Thursday, May 14, 2015

Almost the Beginning

In case you didn't know, I will be traveling to France (specifically Toulouse) to undertake a study abroad from June 1st - July 24th this summer! The PURPAN Summer Study Abroad (AG) program is meant to introduce students to the differences between French Agriculture and American Agriculture. Here is a brief overview of what I will be doing from Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Purpan (School of Engineers of Purpan) -

The on-campus program (4 weeks in June)-
It consists of lectures in English coupled with field trips and intensive French courses. During most week-ends, cultural visits and excursions are organized in the South-West of France.

The first two weeks are dedicated to culture, agriculture and animal chains in Europe.
The last two weeks focus on either crop production and food processing or viticulture and enology.

The students choose between these two options when they apply for the program.

The optional internship program (4 weeks in July)-
It has been designed for students with interests in farm/ag business stays. According to the students' interests, we can provide internships in animal production (dairy cows/beef cattle, sheep/goat milk, pigs, horses) agro-tourism, plant production (main crops, horticulture), vineyards/wineries, etc... It automatically follows the on-campus program.
I’m hoping my future blogs will be more exciting but until then, stay tuned for more! I will start updating once the adventures begin on June 1, 2015.

À plus tard,
Benjamin A. Savage

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