2003-2005: MeiShiue KUO
2004- 2006, Hsueh Cheng SUNG
2006-2008, Yan WANG
In year 2006, I was a simple, fresh undergraduate student, with no idea of my life ahead. To this date I still remember my hesitation when my professor recommended the n+i programme. Hey, learning French from scratch, that’s not gonna happen! Also, what’s an engineering school? No idea… it must not be good as no one around me was aware of it.
After some careful study of ESTBB (now ENSTBB) and French education, I made up my mind to go ahead with an adventure, to live in somewhere I’ve never been to, to speak a new language, to a new life. Fortunately, n+i is well organized indeed, the intense language courses and transition semester helped a lot. Nevertheless, do not panic when you lost yourself at the beginning of studying in ESTBB, I know I did, haha. However, stay calm, it’s fine, all the professors and classmates there were super friendly, they never got bored with my questions, sometimes, very stupid ones, so, feel free to haunt anyone around you. They will explain you in French, slowly and patiently. The courses are not limited to biology, we also took management, marketing and sales, economy, etc., and all of them showed great help with my career later on.
You will have plenty of lab training in ESTBB; you’ll see it’s a well equipped school. The training was intensive and really usefully. Additionally, you’ll have a chance of internship in a real French, or in many cases, an international company. It enables you to apply what you’ve learnt, use it well. In the office I’m working now, we have those who studied in US, UK, Australia, Germany… but none of them have owned such a nice opportunity to blend in a foreign environment and work in the industrial level, not to mention, you’ll get paid J
Finally, almost everyone coming to study in France should not miss the food, wine, the incredible view, European culture, art, fashion… you name it. You’ll never get bored living there. Even if time took me back to year 2006, I would still choose the same path. This short two years opened up my world, enhanced my technical background, brought me some very good friends and enriched my life. Today, I’m comfortably communicating with my customers in French, all thanks to that beautiful adventure. Believe me; you will never regret your choice of ESTBB.
2007-2009, Yuechen HAN
2006-2008, Olga IVANOVA
I spent two very exciting and stimulating years in ENSTBB. When my air plane landed in Bordeaux in September 2006 I plunged into new educational system, new language, and new culture. To achieve high level education in rapidly developing field of biotechnology I chose ENSTBB and I consider that it was one of the happiest choices in my life. The school is a unique combination of fresh teaching programs, diverse practical works in real laboratories and industrial environment and management training. What makes ENSTBB really outstanding is that the whole educational process is personalised: that was my task to choose the direction of development, but from the very beginning till the end I always had support and access to necessary information. My life in Bordeaux did not include only studying. I was happy to meet French culture, test French cuisine and find new friends. Aquitaine is a very generous region with beautiful nature and time spent there taught me to feel taste of life brighter. Lots of people were helping me: professors, my classmates, my friends and I want to thank them all, as they contributed a lot in my success.
2007-2009, Sujanitha RAMANATHAN EIFFEL Scholarship
France was a vacation dream for me until I heard about the n+I program. I had two goals in mind: To do my master’s degree in France and to do it in French. N+I offered me this possibility while other programs were content with believing that foreigners would prefer programs in English. I came to France in July 2007 and was pleasantly surprised by all the effort that had gone in to make this possible for the foreign students. Everything was well organized and my time at the intensive language course (Vichy) living with a French family and the transition semester at Toulouse were among the best times I had in my life. When I had to move to Bordeaux to ENSTBB, I was a bit reluctant since I enjoyed my transition semester, however, I was once again welcomed with open arms by the professors of this school. It must not have been an easy task; but everything was done perfectly. I felt at home. The students were friendly and welcoming and I was fortunate enough to have met my best friends here. I enjoyed the courses and found them interesting but I did not realize how tuned they were to industrial needs until I went to work. At my job, I understood that I had been lucky to be able to study in one of the best Biotechnology schools in Europe. This was not just because of the very good reputation the school has in the industry but also because the courses were so focused on what we need in the industrial environment. To sum it up, I am glad I chose the best: N+I and ENSTBB.
2008-2010, Iaroslav SHCHERBA
Hello, this is Iaroslav, a Ukrainian student from nplusi promo 2008. All good things always come to an end...that is what I was thinking about when I was leaving Bordeaux almost four years ago. The time I spent in this city was so wonderful and saturated with so many fabulous moments, that every time I think about it, I feel like I left a part of my heart in Aquitaine forever.
Some people say that for an efficient work in a laboratory it should be cold outside or it should at least rain all the time. They claim that nobody would like to leave the lab then. From my first days in ENSTBB I understood that this idea was false. The sun of Bordeaux, the sea just around the corner,beautiful vineyards all around the city... all this makes the life in Bordeaux just amazing. And it is something that motivates you to work and feeds you with energy that is so much necessary for your studies.
Talking about my school, the great thing about ENSTBB is that it’s not just an academic institution, but, first of all, a small family. This is the impression that any newcomer would get from the first moments under the blue sphereof the school’s main amphitheater. The relations between the students of different years and the teachers are much closer than those between people of an ordinary faculty! If you start studying in ENSTBB, be ready to spend the most awesome years in your life, be ready to find the second family,to find people who will become your best friends for the whole life and of course, be ready to cry when the time will come to leave your Alma mater.
With this very strong and solid basis of friendship and smiles, in recent years ENSTBB became quite a famous one among the European institutes of biotechnology. If you are looking for a spectacular career in biotechnology, ENSTBB will be the best starting point for you. Whatever your preferences are: molecular biology, bioproduction or even management, ENSTBB offers you a full range of practical and theoretical courses to prepare youfor the first steps in the world of biotechnology. Two big internships in the biotech companies will help you to determine what kind of career you are exactly looking foronce you get your ENSTBB diploma. On the other hand, scientific projects within the school will teach you how to work in team and will make you understand what the engineerin biotechnology profession really is.
So, if you feel ready to start this magical three years adventure, if you are motivated enough to conquer the world of biotechnology and if you are tempted by the sea and the sun of Aquitaine, do not hesitate, ENSTBB is the right choice for you.
2012-2014, Alfonso Manuel Gonzalez Flores Conacyt scholarship
I started my master’s degree at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technologie des Biomolécules de Bordeaux (ENSTBB) on the fall semester of 2012. I’d decided to study in France after doing an exchange program during my Bachelor’s degree. My main goals included completing my professional training in the highest and newest biotechnologies, improving my French and starting a career in the pharmaceutical industry. I chose n+i since it provided the easiest way to become part of this amazing engineering school.
Since the very first day, Bordeaux captivated me. Arriving at Saint-Jean train station, walking along the Garonne, visiting the different vineyards, tasting the French cuisine, enjoying the variety of landscapes from snowy mountains to beautiful beaches: living in France is a dream-come-true. The French culture will captivate you, from the very beginning: eating will have a new meaning; people are heart-warming and very welcoming; and their work culture is something that should be discovered.
My two years at ENSTBB are plenty of good memories and great friends, but also of study and hard work. The teachers at this Grande Ecole are well prepared, highly trained in their respective fields of expertise. The laboratories are adapted for the pedagogic intentions, and the classes are focused on the needs of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Being a “generalist” school, ENSTBB gives us the tools we need in a wide variety of subjects going from fermentation, cellular culture to genetics and even management. And most important of all, the size of the classes allows the teachers to follow the evolution and needs of their students given almost personalized guidance to every student who needs it.
One really important part of the curriculum of this school is the six-month internship. This program allowed me to experience in my own hands the working life and conditions in Europe. Having work in one of the leading companies in enzyme production for the agriculture industry could have only enriched my career plan and helped me defined which kind of biotech professional I would like to become.
So in conclusion, studying biotechnology, making lots of new friends, visiting France and Europe, experiencing the French culture, going to class, working in the lab: ENSTBB is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
2013-2016 Lizeth Galindo EIFFEL scholarship
Hello, my name is Lizeth and I come from Mexico. After mi bachelor’s degree I decided to continue my studies in France, in order to do so, I chose the n+i program, which is dedicated to help foreign students who want to do a master degree or PhD in engineering science.
Thanks to this program I was able to apply for some of the best engineering schools. I chose the ENSTBB because it seemed the best option for what I was looking for. This school offers a very good level and quality of education in molecular biology and bioprocess technologies for pharmaceutical applications mostly. Besides, it has a very good reputation in France and Europe.
Being at ENSTBB gave me the opportunity to participate in different activities as International conferences and international student groups like “Bordeaux Alumni”. Also, the networking of the school allowed me to find a really good internship at Belgium in a pharmaceutical enterprise, which I believe, was one of the best experiences that I could have; I gained a lot of experience and I met a lot of incredible people! J
Finally, thanks to the cursus of the school and my educational background in Mexico I had the chance to find a very good job just before graduating, as a research engineer in one of the most recognized research centers in France.
For all this reasons I can say that studying at ENSTBB was the good choice to enrich my career and personal life.
2014-2016 Maria Hajje
I’ve joined ENSTBB in September 2014 for my master’s degree in Biotechnology. To me, studying in France was like a dream coming true.
Finding N+I network helped me move forward to achieve my dream and make it a lot easier. After my Bachelor degree in February 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon, I’ve applied over the internet and was accepted in ENSTBB.
Before joining the school, I’ve searched over the internet regarding the ranking of the school and the rate of stock and market penetration and activism. I’ve found that, once a student is graduated, the gap time between his diploma and finding a job did not exceed 3 months which is a perfect number nowadays.
I had the chance to be able to join the school directly without having a linguistic camp since I was already fluent in French.
Starting September 2014, I’ve started attending the courses and it was really amazing how students and teachers treat you and greet you.
For the past two years, I’ve learned so much, from theoretical approaches to more dig into the dirt approaches. Since it is a generalist school, we’ve tackled a wide variety of subjects, from fermentation, cellular culture, proteomics and genomics and many more.
Moreover, the most interesting part of my curriculum was the final year internship where all became clearer to my eyes.
I had the opportunity to conduct a 7 months internship at UCB Pharma in Belgium in the USP department and cellular culture. This internship gave me a clear idea of the industry and how our diploma can help us to build a successful career in the biotech.
In addition, I had the chance to represent the school along with 4 of my classmates in one of the most prestigious biotech congress hosted by the A3P organization in the heart of Brussels.
Finally, let us put the education aside, Bordeaux is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. For me it was a privilege to live in this city for two years.
For that, ENSTBB I want to thank you for these long lasting memories you gave me.
Greetings from Beirut - Lebanon.
2014-2017 Yifan WU
2015-2017 Elsa GOMEZ ESCOBAR