During their two years on France your I²FA   acquires the competences of a “cultural bridge” who understands how things work both in France and their home country – thus creating a valuable link between your French headquarters and your subsidiaries abroad.

I²FA is an example of “win -win-win” globalization. The student “wins” a unique international experience, an MSc and an entry-level management position in their home country upon graduation. ESA “wins” the diversity of an ever-expanding international student body. And your company” wins” a made-to -measure manager for your international development.


The main objectives of this program are to accompany partner companies in their international development and to offer a unique company-sponsored MSc to international students.  ESA has a network of 150 university partners worldwide enabling the recruitment of potential candidates and a long experience in training ingénieurs by apprenticeship. It is this combination of our international presence and our expertise in the pedagogy at the heart of apprenticeship that makes it possible to achieve the objectives of the I²FA program.  Sandwich courses teach apprentices how to structure their work, how to take the initiative and how to build autonomy – the building blocks to the profile our partners look for in their international recruits.  And a strong emphasis on intercultural training during the program is the key to developing the competencies necessary to become the “cultural bridges” that our partners companies so value for their international development.


Emanuela Fippi, Industrial Talent Manager, Groupe Lactalis

“I have been in charge of the I²FA program for the Lactalis Group since 2018 and I have seen young engineers form around the world evolve and learn our methodologies and values. The program allows them to transmit skills, values and know-how to local branches and to contribute to the growth of the company.  Since the inception of the I²FA program, most of our students have held positions of increasing responsibility in their respective countries and today many are in charge of production or plant management. This proves that the program is extremely beneficial to both the students and the company.”


We have graduated 250 I²FA Ingénieurs from 37 countries  and for 36 companies since 2002.  Our principal partners are Groupe Lactalis, Vilmorin, Cooperl, LDC, Euralis, Axéréal.

For further information contact:

Fiona Casey
Coordinator I²FA Program

Direction of Corporate, Alumni and Philantropic Relations