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Semester Study Abroad Programs

France: BBA-ESSEC

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  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    BBA ESSEC is the undergraduate business program within the ESSEC Business School in Cergy-Pontoise, a suburb of Paris. ESSEC is part of the elite grande école system in France and is AACSB and EQUIS accredited. French students undergo a rigorous selection process for admission with a total undergraduate population of just over 4,000 students. Founded in 1913, ESSEC is consistently ranked as first or second of the top business schools in France.

    *Students are required to study French throughout their stay. The program offers courses in both English and French; students may enroll in the courses taught in the foreign language provided they have completed at least the minimum prerequisite level of French.

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    Application checklist


    Eligibility

    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English/French
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No


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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Late August to Mid-December
    ​Spring​ - Late February to Late June
    Spring 2018 dates are February 22 - June 9

    Application Dates

    Spring 2018 Program:

    • ​​​Application opens: August 1, 2017
    • Application deadline for Spring 2018: September 12, 2017
    • Notification begins: September 20, 2017
    Fall 2018 Program:
    •  ​​Application opens: November 1, 2017
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 15, 2018
    • Notification begins: February 23, 2018
    Spring 2019 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: TBD
    • Application deadline for Spring 2019: March 22, 2018
    • Notification begins: April 6, 2018
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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    BBA ESSEC has a significant international community with over 90 nationalities represented. Courses are taught in English and French, and the school offers beginning through advanced French language courses, including Business French. BBA ESSEC has mostly business elective courses and is suitable for second semester junior and senior undergraduate business majors. Most UNC students take 7-8 short courses to transfer 12-15 UNC credit hours.

    Courses taken at BBA ESSEC will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 10 (out of 20) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 10 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the BBA ESSEC transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back .6 UNC credits for every 1 ECTS credit (meaning that a 5 credit ECTS course transfers back as 3 UNC credits), and students are expected to take at least 20 ECTS credits (worth 12 UNC credits) total during the semester. A student who makes a 10 grade or better in all courses will earn a total of 12-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad, depending on how many ECTS credits they take (between 20-30 ECTS).

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn 5 points towards the Kenan-Flagler Global Inclusive Leadership Initiative.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    BBA ESSEC guarantees housing for visiting exchange students in dorms located a short commute from campus, and most Kenan-Flagler students choose this housing option for ease of access to classes. French and international students live in the dormitories and they provide a great opportunity for social interaction. Students have single rooms in apartment-style accommodation with a kitchenette and all furnishings provided. The dormitories have fitness facilities and shared lounges within the building.

    Students may also choose to independently search for an apartment in Paris. Cergy-Pontoise is about a 45 minute commute by RER train from the center of Paris.


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  • Student Life

    Cergy-Pontoise is a suburb of Paris, developed in the 1960's, with around 200,000 inhabitants. It has a modern feel, and students will find services and shops readily available. It has not experienced the same tensions as other suburbs of Paris with large immigrant communities. ESSEC relocated to the town of Cergy in order to build an American-style campus. Previously located in the Montparnasse area of Paris, the business school was expanding and wanted to develop more of a residential campus feel. The location in Cergy benefits exchange students, who are used to campus activities, sports clubs, and living in dormitories, and they adapt readily to French campus life, which shares these features.

    Students take the train to Paris for evenings and weekends and are able to travel widely in Europe from a base in Cergy.


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  • Budget


    Disclaimer: These budget figures are subject to change for various reasons, including but not limited to bank fees, UNC tuition and exchange rate fluctuations. In this event, your student account will be amended accordingly.
    Last cost update: August 2017


    Out-of-State Exchange Fall 2017

    Cashier Billed Expenses

    Study Abroad Fee1 $ 700

    Tuition & Fees $ 17,294

    Insurance: Student Coverage $ 169



    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 18,163


    Out of Pocket Estimates

    Room $ 3,700

    Board $ 1,000

    Course Material $ 380
      Local Transportation Expenses
    $ 350
      Visa Fees
    $ 100

    Personal Expenses $ 1,000

    Personal Travel $ 1,500

    Airfare $ 1,500



    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 9,530
    Grand Total $ 27,693

    In-state Exchange Fall 2017

    Cashier Billed Expenses

    Study Abroad Fee1 $ 700

    Tuition & Fees $ 4,449

    Insurance: Student Coverage $ 169



    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 5,318


    Out of Pocket Estimates

    Room $ 3,700

    Board $ 1,000

    Course Material $ 380
      Local Transportation Expenses
    $ 350
      Visa Fees
    $ 100

    Personal Expenses $ 1,000

    Personal Travel $ 1,500

    Airfare $ 1,500



    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 9,530
    Grand Total $ 14,848


    Out-of-State Exchange Spring 2018

    Cashier Billed Expenses

    Study Abroad Fee1 $ 700

    Tuition & Fees $ 17, 294

    Insurance: Student Coverage $ 169



    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 18,163


    Out of Pocket Estimates

    Room $ 3,700

    Board $ 1,000

    Course Material $ 380
      Local Transportation Expenses $ 350
      Visa Fees $ 100

    Personal Expenses $ 1,000

    Personal Travel $ 1,500

    Airfare $ 1,500



    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 9,530
    Grand Total $ 27,693

    In-state Exchange Spring 2018

    Cashier Billed Expenses

    Study Abroad Fee1 $ 700

    Tuition & Fees $ 4,449

    Insurance: Student Coverage $ 169



    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 5,318


    Out of Pocket Estimates

    Room $ 3,700

    Board $ 1,000

    Course Material $ 380
      Local Transportation Expenses $ 350
      Visa Fees $ 100

    Personal Expenses $ 1,000

    Personal Travel $ 1,500

    Airfare $ 1,500



    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 9,530
    Grand Total $ 14,848


    Special Notes

    1 The Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your student account only if you accept an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad. In addition, Non-UNC Chapel Hill students will also be billed a $100 registration fee to register the student at UNC for the term of the study abroad program. Again, this $100 fee will be billed to the student account only if the Non-UNC student accepts an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad.

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.


    Newsletter about accessibility in France
    http://www.apfparis.asso.fr/wp-content/uploads/file/tour_eiffel_114.pdf

    Helpful resources and info about various universities throughout France, from the Ministry of Education
    http://www.handi-u.fr/

    Refer to this web site when you want to find an accessible restaurant, cafe, etc. in a specific city in France
    http://www.jaccede.com/fr/


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