Why an education in global business at ESSEC Business School is the future



During this difficult period, we often hear about companies restructuring to cope with the pandemic, so it’s a great time to think about an education that will help you adapt quickly to a ‘new normal’. An education in business will not only give you ample employment flexibility, it’ll also give you the skills needed to be an entrepreneur who can take advantage of any economic situation.

If you’re looking for flexibility, prestige, and global industry exposure, one business course that fits the bill is the ESSEC Global BBA programme.

Originated in France, ESSEC Business School now has international campuses in Asia-Pacific (Singapore) and Africa (Morocco). The ESSEC Global BBA programme is ranked #1 BBA in France by L’Etudiant (2019/20) and Le Point (2020). Ranked the 7th best business school in Europe (Financial Times 2019) and in the top 6% globally for business and management studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020), ESSEC is also awarded the Triple Crown accreditation which is held by less than 1% of business schools in the world.

Gaining professional experience globally

Part of what makes the Global BBA special is its global exposure through multiple internships lasting 10-16 months, which can take you anywhere in the world, from France to Italy, Singapore, and Dubai. What’s more, freshmen start internships during Year 1.

Students get immersed in authentic, hands-on learning almost right away, with real world experience during their 3-month long operational internships where they get first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of businesses.

The second year’s curriculum includes a 1-month social internship (ie. social mission) – this gives you practical experience in areas like social entrepreneurship, because now more than ever, a good business is one that gives back to society. By Years 3 and 4, the 6 months of managerial internship will enable you to apply everything you’ve learned in a real-world setting.

ESSEC has an ongoing career orientation and support, including counselling, workshops, and mock interviews, to help students find suitable positions upon graduating. With more than 500 partner companies in education and recruitment, ESSEC’s career fairs set students up to meet with industry leaders, CEOs, and HR Directors – crucial for those looking for internships as well as those set on their chosen career paths.

Learning flexibility: France, Singapore, and Morocco

With campuses in France, Singapore, and Morocco, you can customise your own global curriculum by choosing the country in which to do your BBA, which is offered in English in these campuses. For example, you can spend a year each in Singapore, Morocco, and France, with a year on exchange. This means you’ll get to experience the vibrant multicultural lifestyle of France, where you can take advantage of ESSEC’s strong ties with industry, and the broader business community on a scale that no other school in France can provide.

You’ll also get access to ESSEC’s network of over 170 partner universities worldwide in Years 3 and 4, when you can do your 6-month exchange at prestigious universities like Tsinghua University (China), Waseda University (Japan), IE Business School (Spain), University College London (UK), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), The University of Queensland (Australia), University of Michigan (USA), and many more. 

You can even go one step further and earn a Double Degree – which is offered at universities like Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Yonsei University (Korea), ESIC (Madrid), and Fachhochschule Dortmund (Germany) – all within your existing four-year BBA course.

You’ll speak 3 languages by the time you graduate

While you’ll get in-depth education about all things business – like microeconomics, financial accounting, international business law, business intelligence, and more – ESSEC makes you go one step further by ensuring that you’ll also graduate speaking at least 3 languages!

While you don’t have to know French – the entire programme is taught in English – you’ll immediately be enrolled in French classes (it’s the fifth most widely spoken language, after all) upon enrollment, since English and French are compulsory for non-native speakers at ESSEC. For the third language, you can choose between Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese – these language lessons are compulsory, and if you really want to go global, speaking the local language can really help your internship and employment chances.

ESSEC’s course curriculum, with its global internships and linguistic focus, is all about grooming a globalised talent who is better poised to take on the challenges in our increasingly interconnected world.

Clara Tusin, a Year 3 student who secured an internship with PwC Singapore in Year 1, says, “The ESSEC branding was really a differentiating factor for me personally and gave me a competitive edge in a local application pool.”

This article was originally written and published by Campus Magazine. 



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