Hungary: Business Semester in Budapest with ESSCA

L’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is one of the leading state accredited business schools in France offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its main campus is located in Angers, France; however, it also has campuses in Paris, Shanghai and Budapest.

ESSCA Budapest is situated in the heart of the city of Budapest, close to the metro, tramway, buses, shopping, restaurants, and cafes. ESSCA occupies a floor in a building at the University of Budapest. While the ESSCA program in Budapest is relatively small and intimate, students are close to a larger campus community and students from other campuses. The ESSCA program consists of degree-seeking ESSCA students, many of whom are French, and exchange students from all over the world. ESSCA Budapest offers courses in the fall and spring (GV's winter) semesters, as well as a summer program. Students can take courses in cross-cultural management, business in Hungary, Central and East European economics and politics, Hungarian language and culture, consumer behavior, principles of auditing, and information systems in finance. See the ESSCA website for updated offerings.

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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. 

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2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2023

Estimated Program Dates: August 2023 - December 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Winter 2024

Estimated Program Dates: January 2024 - May 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

Summer Option



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

Course Options Use this button to see all courses available on this program.

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.

Students cannot mix courses offered at the undergraduate level and the graduate level. Students will select one of these programs and select courses only from that program. Students in their final year (4th year) of undergraduate study at GVSU may be eligible to apply for the graduate level courses (subject to approval by ESSCA).

Note: ESSCA uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit.


ESSCA provides information to international students to assist them in finding appropriate living accommodations. Students often stay in a local hostel during the first week while they conduct an apartment search. Students will find comfortable and affordable apartments in the center of the city, within walking distance from ESSCA. Most students finalize their housing selection within the first day or two after arrival. Additional information is available in the ESSCA Budapest Practical Guide.

Cost and Scholarships


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

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898

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Open to all majors. 2.5 GPA required.

As of March 7, 2022, Hungary no longer has any COVID-related travel restrictions

Additional Information

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For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information

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Visa Requirements

US citizens studying in Hungary for more than 90 days must apply for a visa prior to entering Hungary. For additional information, please reference our student visa guidePlease note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Arrival Information

How to get to ESSCA Budapest Campus

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Information (Hungary)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Hungary

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report (Hungary)


Application Timeline

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Practical Guide

2022-2023 Fact Sheet

2020-2021 Academic Calendar


Fall: August - December, 16 weeks

Winter (ESSCA's Spring): January - May, 15 -18 weeks, depending on the program

Summer: June - July

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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