France: ESSCA Angers (Semester/Year)

L’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is a private business school which has earned a reputation for excellence throughout France. It is considered one of France's top schools of management. Students can choose to take courses in either English or French. Students interested in taking courses in French may find more course options available. Students will be able to choose one French language course each semester.

Angers, France is a small medieval city of 160,000 inhabitants located in the heart of the Loire Valley.  It is a historic and student-friendly city filled with cobblestoned streets, cinemas, cafés, restaurants, and bars. The city is just a quick 90-minute train ride from Paris and only 60 minutes from the spectacular beaches of the Atlantic coast. Angers is home to many museums, a 12th century fortress, a lively city centre and a large student population.

ESSCA is an internationally focused institution with campuses in:

  • Angers, France
  • Paris, France
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Shanghai, China

GVSU students most commonly study in Angers and Budapest. 

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 2020

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - May 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: January 2021 - May 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - May 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Summer Option

Courses

Angers

ESSCA-Angers offers several academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Courses are available in English and in French.

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.

Housing

ESSCA offers several different accommodation options:

  1. Residence De La Maine
  2. Fac Habitat
  3. Couffon Pavot
  4. Residence Volta

Housing Options

Early application for housing is encouraged as some units fill quickly. Many international students choose to live in the city center and take a bus to the ESSCA Campus for classes.  Students who want the convenience of being close to ESSCA's campus should consider Residence Volta which is across the street from ESSCA. Many of the European international students prefer to live in the city centre. Options are available to suit your preferences.

Cost and Scholarships

Angers

Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU) : $7,086 

  • 12 - 15 credits ($6,750)
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)

Other expenses (estimate): $7,800—$9,875

  • Passport/Visa ($500-$550)
  • Flight  & train to Angers($1,500)
  • Health Insurance ($280-$325)
  • Housing ($1,800 - $3,200)
  • Food ($1,800 - 2,000)
  • Books & Supplies ($300)
  • Personal expenses ($1,620-$2,000)

Total Estimated Cost (per semester): $14,886 - $16,961  
 

Cost Breakdown

International Exchange Grant ($1,000): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Decisions will be made following the deadline for application.  Questions? Contact studyabroad@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3898

Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship (Deadline: March 1) APPLY NOW
Fred A. Bell Business Scholarship (Deadline: March 1) APPLY NOW

Paul and Sue Spindler Accounting Study Abroad Scholarship (Deadline: March 1) APPLY NOW

Padnos Scholarship:  (Up to $15,000): The Barbara H. Padnos International Scholars program provides scholarships for year long study abroad programs (Students must study abroad for 2 semesters or more). The average scholarship ranges from $5,000-$15,000. APPLY NOW

Additional Scholarships

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Eligibility

Students must be degree-seeking, have attended at least one semester at GVSU, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.

Additional Information

Host University Website

https://www.essca.fr/en/international/exchange-student

Culture

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

Fall semester is 15 weeks

Spring/GV's Winter is 20 weeks

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Visa Requirements

Students studying in France for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. The process for securing a student visa is lengthy and requires students to first obtain approval through Campus France. Students should begin the Campus France application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is highly recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their Campus France application. Students will be required to travel to the VFS French Visa Processing Center for a visa appointment. The nearest processing center is in Chicago but students are welcome to schedule appointments at any of the VFS processing centers throughout the United States. Please review our student visa guide for France for important details regarding the application process.

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 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: www.raileurope.com. With advance notice, ESSCA can arrange for someone on the Welcome Team to meet you at the Angers train station.

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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

Guides

Application Timeline

Practical Guide

2020-2021 Fact Sheet

Health Insurance Requirement

 

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
616-331-3898
studyabroad@gvsu.edu

"My study abroad experience in France was unforgettable. Meeting people from all around the world, experiencing a completely different academic environment, and seeing places I never imagined I'd see grew me so much. I would encourage anyone to study abroad. It is different from simpering traveling because you are engrossed and living fully in the culture and interacting with all sorts of people on a daily basis. My favorite part, besides traveling, was forming relationships with French students. I gained life long friendships and living in such close proximity to them let me see how people my age live and how it compares to how I live here in the United States. I look forward to going back and seeing the people and place that changed my life. " -Paige Ringger

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