3 year curriculum
The training consists of 6 semesters
3 semesters of core curriculum
Semesters 5, 6 and 7 of regular curriculum post-baccalauréat
The overall objective is to foster and strengthen basic knowledge and methods that will permit engineers to evolve and adapt throughout their career path. Courses include a disciplinary part (around 900 hours) and a multidisciplinary part (around 200 hours), focused on company and its environment.
Two internships, one on a farm and one in an agro-food company, are compulsory during the training period. A collective work project is carried out during the first year (Semesters 5 and 6) for the project management training session.
A specific teaching has been implemented to help the student to define his/her career path.
3 semesters of vocational guidance
Semesters 8, 9 and 10 of regular curriculum post-baccalauréat
The student chooses courses according to his/her professional project. The main goal is the preparation of occupational activities.
- Semester 8 : the training is organized into modules and in small groups. This training further develops topics covered in the core curriculum and establishes links with 3rd year optional courses. During this semester, the school promotes learning periods abroad. The duration of the semester is 13 weeks. It is followed by a compulsory pre-optional internship
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- Semester 9 : 3rd year options – the training further develops skills in particular topics and prepares to occupational integration. Students choose one elective course among those offered by the school. They can also attend their 3rd year in another French or foreign school (depending on their professional project). For further information, please follow the tab: "Les options de 3ème année".
- Semester 10 : end-of-course internship (6 months) – It concludes the training with real-life professional situations.
The modularization of semesters 8, 9, 10 were financed by the FSE
An appropriate language level in English, validated by an international recognized test, is mandatory for graduation (B2 level – 785 points TOEIC). TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is organized 4 times a year in the school.
Second-language courses are provided in the school for German and Spanish, and depending on the requests, for Italian and Portuguese. Other languages are available in Clermont Universities.
Going abroad (2 months minimum) is compulsory for students (internship or teaching period).
To strengthen practical experience, students have the opportunity to ask for a gap year at the end of the core curriculum.
An individual pedagogic support is implemented by a referring school teacher during the first four semesters.
Validation of studies is based on different assessments implemented throughout each semester (except end-of-course internship). Validation is made semester by semester, with the possibility to repeat a year in case of failure. It brings credits in the ECTS system. The graduation is determined by the acquisition of 180 credits during the training and the validation of the required level in language.
3rd year options
3rd year objectives :
The main goal is to prepare students to working life, through career advice and real-life professional situations. Students choose one elective course among those offered by the school. They can also attend their 3rd year in another French or foreign school. The training includes 6 months of elective training courses at the school and 6 months of end-of-course internship.
Elective courses :
(October to March – 22 weeks)
Organized as modules, courses combine theoretical training, case studies, visit in occupational environment, training projects design… Many qualified specialists from outside the school participate in the training.
Particular emphasis is given to the development of professional qualities: ability to analyze the situation, ability to synthesize, autonomy, responsibility, teamwork, organization, communication…
(April to September – 24 weeks)
It takes place inside a company, development agencies, land use agencies… in France or abroad.
The engineering student carries out an in-depth study on a particular topic and writes a dissertation. The defense of the dissertation is made in front of a jury composed of teachers and professionals.
7 elective courses are proposed by VetAgro Sup Clermont
Some internships are scheduled during the training. Overall, the cumulative duration of those internships represent about 1/3 of the training, strengthening its professional nature.
Internship on a farm
This compulsory internship takes place during the 1st year of training and has a duration of 8 weeks (4 periods of 2 weeks). It allows to discover a farm. The student carries out an in-depth study of the farm, including an overall approach of agricultural operations, and then writes a dissertation with an oral presentation.
This compulsory internship takes place during the summer between the 2nd and 3rd year and has a minimum duration of 4 weeks (up to 3 months). It allows to comprehend the organization and how an agro-food company works. The student can also approach the business world. The student renders an account of his/her internship with a dissertation.
This compulsory internship takes place during the 3rd year (from April to September) and has a duration of 6 months. This is a very important internship for students. It concludes the training of engineers. This long period internship places the student in real-life professional situations and strengthens his/her practical experience. The internship ends with the student’s dissertation. The defense of the dissertation is made in front of a jury composed of teachers and professionals.
For some students, an immersive language course may be offered during the summer between the 1st and 2nd year.
In addition to compulsory internships, students have the opportunity to carry out additional courses. Those courses must be related to a personal project that strengthens their skills in a particular area.
It is the student’s responsibility to look for an internship. Assistance can be offered by teachers or VetAgro Sup staff. Internship proposals made by students require approval by the teacher responsible for the training period.
Financial support can be allocated for internships abroad.
Part of the training abroad
Students may attend all or part of the vocational guidance curriculum abroad (semesters 7, 8 and 9).
A period of 2 weeks minimum abroad is compulsory to start elective courses (semester 9). This outward mobility can be done either during an internship or as part of a training with a partner school.
Mobility during training
VetAgro Sup established partnerships with many foreign schools or universities. It permits to exchange students during their training. Such mobility is mainly done during semester 8 but can also be done during semester 9.
Mobility during internship
Any internship may be made abroad. The pre-optional internship is particularly suited to a stay abroad, due to its duration (until 3 months).
Financial support for outward mobility
All students can receive a financial support to assist mobility, including students who are not grant holders. Access to financial support depends on the type of course and its duration.
Office for international relations
For additional information, please check the webpage on student mobility.
En septembre 2015, les nouveaux élèves ingénieurs du campus agronomique de Clermont auront la possibilité d’intégrer la nouvelle section cinéma-études. Bien plus qu’une simple formation du cinéaste, c’est un dispositif pédagogique innovant*, qui permettra aux participants d’enrichir leurs compétences de futurs ingénieurs : créativité, ouverture d’esprit, travail en équipe, aisance communicationnelle et argumentation… A raison de 3 à 5 heures de pratique hebdomadaire (création et réalisation vidéo…), ce cursus artistique particulier s’articulera à l’interface entre sciences et sociétés, en replaçant la science au service du bien commun et en abordant des thématiques liées au métier de l’ingénieur agronome.
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*VetAgro Sup est la première école d’ingénieurs agronomes à proposer ce genre de dispositif.