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ESSEC Graduate Exchange GWSB
Cergy-pontoise, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: GW applicants only
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Minimum GPA: 3
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Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
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ESSEC Business School 

"It’s definitely worth coming here. It gives a totally different perspective on learning when you study in another country […] The professors here are mostly very approachable and easy to talk to. Also […] my professors were clearly very passionate about their subjects and took an interest in making you interested in them too." - Brian Rotolo, GMBA'16 (Fall 2015)

"I highly recommend this. Paris is an amazing city, ESSEC is a great university and it is very well known in France. I made great friends and really enjoyed being in one of my favorite cities." - Fernanda Dassum Narino, GMBA'16 (Fall 2015)

Is this Program for me?

ESSECESSEC Business School is one of the top five 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. ESSEC is guided by the values of dialogue, creativity, innovation, responsibility, excellence and openness to the world as the basis for training tomorrow’s business leaders.

This opportunity is open to all degree-seeking graduate students in the School of Business.  


ESSEC is located in Cergy-Pontoise, home to the second largest student population in the Paris area. The campus is an hour from the center of Paris and is easily accessible by suburban train lines and motorway.


Trimester Schedule

  • Term 1: Early October - mid-December

  • Term 2: Early January - early April

  • Term 3: Mid April - late June

*Exact dates may vary


Exchange students have the opportunity to take courses that draw on ESSEC’s specific fields of expertise. This includes courses in Luxury Brand Management, Hospitality Management, Agri-Food Industry, Entrepreneurship, Health, etc.  Students usually receive the course timetable 2 months before the beginning of each term.  More elective offerings are available during Terms 2 & 3.  Students coming from MBA programs can attend courses from the ESSEC Global MBA.  

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in French and English.  French is not required for enrollment. Exchange students may take all their coursework in English.  A four-week intensive French course is offered free of charge to international students during the four weeks of September.  In addition, optional French courses are offered during each term.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in language coursework.


Approximately half of all exchange students live in furnished residences on campus.  The remaining population of exchange students arrives prior to the beginning of the term to look for housing in the center of Paris and commute to campus.  The Office of International Relations at ESSEC provides useful websites, but does not assist students in finding off campus housing.   

Career Development

Exchange students have full access to the career center.  *Students interested in obtaining internships while in France will need to apply for a work visa and seek approval from GWSB.  Exchange students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


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More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Patricia Garcia at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.  


Application Deadline:

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th

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