UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD Exchange: FESIA Ecoles Supérieures dIngénieurs en Agriculture (AGNR) (France)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
FESIA is a network of four institutes specialized in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. The FESIA institutes account for 26% of French graduates in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciencs and host approximately 400 international students each year. FESIA institutes are located at ESA-Angers, ISA-Lille, ISARA-Lyon, and PURPAN-Toulouse.
France is an excellent destination for students in AGNR and each institute which is part of the FESIA network offers unique academic and cultural opportunities. Please visit the homepage of each institute to learn about student life and academics.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an AGNR major
- 300-level French is recommended
- For FESIA-Lille:
- French is not required
- Students should be juniors or seniors
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the Embassy of France website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Each institute in the FESIA network offers unique coursework. Please visit the website for the FESIA institute you wish to attend
Each institute offers limited courswork in English. It is recommended that students applying for FESIA have a 300-level proficiency in French in order to provide more flexibility.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at FESIA will be converted as follows:
|FESIA Credit||UMD Credit|
|.776 ECTS||1 UMD Credit|
|9 ECTS||3 UMD Credit|
The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on December 4, 2014.
You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|FESIA Grade||UMD Grade|
Please visit the website for each institute to determine if on-campus housing is available. If on-campus housing is not available, each institute will provide resources to find off-campus accommodation.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
- If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:
|Term||Year||Application Deadline||Admission Notification||Program Start||Program End|
|Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.|