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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Important Update: Program Changes due to COVID-19

As a result of the University's decision to restrict nonessential travel due to COVID-19, this short-term exchange program has been cancelled. We realize this will be a disappointment and want to assure everyone that student health and safety is the university’s top priority in making this difficult decision.

France: "The Global Manager in Europe" Short-term Exchange with ESSEC Business School

About our partner university:ESSEC3

ESSEC Business School is one of the top three Business Schools in France and ESSEC's Master's in Management program was ranked 2nd in France by the SIGEM ranking in 2018.  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.

To learn more about ESSEC check out this video!

  • 7th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2019
  • Top 100 worldwide according to Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2020

Is this program for me?

This intensive program is designed for MBA students or young professionals interested in business in Europe, intercultural relations and management practices in Europe.

The “Global Manager in Europe 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 this course earn a Global Manager in Europe Certificate from ESSEC. This program will take place at ESSEC's main campus in Cergy-Pontoise located just outside of Paris.
Course instruction:
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Group work
Course themes include:
  • European Geopolitics and Economics
  • Management skills in Europe
  • Luxury Brand Management 
Course Highlights:
  • Collaboration and team building with students from business programs around the world
  • Organized cultural activities and farewell lunch
 The Summer 2020 course information is available here: Summer Module 2020.pdf


This program is only open to restricted to MBA graduate students at the School of Business.

As there are limited spots available for this program, students will be nominated on a competitive basis. Applicants must have an established academic record at GW and be in good academic standing with the university (GPA of 3.0 or above). 

Academic Credit:

3 credits are awarded for successful completion of this program.

GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at ESSEC. Grades 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. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.



Application Deadline EXTENDED*:
Friday, January 31, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9am
*Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students must first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and after a student is admitted and committed to a short-term exchange program, G&EE will forward the student’s name with our endorsement to the partner university. The student will be contacted by the partner university with instructions on next steps and how to complete any forms required by the partner university, if applicable. 

On GW campus Dates*: None*
*Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session facilitated by G&EE prior to the program’s overseas dates.

Overseas Dates:
June 22 – July 10, 2020

Cost Estimate:

For this short-term exchange program, students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits as well as a program fee due to ESSEC upon acceptance to the program. Click HERE for program cost estimates. (The program fee was $746 in 2019).

Please note that application decisions will be shared with students on February 12th. Those applicants who are admitted to their program of choice will be required to make a $500 deposit by the deadline date. If a deposit is not received by the deadline, students will forfeit their spot on the program.

To secure their place in the program, accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 program deposit. The deposit will be posted to the students' account for the summer semester and credited towards tuition or the program fee for the course.   
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details, click HERE.

Information Sessions:

Joint Information Session for Short-term Study Away Programs (STAPs) 
January 15, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Funger Hall 108
Reception to follow

View a recording of the Information Session HERE.

Additional Program Information:

To learn more about EDHEC's La Défense Campus (CNIT) in Paris click HERE.
Itinerary and program brochure: Summer Module 2020.pdf


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

Feel free to contact us by phone (202.994.1212) or email ( with your questions.

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