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ENSAT - Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse
General Presentation
Academic Presentation
Student Life
International Relationship
Introduction

The Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique of Toulouse, shortly ENSAT, has been founded in 1909 by Nobel priceholder Paul Sabatier as an Institute for Agronomy. It is today the second of  Agronomy Engineer Schools in France by the number of its students, comprising more than 600 students for Engineer Diploma, Research master and Ph.D. theses. The magazine L'Etudiant is rating ENSAT as the 2nd among the french Agronomy Engineer Schools, behind Paris

Campus

ENSAT is part of the Agrobiopôle Auzeville, a complex of schools (Agronomy college, ENSAT), public organisms, research institutes (ENSAT, INRA, CNRS) and technological platforms devoted to Biology, Agriculture and Agronomy. The campus is at the southern rim of Toulouse and easily accessible by subway (metro line B) and bus (lines 62 and 81).

Toulouse is a city for young people, with more than 10% of its population being students, and a large offer of leisure, sports and culture.  It is not only famous as the construction site of Airbus but also known for its 2000-year-old history, good food and wine.  Situated in the heart of southwestern France, Toulouse has a climate with mild winters and hot summers. It is near to the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees (only 1-2 hours drive away) as well as to the Atlantic Coast (3 hours drive). In short, a great place to live in and to visit, and rated among the top 50 student cities in the world 2012 (http://www.topuniversities.com/student-life/best-student-cities/2012/).

Highlights
  Our students acquire a large general basis of knowledge during the first 3 semesters before specialising in one of the 7 fields that are the options of the Agronomy Engineer Diploma (see description of the master). Throughout their studies they interact with industries via projects, visits and conferences. Project-based studies contribute to a large part of the credits, notably during the last year. More than 50% of our students have already a working contract at the end of their final study project.

Academic staff at ENSAT is active in teaching  and fundamental or applied research, and most ENSAT research labs are associated to renowned national research institutions such as CNRS and INRA. The tight interconnection with high-level research activity guaranties top quality of student training in scientific domains. Annual research contracts bring 1.5 million euros, with 50% from private companies.

Professional Network

Private industries are involved in the students training by seminars, visits and they also take part every year in the "Career fair". Each year they propose internships for our students. Research groups of ENSAT and companies work together  for applied research projects which also helps to bring our students to these partners. 

 

Registration

ENSAT is a member of N+i since 2004, and  we receive only a small number (2 to 4) of students per year in order to be able to help optimally during the 2 years of studies.

Since 2007 ENSAT organises the PIM for students of the themes food/agri/agro and architecture (landscape architecture).

Important Dates

The academic year starts in september and finishes end of june. The calendar below shows deadlines for 2013-2014

Orientation day for Exchange students 1rst semester         from 5 September 2013

Start of classes S1 (1rst year students)                                  5 September 2013    

Start of classes S3 (= M1a, 2nd year students)                      12 September 2013  

Start of classes S5 (= M2A, 3rd year students)                       26 September 2013 

Christmas holidays                                                                     20 December 2013 -6 January 2014

End of classes S1 and S3                                                          17 January 2014

First semester exams                                                                17 - 24 january 2014

Mid-year break – No classes                                                    27 January – 31 January 2014

Orientation day for Exchange students 2nd semester         3 February 2014

Start of classes S2 and S4                                                        5 February 2012

Easter holidays                                                                            26-April - 12 mai 2014

End of classes S4                                                                        1st June 2014

End of classes S2                                                                        25 June 2014

Second semester exams                                                          end of Mai 2014

Exam retakes                                                                               First week of September 2014

Scholarships
Excellent students may apply for a Eiffel scholarship.
Tuition
Fees are 2000 euros per year.
Student Life

Students at ENSAT are very active in organising extra-academic activities. There are groups for arts, sports, cinema, informatics, etc. and they offer excursions for hiking,  skiing or sightseeing. The student-run cafeteria in the ENSAT  is a popular meeting place and on selected days it is open until late in the evening, for music, dance and other events. Contacts with former ENSAT students are maintained through the “ALIAT”, a networking organisation which also attributes a prize every year at the diploma ceremony, in order to honour a student for his/her involvement in student life.  

Accommodation

  ENSAT will help you in your stay in Toulouse and could make a reservation for you in a student residence close to ENSAT (cost of the room = about € 120 per month). Please, let us know if you are interested in this possibility. In case of late application we could not guarantee the housing.

Accommodation fees

The cheapest possibility is a room in the university residences, they are about 8 m2, and equipped with a table, chair , bed, wardrobe, and a sink. Shared showers and toilets are on every floor.  A part of the rooms have been renovated recently and are equiped with a small refrigerator and cooking plates ; they cost a little bit more but are still very cheap. Most residencies offer free access to internet via WiFi.

Rooms in host families or in student-shared appartments are more expensive (250 to 300 euros).

For student residencies and accreditated rooms or studios the french government may give a small subvention, depending on the parents income.

Some information to give you some notion about the cost of living in Toulouse.

                        - accommodation: from € 120 to € 300 per month

                        - meals: € 215 per month (at univ. restaurant)

                        - transport: about € 45 per month

More information at : http://www.inp-toulouse.fr/sri/sri.shtml

Some figures

Between 50 and 60 students from abroad are enrolled each year at ENSAT for master or PhD studies ( 57 in 2008).

For students who do not speak french, ENSAT  offers the possibility of enrollment for the international master "Agrofood Chain", which is completely taught in english (see informations on the ENSAT website).

Partnership with n+i

ENSAT is part of the n+i network since 2004 and has accommodated 2 to 4 n+i students each year.

From 2007 to 2013 the ENSAT organised the Methodological Integration Package (PIM) for students in the fields of Agronomy, Biotechnology, Horticulture, Environment and Landscaping, before they join their final destinations all over in France. More than 90 students from various countries were hosted for their PIM and prepared successfully for their further studies.

 

Affiliations
ENSAT is part of the Institut National Polytechnique (INP), together with the engineer schools for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (ENSIACET) and for Electrotechnics, Electronics, Computer Science, Hydraulics and Communication (ENSEEIHT). The  Master of Environmental Engineering is organised together with ENSIACET.  

 

Official website
Visit the official website at
http://www.ensat.fr

n+i Representative
Martina RICKAUER