France: Business Semester 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. Founded in 1909, ESSCA’s mission is to educate students to work in an international environment, and offers campuses in Angers, Paris, Budapest, and Shanghai. ESSCA- Paris offers courses in the fall and spring (GV's winter) semesters, as well as a summer program. Students can take courses in English or in French. Subjects may include: marketing, management, international business and trade, economics, French, and finance. Students will take classes with both French and international degree-seeking students, as well as other exchange students from around the world.

Course options do vary based on the semester of participation.   

The Paris semester exchange program is best suited for more independent students who are seeking a full immersion experience. Currently, students are required to find their own accommodations, and will be required to navigate many administrative necessities. ESSCA provides support to students, however, the support available may look different than what students typically receive at GVSU.

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - May 2022
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Fall 2021

Program Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Winter 2022

Estimated Program Dates: January 2022 - May 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021 (Closed)

Fall 2022

Program Dates: September 1, 2022 - December 18, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Program Dates: September 1, 2022 - May 27, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Winter 2023

Program Dates: January 15, 2023 - May 27, 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022

Summer Option



ESSCA-Paris offers several academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Courses are conducted in English.

Fall Course Options Use this button to search all available fall courses.

Winter Course Options Use this button to search all available winter courses.

Pre-Approved Courses 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.


ESSCA student services assist students in their search for accommodations and with their administrative formalities. Semester students, however, do remain ultimately responsible for finding their own accommodations.

Housing Options   

(Note: includes information for both Angers and Paris campuses).

Additional information, in English, is available in the ESSCA Paris Practical Guide.

Quality food services offered on site by La Brioche Dorée and ESSCA’s ‘Café Etudiant’ at student prices.

ESSCA’s Sports association has signed an agreement with Boulogne-Billancourt’s ‘omnisport’ club giving students access to all of the city's sport facilities.

Cost and Scholarships


Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $7,616

  • 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): $10,480- $12,450

  • Passport/Visa ($500-$550)
  • Flight ($1,400)
  • Housing ($4,300 - $5,500)
  • Food ($2,040 - $2,400)
  • Books & Supplies ($200)
  • Personal Expenses & local trans ($2,040 - $2,400)

Total Estimated Cost (per semester): $18,096 - $20,066

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.

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 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 Criteria


Open to all majors. 2.50 GPA required.

Additional Information

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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

Fall semester is 17 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who arrange their own housing in Paris will need to request a "Attestation d'accueil" from their housing provider for the visa application.

Arrival Information

Students will fly into Paris. From the airport, you can take either a bus or a taxi to where ESSCA is located. 

ESSCA offers detailed information on how to get to campus.

CDC Report


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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


Application Timeline

Paris Practical Guide (2020)

2020-2021 Fact Sheet

2020-2021 Paris Academic Calendar

Health Insurance Requirement


Resources for Emergency Situations

Emergency Procedures

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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