ESSEC Business School - Haskayne Only
Located just 40 minutes from the heart of Paris, the Cergy-Pontoise campus is located in a modern area of the city known for innovation and entrepreneurial connections.
Founded in 1907, ESSEC is one of the "Grandes Écoles" (Elite Schools) of France, and is known for being one of the "trois Parisiennes" - one of the 3 elite Paris universities known for their reputation, selectivity, and employability in the field of commerce. ESSEC is one of only 90 business schools worldwide with a Triple Crown accreditation.
Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov. 1, 2020
A variety of courses are offered in English. Haskayne BComm students must take their common core courses at the University of Calgary. On exchange students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange, so they must take the equivalent of at least 3 half courses (18 ECTS) and up to 5 half courses (30 ECTS).
Subject areas taught:
General Business; Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Entrepreneurship; Economics; French; Finance; International Business; Operations Management; Real Estate; Business Technology Management (Management Information Systems)
Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor at least 2 months before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.
Please consult the host university's website to create a tentative list of 60 ECTS credits per semester that you are interested in taking. This list may be based on the current or previous year's courses.
Course conversion: 6 ECTS = 3 units at the UCalgary (1 half-course equivalent).
The academic calendar is divided into 2 semesters:
• Fall Semester: August – December
• Spring Semester: February – June
Please Note: French visa applications for Canadians may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to submit the documentation and take biometrics as needed within 3 months before departure to France, so students may not have access to their passports during that time
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Haskayne students on Haskayne exchanges are charged Haskayne tuition. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Students are sometimes also expected to pay fees to their host institution. This information is given to exchange students by the host institution, after they have applied and been accepted for an exchange.
Cergy cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Please see our website for more information about funding for Haskayne students on Haskayne exchanges.
Also, don't forget to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning. All students on exchange in France will have to pay roughly €215 for French social security on arrival, which covers some costs of medical care, but comprehensive travel medical coverage will still be required.
Students considering significant rail travel in France may want to purchase a Carte Jeune via French National Rail (SNCF), which allows for reduced travel for every journey over a year.
France - Housing Aid
All students in France who rent housing with a contract, regardless of national origin, are eligible for a National Housing Aid from the ‘CAF’, Caisse d’Allocations Familiales. For the subsidy application, please make sure to bring a copy of your birth certificate.
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. Student may also be able to apply for a subsidy on student housing while in France through the CAF. Please see here for details.
Please note: some countries require students apply for their student visa in person in Canada (sometimes outside of Calgary) – please check the consulate or embassy website for your host country to confirm the requirements for applying for a student visa early in your planning process. This may add to your budget if travel outside of Calgary is required, and it may alter travel plans prior to the start of your exchange
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.