Internships or work placements abroad

Internships and work placements at all levels of study from BTS to an engineering degree

An internship or work placement is a period of training outside the school, during which you must apply your knowledge and adapt to real situations. In this context, an internship or work placement abroad allows you to be confronted with the professional world, but also to go to on a journey of personal discovery! Companies, when they recruit, really appreciate young graduates having built professional skills and intercultural abilities in a worldwide environment.

Internships or work placements abroad take place on farms, in agri-food companies, and research and development organisations; in any type of structure in the fields of environment and management of natural resources.

An internship advisor within the international office will help you choose your destination and will support you in finding a host structure that is best suited to your project your profile and your level of study or training.

ESA has a growing network of professional contacts abroad, which facilitates some of the placements and ESA provides a personalized follow-up to help students in their search.

Each year about 400 ESA students carry out an international work placement in more than 35 countries worldwide. Depending on the training course and the level of studies (BTS to Engineer) those placements last from one month to six months and add value to the student’s curriculum.

International Field Trips

Group study trips of one week or individual stays of 2 to 3 weeks are organized in most of the study programmes offered at ESA. It is the opportunity to find out about a professional sector and therefore other practices, but also a chance to deepen your knowledge of the language.


Each apprenticeship training programme offers the possibility to experience a professional sector, through an 8-day group study tour to a European country:

A few examples of destinations:

  • BTS Landscape: travel to the south of Europe to experience the art of Mediterranean landscaping, discover exceptional architecture and mythical gardens in Italy or Spain, and study their design and history.
  • BTS Horticultural Production: discover Mediterranean flora in Spain, a country in full development in the sector, or in Italy, the leading European producer in terms of surface area: visit Pistoia and its famous nurseries.
  • BTS Agronomy and Plant Production: discover the farming systems of an Eastern European country.


In most of the areas for in-depth study (5th year of the engineering curriculum), a trip is organised to somewhere in Europe so that the students are exposed to an international professional setting.


Trip to the Netherlands: discovery of Dutch, internationally-driven companies and a visit to the Port of Rotterdam.


Rémy Roulleau