International strategy

A robust international strategy is at the core of all the activities pursued at ESSEC, whether it be teaching, research, or academic support for our corporate partners and organizations. We train our students to act responsibly in an increasingly globalized economy, while placing at the heart of our teaching the global values that are dear to ESSEC: ethics, social openness, and respect for diversity.

ESSEC’s International Advisory Board, composed of corporate leaders and deans of leading business schools from around the world, provides guidance that shapes our school’s values and evolving strategic decision-making. International governance of this nature ensures that ESSEC continues to undertake globally relevant and cutting-edge teaching and research.

In 2022, ESSEC created a Department of International Relations specifically to align its international ambitions with the school’s strategy. This group-level structure supports ESSEC on the world stage and promotes both its brand and visibility in global circles. It works with the school’s different programs to seek out new opportunities for student mobility to geographies of strategic importance with a parallel goal of growing ESSEC’s presence in key regions with large concentrations of ESSEC alumni.    

Nowhere is this structured international objective as visible as our international campuses

  • The ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus opened in Singapore in 2015, where ESSEC had been present since 2005.

  • The ESSEC Africa campus in Rabat, Morocco opened in 2017 is also part of our international development strategy, through an aim to have a presence on every continent.


Students may choose to begin their academic paths either in France or Singapore for several programs or have the choice to pursue intercampus mobility through specialized tracks at select points of throughout their programs in France, Singapore, or Morocco. ESSEC's physical presence in Singapore and Morocco has enabled it to develop in-depth relationships with new academic and professional partners in these regions.

Permanent faculty on the APAC campus has allowed for the development of specialized tracks.

Now, with 4 campuses on 3 continents, and with the development of a virtual campus, a network of academic and corporate partners around the world, ESSEC is truly a global business school. A growing number of students come from abroad each year in addition to 50% of our faculty.



7 550
pre-experience students
international students
+ 100 nationalities
professors of 36 nationalities, 24 Emeriti professors

In Europe, through our association with CY Cergy Paris University, ESSEC is part of the Eutopia European Alliance bringing together ten European universities. The mission of Eutopia is to build in the long term a unique and daring alliance of transformative and engaged institutions.

  • Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium

  •  Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy

  • Technische Universität Dresden, Germany,

  • University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

  •  University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia,

  • NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal

  •  University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

  •  University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom


This strong European focus is also reflected in the European Management Track, a consortium of four business schools (Copenhagen Business School, ESSEC Business School, IE University, and University of Mannheim Business School). Students from ESSEC’s Master in Management and their comrades from other schools participate in a common seminar in Brussels in addition to specialized exchanges on partners’ campuses where they take specifically curated courses dedicated to understanding the European business context.

In North America, ESSEC forges partnerships with top universities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico renown for academic excellence that provide alternative worldviews to students across transdisciplinary subjects such as public affairs, engineering, hospitality management, entrepreneurship, and the environment. In 2019, ESSEC partnered with the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering to facilitate students’ access to a dual degree with their Master of Engineering (MEng). In 2022, ESSEC entered into a further collaboration with Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. This partnership allows students from ESSEC’s Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics, already in partnership with the prestigious CentraleSupélec, to earn a double degree with an American partner in an important STEM-related discipline.

In China, ESSEC has partnered since 2016 with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and since 2020 with Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in double degree programs for Global BBA students. This last one is part of the "Future Leaders" programme initiated by Peking University that is designed to equip tomorrow's leaders with the necessary skills to navigate confidently the Chinese business environment.

ESSEC’s physical footprint is complemented by a policy of pursuing exceptional academic partnerships and alliances around the world. Our choice of partners is driven by the need to create a unique global experience for our increasingly demanding students. The criteria that we use to carefully select partners include:   

  • The internationally recognized academic excellence of the school as demonstrated by the quality of its teaching and programs and its top positioning within international and regional rankings

  •  Its ability to provide an exceptional learning experience and teaching environment that is consistent with ESSEC's own programmes in terms of cutting-edge content and innovative teaching methods

  • A curriculum and pedagogical approach that are complementary disciplines to those delivered on our four campuses

  •  An opportunity for professors to engage and work with academic colleagues from other institutions, notably through leading research institutes, teaching chairs, and other joint ventures

  • Access to a varied and regionally-specific course offering within a geographical coverage, in order to provide students with the widest possible cultural openness

  • Ability to leverage the partners’ strategic positioning for students and graduates wanting to gain access to the job market in their immediate employment catchment area

To support ESSEC’s mission of helping students better understand the contemporary economic, social, and cultural dynamics that are shaping the business world, over the past 40 years we have refined this ongoing strategy of identifying and partnering with the world’s top universities and business schools to provide opportunities for international student mobility.

Through a growing network of 220 academic partners in 45 countries on 5 continents, ESSEC students can now undertake cross-cultural academic experiences that directly contribute to how they will make a future impact on their worlds. Over 20% of our young graduates start their careers abroad, and it is within this context, it is essential for students to be made aware of the importance of understanding new cultures and to having an immersive experience in another country.

  • 100% of our Global BBA students undertake an international experience either through a semester or year-long exchange, a double degree, or cohort program

  • 100% of the Grande École’s Master in Management carry out compulsory global experience through intercampus mobility, an international internship, exchange program, or double degree


ESSEC’s Global MBA and Executive MBA include options for intercampus mobility and global study trips with partner schools. Most of our specialized master’s and other MSc degrees also contain international components specifically designed to expose students to the latest global trends and prepare them for global careers from study trips to longer double degree opportunities.

Student participants in the IMHI program have the opportunity to spend a portion of their program at Boston University while the EMiLux executive program has partnered with the Parsons School of Design in New York.

ESSEC offers Cohort programs for Global BBA students looking for an enriched global experience linked to specific thematic discipline in partnership with other schools including;

  • Responsible International Leadership (University of South Carolina)

  • Innovation Management (University of California, Berkeley),

  • International Business (University of Mannheim, University of South Carolina, FGV EBAPE)

Beyond semester-long exchange programmes and cohort programmes, ESSEC pursues a strategy of creating global double and dual double degree options for exceptional students. For example, global BBA students can pursue a parallel degree within the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University while those enrolled in our MiM have access to a double degree with Mannheim Business School. Likewise, students from ESSEC’s Master in Data Science and Business Analytics may apply to Columbia University’s Master of Engineering within the course of their studies. By associating with other global brands, students gain access to complementary and interdisciplinary teaching. Through a competitive process, students must gain admittance to and then complete the degree requirements of both institutions in order to graduate with a degree from both after which they can leverage two global brands for networking and career growth.

Undergraduate students who are first enrolled at and graduate from ESSEC, may choose to pursue their graduate studies at one of our international partners through the Bachelor2Master (B2M) Passport initiative launched in 2020. The B2M Passport allows the best students from partnering BBA programs access to master’s level program with our network of carefully selected partners in Europe and around the world (IE, Mannheim, Warwick, HKUST, Queen's University) and for ESSEC to in turn welcome top graduates from our partners' bachelor’s programmes towards our master’s programmes.

ESSEC strives to be a global thought leader in various disciplines. This strategy is particularly evident through the leading role that our Dean plays in the Council on Business and Society.


The Council on Business & Society

A visionary global alliance founded by ESSEC in 2011, the Council on Business & Society (CoBS) brings together leading international business schools with a commitment to shape tomorrow’s responsible leaders and business practices through their combined thought leadership, teaching and research expertise in the fields of CSR and Sustainability.

The CoBS believes that today’s challenges cannot be addressed at the level of a single country and offers a unique global, though local perspective on issues relating to business, society, and planet.

As of 2023, the CoBS counts 9 member schools, leaders in their respective countries and regions:

  •  ESSEC Business School, France-Singapore-Morocco

  • FGV-EAESP, Brazil

  • School of Management Fudan University, China

  •  IE Business School, IE University, Spain

  • Keio Business School, Keio University, Japan

  • Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada

  • Stellenbosch Business School, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

  • Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.



 The Council on Business & Society is active in several areas and provides impact through:

  • Thought leadership and publications that include weekly research-based insights published via its blog CoBS insights, a quarterly magazine Global Voice, and the Routledge-CoBS Focus on Responsible Business book series. The CoBS has an annual digital imprint of 1.4m reads, views, and downloads and was ranked 6th influencer worldwide (Twitter) on CSR issues in 2020.

  • Learning content through its collection of condensed learning capsules (CoBS Research Pods), online Masterclasses, and a Responsible Leadership SPOC open to enrollment within the Council’s member schools. By 2024, the CoBS intends to offer a high-level, global blended learning experience to the wider student population.

  • Events: The CoBS engages faculty, students, business leaders, practitioners, NGOs and policy-makers through events that include an annual inter-school student CSR competition, faculty involvement in policy-making working groups, online debates, research tracks in conferences, and global forums on a business, society and planet theme.


For its member schools, the Council on Business & Society effectively contributes to the ‘internationalization’, ‘ethics & social responsibility’ and ‘corporate connections’ chapters for accreditations, provides PhD-level research workshops for its inter-school doctoral community, a shared learning content repository, and inter-school Alumni initiatives. 

 For further information, visit the Council on Business & Society website.


Events that enhance the visibility and attractiveness of ESSEC in these markets including specialized marketing and communications campaigns, promoting sectoral and thematic thought leadership, and hosting content specific seminars, round tables, and masterclasses


  • Recruitment activities anchored out of the New York Hubs to recruit the best high potential students to our campuses in France, Singapore, and Morocco   

  • Fundraising activities for the ESSEC Fondation in support of its goal to promote talent, support the transformation of the Cergy Campus, encourage academic excellence, responsible entrepreneurship and contribute to the long-term development of ESSEC.


  • Developing stronger ties with the alumni chapters located throughout the continent by sharing information from home and establishing a series of meaningful thematic and networking activities

  • Building relationships with academic and corporate partners to create exceptional mobility opportunities for students and graduates 


  • Building connections to corporates in major employment areas to identify internship opportunities for students and first job placements for recent graduates

  • Organizing study trips and short programs for students in need of an international experience in one of North America’s dynamic regional economies