ESSEC Business School

City: Cergy
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Founded in 1907
  • Located in Cergy, France
  • Home to 7 institutes of research
  • Ranked eleventh of seventy European business schools according to the Financial Times rankings
  • Accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS, the leading international accreditation associations for business schools
  • Situated in the northwestern suburbs of Paris
  • Campus is only 35 minutes from central Paris
  • They have a new campus in Singapore open to exchange students

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Partner university's areas of study

Commerce (UBCV)

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Incoming exchange students work with 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and have a choice of management classes taught in French and/or English
  • It is possible to take a study program taught entirely in English
  • Students must have at least a B1 or B2 level to study in French (please self-asses with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Only COMM (UBCV) are eligible to apply to this partner university

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Beginning of September to the end of December
  • Semester 2: End of February to mid June

As of Spring 2020, the ESSEC Singapore campus is open to exchange students. Please read the information available here.

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10 or E

Grading scheme

  • The Grading System in France is on a scale of 0 to 20
  • Each class is graded separately, and a minimum grade of 10 is required to pass a course
  • In addition to the grades obtained in the courses, students receive another grade according to the ECTS
    • A = Excellent (the highest 10% of a class)
    • B = Very Good (the following 25%)
    • C = Good (the following 30%)
    • D = Satisfactory (the following 25%)
    • E = Sufficient (the last 10% of a class)
    • FX = Fail (passing level not obtained)
    • F = Fail (level considerably below passing)

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

As of Spring 2020, the ESSEC Singapore campus is open to exchange students. Please read the information available here.

Full course load information

  • Minimum: 15 ECTS / semester
  • Maximum: 30 ECTS / semester
  • Full time course load for regular students: 30 ECTS per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Asian Cultures and Societies
Partner course code: CPRO 14239
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-20
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Luxury Marketing
Partner course code: MKGF 14125
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-02
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Innovative Merchandising
Partner course code: MKGF 14128
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-22
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Negotiating Business Deals in China
Partner course code: DEVN 14141
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-04-27
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Innovation & Design Thinking
Partner course code: MGTE 14221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-04-27
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Managing International Business in Asia
Partner course code: MGTM 14238
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-04-27
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Brand Manager
Partner course code: MKGM 14244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-02
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Managing Luxury Business
Partner course code: MKGS 14405
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-02
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Using the Campus France website, it is possible to carry out comprehensive multi-criteria searches on the quasi-totality of grants for foreign students and young researchers
  • Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution
  • For more information, see: www.campusfrance.org/fria/bourse

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Comfortable and well-equipped rooms and studio apartments near the campus, as well as other amenities to help simplify day-to-day life available
  • Offered by ALEGESSEC (ESSEC’s student housing association)

Information on Accommodation

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