France: Summer Business in Paris 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. Students will take classes with both French and international degree-seeking students, as well as other exchange students from around the world.
ESSCA- Paris summer program offers courses in marketing, management, strategy, digital culture, French language and culture. Students will take classes with other international students from around the world.
Paris is a dream destination for many students because of its iconic landmarks, famous fashion, and delicious cuisine. Paris has been dubbed the “City of Love” because of its romantic atmosphere, street-side cafes, and gorgeous sights. Students studying in Paris should expect to be immersed in French culture, consisting of art, history, and architecture.
GVSU'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.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Program Dates: June 12, 2023 - July 7, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)
The summer program offers a set list of courses from three options:
Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
Note: ESSCA uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit.
Housing is arranged by ESSCA in either an individual studio or a shared (2-student) apartment in an international residence or an appropriate equivalent depending on availability.
Cost and Scholarships
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
No current Covid Requirements
Host University Website
SeeESSCA Summer Programme Guide for details on guided tours.
Campus Info / Campus Life
This program is 4 weeks in duration.
Students studying in France for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a visa for entry.
Students will fly into Paris. ESSCA has available on its website information on getting to the campus.
US State Department Information
US State Department Country Information (France)
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
US Embassy in France - Location
US Department of State - Students Abroad
Resources for Emergency Situations
Reporting an Incident
"I met college students from all over the world that I had a lot in common with (China, Mexico, England, Australia, and more), but I also learned a lot from them about their respective cultures as well. I was able to not only study marketing and management and see one of the most beautiful places in the world, but enhance my resume. I now will be interning at a highly international company this summer, BASF, due to my international experience. This will give me even more opportunities to travel in the future. " -Katelin Frazier
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