China: ESSCA Shanghai

A GVSU Partnership Program

  • China: ESSCA Shanghai Photo
  • China: ESSCA Shanghai Photo
  • China: ESSCA Shanghai Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors.

Shanghai, China: L 'Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d' Angers (ESSCA) is a private business school. Founded in 1909, ESSCA's mission is to educate students to work in an international environment which gives this institution a decidedly global flair.

Program Highlights
• Attend ESSCA Shanghai as an exchange student
• ESSCA is a small, private business school with four international campuses
• Students will live in Shanghai and take courses focused on Chinese business and culture
• Company visits and cultural activities included


Partnership Information

When can I go?

Summer 2018:                       June - July (5 weeks)

Fall 2018:                                August - December (15 weeks)

Academic Year 2018-2019:   August - May (35 weeks)

Winter 2019:                          January - May (20 weeks)

Where will I live?

Students will find their own apartment upon arrival. Students typically stay in a nearby hotel for the first few nights until a suitable apartment is found. ESSCA will connect students with an agent who will assist students in finding an apartment.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but is most suitable for business, International business, management, marketing, international relations, and political science majors and students interested in Chinese Studies. Students must be degree-seeking, and have completed at least one semester at GVSU. 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (graduate) required.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.


Winter 2018:                             September 10, 2017

Summer 2018:                          February 1, 2018

Fall 2018:                                  February 1, 2018

Academic Year 2018-2019:     February 1, 2018

What credits will I receive?

ESSCA offers courses in many subjects including: business, Chinese language, East Asian studies, economics, international business,
international relations, legal studies, and political science.

Students participating in a partnership program will either register for courses that have been pre-approved or will go through a Course Approval Process.


Course options for Shanghai Fall Semester

Course options for Shanghai Spring semester

Course Equivalency Guide

How much does the program cost?

Total Projected Cost: $13,085 - $15,297* (per semester)

Additional Program Cost Information

Detailed Estimated Budget

Detailed Estimated Budget - SUMMER 

Financial Aid

Students typically pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships/grants and alternative loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid


STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,750/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Eligibility criteria applies:
-4 Grants Available per year
-Students who are awarded other PIC Funding
may not be awarded a Partnership Grant.


Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters

ESSCA website:

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.