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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.

Quick Facts & Links

  • GPA Requirement: 3.00
  • Program Options: Exchange
    • On an Exchange program, students “trade” places with a student from another institution and pay UNC tuition and fees. Please thoroughly review the “program cost” section below for specific information. For additional information about program types, click here.
  • Language of Instruction: English, French
  • Program Dates:
    • Fall: September 2 to December 19, 2024 (includes exams)
      • Mandatory Orientation: August 30, 2024
      • Latest arrival date: August 29, 2024
      • Earliest departure date: December 20, 2024
    • Spring: February 26 to June 13, 2025 (includes exams)
      • Mandatory Orientation: February 28, 2025
      • Latest arrival date: Late February 2025 (official dates  are TBD)
      • Earliest departure date: Mid-June 2025 (official dates are TBD)
  • Visit the BBA-ESSEC Incoming International Exchange Program website for more information
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Application Information

This Program’s Level of Competitiveness =  2

Level of Competitiveness (1 = least, 3 = most)

1 Chance of acceptance is probable if students meet the minimum requirements.
Most students are typically accepted. 
3 This is one of the most competitive programs. We recommend having a back-up option in mind.

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