Program Details: ESSCA Paris

Is this program for me?

For more than 20 years, GVSU and 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 3,000 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. Students can find details on course options available on the ESSCA Exchange Student Website.  

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. The ESSCA summer program offers a much greater level of support to exchange students. For students seeking a more structured experience, the summer option may be of interest. The summer program offers features that are different from the semester exchanges. Students interested in the summer option should scroll down the page to view the section on Summer Program Information.

Host University Homepage

ESSCA Exchange Student Website

Semester program flyer



The city of lights needs no introduction. As one of the world's foremost capital cities with world-famous monuments, Paris will provide exchange students with an unparalleled cultural experience. ESSCA-Paris is located on a modern, self-contained campus in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside the capital, and with easy access to the center of Paris.


Cultural Information

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




2017-2018 Estimated Semester Budget

2017 Estimated Summer Budget

How will I pay for this?

Financial Aid FAQs

The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant's personal spending habits and lifestyle.

PIC Partnership Grant  is available for this semester exchange program.

Any student studying abroad for a semester is automatically considered for the Study Abroad Semester Grand, click here for the grant guidelines. 

Visa Information

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 an online system called PASTEL that is coordinated through CampusFrance. Students should begin the PASTEL application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their PASTEL application. Students will be required to travel to the French Consulate in Chicago (or the Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence) to apply for the visa. Details on the application requirements can be found at: Students can also reference our student visa guide for more detailed information.



Housing and Meals

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. See the Accommodation Information for a list of accommodations available. (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.

Program Dates

ESSCA Paris offers several academic tracks for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. 

Fall: end of August - December (17 weeks)

Winter: January - May (20 weeks)

Academic Year:  not available

Summer: late June - late July (4 weeks)



All courses are conducted in English. 

Courses available to GVSU exchange students at ESSCA in Paris

Course offerings at each of the ESSCA campuses can be found on the ESSCA website. There are different links for each semester, as well as a separate link for the summer program.

ESSCA Paris Fall Semester offers 2 options: (1) Undergraduate Business Program; (2) Graduate Banking and Finance Engineering (for Master's students only)

ESSCA Paris Spring Semester (GV's Winter) offers 2 options: (1) Undergraduate Business Program

(2) Graduate Finance Semester (4th year UG and Graduate students are eligible to apply)

ESSCA Masters 1 Courses - Please note that Masters 1 level courses are typically available to GVSU students in their 4th year of their undergraduate program. Masters level 2 courses are available to graduate students only.

Pre-approved Course List

If the course you wish to take at ESSCA appears on the "Existing Course Equivalencies" list, you do not need to secure course approval for that course.

Existing Semester Course Equivalencies

Note: This is not a full list of courses offer at this partner institution.

Note: ESSCA uses the ECTS credit system. In general, 2 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 US credit.

ESSCA Application Process

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.


Summer Program information

The ESSCA summer program offers several features that are different from the semester program. Students interested in the summer program should refer only to the summer program information. This program is designed for undergraduate students.

Dates: late June to 3rd week in July (4 weeks)

Cost2017 Estimated Summer Budget 

Courses offered: 

  • PAIRING 1:  International Luxury Brand Marketing & International Business Management
  • PAIRING 2 : Business Intelligence and Strategy & Digital Culture, Innovation and New Market,
  • PAIRING 3 : French Language & French Culture and Civilization

ESSCA Paris Summer Program

GVSU course equivalencies (coming soon!)


Travel 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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