China: ESSCA Shanghai (Semester/Year)

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

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2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2019

Estimated Program Dates: August 2019 - December 2019
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)

Winter 2020

Estimated Program Dates: January 2020 - May 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Closed)

Fall 2020

Estimated Program Dates: August 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: August 2020 - May 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: January 2021 - May 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020 (Opens December 1, 2019)

Summer Option 




ESSCA-Shanghai offers several academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Business courses are conducted in English alongside Chinese language courses.

For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit: 

Fall Course Options 

Winter Course Options 


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.

Pre-Approved Courses 

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 detailed information, please visit the ESSCA Shanghai Practical Information brochure. 

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown


Eligibility criteria applies:
-4 Grants Available per year

Eligibility Criteria

Additional Scholarships


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. 

Additional Information

Host University Website


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.

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Visa Requirements

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.


CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (China)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in China

Overseas Security Advisor Council (OSAC) - Crime and Safety Report


2017-2018 Academic Calendar

2017 Semester Practical Guide

2018-2019 Fact Sheet


Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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