France: Summer International Relations and Economics in Angers

This program is designed for business or international relations majors, but would work for any student interested in fulfilling their Issues and Global Perspectives requirement through study abroad. The program begins in Angers, France and offers students a short visit to Brussels, as well as the final week in Paris. Students will find detailed program information on ESSCA's website.

Summer Programme Brochure


GVUS's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options. 

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GPA Requirement
2.5 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
No Language
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Program Dates and Application Deadline


Semester Option



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

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.


Check ESSCA Summer Brochure for housing details.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown


Health insurance CHUBB ($160) is mandatory and its estimated based on 120 days ($1.33 / day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details

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Eligibility Criteria


Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

No current covid restrictions

Additional Information

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Excursions are subject to change, but past visits have included: Several field trips around the Loire Valley, a weekend in Normandy, a one-day trip to Mon-St.-Michel, a week in Paris, and a short visit to Brussels. *Field trips and excursions are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Visa Requirements

Students will not need to apply for a student visa to participate in this program. Students are only required to apply for a student visa to study in France for programs that are longer than 90 days.

This information is subject to change at any time without notice. Please check the French Consulate website to verify prior to your participation.

Arrival Information

ESSCA provides detailed arrival instructions on their website in the Practical Guide. Students typically fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and take the TGV high-speed train to Angers (St. Laud) train station. Angers is on the Paris-Nantes TGV lines. The train station is located in the Charles de Gaulle airport terminal 2. It takes about 2 ½  hours from Paris to Angers. The cost will vary based on the time of day and demand. To find information on the train schedule and rates visit: With advance notice, ESSCA typically arranges for someone on the Welcome Team to meet you at the Angers train station to help you get to your housing.

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US Embassy in France - Location

US Department of State - Students Abroad


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"Looking back on my study abroad semester from two years ago, I still feel like the experience has impacted my perspective on life. Not only did I get firsthand insight into what differentiates French business and work life from the United States, but I also learned a lot on cultures, languages, and people. Most of my favorite memories so far are from while I was abroad. The friends I made and the places I saw still mean so much to me. In fact, I still find ways to meet up with those friends I made abroad. There is something so magnificent about living in another country, as well as being able to hop on a train to a whole different country and culture. It is truly one of those things you have to experience to understand!" -Melissa Dondzila


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