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· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

  • Locations: Toulouse, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Academic Standing: Undergraduate Subject Area(s): Agricultural and Food Business Economics, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Wine and Beverage Business Management, Winemaking (Viticulture and Enology)
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English & Foreign Language
Local Language(s): French Program Type: Exchange
Program Provider: WSU Bilateral Exchanges Program Features: Internship, Study
Type of Exchange: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Program Description:



Ex - Purpan, Title
Ecole d’Ingénieurs de PURPAN is an institution that focuses on life sciences, agriculture, agrifood marketing and management. Located in the Southern town of Toulouse, a city of about 300,000, it features a large student population with many entertainment options. Earn seven credits while studying French and European agricultural practices at Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan for four weeks, followed by a four week internship on a family-run vineyard or farm during the summer!

For students interested in full semester placements this is possible with no French language background and offers internship opportunities during the fall and spring.  French law requires internships over 2 months long be paid internships which are normally Viticulture & Enology related in the Fall and Animal Production/Food Science in the Spring.


Exchange Dates:

This exchange is established as a predominantly Summer exchange, but Fall and Spring terms are available.
  • Fall Term: September 14 - December 17
  • Spring Term: January 3 - May 30
  • Summer Term: May 30 - July 22
Exchange Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the exchange.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking; e.g. joint program with U of I).
  • Have completed 1 year of university study.
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Exchange Cost Estimates:

Exchange costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for your desired term click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

Spring or Fall Semester


Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the exchange application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this exchange. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status, term selected, and number of credits listed on the host institution transcript at the end of an exchange.  Tuition listed for Academic/Calendar Year and Fall/Spring term exchanges represent 12-18 credits.  During the Summer term tuition is calculated at the same rate for In-State and Out-of-State resident students based on the number of credits earned.  Information regarding tuition for each term and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for a Single Semester Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $4,942 Room & Board $3,551
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,258 Personal Expenses $2,200
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $2,200
International Insurance Fee $170 Books and Supplies $125
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $115
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,212 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $8,331
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,528    
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (In-State):          $13,543
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):   $20,859
Semester internships are normally quite easy to find and for all internships lasting longer than 2 months French law requires they be paid internships.  Opportunities in the Fall semester are frequently at vineyards and wineries; Spring semeter opportunities are frequently related to animal production and food science.

Cost Estimate for Summer Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $3,458 Room & Board (Program Fee) $3,202
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $3,458 Personal Expenses $1,100
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $2,000
International Insurance Fee $110 Books and Supplies Included
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** N/A
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $3,768 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $6,442
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $3,768    
Total Estimated Cost of Summer Exchange (In-State):           $10,210
Total Estimated Cost of Summer Exchange (Out-of-State):   $10,210
Summer program fees include room & board, cultural excursions, local transportation, airport pickup.

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




Courses include beginner level French, European culture and agriculture, European animal production, crop production, food processing, viticulture and enology. The summer program is open to all majors and courses are taught in English so no French language or agriculture experience is required. Students will live in student apartments for the first four weeks while attending classes at the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan.


University Course Catalog:

Academic Offerings:

Coursework is focused primarily upon Animal Production, Food Science, and Viticulture & Enology, but does include courses on other varied topics such as European Culture, European Agriculture, and Agicultural Economics.  Despite the focus on agricultural related fields the program is open to all students regardless of major.  All coursework is taught in English so no French language or agricultural experience is required.  As part of the program students will take either "Survival French" or "Brush up on your French" depending upon a student's language capability.

Internships can be found for nearly every major and academic interest.  Some previous examples include: animal production (dairy/beef cattle, sheep/goat milk, swine and equine), agro-tourism, plant production (main crop, horticulture), wine production (vineyards, wineries), media production, veterinary clinic work, hospital and general research.  Students are paired with internships based upon student interest and mutual compatability.  Active participation in the internship is expected as this covers the cost of room and board during the internship.

Grades and GPA:

Purpan transcripts arrive listed under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and are converted to WSU grades by dividing the credits by 2 for each individual course.  All courses receiving a fractional credit will be rounded up from a .5 or higher to the next full WSU credit.

Students will earn 7 credits as part of this exchange program during the summer.  Semester students will earn between 24-30 ECTS credits.

Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.


Destination Details

Site Description
Purpan is located in Toulouse, known as the city of students, it is the fourth largest city in France and second highest number of students totaling 100,000 between the various institutions calling Toulouse home.  Sitting at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pyrenees Mountains it is ideally located to provide students a wide range of activities and rich cultural heritage and famous dining options.

Accommodation Information

During the coursework portion of the summer program students live in dorms with other exchange students and receive a stipend to spend at a local restaurant approximately 60 feet from the dorms.  Breakfast and dinner are the responsibility of the student who are encouraged to cook for themselves and costs are relatively inexpensive.

As part of the internship students will live with a French family for full immersion in the French lifestyle while partaking in all aspects of a family run agri-business.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • France does not require a visa for the Summer program for U.S. citizens.  Semester exchanges will require a French visa.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 11/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 04/03/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.