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UMD Exchange: France Agro3 (AGNR) (France)

Angers, France
Lille, France
Lyon, France
Toulouse, France
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Year (Fall-Spring)
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
France Agro3 is a network of four institutes specialized in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. France Agro3 accounts for 26% of French graduates in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences and host approximately 400 international students each year. France Agro3 institutes are located at ESA-Angers, ISA-Lille, ISARA-Lyon, and PURPAN-Toulouse.

Host City
France is an excellent destination for students in AGNR and each institute which is part of the France Agro3 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 France Agro3-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.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. 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.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Each institute in the France Agro3 network offers unique coursework. 

Each institute offers limited coursework in English. It is recommended that students applying for France Agro3 have a 300-level proficiency in French in order to provide more flexibility.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Courses at ESA-Angers will be converted as follows:

ESA-Angers Credit UMD Credit
1 ECTS credit 0.776 UMD credit

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on December 4, 2014.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

France Agro3 Grade UMD Grade
10 C - 

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.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
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, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2021 05/01/2021 05/10/2021
Fall 2021 05/01/2021 05/10/2021