ESSEC Global BBA - Applying with an International High School Diploma


Frequently asked questions




Praticalities/Student life

Do I need to speak French before coming to ESSEC?

You do not need to speak French before coming to ESSEC. The academic language of the programme is English so you will have no problem at all with the courses.

For everyday life on the Cergy campus (and in Paris in general), it will be much easier however, if you master basic proficiency in French and we encourage you to embrace learning the language as well as of course other foreign languages. If for example, you are a beginner, in your 1st year, you will have 6 hours of French classes per week on different themes i.e. business, day to day, etc. An additional 3 hours will be spent learning another language.

Extra-curricular activities?

There is always something going on, on and around campus. Campus life is very vibrant. There are a vast variety of student clubs and associations for all interests (sports, music, etc.) and there are lots of facilities around the campus too.

Integration of French & internationals

Students mix easily thanks to student associations, team-building activities, networking opportunities, parties and at the halls of residence, etc. You can mix not only between the different nationalities within the Global BBA programme but with students on all the different programmes at ESSEC.

Do you have on-campus accommodation?

ESSEC has four halls of residence on and near to the ESSEC France campus. 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. You can choose to reserve a room on campus or if you prefer you can live in the city in private accommodation.
More information concerning accommodation in France campus

There are no halls of residence on the Singapore campus but housing support is provided and apartments/condos tend to be passed down from student to student.

Do I need a visa?

If you are a EU citizen, you do not require a visa. A valid ID card or passport is sufficient.

For non EU countries, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out if you need to apply for a visa. If this is the case, you should then contact the nearest French consulate. For more details, you can download the visa brochure made available by ESSEC's Office of Student Affairs. 

For Singapore: an E-solar application form for the student pass with instructions will be sent to you by email. It costs S$30 and takes up to 5 working days to process. You will then receive the in-principle approval (IPA) letter which allows you to enter Singapore via email from ESSEC.


How do I choose the campus?

You can start either in France or in Singapore and the decision is yours to make! The courses on each campus are the same so this depends on your interests and career plan. When you start your online application, you will be asked which campus you wish to start the programme on. Not to worry though, when you confirm your place, you can request to switch campuses if you have changed your mind.

What is the academic level required to get onto the Bachelor?

It is difficult to answer this as our students come from all over the world and schools, diplomas and education systems are extremely varied. It of course depends on the prestige and reputation of your high school and/or diploma and naturally your academic grades and record up to now. You should be a good student. You will be asked to present your transcripts and 2 academic reference letters as part of the application. It is however equally important to show your motivation and your get across your personality. The application asks you to address a social, political or economic topic which interests and concerns you and which can be linked to your life and experiences up to now. If you have any questions at all about whether you have the sort of profile we are looking for, our recruitment and admissions team can advise you.

Work experience / Job prospects

What kind of internships can we do and where can they take place?

1st “operational” 3 month internship is to discover company life. Generally students take on a commercial role in sales. You can do it anywhere in the world. 2nd “field” 1 month internship - social/humanitarian mission is to discover diversity at all levels. It is not about being in a position of responsibility but rather to see something different and reinforce humanistic side of what type of manager you will be. 3rd 6 month internship is a classic internship where you will take on a particular activity within a company in the field/job role you are hoping you to go into. The career services department at the school helps you figure out where you might want/be able to work, and prepares you for interviews. We have a network of companies that we are used to working with.

What are the graduate opportunities open after the Global BBA?

The programme prepares you for the job market so at the end you can easily find a job anywhere in the world thanks to the reputation of ESSEC which is well known with companies. The massive ESSEC alumni network is also active and generally very willing to help out current students and recent graduates. The career services at the school also help both students and alumni get their foot on the ladder and then progress in their chosen career. All of these things are available to you but it is of course up to you to make the most of them and open up opportunities. Of course, you also have the option to continue your studies in a Master’s degree or Advanced specialised degree, both in France and abroad.

Academic choices

What is the IBEA track?

This stands for the International Business Education Alliance. To follow this track, you can start off at either one of the ESSEC campuses, Cergy or Singapore. In the 2nd year, the best applicants will be selected at ESSEC as well as at the 4 partner universities. Students then come together from all the schools and travel and study together to spend S4 at Mannheim, S5 at the University of South Carolina, S6 at ESSEC in Singapore and S7 in FGV in Rio.

What are the areas we can specialise in?

There are no majors but there is a whole range of electives. There are around 50 courses per semester that students can choose to study in the 3rd & 4th years. These can be in communications, ecommerce, webmarketing, etc. You don’t just specialise with your courses but with your internships. This is very important because you build your career based on what you are going to do in your internships.

How do I get selected for an exchange?

On top of the campus exchange, all students spend at least one semester on an international exchange programme from within our partner network of 140+ partner universities. These are all explained to you at the end of the 1st year. Some universities require a certain level of language proficiency. When competition is high for some spots, decisions are made based on your academic results from the first 3 semesters.

Is the apprenticeship track open to foreigners?

The apprenticeship scheme is a 2 year company contract so during the last 2 years of study, you become an employee within that company and will alternate between work and study (at ESSEC or partner uni). As well as being an integral part of the company and getting much more hands on experience, there are financial advantages as the company pays for the 2 years’ tuition fees and also gives you a salary.

It is open to foreigners but eligibility rules have to be respected as follows:
• For students outside the European Union, French law requires a minimum period of 12 months in France to be eligible for an apprenticeship. Thus, and Indian, American or Chinese student must begin his studies in France in order to be eligible for the apprenticeship track.
• For students who are citizens of the European Union, any period of residence in the French territory is needed. In this case, a German student can start his studies in Singapore or in France and then, choose the apprenticeship track.


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