UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs


Student Life
  • 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


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: no prior French language experience required; students are required to take at least 1 course in French (language and/or Business courses) during their semester abroad
    • 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

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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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).

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  • 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

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,000
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $350
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $350
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $400
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $16,330
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $29,344

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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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

    Helpful resources and info about various universities throughout France, from the Ministry of Education

    Refer to this web site when you want to find an accessible restaurant, cafe, etc. in a specific city in France

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