ESSEC Business School

Cergy
France

Language of instruction

English
French

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.

Semester dates

Undergraduate semester dates:
UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Fall Semetser August–December

View the ESSEC undergraduate academic calendar.

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

Postgraduates studying at ESSEC Business School on exchange during UQ's semester 1 have the choice of studying for winter term, spring term or both. If studying for a single term all courses must be completed at the same time. If studying for two terms the courses can be split between the two.

Postgraduate students studying in UQ's semester 2 must study for fall term only and must complete all courses in that term.

View the ESSEC postgraduate academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 at ESSEC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

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

Minimum academic requirements

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

Find courses

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. 

Search the ESSEC course catalogue for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Postgraduate
Advertising
Business information systems
Economics
Finance
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Marketing
French

Course restrictions

The following courses are not open to exchange students:

  • ESSEC core courses (Organisational theory & behaviour, Strategy & management, Management control, Managing IT in the digital age, Marketing management, Financial accounting & reporting, Principles of finance, and Business economics)
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Business analysis & value creation

Courses from some programs are reserved for students studying that specific program. These are signified with «reserved» on course timetables.

Additional academic information

ESSEC has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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 UQ Abroad 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, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.