ENSTBB - Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technologie des Biomolécules de Bordeaux

General Presentation
Academic Presentation
Student Life
International Relationship
Created in 1993, ENSTBB is a graduate School of Biotechnology and Bioprocessing funded by the French Ministry in charge of higher education and research. Its goal is to educate and train advanced students and to provide professional training and resources for industry and conduct innovative research.
ENSTBB integrates three years training with courses, practical and internships in biotech and biopharm companies around the world. ENSTBB is judged by The French Pharmaceutical Companies Association (LEEM) as the first Graduate School of Biotechnology and Bioprocessing.
The “n+I” students join the French students in the second year of the program.
ENSTBB practises interdisciplinary approach integrating molecular and cell biology with process engineering and management to preparing top-quality individuals for leadership in Biotech-Biopharmindustry.
ENSTBB is located in the life sciences campus of the Bordeaux University in the downtown of Bordeaux city which is classified in the World Heritage List by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).At forty kilometres of the Atlantic ocean, near the biggest European forest, at some hours Pyrenees Mountains, Bordeaux and its region offer to the 61 000 students of Bordeaux University a wide selection of activities connected to a natural environment of exception.
The training program of ENSTBB is connected with the Biotech and Biopharm companies requests in terms of Biotechnologies-Bioproduction skills, Management skills (projects, costs, marketing, economy, industrial properties, assurance quality, human resources) and professional experience.
The ENSTBB program training is performed by professionals from companies, from business school of Bordeaux and high level university teachers.
Our students works around the world in Biotech and Biopharm company, 60% of our Graduates works outside France.
Professional Network
ENSTBB has developped relationships with industry and business in the training program and in its Research and Technical Transfert Center to provide professional training and resources for industry.
Biotech and Biopharm companies are integrated in the administration council of ESTBB (Mercks-Serono, Sartorius-Stedim, Sanofi-Aventis, LFB...).
Several industrial people participate to the training along the three years (toxicology, drug life, GMP, quality, management, industrial properties…), and each year, at the graduation ceremony, the graduates have a top manager of Biotech-Biopharm company as godfather of the promotion.
The 6 to 8 months internships in the Biotech and Biopharm Company and our graduates since 15 years provide and extend our networks with companies. Every year, the companies come in ESTBB building to select and recruit their top-quality individuals for leadership in Biotech-Biopharmindustry.
ENSTBB has been working closely with the n+i network since several years.
Student should apply to the ENSTBB via the n+i website (www.nplusi.com).
Admission to the ENSTBB is based on a rigorous selection process which considers not only the academic performance but the different fields of academic courses of the applicant.
Successful students will be notified via the n+I website.
Important Dates
See the n+i website (www.nplusi.com) for most recent information.
The first session application September to December allow you to postulate at several scholar ships.
Student who chooses the n+i program and have high level academic performance could be eligible for different scholarships (Eiffel, French Embassy…).
Students are also advised to seek financial support from their own governments and the French Embassies. In some cases, French and international companies can also offer scholarships.
In France, cost of the studies is the same for French students and foreign students. The true costs of ENSTBB training is around 12000 € per year, France country take in charge the majority of the costs, therefore the costs of the ENSTBB training paid by the students is around 1000 €, health cover included.
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Student Life
The strong points of Bordeaux life are history, culture, nature and wine.
Bordeaux is a city at human scale. Bordeaux is classified in the World Heritage List by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
At forty kilometres of the Atlantic ocean, near the biggest European forest, at some hours Pyrenees Mountains, Bordeaux and its region offer to the 61 000 students of Bordeaux University a wide selection of activities connected to a natural environment of exception. And around the city, you can find thefamous Bordeaux wineyard.  
ENSTBB is situated at the life sciences campus in Bordeaux near the city centre, fives minutes by tramway. Near ENSTBB building, the student’s restaurant allows to take our meals easily.
Between ENSTBB and the restaurant, you have tennis court to improve your form.
Student club organize regular outings (weekend trips, ski vacations, parties…).
Students can be benefit from university accommodation, in single rooms with share facilities or small apartment on or near the different campus of the city. Other options include private accommodation.
Accommodation fees
For university accommodations, the cost are 150-300 €.
For private accommodations, the costs are 250 -550 €.
The prices depend of size and services.
For private accommodations, the difficulty for foreign students is to have guarantor in France.
Some figures
ENSTBB is a small and dynamic structure, 40 students for each year of the program.
The proximity of students and teachers improved the quality of the training.
For the last three years, the graduate workings outside France are 62%.
The different sectors are:
 Cell culture (42%), Quality (21%), Purification (11%), Fermentation (11%), Characterization (11%), Others (4%).
The different positions are :
Research & development (50 %), Production (15 %),Trade & sale (11 %), Quality (7 %), Consulting (7 %), Technical assistance (6 %), Clinical research (3 %), Patents (1%).
Partnership with n+i
The ENSTBB has been an active member of the n+i network since 2003.
Seven  n +i students have been graduated (2005-2011) from Taiwan ,China ,India Ukraine.
Testimonial of former n+I students
2004-2005: MeiShiue KUO
In the summer 2003, I decided to continue my study in France at ESTBB with
the objective to acquire different advanced technologies and to receive more professional training. I choose n+i program to come to France to improve my success in the training with the help of linguistic integration package and  the semester of transition. Two years later, I am very glad to achieve my objective by studying in ENSTBB. The curriculum of ENSTBB enables me to have a general and complete knowledge relating to biotechnology. Moreover, the management-related courses enhance my other capabilities and allow me to have a general understanding in the French system. I believe those various courses will make me to have more choices to begin my work and also to have more potential to develop my future career.
Of course, I didn’t just study during these two years. I also made lots of friends
 in ENSTBB, visited nice places in France and discovered French culture. I thank
very much for the friendly reception and helps from the professors and the students
 of ENSTBB. Thanks to these helps, I can accomplish my study and have wonderful memories.
If you wish to obtain advanced knowledge regarding biotechnology and
you like the ocean and red wine, welcome to ENSTBB. You won’t be disappointed.
2005- 2006, Hsueh Cheng SUNG
I choose n+i program to come to France to improve my success in the training with the help of linguistic integration package and the semester of transition.
In ENSTBB, my life was filled with accomplishment, enjoyment and satisfaction.
The improvement of my French, research abilities and special knowledge
 of biotechnology was worthwhile no matter how many obstacles and challenges I met in this period. Furthermore, I am grateful to my considerate classmates and teachers
for their concern and help. I appreciate the courses offered by ESTBB and these subjects cover from molecular biology, biophysics and protein purification to marketing and project management. It allows an engineering student to have multiple aspects of knowledge
 and competence for his or her professional plans.During six-month internship in Pierre-Fabre,
the bio-technical and academic background in ENSTBB helped me deal with some intractable tasks.I have learnt to work as a team and become more independent in the research field.
After finishing my internship report in French, I got more confidence on pursuing
 the further research in France.The school also provides us with many opportunities
 for jobs or Ph.D positions and helps us organize the future projects.
It’s really helpful for me, as a foreigner, in this country. After graduation from ENSTBB,
I have determined to do my Ph.D study in Paris.
I have no regret for my study in France. Instead, my achievements
 are more than what I expected.

2008-2009, Yuechen HAN

Hello, this is Yuechen, a Chinese student from nplusi promo 2007. Before I finished my bachelor
degree in university at 2007, I heard one program offered fresh bachelor student an opportunity to continue master degree in France around 2 years about relevant natural science domain. As it is an official program guaranteed by both sides governments, I applied for it online and was chose by ENSTBB as I have biotechnology background during my university.
The first half year I spent some time in language adaptation and basic course learning. I came to Bordeaux at the beginning of 2008. Progressively, I passed the first term study and I found my long-term internship in Nice. After obtaining my degree on June,2009, I came back to China because I believed that job opportunity would be more chance here. Luckily, I found a job at Genscript and worked there since 2009. So far, nearly two years passed, I have keep working on the business development associate for Europe at Genscript. With the expansion of Genscript, our Europe sale has increased according to our support. To sum up, I appreciate that I have the chance to join Nplui programme at 2007. Not only gave me a memorable experience two years in France to realize the local culture, but also it offered me a more competitive ability in finding an international job.
ENSTBB is integrate in the Polytechnic Institute of Bordeaux, with the ENSEIRB, ENSCPB, ISTAB, MATHMECA, ENSC and ENSTBB is also integrate in ARCHIMEDE network.
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