China: Business and Marketing in China with ESSCA
For more than 20 years, GVSU and L’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) have partnered together to offer full immersion exchange opportunities to students in business and international relations. ESSCA is a small, private, not-for-profit, business school located in France with approximately 3000 students.. Founded in 1909, ESSCA’s mission is to educate students to work in an international environment, and offers campuses in Angers (main campus), Paris, Budapest, and Shanghai. ESSCA- Shanghai offers courses in the fall and spring (GV's winter) semesters, as well as a summer program. Courses are offered in English, and include subjects such as: Chinese language and culture, economics, tourism management, politics and society, international trade, Asian economy and geopolitics, marketing, supply chain management, and more.
The ESSCA-Shanghai program is small, and consists of French and international degree-seeking ESSCA students, as well as other exchange students from around the world. The program includes company visits, and a variety of cultural excursions.
This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: August 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: January 2022 - May 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021 (Closed)
Program Dates: August 30, 2022 - December 15, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Program Dates: January 10, 2023 - May 30, 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022
ESSCA-Shanghai offers several academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Business courses are conducted in English alongside Chinese language courses.
Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.
Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process
For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education
Note: ESSCA uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit.
Students may work with a rental agency to secure housing, or find accommodation independently.
For more information, please visit the ESSCA Shanghai Practical Information brochure.
Cost and Scholarships
Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $7,616
- Tuition, 12-15 credits ($7,120)
- IS 380 registration fee ($336)
- Health Insurance CHUBB ($160)
- Estimated cost based on 120 days ($1.33/day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details
Other expenses (estimate): $6,760 - $7,280 Fall OR $8,035 - $8,785 Winter
- Passport/Visa ($285)
- Flight ($1,600)
- Housing ($2,200 -$2,720 Fall or $2,750 - $3,400 Winter)
- Food ($1,375 Fall) ($1,800 Winter)
- Books & Supplies ($100)
- Personal expenses ($1,000 Fall or $1,400 Winter)
- Administrative fee ($200)
Total Estimated Cost (per semester): $14,202- $16,227
NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
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Open to all majors:
Students must be degree-seeking, and have completed at least one semester at GVSU.
2.5 GPA required for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.
This program is open to all majors, but is most suitable for business, International business, management, marketing, international relations, and political science majors and students interested in Chinese Studies.
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When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.
For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information
Campus Info / Campus Life
ESSCA Shanghai program runs for 16 weeks during the Fall, and 20 weeks during the Spring/GV's Winter semester.
All non-Chinese nationals must apply for a visa to enter China for the purpose of studying. Students can find guidance and application details in our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
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