"Value chains of a Terroir-driven food system"
Every year in late spring, ESA offers a unique four-week program to international undergraduate and graduate students.
Far beyond the cultural exposure and the opportunity to discover facets of French, and more broadly speaking Western European agriculture, students learn how and why the “Terroir” approach represents a sustainable agricultural and food system alternative. Terroir food, Traditional food, Local food or Regional food… no matter what people call it, is all about complex interactions between an agricultural production, a physical environment and human factors that reveal a food product with unique characteristics. From production to consumers, the program will allow students to understand the “terroir” production from several angles such as History, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Ecology, Economics, Food Science, Crop production, Agroecology and Animal production. The purpose of the program is to teach the links between agriculture, food industry and food culture with a sustainable development perspective.
The 4-week program combines:
- Lectures and classes at ESA,
- Visits to farms, food and wine companies with “in situ presentations” of our professors,
- Group projects and study cases
- Educational field trips and cultural visits in Paris, the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy….
The program is entirely conducted in English by 25 faculties from our different departments.
Students must proceed from a College of Agriculture or study any majors that would justify his participation to the ESA’S Summer Program. Academic level: minimum second year of Bachelor.
Lodging and Meals:
Students will have the opportunity to experience the French way of life, sharing the daily life of a host family during 4 weeks.
Application form to be filled out before March 22, 2021
Welcoming day in Paris: May 27, 2021
Program’s date: from May 28 to June 24, 2021
End of the program in Angers: June 24, 2021
Last day in your host family: June 28, 2021
Course Guide here
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, ask for the specific protocol that will be enforced for the 2021 Summer program.