In 2011, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences started establishing the “CALS Signature Semesters”, in addition to our existing exchange programs. The signature semesters combine a semester at an international partner university with academically supervised, structured hands-on/experiential learning opportunities like summer program and internships, directed research in a lab, or field research.
Students who have previously participated in a Signature Semester have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, and allowed them to apply and expand their skills in an international setting. Credits obtained while on a signature semester will be considered Cornell credit, not transfer credit. Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. This is especially advantageous for in-state students. Housing, food, visa, travel, health insurance, books, any summer program fee, and other personal expenses are paid separately.
What is unique about this program?
This CALS Signature Semester program is unique in just about every way! CALS has partnered with the FESIA Consortium (A French Network for Education and Research in Life Sciences), which include four higher education institutes specialized in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, to offer unique pathways that always include a semester of coursework, and may include the summer program and internship as well. Interested? Read on!
One of these four institutes is L'Ecole d'Ingenieurs de PURPAN in Toulouse, France. CALS students select an experiential credit-bearing summer program and a hands-on farm internship experience (PURPAN in Toulouse, ISA in Lille, or with ESA in Angers) followed by a Fall semester of Master's level coursework in Animal Sciences (EURAMA: European Animal Management and Sustainability) at PURPAN.
For more information on summer and semester program options, click on the Academics tab in the left column.
Review the other opportunities in France via this unique partnership:
What is unique about PURPAN and Toulouse, France?
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.
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, the 3rd largest scientific region and a high-tech centre. Located in France’s most important agricultural region, Toulouse also remains attached to its traditions.
There is plenty to do downtown. With more than 120,000 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.
How do I apply?
Step One: Attend a CALS Study Abroad 101 Session
• These meetings cover policies and factors to consider when selecting a program, the study abroad application and approval process, and other important information
Step Two: Meet with a CALS Exchange Advisor
• The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and the advisor will help you select the program that fits your interests best
Step Three: Application
• Apply for the CALS Exchange Program by clicking on the "Apply" button on this webpage. You can apply on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage
• As part of your application, you need to get the proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor
Step Four: Nomination
• Once your application is complete, our office will nominate you to the exchange partner
Step Five: Partner application
• Complete the host/partner institution’s online application
For additional information on this program and all other CALS exchange programs, including links to partner fact sheets and student reports, please refer to the CALS Exchange Program website