Wine making, Market & Marketing Approach of the Wine, and French.

This successful exchange program combines both an on-campus and an internship experiences for the 8-week program. The summer school program started in 1995 is ideal for freshmen and sophomores. Courses are taught in English and English will be spoken during the internship experience. According to the students' interests, internships are provided in animal production (dairy cows/beef cattle, sheep/goat milk, pig, hors) agro-tourism, plant production (main crops, horticulture), vineyards/wineries, etc... It automatically follows the on-campus program.

Academic Calendar:
  • Winter (Autumn) Semester: September – December
    • Host University Application Deadline: Late May - Early June
    • Best time to arrive: Late September
    • Orientation week: Late September - Early October
    • Classes begin in early October
    • Toussaint Holiday: End of October to Beginning of November
    • Christmas Holiday: End of December to Beginning of January
    • Exams begin in December
  • Summer (Spring) Semester: January – May or June
    • Host University Application Deadline: Late September - Early October
    • Best time to arrive: Early January
    • Orientation week: Early January
    • Classes begin in mid-January
    • Winter Break: Beginning of March
    • Spring Break: End of April to Beginning of May
    • Exams begin in May
  • Summer School program: June-July
    • Host University Application: Early March
    • Campus Portion: End of May – End of June
    • Internship Portion: End of June – End of July
For exact dates and set-up of the summer program, contact Education Abroad at
For more calendar dates, see page 4 of the General Information Student Handbook.


Students must meet the requirements of Education Abroad.


Purpan does not offer on-campus residence.  However, they can help you finding flats to share, rooms in French families, or in Residences near EI PURPAN. For students arriving early (Oct.), Purpan sometimes have temporary solutions, but they always try to provide students with a lodging solution, unless you want to deal with this yourself. Contact: Sarah PRINCE & Delphine SEGUI.

The first month, one has usually to pay a one-month rent security deposit, on top of the rent. You will get it back at the end of your stay, unless you cause damage. One has to warn the owner one-month in advance before departure (“Préavis”), generally by sending a letter by recorded delivery to the owner. You may obtain a state allowance for lodging, but depending on the conditions it is not always the case (for EU students, usually yes; other students: for stays superior to one year usually). The procedure requires a certain amount of papers (Birth certificate translated into French & certified by an official translator, marriage certificate, income certificate, rent contract, rent receipt, copy of your French student card, bank account details, certificate concerning your status in France –carte de séjour–).

Information can be obtained for instance from the “Caisse d’allocations familiales”, rue Riquet, Toulouse. Tél. (0)5 61 99 77 00 (

For the summer school program, students participating in the 8-week program will stay with host families during the last 4-weeks of the program while completing their internships. Students should understand that the work they are asked to complete is a counterpart for their accommodation and meals. The internship requires students to be involved in the daily life of the farm or operation. It is important for students to have a real interest and efficiently complete assigned tasks, even tasks that seem basic. When their supervisors are confident in the intern's ability to complete more difficult tasks, they will involve the students in more areas of the operation. If this confidence is not met, interns might not be asked to complete other tasks during the internship. Students should also be engaged in the family's daily life throughout their stay. 



For more estimated costs, please see the Budget Sheets at the top of this brochure. For financial aid and scholarship information, see K-State’s funding page.


Check out the video made about other students' experiences in Purpan!

Students can see additional information on the semester program or the summer program in Fairchild 304. 

Application instruction to apply for a K-State Education Abroad Program can be found on the “Apply” section of the Education Abroad website.

To view courses offered at Ecole Superieure d’Ingenieurs, Purpan check out their course listings page. The summer school program has courses that are pre-arranged, which are included on the program application. 

For further instructions on applying to Ecole Superieure d’Ingenieurs, Purpan check out their General Information Student Handbook.

Purpan in a few words... (PDF presentation)

Study in France this Summer (PDF presentation)


Here is a list of some KSU students who have previously studied abroad at this university. Feel free to contact these students if you have any questions specifically about this program.

  • Hayden Walker - Summer 2017 - Agronomy -
  • Mary Fuxa - Summer 2016 - Agribusiness-