• 1. How can I learn English ?

    LEARNING ENGLISH :

    Here are a few sites you can access to hlep you make quick progress in areas such as written and oral comprehension skills, grammar...

    • American recordings with teaching support (fill-in the gap exercises). For beginners, intermediates and advanced: http://www.els-lab.com
  • 2. What is a motivation letter ? For what expectations ?

    On OLAGE, we ask applicants to write a motivation letter or a cover letter for the chosen program. For what expectations ?

    A letter of motivation (or cover letter) is a letter in which you describe your current background, your career plans and how the Master will help you in achieving your professional projects.

    You can show your motivation and reasons for applying to the Master/Bachelor and the skills you already have for this program.

    On Internet, you can find some templates.

     

     

  • 3. How can I install ZOOM on my computer ?

    If you want to participate to one of our Webinars sessions, you have to install ZOOM on your computer.

    So please, follow the different steps of the downloading process, here.

     

    Thanks

  • 4. In which language should I write my CV (resume) & letter of motivation ("reasons for applying") ?

    These documents can be written either in English or in French, depending on how you feel comfortable in each language.

    About your CV, please use the Europass model at this link :

    http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/europass/home/hornav/Downloads/EuropassCV/CVTemplate.csp?loc=fr_FR

    and upload it on your OLAGE application form.

    Thanks

  • 5. I applied last year, do I have to start the application process completely from the beginning ?

    Yes, even if you have submitted a complete application last year, you have to apply again (make a new application form) and upload the required documents.

    Your CV and cover letter must be updated compared to documents of last year.

    Thanks

  • 6. I have not received my highest Degree yet, what shall I do ?

    You will be graduated at the end of the academic year and you have not received your Degree yet.

    You can apply :

    1/ please provide a provisional certificate of graduation right now

    2/ upload your highest Diploma as soon as you get it (it may be after June).

  • 7. What is the admission process for the Master's Degree-Double degree ?

     

     

    1. You have to contact the responsible of the International Relations Office of your University who will decide whether you are eligible for the Double Degree between your university and ESA (see the list of agreements here)
    2. Submit your application file on OLAGE and upload all the required documents
    3. Your file will be then examined by the ESA Comittee.
    4. In case your file is positively considered by the Committee, you may  be invited for an interview with a member of the ESA international team
    5. You will then receive a letter of admission with a certificate of enrollment

    Final deadline for applying within the framework of the Double Degree is 1st June 2017.

    Besides the Double Degree gives you the opportunity of being selected into two scholarship programs :

    - EIFFEL scholarship (see the link ) : Deadline =30 November 2016

    - "Bourse d'Accueil de la Région des Pays de la Loire" (see the link ) : Deadline = February 2017.

    You may be invited to fill in additional forms to take part into the selection for these scholarships.

  • 8. What is the admission process for the MSc Vintage ?

    • 1st session :
    • Your file will be examined by a Committee after march 1, 2017.
    • In case your file is positively considered, you will be invited for a 30 mn selection interview in March-April 2017 (discussion with the responsible of the  Master course regarding your background, your motivation for the Master and your career plans. Your level in English and French will be assessed too).
    • The Committee of the Master's consortium will rank the applicants according to specific criteria like : academic performance, professional project linked to the Master, knowledge of the wine sector, level in English, level in French, ability to bring forward arguments.
    • Applicants will be informed by May 2017 about their position on the list (accepted, waiting list, non accepted)
    • Accepted applicants will receive a letter of acceptation
    • Applicants on the waiting list may be called for the second session (June 1, 2017)
    • Non accepted applicants will receive a message offering them to move their application to their 2nd or 3rd choice
    • Accepted applicants will be asked to provide the certificates of French and English no later than June 15, 2017
    • Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their enrolment by paying a deposit of 300 euros (see FAQ-Question 28).
    • As soon as we receive your confirmation, we send you the certificate of enrolment, to help you with the visa process.
    • The Master course starts mid-September 2017.

    Depending on your level in French, you can be asked to come earlier (during summer) either to attend a French intensive course or for a farm internship (in a vineyard when possible).

  • 9. What is the admission process for the MSc International Agribusiness ?

     

    For enrolment in January 2017 :

     

    • Your file will be examined by a Committee after November 30,  2016.
    • In case your file is positively considered by the Committee, you will be invited for an interview by phone or Skype with a member of the MSc IAB team in December 2016.
    • By mid- December 2016, you will be informed of the position of your application.
    • If you are accepted for the MSc IAB, you will receive a letter and certificate of enrollment, giving you all the necessary details for your arrival in Angers.
    • You will have to confirm your enrolment by the payment of a 300 euros deposit no later than the December 20, 2016  by sending the form to:

     

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    • The MSc IAB program starts 4th January 2017

     

    For enrolment in September 2017 :

     

    • Your file will be examined by a Committee after April 15, 2017.
    • In case your file is positively considered by the Committee, you will be invited for an interview by phone or Skype with a member of the MSc IAB team in May 2017.
    • By the end of May 2017, you will be informed of the position of your application.
    • If you are accepted for the MSc IAB, you will receive a letter and certificate of enrollment, giving you all the necessary details for your arrival in Angers.
    • You will have to confirm your enrolment by the payment of a 300 euros deposit no later than June 30, 2017 by sending the form to:

     

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    • The MSc IAB program starts 1st September 2017 and the first two weeks are devoted to the French as Foreign Language (FLE).

     

     

     

    Here is the form to fill in with your credit card references in order to pay the deposit as asked above :

     

    FORM_CB_PAYM_ESA_ENGL__3_.doc

     

  • 10. What is the admission process for the MSc Food Identity ?

    • 1st session :
    • Your file will be examined by a Committee after March 1, 2017.
    • In case your file is positively considered, you will be invited for a 30 mn selection interview in March-April 2017 (discussion with the responsible of the  Master course regarding your background, your experiences, your motivation and interest for the Master and your career plans. Your level in English and French will be assessed too).
    • The Committee of the Master's consortium will rank the applicants according to specific criteria like : academic performance, professional project linked to the Master, knowledge of the food sector, level of English, level of French, ability to bring forward arguments.
    • Applicants will be informed by April 2016 about their position on the list (accepted, waiting list, non accepted)
    • Admitted applicants will receive an acceptance letter
    • Applicants on the waiting list may be called for the second session (June 1, 2017)
    • Non accepted applicants will receive a message offering them to move their application to their 2nd or 3rd choice
    • Accepted applicants will be asked to provide the certificates of French and English no later than June 15, 2017
    • Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their enrolment by paying a deposit of 300 euros (see FAQ-relevant question)
    • As soon as we receive your confirmation, we send you the certificate of enrolment, to help you with the visa process (if needed)
    • The Master course starts mid-September 2017.

    Depending on your level of French, you can be asked to come earlier (during summer) either to attend a French intensive course or for a farm internship (in a farm when possible).

  • 11. What is the admission process for the Master's Degree-sandwich course ?

    Deadline are different according to the countries, process may change for this program due to company needs and schedules.

    Here is the classical admission process for the Master's Degree by sandwich course (half time at school - half time in a French firm) :

    • You have to submit your application file on OLAGE and provide the requested documents at the dealine mentioned according to your nationality.
    • In case your file is positively considered by the Committee, you will be invited for a selection interview with a member of the ESA international team in your country or via skype. The interviewer will contact you directly.
    • If you pass this first interview, you will be invited for the second step of the selection process which consists in a meeting with the French company in your country. The interviewer will let you know about that second step.
    • Once the decision is taken by the French sponsoring company, you are be informed of the position of your application.
    • If you are accepted for the I²FA program (Master's degree-sandwich course), you will receive a letter and certificate of enrollment, giving you all the necessary details for your arrival in Angers.
    • Students who are fluent in French will be asked to arrive last week of August 2017 in Angers for a session of integration implying academic and administrative information
    • Students who need to attend an Intensive French course will be asked to arrive by February-March 2017 and have French lessons until the beginning of the Master course (end of August 2017).
    • The Master course at ESA starts  August 21, 2017 for all accepted students and the first two weeks are devoted to a special refreshing session with mathematics and statistics courses.
  • 12. My referee has not received the letter of reference, what can I do ?

    We remind you that you are responsible for making sure that the reference letter is uploaded by your Referee.

    The email sent by the OLAGE system  to your referee asking him/her to provide a letter of reference may arrive into his/her spams.

    Please make sure that he/she has received the email properly.

    After checking, if there is no means for the referees to receive the automatic email from OLAGE, please download the letter from the link below and

    ask them to fill in, to scan it with the signature and stamp of the University (or Company) and to send it in pdf file (under 2 MO) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

    Thank you 

  • 13. How can I learn French and reach the B1 level required for entering the Master course

     

    Very important: for non speaking French applicants:

    We strongly recommend that you start right now learning French and suggest the following steps:

    1/ Register to intensive courses at the French Institute “Alliance Française” in your country, or any other courses in French for beginners to quickly learn the basic language skills with a qualified teacher.

    2/ Self-training, online courses:

    • We particularly recommend the following methods:

    - Beginners: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/

    - Advanced: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/

    3/ Once you have reached the A2 level, we strongly suggest you to register to the online application developed by ESA. It was created in particular to help students of the International Vintage Master courses to improve their language skills in French. Its goal is also to give you a first insight into your curriculum at ESA:

    4/ You can also decide to come as early as July to follow a 2 month-intensive training session in Angers at CIDEF (Centre Internatiional d'Etudes Françaises) to complete the course you have taken in your country and online:

    If finding language training sessions in your country is an issue, please fell free to call us so we can help you.

    Do not forget to send your official certificate of French Language no later than 15th June 2017.

    The required level of French for entering ESA must be B1 completed level of French certified by an official certificate or diploma (certificate from professors or local institutions are no more accepted).

    Good luck for learning French !

  • 14. My level in French and/or in English is not the level required. May I apply yet ?

     

     

    Yes, you can apply without getting your test. The level in French and English will be assessed during the selection interview and, in case of admission at ESA, you will be asked to provide French and English official test no later than 15th June 2017.

    In the meantime, we strongly recommend you to find appropriate solutions to learn French and/or English (see related question in FAQ).

  • 15. Technical needs

    To complete you application form, please check that :

  • 16. You didn't receive our email ?

    Check your emails spam file

    Did you enter a valid email address ?

    For any other reason, please notify to our OLAGE officer at this address :

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 17. Can I enrol in the programme part-time?

     

    No. All our Master courses are full time. Only the Company-Sponsored Masters'Degree (I²FA programm) is organized in sandwich-courses (part time at ESA and part-time in a French Company in France).

  • 18. What about the translation of the diploma and transcripts ?

    The Diploma and marks and transcripts of record must be translated into English or French and must be certified by the university with an official stamp.

    A sworn translation is not mandatory.

  • 19. Is there any limit related to the age of the candidates ?

     

    For the I²FA program, applicants must be :

    -          under 26 on Sept 1st 2017 ( this is a contractual obligation related to the fact that the I²Fa students sign an apprenticeship contract and must be under 26 when they sign..)

    For the other Master or Bachelor courses, no age limitation, but the student's status for medical health in France is under 28.

  • 20. How do I choose my study track?

     

    Tracks are common to all students for all our Master courses, according to the Major chosen.

  • 21. I²FA scholarship : what does it mean ?

     

    Master's Degree-sandwich course scholarship is given to students who have been accepted into the Company-sponsored Masters'Degree (i.e. "I²FA program").

    French International Companies wishing to establish themselves or develop existing activities in a foreign country, sponsor students from this country wishing to study a 2-year Master’s degree at ESA, and recruit them for a managing position in their home country.

     The cost of the I²FA program is covered in its entirety by the sponsoring company.

     The company pays for the following:

     • Students travel costs to and from France at the beginning and end of the program.

     • Tuition fees

     • Transportation costs to and from the company during training periods.

     • Health insurance costs

     • Living expenses up to the amount decided by the French Company.

  • 22. Which French test scores are accepted ?

     

    All non-native French speakers must demonstrate their French proficiency, at B1 level completed (i.e. independent user/"utilisateur autonome")

    and upload the test score on OLAGE no later than 15th June 2017.

    For further details, please see : PDFSee the PDF Document

    The below listed tests will be accepted :

    - TFI (Test de Français International) : minimum score 500 points

    - TEF : minimum score 541 points

    - DELF 1 B1 (Diplôme Etudes Langue Française) : minimum A4

    - TCF  (Test de Connaissance du Français) : minimum score 350 points

    - Cambridge BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) French : minimum score 40-59 points (B1/ALTE2)

    - ALTE (Association des centres d'évaluation en langues en Europe) : minimum ALTE 2 "intermédiaire"

    - Certificat de l'Alliance Française : DL

    - or any equivalent official test showing that you have reached the B1 Level of French, according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (please, see the link above). 

  • 23. Which English test scores are accepted ?

     

    All non-native English speakers must demonstrate their English proficiency, at B1 level completed (i.e. independent user)

    and upload the test score on OLAGE no later than 15th June 2017.

    For further details about the level required, please see the Common European Framework of Reference : PDFSee the PDF Document

    The here below listed tests will be accepted :

    - TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program) : minimum score 470 points

    - TOEFL IBT (Internet-based Test) : minimum score 52 points

    - TOEFL CBT (Computer based Test) : minimum score 150 points

    - TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Test) : minimum score 473 points

    - TOEIC (Listening&Reading) : minimum score 550 points

    - IELTS (International English Language Testing System) : minimum score band 5

    - BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) English : minimum score 59 points (B1/ALTE2)

    - CAMBRIDGE First Certificate of English : minimum score GRADE C

    - or any equivalent official test showing that you have reached the B1 Level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference (see the link above).

  • 24. What is the deadline for applying ?

     

    See deadline for each master on their own pages. Thank you!

  • 25. What is an ECTS and what are ECTS credit points?

     

    The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a study programm.

    Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken by mobile students through the transfer of credits.

    The ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits are equivalent to the workload of full-time student during one academic year.

  • 26. How can I pay the 300 euros deposit ?

    Here is the form to fill in with your credit card references (numbers) in order to pay the deposit as asked above, you must send it to :

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    FORM_CB_PAYM_ESA_ENGL__3_.doc

    Thank you very much 


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