ESSEC Business School

Cergy
France

Language of instruction

English
French

   Generally available as a second or third preference.

A pioneer of business-related learning since 1907, ESSEC’s mission is to respond to the challenges of the future. ESSEC offers a unique pedagogical approach, founded on the creation and dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge, a blend of academic learning and practical experience, and a multicultural openness and dialogue.

Located 35 minutes from the centre of Paris, ESSEC's Cergy campus, in the heart of the new town, is an area designed for studying, sharing, and communicating.

ESSEC's Singapore Campus has now been opened to exchange students.

Semester dates

Undergraduate semester dates:
UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Spring SemesterFebruary–June
Semester 2Fall SemesterAugust–December

View the ESSEC undergraduate academic calendar.

Postgraduate term dates:
UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Winter Term (Term 2)January–March
Semester 1Spring Term (Term 3)April–June
Semester 2Fall Term (Term 1)October–December

Some restrictions apply to Postgraduate students, see the Academic Matters tab for more details. 
View the ESSEC postgraduate academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

ESSEC has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Campuses

Cergy Pontoise, France

Singapore campus

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate students: 30 ECTS credits per semester at ESSEC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
Postgraduate students: 25 ECTS credits per semester at ESSEC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at ESSEC.

Study Options
Undergraduate:
Not applicable to this university (for UQ application purposes). You can choose courses which are open to exchange students, however, there are numerous course restrictions outlined below. 
Postgraduate: Not applicable to this university (for UQ application purposes). You can choose courses which are open to exchange students, however, there are numerous course restrictions outlined below.

Semester Restrictions
Postgraduate students on exchange during UQ's semester 1 may choose to study in the winter term, spring term or both terms at ESSEC. Students who are only studying for winter or spring term will need to complete all 25 ECTS credits in one term. Students studying for both terms can split the courses across the two terms.

Other Requirements
Exchange at ESSEC Business School's Graduate program is not available to French citizens. 

Find courses

Search the ESSEC course list for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Communication, digital media and PR
Economics
Finance
French
International business
Leadership and Management
Marketing
Postgraduate
Business administration
Economics
French
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Marketing

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

Through ALEGESSEC (ESSEC’s student housing association), ESSEC Business School offers comfortable and well-equipped rooms and studio apartments near the campus, as well as other amenities to help simplify day-to-day life.

Cost of living

ESSEC provides a range of practical information for incoming exchange students, including a budget estimation to help students prepare for average expenses during their exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students undertaking exchange studies in France can apply for the Nicolas Baudin Program through the French Embassy in Canberra.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Please read through this important information about Health Insurance for exchange students in France. 

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the French Consulate for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)