Lu, a full-time student for the ‘Ingénieur en Agriculture’ diploma
After a degree in applied science at Beijing I worked for several years in the domestic food industry. Then at 24, I desired to continue my studies abroad. So in 2004 I started to improve my French at CIDEF ‘Centre International d’Etudes Françaises’ in Angers. Then a year later I started postgraduate studies at ESA.
Soon after arriving in Angers I heard about ESA which has a good reputation, not only in France but also abroad. Its diploma of ‘Ingénieur’ is recognized by the ‘Ministère de l’Agriculture’ and offers multiple possibilities of career throughout the world in farming, environment, food, and town & country planning.
Groupe ESA is ‘a big family’. Everything that can be done to facilitate our integration and our success is done. On arrival the International Service prepares accommodation, practical visits of the campus and the town, professional and touristic visits (examples: the Anjou vineyard, the well-known town of Saumur , the mushroom museum…), and our own individual french student godmother/godfather helps us with different administrative formalities, and to discover the various leisure activity possibilities. There are also French language improvement possibilities ; the intensive crash course at the beginning, followed by weekly lessons throughout the year. Students who wish can sit the TFI ‘Test de Français International’, for which Groupe ESA is an accredited exam centre.
The course is organized in modules which students choose. I began with Oenology where I learned the basics about wine, not only from the ESA profs but also from visiting lecturers from all walks of the wine industry. There were numerous practicals on various themes, for example how to make rose wine, or how to organize a sensorial analysis session. Then I followed the Management & Development option.
So now I think I have a wide vision of the political, economic and social context of the European Union, notably because of the quality of the lectures in law, institutions, rural development, marketing, business strategy, A rich programme indeed.
I think I’ve been lucky. Life here resembles French wine --- ‘abondant, varié et moelleux’.