For 100 years, PURPAN engineers have been convinced that the school has thrived to increase their skills and develop their human sense.

Top reasons to study here

  • Located in the heart of Toulouse, in a fantastic leafy setting, the PURPAN awards degrees to 180 engineers every year.
  • PURPAN supports and promotes activities launched by the students which adhere to our advocated values.
  • PURPAN's strategy seeks to generate synergy within national and regional networks.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Social Sciences (1)

About

History

PURPAN, founded in 1919 by Jesuit farmers and teachers, educates non-specialised engineers through a 5-year post-baccalauréat course. PURPAN is today one of the main agriculture/food-processing schools in France.

Education

We believe in structuration through education, in talent through work, in wonderment through discovery, in fulfillment through encounters and in intelligence through reflection on life experiences.

The Agriculture, Food Processing and Forestry Ministry has joint responsibility for issuing engineering degrees from PURPAN. Our degrees are officially recognised by the National Committee of Engineering Degrees.

Research

At PURPAN, the Research/Development/Consultancy activities are often launched as a result of requests from the professional world

Companies are key partners for all the types of projects carried out by the Research teams (in over 80% of cases).

All types of company are involved, from farms and SMEs, to professional organisations and technical institutes, right up to the largest international food processing, large-scale distribution or pharmaceutical groups.

The purposes of the partnerships are very diverse, depending on the themes and expertise of the research teams.

Career

Over 300 professions are open to them in these sectors: Life sciences, Agriculture, Food-processing, Marketing and Management.

300 possible professions:

  • 45% of our students get a job before finishing their degree
  • 85% have one within 4 months of finishing their degree

Services

Student services

A dynamic Students' Office ensures that student life will never be dull.

  • It runs the specific facilities (student residence, sports equipment etc.) and clubs (photos, music, theatre, hiking, cinema etc.).
  • All year round, this Office strives to provide a whole range of cultural, sporting and festive events.
  • It holds weekly meetings with the School Director to develop the quality of life on campus.

Housing services

The School has an accommodation service to help students find accommodation located as near to the School as possible.

The School's environment and history make such a search very easy.

Various solutions are possible:

  • In a collective student residence
  • Flat sharing
  • Individual accommodation in a block of flats or villa

All of these solutions are available at a range of reasonable prices.

Library services

A documentary resource devoted to teaching and research:

  • 14,000 works and nearly 3,000 documents
  • 230 current subscriptions and several hundred older collections
  • Access to electronic resources from the major scientific publishers in partnership with the National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse
  • 400 referenced internet sites, multimedia resources (CD-roms, DVD) 
  • Internally accessible catalogue

Student Life

Campus life

40 hectares in the heart of Toulouse in landscaped grounds.

The campus houses a whole range of modern infrastructures adapted to the latest trends in teaching.

A School at the heart of a region of passions:

  •   the 4th biggest city in France
  •   the 2nd biggest university city
  •   110,000 students

Midi-Pyrénées, the French region with the greatest number of farms and quality-certified agrifood products.

Sports facilities

The sports teams compete in a range of championships (rugby, football, basketball etc.) as well as national competitions (the EDHEC Cup sailing race, the 4L Trophy etc.).

50% of PURPAN students are members of university sports teams or clubs.

Many international sportsmen and women (rugby, equestrian etc.) have trained at PURPAN in a specially tailored course (e.g. Yannick Jauzion, international rugby player).

Student clubs

Some unique societies:

  • HODACE

'Hommes différents une action commune' (Different men, but joint action) supports solidarity or mutual assistance projects in France or in developing countries.

  • The 'Vinothèque'

Wine-loving students organise themed tasting sessions, including the famous 'Cheese and Wine Evening'.

  • Purpan Junior

A society run by student engineers and at the service of companies.

All these societies allow each student to involve themselves in serving others and give them the chance to learn their responsibilities.