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ESSEC "The Global Manager in Europe" Short Term Exchange Program
Cergy-pontoise, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring,
Cost Estimate Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
Language(s) of Instruction:
Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
Level of Immersion:
Partially Integrated
Program Description:

France: "The Global Manager in Europe or European Negotiation: The EU at the Crossroads?" Short-term Exchange with ESSEC Business School 


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ESSEC Business School is one of the top three Business Schools in France and ESSEC's Master's in Management program was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times in 2016.  This program has elective coursework in Luxury Brand Management, Hospitality Management, Agri-food, Entrepreneurship, and Health Management.

This intensive program is designed for MBA students or young professionals interested in business in Europe, intercultural relations and management practices in Europe.
Students have the option of attending one of two courses: “the Global Manager in Europe” or “European Negotiation: The EU at the Crossroads?”. Details on the 2017 program are not yet finalized, and will be shared once available. Below is the information from the 2016 “Global Manager in Europe” program:
Global Manager in Europe
The module will start with interactive sessions on specific management skills and their application in different cultural environments. It will then focus on Europe’s geopolitical and economic dimensions. Finally, the program will concentrate on one of the main fields of expertise of ESSEC: Luxury Brand Management.
Students who complete the course earn a Global Manager in Europe Certificate from ESSEC (located just outside of Paris, France).
Below are some highlights of the course:

Course instruction:
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Group work
Course themes include:
  • Intercultural Management in Europe
  • Diversity Management in Europe
  • Luxury Brand Management in Europe
  • Advanced Negotiation in Europe
Course Highlights:
  • Collaboration and team building with students from business programs around the world
  • Organized cultural activities and farewell lunch


Admission to these courses is restricted to graduate students in the School of Business.  A limited number of spots are available for GWSB graduate students on each program.  At least 2-3 years of work experience is preferred for participants in the Global Manager in Europe course.


Application Deadline
Sunday, February 26, 2017*

*Students applying to this program will also be required to complete ESSEC's application (2017 application will be shared when available) and e-mail it to by the February 26th deadline. Supporting documents requested on the ESSEC application will be sent on the student's behalf using the documents submitted through their GW Passport application. Therefore there is no need for students to send these supporting documents separately to

Overseas Dates:
Global Manager in Europe: June 19 - July 7, 2017

European Negotiation Program: the European Union at the Crossroads?: First two weeks of July (Exact dates TBA)

Academic Credit

Students earn 3 academic credits after successful completion of either course. GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at ESSEC. Credit earned through a GWSB short-term exchange will not count towards a student's GW GPA.
This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. This program has also been pre-approved to fulfill elective credit within the following MBA Concentration: Global Management. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards other MBA concentrations or Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.


2017 program costs are not yet finalized. Click HERE for 2016 program cost estimates.

Information Session

Tuesday, January 24
5:30 - 7:00pm*  
Funger 103
*Reception will follow immediately after presentation


Additional Information*

2016 Program Brochure: 
Leaflet ESSEC Summer Module 2016.pdf

*Information on the 2017 program will be provided as made available by ESSEC.


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.0767 or with your questions.

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Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
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Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)