Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB)



A Word from the Academic Director

Being SMIB is not only a label that you get when joining the academic programme. It is a real mindset, attitude and way of living that will stick to you all along the years. I can assert this, not only as the appointed Academic Director of the programme, but also as a former SMIB myself.

This website is a perfect summary of this SMIB-spirit: business-oriented, open-minded, bold and authentic. Being open-minded is not an advertising catch phrase for the SMIB programme. We really live diversity in our daily life: when on campus, through the various nationalities represented in the programme; when on business trips; when at work, through the many chosen expatriation paths that SMIBs are in…

So how do we do it? Simply because our focus is on excellence, in whatever we do. And to be excellent, one needs emotional, cultural, theoretical and practical intelligence. So if you are not fully convinced, read on!

Anne-Flore Maman Larraufie (PhD)
Academic Director of the MS SMIB

The SMIB Experience

Strengths of the SMIB program

Get ready to join the global job market with this internationally focused program, which includes:

¤ 100% of courses taught in English
¤ a choice of specialised track
- offered at all corners of the globe with leading partners
- each with a specific career goal in mind
¤ an international business trip
¤ the possibility to learn French or Mandarin as a foreign language
¤ a professional mission to be carried out anywhere in the world
¤ the chance to mix with a very diverse class and teaching faculty

What does the SMIB look like?

Program Structure




End of August
Core Track
Career Days 

Digital Week
International Business Trip
Professional Conferences all year round
Professional Experience
Professional Thesis
You must have successfully defended the thesis before the 15th December of the next year

Build your academic curriculum

Core Courses

Whatever track you decide to follow, rest assured that you will not be thrown in at the deep-end but first be able to gain all the necessary knowledge and skills via the fundamental and core courses.

You will start the year with team building and cover the following topics taught in professional and dynamic formats including interactive seminars, simulation games and workshops:

  • Geopolitics
  • Digital Innovation & Analytics
  • Strategic Management
  • Negotiation for Managers
  • Cost Analysis
  • International Business Law

These are just a few examples of classes you will have in the beginning. For a comprehensive list of courses, download the brochure.

Choose your track






GLOBAL SMIB (starting in France)


Corporate Strategy in Western Countries - Cergy

Core track





Core track & Seminars in France

Strategic Consulting in Western Countries - Cergy

Managing Digital Transformation & Innovation - Cergy

Doing Business in Africa
Cergy + Morocco

ESSEC Africa-Atlantic Ocean Campus - Morocco

Cergy + Mexico

Exchange with EGADE Business School - Mexico

International Trade & Investment
Cergy + USA

Exchange with Darla Moore University of South Carolina

Financial Management of International Projects - Cergy + Canada

Exchange with Queen's University - Canada

ASIAN SMIB (starting in Singapore)

Doing Business in Asia - Singapore

Core track & Seminars in Singapore

Core track & Seminars in Singapore

Doing Business in Africa
Singapore + Morocco

ESSEC Africa-Atlantic Ocean Campus - Morocco

Singapore + Mexico

Exchange with EGADE Business School - Mexico

International Trade & Investment Singapore + USA

Exchange with Darla Moore University of South Carolina

Financial Management of International Projects - Singapore + Canada

Exchange with Queen's University - Canada

Examples of specialized courses

Global Corporate Strategy in Western Countries track:

  • Strategic Global Sourcing
  • Marketing B2B & KAM

Global Strategic Consulting in Western Countries track:

  • Consultancy Soft Skills
  • Consultancy (case-cracking)

Managing Digital Transformation & Innovation:

  • Disruptive technologies to design new customer journey (IoT, Big Data, AI, etc.)
  • Disruptive business models bootcamp

Doing Business in Asia track:

  • Negotiate Business Deals in China
  • Managing International Business in Asia
  • Asian Strategy Challenge
  • Consulting Soft Skilss

Financial Management of International Project track:

  • Financial Modelling of Multinational Corporations
  • Critical Perspectives on Business

Entrepreneurship track:

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Managing People in Organisations

Doing Business in Africa track:

  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Development in Africa
  • Culture & African Societies – Impact on Doing Business

International Trade & Investment

  • International Political Economy & Regimes
  • Global Corporate Valuation

These are just a few examples to give you an idea of what you can study further. For a comprehensive list of courses per track, download the brochure.

Acquire professional experience

You apply the theories and skills you have picked up and built on during the academic part of the program during your company mission, which is where 45% of graduates end up getting their first permanent contract. Another 26% go straight into full time employment at the end of the academic time instead of embarking on an internship.

The professional experience, worth a total 30 ECTS credits, involves a company mission and a professional thesis.

Business Trip

A one-week business trip is included in the program and is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with local based companies and professionals. Depending on the destination - which changes each year -  you will be able to discover a wide range of sectors and delve into local issues.

In the past few years, students have visited Geneva, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Milan, Ho Chi Minh, Miami, London, Shanghai, Mexico, Berlin and Bangkok.

Looking back at the trips this year!

The international business trips were organized entirely by students of SMIB program. They formed groups and distributed activities like visa applications, contacting companies, travel arrangements and other logistics. The three destinations for this year were:


The International Business trip for students of Asian SMIB was to Bangkok from February 18 to 22 - an incredible opportunity to meet professionals, extend their network in Southeast Asia and, maybe, find their next internship in companies.

Here is the list of professionals that the students had the chance to network with during the trip



Head of Distribution (Thailand) Aberdeen Standard Investments
Country Managing Director (Thailand) Accenture
Director, Mobility & Recruitment (Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia & The Maldives) Accor Hotels
Head of Sales (Southeast Asia) SMIB Alumni Airbus Helicopters
Managing Director Amundi Asset Management
VP Commercial Strategy SMIB Alumni Lazada Group
CEO L’Oréal (Thailand, Laos & Cambodia) L'Oréal
General Manager (Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos) & Analytics & Commercial Effectiveness Associate. (They are both ESSEC Alumni) Roche
Ambassadeur de France en Thaïlande Embassy of France in Thailand
Executive Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce

Later a networking event was organized at the Bangkok City Tower.


The students from MS SMIB starting in France had two options to choose from: Berlin or Mexico. The Berlin trip was scheduled from March 31 to April 6.

Students had the opportunity to meet various Executives from the following companies:


Deutsche Bank
Embassy of France in Berlin
Founder of Caroobi
Head of Strategy & Head of Digital Services - Mercedes-Benz
Roland Berger
Ernst & Young

For each company visit, there was a student ambassador selected who presented ESSEC and the SMIB program and handed over CV Books. Later a networking event was organized at the Mövenpick Hotel, Berlin.

Mexico City

The students from MS SMIB in France had two options to choose from: Berlin or Mexico. The Mexico City trip was scheduled from March 23 to March 30. During the visit, students benefit from an incredible opportunity to meet professionals and extend their network in Latin America. They also have the chance to discover the Mexican culture.

Students had the opportunity to meet various Executives from the following companies:


MontBlanc International GmbH
Moët & Chandon Champagne
Make Sense
Ernst & Young
A. T. Kearney
Ambassador of France in Mexico - Embassy of France in Mexico

For each company visit, there was a student ambassador selected who presented ESSEC and the SMIB program and handed over CV Books. The professional networking event was organized at a private hotel after the company visits.

Company Mission

The company mission is designed to facilitate students’ professional integration. It enables them to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to hands-on experience in an organization. The company mission may be an internship or working contract and can take place anywhere in the world. 53% of students found their company mission through the ESSEC Business School network.

Examples of companies hiring last year’s SMIB interns:

  • Amazon
  • Bain & Company
  • BCG
  • Capgemini
  • Chanel
  • Deloitte
  • Eurogroup Consulting
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • IBM
  • JCDecaux
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • L'Oréal
  • Orange
  • Richemont
  • Safran
  • Sanofi
  • Schneider Electric
  • Société Générale
  • Thales
  • Total 
  • Wavestone
Professional Thesis

For the professional thesis, you will be asked to tackle a specific business issue related to your company mission. This will then be defended in front of a panel (viva voce).

Examples of last years’ thesis include

  • To what extent Millenials' collaborative behaviors disrupt business strategies
  • How does the investment management industry embrace the digital challenge
  • How can Health Technology Assessment advocacy help improve patient access to innovative drugs in Asia-Pacific
  • Strategic and management stakes of knowledge management in high added value companies
  • How to achieve the most important value creation between several entities of a globalized firm

Engage with SMIB


SMIB for Smiles is a humanitarian club created and ran by the SMIB students with 2 major aims:
• implement concrete actions to improve disadvantaged children’s educational conditions
• increase interest and involvement in sustainable development efforts via social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility

Its mission supports the school’s approach in preparing future managers to “reconcile personal interests with collective responsibility, giving consideration to the common good in their decision-making, and weighing economic challenges against the social costs”.

You can take part in this association on both ESSEC campuses, Cergy (Paris) and Singapore.
For more information, check out the association on Facebook

Check out the SMIB for Smiles' Newsletter for May 2018 here 

Stratngo Consulting

Stratngo Consulting MS SMIB

A pro-bono strategy consulting association providing strategic advices to non-governmental and aid-organizations. They offer three major consulting services that includes:

  • Strategy Consulting - Diversification & International Development, Digital Strategy, Operation Strategy
  • Marketing Consulting - Benchmark & Market Surveys, Global Ecosystem Analysis, Positioning 
  • Financial Consulting - Fundraising, Cost Efficiency, Strategic Partnerships

You can find more details of their activities on their website or on Facebook or on their brochure


The SMIB Mag is an ESSEC magazine focusing on the life of the SMIB community, alumni, students, participants and friends. You will have the chance to contribute to producing and editing this magazine with a different focus each year depending on current trends.

This magazine allows us all to stay connected and keep in touch.

You can leaf through the latest edition here.

Career Day "What is my job?"

Numerous sector professionals are invited to come and present their career path and what their current position involves. This is the opportunity to learn about the large variety of careers that are open to you as a SMIB, ask any questions and mingle afterwards. 

Christmas Party

This is the chance to get the whole class together before breaking off into the different tracks in a more informal context at this festive time of the year.


Conferences on both fundamental and trending topics are regularly organised together with the Advanced Master SMIB Executive (Part Time). These can take part at whatever ESSEC campuses in Cergy, La Défense, or Singapore.

Digital Week Competition

The Digital Week Competition ‘DWC’ is open to students of several Advanced Master programmes at ESSEC including the MS SMIB. 36 mixed student teams, or “digital consulting agencies”, will work on real case studies set by 12 companies on current issues. These companies will cover 1 of 4 themes linked to digital transformation: communication, marketing, strategy and corporate organisation, and smart life.

To give you an idea, some of the companies involved in last year’s DWC include Novartis, BFM TV, Christian Dior, Henkel, Servier, Club Med, L’Oréal… and many more.

This is a unique experience which you can really highlight on your CV as you will experience what it is to be in real-life professional situation, managing a team, sharing knowledge, working to strict deadlines, etc. You will also make both written and oral presentations as well as work with the latest tools and methods including design thinking and innovative social media.

The next edition with take place the first week of January on both the Cergy and La Défense campuses.



Mastère Spécialisé®

• Post-graduate program, the Mastère Spécialisé® (Advanced Master) is a registered collective label owned by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles. It was created in 1983 to respond to demand from companies who wanted to recruit graduates with skills in specialized fi elds. It guarantees the course’s vocational focus, rigor and technical nature. It allows students to develop their strengths and is a springboard for their professional career. 
• The Conférence des Grandes Écoles is the French association of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions. The CGE accredits its members’ educational programs and uses its quality label as a guarantee that these programs meet the expectations of the labor market and promotes the development and infl uence of all forms of higher education and research institutions both in France and abroad with a view towards excellence, in partnership with the public authorities, economic players and civil society.
• The Mastère Spécialisé® (Advanced Master) confers 75 ECTS credits. It does not confer a Master’s degree.
• The MS SMIB was accredited in 1996.

'Welcome to France' - 'Bienvenue en France'



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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