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BBA-ESSEC is the undergraduate business program within the ESSEC Business School. Founded in 1913, ESSEC is placed consistently at the top of business school rankings in France. It is part of the elite grande école system 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.

BBA-ESSEC is located in Cergy-Pontoise, a suburb of Paris developed in the 1960s that has around 200,000 inhabitants. ESSEC, previously located in Montparnasse, relocated to Cergy in order to expand and build an American-style residential campus. You will find modern services and shops readily available, along with campus activities, sports clubs and dormitories. Cergy’s convenient location means you can easily take the train to Paris for evenings and weekends and travel widely in Europe.


  • GPA Requirement: 3.00
  • Language Prerequisite: No prior French language experience required; students are required to take at least one language or business course in French during their semester abroad*
  • Class during program (min): Junior
  • Language of Instruction: English/French*

* You are required to study French throughout your stay. Courses in English and French are available; you may enroll in courses taught in French if you meet the minimum prerequisite language level.

Application Dates

Fall 2020:
Applications open: Nov. 1, 2019
Application deadline: Feb. 20, 2020
Notifications begin: Mar. 6, 2020

Spring 2021 Round 1:
Round 1 applications open: Mar. 1, 2020
Round 1 application deadline: Apr. 9, 2020
Round 1 notifications begin: Jun. 2020

Spring 2021 Round 2:
Round 2 applications open: Mar. 1, 2020
Round 2 application deadline: Sep. 2020
Round 2 notifications begin: Sep. 2020