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|Restrictions:||GW applicants only|
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|Class Status:||Graduate||Open to non-GW students:||No|
|Level of Immersion:||Fully Integrated|
ESSEC Business School
“The professors were pretty passionate about their topic - all had some level or work experience (ie. their experience was not only academia which was great). They were able to give us a good balance of theoretical knowledge as well as practitioners prospective [sic].” Bitanya Woldu, Professional-Cohort MBA ’13 Bitanya participated in ESSEC’s 3td term in 2013.
Is this Program for me?
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 2014. 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.
Term 1: Early October - Mid December
Term 2: Early January - Early April
Term 3: Early April - Mid 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. Over 35% of coursework is offered in English. Exchange students are given priority registration before degree-seeking students. 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 as 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 for three hours weekly. 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.
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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This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business. Please set up an appointment to meet with an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to applying to an exchange program.
Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th