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  • Locations: Cergy-pontoise, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Program Description:

France: "The Global Manager in Europe"

Short-term Exchange with ESSEC Business


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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 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.

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


This program is only open to graduate School of Business students.  As there are only a few spots available for GWSB graduate students, students will be nominated on a competitive basis. 2-3 years of work experience is preferred for participants in this program.

Academic Credit

3 credits are awarded for successful completion of the Global Manager in Europe course.

GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at ESSEC.  Scores 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
Friday, February 1, 2019*

Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and then apply through the partner university hosting the program. After a student is admitted by G&EE to a short-term exchange program and we receive their confirmation of participation through the deposit, 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 their application (if applicable). From this point forward, the decision to accept you as a participant in the program rests with the exchange partner institution and they will contact you directly regarding your application.

On campus Dates: None*
*Students will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation lead by G&EE prior to this program’s overseas dates. 

Overseas Dates:
June 24 - July 12, 2019

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 into the program. The 2019 program fee is 650 euros.

Click HERE for program cost estimates. 

To secure their place in the program, accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 program deposit within 5 business days of receiving their admit email. 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 Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE

Additional Information*

2019 Global Manager in Europe brochure:
Leaflet ESSEC Summer Module 2019.pdf



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.

Helpful Links

Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships

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