• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

The objective of the International Vintage programme offered by ESA Angers Loire - École Supérieure D'Agriculture D'Angers is to help students acquire scientific, cultural and economic knowledge as well as the technical and strategic skills of grape growing and ripening, wine production and marketing. Consistent with this overall objective, the programme particularly focuses on the concepts of terroir and typicality, providing students with the expertise to characterise, protect and promote wine diversity and identity.

Established in 2002, this 2-year study programme is a joint collaboration between higher education institutions, bringing together various competencies in the field of viticulture, oenology and wine marketing on an international scale. The partner institutions are:

Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures (Coordinator, Angers – France), Universitat Politècnica de València (Valencia – Spain), Szent István Egyetem (Budapest – Hungary), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Piacenza – Italy), Universidade de Trás-Os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real – Portugal), École d’Ingénieurs de Changins (Nyon – Switzerland), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago – Chile) and Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch – South Africa).

The International Vintage Master welcomes annually about 25 students from many different nationalities and various backgrounds.

Careers

Flexibility, mobility and teamwork skills are especially valuable to open opportunities for key working positions early in a career. The International Vintage Master provides a unique scheme and offers broad opportunities to successfully integrate into professional life. It gives emphasis to a comprehensive overview of the wine industry, from soil to consumer.

The continuous changes and globalization of the wine sector and market have resulted in new needs for wine industries and organizations. To meet these needs, our Master’s degree aims at training flexible and innovative executives and managers. They will acquire skills to play an active role in wine quality improvement from a technical, strategic and commercial point of view. Our graduates capitalize on scientific, cultural and economic knowledge of European viticulture and oenology and on their international networks, which helps them understand and work with cross-cultural partners.

The International Vintage Master degree allows employment in the following sectors :
  •  Advisory boards,
  •  Grape and wine production,
  •  Trade and wine marketing,
  •  Related industries (laboratory, equipment)

Former students have found a job as :

  • Winemaker,
  • Vinegrower
  • Wine trade union director
  • Wine storehouse on a vineyard
  • Domaine manager
  • Quality controller in wine trade firm
  • Area manager in wine trade firm
  • Communication officer in technical institute

Accreditation

The study programme was twice awarded the Erasmus Mundus label of excellence in higher education in 2005 and 2009. Since 2003, the International Vintage Master is also accredited by the French Ministry of higher Education and Research as an official Master degree programme and give access to doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Viticulture Fundamentals
  • Advanced Wine Science
  • Sensory Analysis & Tasting
  • Vineyard Establishment
  • Grape Varieties & Geography
  • Vine Physiology & Sustainability
  • European Viticulture Study Trip
  • Wine Terroir & Management
  • Wine Marketing & Branding

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Application deadlines
    • First session on 31 January;
    • Second session on 31 May.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
    • 60 ECTS per year.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    72

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • To attend this master course, students must have successfully completed a bachelor degree in science, economics or marketing. It can be, for example, a “Bachelor of Science” (3 years of scientific training or economic-marketing sciences).
  • Candidates will also be asked to prove their interest for the wine sector. Applications are examined individually.
  • The same admission requirements apply to company staff wishing to obtain a Master of Science by the way of continuing education. Each candidate will be examined individually by the academic committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Angers

  • 680 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Prior to obtaining a scholarship, students must be accepted by ESA and receive a letter of acceptation into the International Vintage Master. In addition, it is students’ responsibility to respect scholarship application deadlines. Only fully and correctly completed files can be submitted to funding organisations. We have no link with the French government to decide which student will be granted.

European Union scholarships

  • EU Erasmus+ scholarship
  • Study mobility scholarship- Ersamus+
  • Intership scholarships – Erasmus+
  • Scholarships from the region Pays de la Loire : ENVOLEO (for EU students)
French Government scholarships

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