ESSEC Global BBA - Applying with an International High School Diploma



A word from our Academic Director

ESSEC Global BBA students learn how to master the management tools and theories they will need in their professional careers. As an international school with humanist values ingrained in our French roots, it is also important for us that our students use ethical values as a guide, being aware of the impact of their actions on our society and the environment.

Through classes and seminars, work experience, international exposure, and the support and guidance of renowned professors, our students transform themselves into bright, curious, engaged professionals, ready to imagine and build the world they want to live in.

Our aim is to make sure students have not only the highest quality education, but also that they have an amazing and enriching time at the school, getting involved in their community. Our students live a mind-opening, a life-changing experience, discovering and developing their talents, they become enthusiastic and ready to shape their future.

Christina TERRA
Academic Director of the ESSEC Global BBA program

Years 1 and 2

You can choose whether to start the program at our ESSEC France campus, ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus (Singapore) or ESSEC Africa campus in Rabat (Morocco). 



In France
In English

In Singapore
In English

IBEA* Track

In Morocco
In French
IDM** Track

1st year


ESSEC Cergy Campus

ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus

ESSEC Cergy or
Asia-Pacific Campus



Professional experience

3 months internship "operational experience"

2nd year


Campus of your choice for 1 semester
(ESSEC Cergy, ESSEC Africa or ESSEC Asia-Pacific) + Campus of origin

Campus of origin



University of Mannheim, Germany

Optional intercampus mobility
(Cergy or Singapore)

Professional experience

1 month "social internship"

*IBEA: International Business Education Alliance
**IDM: Innovation and Digital Management


  • Acquire knowledge in all the fundamentals of management such as Financial accounting, microeconomics for business, principles of marketing, mathematics applied to economics & finance, excel, productive behaviour, costs & budgets: introduction & practices, introduction to entrepreneurship, financial management, E-business, competition policy & project management. 
  • Open up your international horizons with courses on geopolitics, international trade, international business law, international economics, people & organisations & international marketing. 
  • Become truly multilingual by learning 3 languages: French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese. (English and French are compulsory foreign languages for non-native speakers).

Professional experience

Carry out summer internships anywhere in the world and gain varied and valuable experience for both your personal and career development.

  • a 3-month internship gives you a real first taste of company life and an operational experience in a junior-level position
  • a 1-month humanitarian or social work project gives you hands-on field experience and opens you up to new challenges and way of thinking

IBEA Track

The International Business Education Alliance "IBEA" is an academic program in joint cooperation between ESSEC and 3 prestigious partner universities:

  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Fundaçao Getulio Vargas - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University of South Carolina, USA

At the end of the 1st year, students from each school can apply to be part of the program and only ten students from each are selected. Students admitted to the IBEA-track that started in Singapore or Morocco can choose to do their first semester of the second year in both France and Singapore. The second semester of the second year will be back at the campus where they started. At the end of the 2nd year, admitted students will spend one semester at each of our partner schools. 

This is the perfect opportunity to spend time at some of the most prestigious business schools around the world, meet and interact with people from all different backgrounds and nationalities, study in several environments and by the time you obtain your degree, you will have the truly international profile sought after by employers.

Innovation and Digital Management Track (ESSEC Africa Campus)

The Innovation and Digital Management track prepares young people for managerial careers while opening up internationally thanks to intercampus mobility and an exchange semester at a partner university.
The Innovation and Digital Management track offers an incomparable openness towards the African continent. It guarantees students the acquisition of key managerial skills and significant professional experience.

In partnership with Ecole Centrale de Casablanca, we developed this track so that the students will be able to:

  • Master management concepts
  • Master digital tools while understanding their economic, social, and environmental applications
  • Identify opportunities and implement intra/entrepreneurial projects
  • Understand the geopolitical, social, cultural, and economic issues in Africa
  • Understand development issues by providing innovative digital solutions
  • Have a positive impact on their environment and adapt to change in an agile and intelligent way.

Years 3 and 4

Whichever campus you choose to begin your studies, all students now, except in the IBEA track come together to choose to continue the program in one of the following four tracks, all of which focus on providing you with opportunities for more international exposure and professional experience.



Choose your Track




International double degree or one year exchange


French double degree

IBEA Track

Innovation and Digital Management Track

3rd year


Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

International exchange

Campus ESSEC France

USC exchange, Columbia - USA

ESSEC Africa Campus


International exchange

Period in a company

International exchange

ESSEC Singapore

International exchange

Innovation Management
UC Berkeley Extension - Berkeley Global
*Fee-paying exchange

4th year



International exchange

IFP Panthéon Assas

EBAPE-FGV exchange, Rio - Brazil

Digital Management ESSEC Africa + Ecole Centrale Casablanca


Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

Period in a company

Campus of origin or intercampus mobility






Campus ESSEC France

IFP Panthéon Assas









IFP Panthéon Assas





You have hundreds of electives to choose from so whether you wish to stay an all-rounder and test and try many different fields or whether you may prefer to specialise in one chosen area, you will be able to do so.

Examples of courses and seminars include:
Management, Marketing Accounting, Economics, Human Resources, Information Systems, Financial Mathematics, Business Law, Operations, Entrepreneurship, Statistics, etc.


Whatever track you choose to follow, you will do a university exchange abroad. This will not only open you up culturally to a new country, way of life, way of thinking etc. but will improve your linguistic skills as the choice is often linked to the foreign languages you learnt in the first two years.

This unforgettable experience will contribute to making you a more open and flexible manager, able to work in multicultural and multilingual teams and companies.

The good news is that you are not limited to 1 or 2 possibilities for your exchange but potentially have to choose from the 175+ Global BBA partners. Whatever your personal interests and links, whatever your future career goals, you are sure to find the right exchange for you!

Professional Experience

Complete your first longer internship or apprenticeship to really have an advantage in the workplace as a young graduate.

  • the final 6-month decision-making internship will see you take on a position with greater responsibilities where you can dedicate yourself to concrete projects
  • a 2-year apprenticeship contract means that you will be employed by a company and alternate between study and work

In addition to acting as a powerful career booster, it is an attractive financing solution as interns and apprentices are paid a salary and with apprenticeships, the company also covers the 2 years’ tuition.

The Global BBA program is the equivalent of a Master's Degree (M1) in Management (240 ECTS - European Credits) recognized by the French Ministry of  Higher Education and worldwide and allows you to pursue your studies by an M2 (Master's Degree, equivalent to a one-year degree before postgraduate studies). 

iMagination Week

A transition from the first to the second half of your studies.

Formerly known as iXperience week, the iMagination week welcomes students from Singapore and Morocco to the Cergy campus at the beginning of the third year. In this introduction week, our international students learn about our campus in France and are encouraged to blend in, develop, and think outside the box. 


The Global BBA program is a four-year undergraduate degree in International Business and Management delivering 240 ECTS - European Credits ("Master 1" in France). It is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education, and allows you to pursue your studies in Masters programs around the world (access to "Master 2" in France). The Global BBA program has also been awarded the prestigious French "Grade de Licence" recognizing its high quality and embedment into research.


ESSEC Business School has been recognized by Campus France and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of its international students' welcome. The school received the highest level that can be obtained from the "Bienvenue en France" certification, which is the third level. This certification recognizes the quality of ESSEC's reception in all the criteria provided:

  • The quality and accessibility of information 
  • The welcoming of new international students 
  • The Academic offer
  • Accommodations 
  • Campus life
  • The quality of post-graduate follow-up



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