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).

* The allocation will be based on grades and language fluency (as applicable), subject to available slots and visa approval.


  • Acquire knowledge in all the fundamentals of management such as financial accounting, microeconomics for business, principles of marketing, mathematics applied to economics & finance, responsible marketing, Excel, costs & budgets: introduction & practices, introduction to entrepreneurship, financial management, E-business...

  • Open up your international horizons with courses on geopolitics, international business law, international economics, people & organizations, international marketing, intercultural seminar

  • Become truly multilingual by learning 3 languages: French, English, German, Italian, Mandarin, 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 social project gives you hands-on field experience and opens you up to new challenges and ways of thinking

IBEA Track - Application at the end of the 1st year

The International Business Education Alliance "IBEA" is an academic program in 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. 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. 

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 general or specialized tracks, all of which focus on providing you with opportunities for more international exposure and professional experience.

Generalist Track

Specialized Track


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 specialize 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 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 have an advantage in the workplace as a young graduate.

  • The final 6-month managerial internship will see you take on a position with greater responsibilities where you can dedicate yourself to concrete projects
  • An 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 1 to 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 with 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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