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
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/).
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.
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.
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).
The academic year starts in september and finishes end of june. The calendar below shows deadlines for 2011-2012
Orientation day for Exchange students 1rst semester from 5 September 2011
Start of classes S1 (1rst year students) 6 September 2011
Start of classes S3 (= M1a, 2nd year students) 13 September 2011
Start of classes S5 (= M2A, 3rd year students) 22 September 2011
Christmas holidays 16 December 2011 -3 January 2012
End of classes S1 and S3 20 January 2012
First semester exams 23 - 27 january 2012
Mid-year break – No classes 30 January – 3 February 2012
Orientation day for Exchange students 2nd semester 3 February 2012
Start of classes S2 and S4 6 February 2012
Easter holidays 6-23 April 2012
End of classes S4 1st June 2012
End of classes S2 26 June 2012
Second semester exams 18 June- 26 June 2012
Exam retakes First week of September 2012
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.
ENSAT will help you in your stay in
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
- 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
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).
ENSAT is part of the n+i network since 2004 and has accommodated 2 to 4 n+i students each year.
Since september 2007 the ENSAT organises 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. Last year 15 n+i students from 5 different countries were hosted for their PIM and prepared successfully for their further studies.