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ACES in France: EI Purpan
Toulouse, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Language Requirement:
Apartment, Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
EI Purpan
Program Description:
ACES in France at EI Purpan in Toulouse
Semester or Academic Year
Toulouse, France

Program Overview
City of Toulouse
Academic Environment
Program Cost
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal Policies or Change Programs
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information


Program Overview

Purpan offers two specialized semesters in English.
Fall semester - Total of 12 Credit Hours

Course Code - Course Name
97FHC01 - French Language
97AAE01 - Remote Sensing
97GME01 - Strategic Management
97ECM01 - Agricultural Policies
97SPA01 - Animal Production
97SPA02 - International Supply Chain and Agricultural Policy of Animal Production
97SPA03 - Winemaking

Spring semester - Total of 12 Credit Hours

Course Code - Course Name
97FHC01 - French Language
97FHC05 - Introduction to Rural and Agricultural France
97STA01 - Introduction to Food Science
97STA02 - Food Innovation Project
97ECM02 - International Wine Business and Communication

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to

Students may also participate in a general exchange at EI Purpan to take coursework, however, knowledge of French language is required.  This semester option is especially appropriate for students who have participated in the EI Purpan summer program and wish to expand their knowledge of French language, higher education, and agriculture.
Courses are offered in:

  • Agronomypurpan
  • Animal science

  • Aquaculture

  • Biotechnology

  • Economics

  • Engineering

  • Forestry

  • Natural resources

  • Food science

  • Horticulture

  • Plant biology

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants must have completed at least one year of course work at UIUC by the time the program begins. 

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The City of Toulouse

There is plenty to do downtown. With more than 120,000 students, Toulouse is one of the liveliest cities in France. At the crossroads of Europe, Toulouse is only 6 hours from Madrid, 4 hours from Barcelona, and 2 hours from many European countries. The city is also at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pyrenean Mountains.
Toulouse’s cultural mosaic enlivens the region’s various entertainment activities, and gives a southern European tone to its night-life. It offers at the same time exciting prospects and an easy way of life that attracts many people.

Country links

Purpan International Student Page
Lonely Planet Info on France
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Academic Environment

Spring Semester: begins early January, ends in early June 
Fall Semester: begins in early October, ends in December

Language Requirement
The semester program does require 200-level proficiency in French. The summer program does not require prior knowledge of French.

For the list of course options at Purpan, click here.
Students will be housed in nearby residence halls, usually with a single room and shared kitchen and bath facilities. Meals will be taken in the EI Purpan cafeteria or prepared in the residence hall by the students.
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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  


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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Process

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires

 Upon preliminary acceptance into the program by ACES, host institution application forms will need to be submitted as well. Applications will be sent by ACES to EI Purpan by the following deadlines: October 15 for spring semester abroad and March 1 for fall or academic year abroad. The final acceptance decision is made by the host institution.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Pre-Departure Resources

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  

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purpanContact Information

ACES Study Abroad
ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed