France: ESSCA Paris

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 highly 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 with some limited on-site support. 

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Winter 2019

Estimated Program Dates: January 2019 - May 2019
Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

Fall 2019

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

Academic Year 2019

Estimated Program Dates: August 2019 - May 2020
Application Deadline: February 2, 2019

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


Cost Breakdown


PARTNERSHIP GRANT: The Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $1000 Partnership Grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than four students apply for ESSCA (Angers or Budapest campuses), decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a students study abroad application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $1,000, but four applicants will receive a minimum of $1,000 in grant support.  Decisions on awards will be made following the application deadline.

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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 in Chicago for a visa appointment (or the Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence). 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 has detailed information on their website.

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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

Practical Guide

2018-2019 Fact Sheet

Paris Academic Calender

Health Insurance Requirement




Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.

Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.

Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for ESSCA.

Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.

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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