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Students are required to arrive in Angers on the Sunday before the beginning of the program. Groupe ESA representatives and host families will welcome them at the train station !
The first week is devoted to French history and civilization and the organization and role of the European Union. In addition, there are lectures on European geography, social issues, and international food concerns. During the week, students visit the Cointreau factory, one the world's most famous producers of liquors.
First week-end : Cultural trip into Normandy.
Travelling by bus, the first stop is the Memorial Museum in Caen, dedicated to World War II and the invasion of Normandy.
The next day, the group goes to the landing beaches, the 'Pointe du Hoc', a preserved German artillery battery, and the American Cemetery. During the trip, the group is hosted in a warm and hospitable youth hostel, located in Bayeux -home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry- a small town close to Caen.
On the way back, the group visits the Mont Saint-Michel, one of the France's most popular tourist attractions. A guided tour is also provided in a medieval town, either Saint-Malo or Dinan.
The second week begins by a two-week concentration for the four options :- Agriculture & Agribusiness :
Second weekend : Cultural trip into the Loire Valley castles.
Third weekend : free.
- on the Tuesday : departure from Angers to tour of the Cathedral of Chartres (arguably the world's most beautiful Gothic cathedral)
- on the Wednesday : departure for a guided tour in Versailles, Louis XIV's castle.
- for the last two nights : the trip ends up in Paris, where each student can visit the capital on his own with the help of the ESA representative.
The program includes a 'bâteau-mouche' cruise which is a lovely way to discover Paris.