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WELCOME to HEC Paris, an academic institution with an international vocation


he Exchange Program Guide was written with the intention to give out as many useful information as possible on our offer towards International visiting students. Studying abroad is a challenge, studying at HEC is an exciting experience! I hope you will benefit from our wide curriculum, discover a new culture and new ways of life. Your exchange period will allow you to build lifelong friendships all over the world. Come and experience our motto: “The more you know, the more you dare". Professor EloĂŻc Peyrache Associate Dean of Grande Ecole

HEC in figures Students & participants

International reach

4,041 students and participants

110 academic partners worldwide

across all degree programs

45 double and joint degree programs 40% international students

45,000 Alumni in over 127 countries

8,500 executives and managers trained at HEC Paris every year

9 languages taught on campus

Corporate relations

250 on-campus recruiters 52 international companies are members of the HEC Foundation

Faculty, administrative & services staff

18 chairs

249 total faculty Campus size

115 full-time faculty 60% international full-time faculty, 28 countries represented

1,3 square kilometers of country size at Jouy-en-Josas Campus

1,620 rooms for students at Jouy-enJosas Campus

473 administrative and services staff from 18 countries

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Academic Programs HEC Grande Ecole - Graduate Program combines selectivity and academic excellence with practical business knowledge. HEC Master of Science in Management is a 5-year Master program. A specific selection procedure enables student (Bachelor’s) with a degree from a non-French university to enter directly into the second year of the Grande Ecole program.

HEC’s rankings in Financial Times Financial Times Rankings » #2 Business School in Europe » Grande Ecole (MS c in Management): #4 worldwide » MSc International Finance: #1 worldwide » Executive Education: #2 worldwide TRIUM Global Executive MBA: worldwide #3 » Best European research institution #5 » MBA:Worldwide #21 HEC Paris has a long-established tradition of welcoming international students to its lively and friendly campus: an ideal environment in which to live and learn for over 4,000 students from 95 nationalities. In 1973 with New York University and London Business School, HEC Paris was one of the pioneers of the Partnership in International Management (PIM), a consortium of 54 universities and business schools set up to facilitate the exchange of students.

Double Degrees HEC Paris is among the first

HEC Paris has developed Double Degree Programs in key disciplines and regions:

business school in Europe and

c in public policy and management with Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, in Germany

the first in France to hold the

c in management and technology with Universität München, München, in Germany

Triple Crown Accreditation from the top international institutions: AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Equis (European Quality Label), and AMBA (British Association of MBAs).

c in management education with - MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States of America - FGV Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paolo, in Brazil - Università Commerciale Bocconi, Milan (Italy); Erasmus School of Management, Rotterdam (Netherlands); ESADE, Barcelona (Spain); Universität St-Gallen (Switzerland), in Europe - Indian Institute of Management IIM, Ahmedabad, in India - GSOM Graduate School of Management, St-Petersburg State University, in Russia.

Joint Degree HEC Paris has co-founded in 1988 the CEMS (the Global Alliance in Management Education), a strategic alliance of 27 world-class academic institutions and over 60 world-renowned multinational companies, to set a global standard of excellence for preexperience Master's in Management. CEMS delivers a joint degree, the CEMS Master's in International Management CEMS-MIM.


In addition to the MSc in Management, HEC Paris offers a comprehensive range of degree and open enrolment programs

Masters of Science (in International Finance, Managerial Financial Economics, International Business, Marketing, Strategy and Sustainable Development), a one-year preexperience full time program offered in English and designed for students who hold a Bachelor degree in any field and who want to acquire an expertise in a specific field of management.

Specialized Masters, designed for French and international students at postgraduate level. These programs give a high level of expertise in specific management disciplines: 11 full-time (12 months, French and English), and 8 part-time programs.

HEC is the only French business school, accredited by the French Ministry of Education, to grant, alone, the Ph.D. in management.

HEC MBA, either bilingual (French/English) or exclusively in English, is a 16-month full-time program of general management in an international environment, after five years corporate experience. Designed to optimize both professional and personal ambitions, the part-time MBA program offers the opportunity to work in a multicultural and diverse business-learning environment while maintaining a day job.

The degree is awarded in recognition of postgraduate management studies designed to prepare for a university or business school career. 80 per-cent of the HEC Ph.D.

HEC Ph.D. prepares students for advanced work in research and teaching (6 fields of specialization). The program gives them the preparation needed to publish in leading academic journals throughout the world and face future research and teaching challenges.

graduates work in the international academic scene.

Executive Education offers a wide range of degree and non-degree programs, open and customized in-company programs, specifically designed for experienced managers and executives. The TRIUM Global Executive MBA, specially designed for global executives and CEOs, is a joint degree developed by HEC Paris, New York University Stern School of Business (NYU Stern) and the London School of Economics (LSE). The HEC Executive MBA, is a multi-site degree program that is designed to propel mid-career professionals onto the executive board level. The program is offered in Paris, Beijing and St Petersburg with three flexibles formats in several languages.

TRIUM Global Executive MBA ranks 3rd worldwide in the Financial Times' Executive MBA ranking 2013.


International Exposure

International Network Canada: Queen's School of Business, Kingston (Ontario)


University of

Western Ontario - Western Business School (IVEY), London (Ontario) Æ McGill University, Montréal


University of British Columbia, Vancouver (British

Columbia) Æ United States: New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business Æ Parsons The New School of Design Æ University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce Æ John Hopkins University Æ University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Æ University of California at Los Angeles Æ University of Texas at Austin - McCombs Business School Æ University of Michigan, Ross Business Babson College, Wellesley (Massachusett)


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business, Bloomington (Indiana)


School, Ann Arbor, Michigan


University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (Minnesota) Æ University of Southern California - Marshall Business School, Los Angeles (California) Æ Duke University Æ Cornell University Æ

Argentina: Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo




Chile: Pontifica Universidad

Catolica de Chile, Santiago Æ Mexico: Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) Æ Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) – EGADE Æ

Australia: The University of Melbourne Æ The University of Sydney Æ China: Fudan University, School of Management Æ The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business Administration


Hong Kong University of

Sciences Technology (HKUST) Æ Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, Beijing Æ SISU Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai


India: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)

Bangalore (IIMB)


Calcutta (IIMC)



Japan: The University of Tokyo –

Faculty/Graduate School of Economics


Keio University, Tokyo

Hitotsubashi University - Graduate School of Commerce, Tokyo




Zealand: Auckland University of Technology Æ Philippines: Asian Institute of Management Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business, Makati Æ Singapore: National University of Singapore


Singapore Management

University Æ South Korea: Seoul National University - College of Business Administration, Seoul Æ Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei Æ


HEC has bolstered its international presence by forging strategic academic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide

Austria: Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) Æ Belgium: Université Catholique de Louvain


Czech Republic: Prague University of Economics (VSE)


Denmark: Copenhagen Business School Æ Finland: Aalto University School of Economics Æ Germany: Freie Universität Berlin Æ University of Mannheim School of Business Administration


Technische Universität München


Universität Zu Köln Æ Hungary: Corvinus University of Budapest Æ Ireland: University College Dublin Smurfit School of Business


Trinity College of

Italy: Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi


Libera Università






Handelshøyskole (NHH)







Netherlands: RSM Erasmus Universiteit


Poland: Warsaw School of Economics Æ Russia: MGIMO, Moscou Æ GSOM St Petersburg - School of Management Æ Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Æ ESADE, Barcelone Æ Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics Æ Switzerland: Universität St-Gallen


Turkey: Boğaziçi University



University Æ United Kingdom: London School of Economics Æ University of Edinburgh Æ

Israel: Tel Aviv University


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology


Koweit: Kuwait University - College of Business Administration Æ

South Africa: University of Witwatersrand Wits Business School Æ


Crosscultural Approach Speaking French is not a prerequisite to join HEC Exchange Program. French language Electives and French civilization courses are offered to international students. At the end of the term, students have the opportunity to take the Test d'évaluation de français (TEF), to get an official proof of their level in French.

For many years, HEC has pioneered a truly cross-cultural and international approach to management education with students, faculty, corporate partners and alumni around the globe. International students form an important part of the student body in all degree programs (almost 1250), and represent 40% of the HEC MSc's community. HEC Paris offers exchange students the opportunity to acquire core knowledge and skills in an international context, with:

c a variety of disciplines of study: Fiscality & Law Æ Finance & Economics Æ Strategy & Management Æ Marketing Æ Accounting & Management Control Æ Operations Management & Information Technology Æ Decision Science & Information System Æ Management & Human Resources Æ French Language and Culture.

The registration to the

c close links to the international Business World through companies participating

test session is free and

in courses, conferences, business games, internships, recruitment sessions, …

optional. The tests results are not included in the HEC grading system (information on

HEC's faculty is highly dedicated to academic research and has gained a wellestablished expertise in all areas of management. This ensures that the training is based on the latest developments in this field.

Geographical Background To come to HEC as an exchange student, you must apply through the International Office at your home university. You must first be selected by your university and nominated for the exchange.


The Exchange Program enables students in HEC MSc of management to experience a long period of studying abroad, according to bilateral agreement with 75 partner universities and business schools in 37 countries on all 5 continents. Each year the Exchange program welcomes around 350 students

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y one-year exchange at Groupe HEC has been absolutely priceless. Not only it has enriched me as a student, but also as a person. The high quality of education together with the cultural experience that HEC offers creates the perfect match. The infinite number of events, activities and associations you can participate in helped me to find a path for my young professional career and allowed me to network with people from top universities around the globe. I really enjoyed my stay at HEC, and most importantly, with good company.

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t is such a great school where you meet people from all over the world and share with them your experiences thus, impacting positively your personal development. Also, campus life is very active with numerous activities, conferences offered every week... As the top school in Europe, the professional opportunities are incredible with many societies recruiting directly on campus and by meeting personnalities from the business world. The classes are very diverse and are taught by the some of the best professors in the world. Finally, HEC is an amazing experience because as an exchange student, you really get to be totally integrated within the school by joining associations and having the possibility of being evolved in sports. HEC Paris is the best place to conceal personal and professional growth.

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his exchange was without a doubt in my mind the best year of my life to date. I have met many amazing people from different corners of the world. This exchange has helped me develop not only as a student but as an individual. I had the pleasure of living with and learning from some of the best and brightest students from the most prestigious universities around the globe. The standard of teaching at HEC is second to none. It is remarkable what you will learn here, not only about the business world but about yourself, people and different cultures. Some courses are more challenging than others but at the same time they are thoroughly enjoyable, taught by great professors, all of whom are outstanding in their respective fields. I have enjoyed my time so much that I decided to continue studying for my Master at HEC. I hope that this is a sign of how unbelievable an experience this exchange can be.

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y experience at HEC Paris has been highly positive. From an academic point of view, the courses give you an excellent formation and are well taught. From a cultural point of view, many events and conferences are organised daily at HEC, which provide a full access to different thinking fields. From a professional point of view, there is a privileged access to labour options with companies that directly come to HEC to recruit their alumni. From a personal point of view, you get the chance to meet very intelligent and interesting people, and make long-term friendship. One thing is clear: there is no way you will regret spending a semester on exchange at HEC Paris.�

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International Office

The International Office is managing all exchange partnerships with business schools and universities around the world, and provides information, advice, assistance and expertise to partners and international Students.

Iris Ritter von Fallois

Jean Christophe Doguet

Agnès Tourneix

Nadia Affri

Director for International Affairs

Exchange Program Coordinator

Student Services Coordinator

Exchange Coordinator (Outbound)

International students are encouraged to come to the HEC IS room upon arrival and to get an update on all activities.


International Office also supports the students association HEC IS in organizing activities on-campus or outputs for international students during their stay, and the welcome week with: c information and support for housing, administrative registration and course registration c a mandatory orientation called welcome meeting before classes begin, - academic and administrative information and insurance policy regulations, - presentation of the HEC career and corporate centre, visa and immigration issues, French language and elective courses, library data access, sports activities, international students organization welcome presentation.

c Banks forum on the first week of arrival, with HSBC, LCL, Société Générale, BNP Paribas. c Information and assistance in collecting all the compulsory requested documents for administrative procedures: - Residence permit, "carte de séjour" Depending on the nationality and the length of stay, the students may need a visa or a residence permit (keep in mind that a monthly minimum is required for residence permit). The International Office provides a liaison service with the Préfecture de Versailles, and organizes the appointment and shuttle for the compulsory medical consultation, so that students can obtain their residence card directly at HEC Paris. - Social security and health insurance.

Career & Internship Services The HEC Corporate Relations Department aims at facilitating the professional integration of students. As the first ranked business school in France, HEC Paris receives internship offers constantly, and has an active corporate partnership built on companies'centers of interest and their expectations from HEC Paris • The Career and Corporate Information Center provides students with current job & internship opportunities, international directories, business review and guides on job search strategy, information on companies in France and abroad, information on jobs and sectors, …

HEC Career Intranet: 9000 internship offers 4000 jobs offers. Exchange students can apply for internships through HEC Career & Internship Services after their academic term (duration from 6 weeks to 6 months).

• The Career Services organize on campus company presentations, conferences, seminars, round tables, individual coaching sessions,

Career Workshops: c Writing your CV (in French) –How to find an internship – How to build your career path, c On-line self assessment test! ¨PSV 20 (in French & in English) c Video mock interviews: the HEC information center and JobinLive offers you a video training resource for internships or job interviews in 7 languages including French, English, German and Spanish. This training program is available at the library c Mock Interviews with recruiters (in French & in English),

Career events c Throughout the year: Recruitment, Internship & Information gathering on functions and sectors (Company presentations with recent alumni) c October: Legal and Fiscal Fair: over 30 leading international law firms, International Finance Fair: over 30 leading international financial institutions, c November: Consulting Fair: over 30 leading consulting firms, c January: International Career Fair: an annual on-campus event during which students and over 130 companies meet over a two-day period recruitment for internship and recruitment, Alumni Career Fair: HEC Alumni from all sectors – information gathering on job functions and sectors, c March: Company Presentation Day (internships), Humanitarian Associations and Organisations Fair.


Academic Environment & Resources Facilities 500 seat lecture hall, 28 amphitheaters, 1 amphitheater and

1 classroom equipped with videoconference system,

12 classrooms seating 18/24 people,

1 open-access computer room,

networked PCs throughout the campus, WiFi

1 printing centre A trading room (in collaboration with Reuters) A spacious 1000 m2 reception/exhibition area A Chapel for religious activities

7 classrooms seating 40/50 people

HEC Paris joins iTunes U In March 2010, HEC Paris has launched its profile on iTunes U. It is the first business school in France to share its knowledge and academic content on iTunes U. There is a section for public contents and students with school email accounts can access an additional private area where some additional classes are featured. HEC offers materials in both English and French, and this has provided a unique opportunity to develop language skills. To access HEC Paris on iTunes U, visit:


Exchange Students benefit access to all campus facilities and services Library The library strives to accomodate the needs of every student on campus as well as professors-researchers and PhD students. It provides readers, both on and off campus, with more than 80 databases covering all disciplines taught at HEC as well as 10,000 different journals, magazines and academic reviews in digital format. On site, students can consult and borrow coursebooks, professional theses or general culture works among more than 60,000 books avalaible in the library. A team of 16 qualified staff are in charge of tending to the students' needs, guiding them in their documentary research and offering a wide selection of complementary services such as training workshops for certain research tools and inter-library loans. The library provides enough seating for 200 people, with 30 network computers, 1 multimedia training room and 2 other rooms allocated to group work. Find out more about the library at: on FlickR: sets/72157623560613933/) on iTunesU: Core.woa/BrowsePrivately/ 3009575289 on Twitter: on YouTube: watch?v=lejn0tv8Pqk

A learning session and a visit of the library and guidance on how to use the database is organized for all incoming international students.


Book Shops Two book shops are located in the HEC study building and in the Executive Education building. They meet all your readings needs in English and French (5% discount on books) and ability to order all books not available. Students can also buy stationary supplies (binding service).

Every day, free newspapers in French (Le Monde, Les Echos, La Tribune, Le Figaro, LibĂŠration, and in English (Financial Times, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal).

Accomodation The campus welcomes 4000 students of 95 nationalities every year in the full time programs. On-campus accommodations are given to all international students in priority. Students who wish to live off campus will have to find a room themselves on the private market.


IT Services 7 open-access computer rooms: computer terminals are available on campus for internet browsing and e-mail access, as well as printers (student will need student card), 1,200 networked PCs throughout the campus, equipped with wireless internet access (Wi-Fi). The IT Services provides personal assistance in case of problem with connections (the power standard is 50Hz), as well as HEC Microsystems, the IT students Association of the campus.

You will use the Student Portal to access administrative functions and intranet to a wealth of information such as course offer, timetables, grade, course evaluations, and student support services.

Center for Resources & English Activities The CREA is in charge of all campus activities and programs involving the English-speaking world, and provide the students with tools to improve their foreign language skills (workstations, grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, DVDs).

Cost of living (2013) - Accommodation: from 450 € to 660 € / month, (+ refundable deposit: 400 €, and 150 € non refundable processing fee), - Meals: Approximately 15 €/day, lunch and dinner at the student restaurant, (R.U.) - Mandatory Social Security subscription for non-European students staying in France for more than 3 months: 207 €, - Mandatory civil liability insurance: 30-40 €/year, Student can buy this insurance together with the housing insurance when opening a bank account in France, - Fee for Resident’s permit if required: 58 €, - Student union membership (optional): 45 €/semester, - Sports (optional): 25 €/semester.


Arrival The International Office provides airport shuttle service from Roissy CDG Airport or Orly Aiport to HEC campus, according to residence check-in dates.

Housing Exchange Students are offered the possibility to live on Campus by renting a room, in one of the 17 student halls, which are divided into 1,620 furnished rooms and flats. Rooms are furnished (some with private facilities some shared between two rooms), a single bed, a bedside table, a desk, shelves, two chairs, a wardrobe, a telephone and plugs for TV and network connection, and some rooms have a balcony.

Banking ATM machine is located behind the campus reception building, just after the gate. Banks companies will be present on campus during the welcome week, so to enable students to open a bank account.


Meals The student restaurant seats 650 students, and serves around 2,000 to 2,300 meals every day. The restaurant offers every day, continental breakfasts, buffet lunches and dinners. 2 cafeterias are also available on the campus for snacks, cold and hot beverages.

Transportation - Trains to Paris from Jouy-en-Josas (approx 45 minutes) - Public bus service several times a day from campus to the Jouy-en-Josas train station. - In addition to the public bus service, a shuttle service for students and employees has been implemented between the campus, Massy station and Paris Pont de Sèvres metro station, shuttles running including on night and week-ends. - Carpooling. Carsharing is available on campus since September 2010.

Paris and its suburb are well served by inter-connected public transport: - an efficient bus network inside Paris, - le METRO, the underground network, - le RER, Réseau Express Régional, a fast train network linking the Paris métro and the suburb. For further information: Campus-Access

Health Care & Coverage A medical service is available on campus to all students. Your compulsory health insurance will cover the cost of most treatments according to health problems students regularly have. The Social Security Desk helps the students for all formalities, subscribing to the social security system as well as subscribing to a complementary health insurance. Non-European students staying in France for more than 3 months must register to the French National Student Health Plan. The fee was D207 (2012/2013) and registrations will be made by HEC only upon arrival.

Civil liability insurance is compulsory for all exchange students (European and non-European). Student can buy this insurance together with the housing insurance when opening a bank account in France.

This insurance does not cover extra insurance like repatriation, travel insurance which students should provide prior to their arrival.


Student Life Associations All associations are described on the students web-site: : humanitarian, cultural, events-related and career-related associations. Social and professional clubs are dedicated to topics such as finance, marketing, business ethics… In the guide "Tips for your survival in… Paris!!!", the IS team gives you tips and some advice as to what venues you should attend and monuments you can visit in the world's most beautiful city.

The BDE (the main Student Union) is one of the main organizers of social and leisure events. The International Student Association is a student-run association whose purpose is to bring French and international students together through events such as the welcome week, "Discover France" week-ends, and various on-campus activities or Paris outputs. HEC IS will ensure you have a great time on campus, immersed in the French culture, but also among a real melting pot of people from all over the world. With the support of IO, HEC IS has edited two guides "Tips for your survival at HEC" and "Tips for your survival in Paris".

Sport activities A wide range of sports are available, taking advantage of the campus’ outstanding installations and the school’s physical education staff. A 1,600 m2 gymnasium is available for indoor sports, fencing rooms, dance, ping-pong, a weight lifting room, a dojo room, karate, aerobics and yoga. A 10,000 m2 outdoor facilities include a rugby pitch, two soccer fields, four tennis courts, an athletics field and a golf practice range. Off-site sports include, rowing, riding, skiing, sailing, golf, swimming,…


The students are encouraged to take part in campus life through more than 100 students associations and diverse sports activities, as well as conferences

Each sport corresponds to a section of the HEC Sports Association. Second-year students run the association in collaboration with the Sports Office and staff. 19 sports associations offer to choose among Aikido, Rowing, Basket ball, Riding, Climbing, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Judo, Sailing, Rugby, Swimming, Ski, Tennis, Volleyball, Running, ... They organize a series of events and activities throughout the year. Sport fees: 25D/semester. HEC teams compete with other universities in all sports disciplines, as well as in the Business School Coupe de France competition in team sports, and in the triangular Polytechnique-Centrale-HEC tournament. Moreover, every year HEC students organize "Les Mercuriales," a well-known, international sports competition. In addition, HEC MBA students organize the MBA Tournament, which gathers more than 1,000 participants on campus, many of whom come from foreign MBA programs. The sports year generally concludes with Jump HEC, an international obstacle-jumping course contest which draws leading French riders competing on an exceptional site.


Frequently Asked Questions Answers by: Jean Christophe DOGUET Inbound Exchange Coordinator c


“ What about Academics at HEC? ” All students

High quality business education is taught by Professors with PhDs coming from top Universities International companies’ professionals give lectures from all sectors. Course offer covers all management core courses as well as related topics such as Economics, Law and International-European relations Small size classes (39 54 seats)

“ I have been nominated by my home University. What is the next step? ” All students

As soon as we will receive your nomination, the Exchange Coordinator whom will also be your main contact before, during and after your stay at HEC, will send you: Link to HEC’s on-line Registration Application ISEA, Log in & password via email. You will then be asked to: Register yourself Upload 3 items : Resume (CV), Transcript (latest), passport type and size picture (32k max). Once you have completed this procedure, you will receive access to our: International student intranet page. This page will be your reference to prepare your venue at HEC Paris.

“ When will I receive confirmation of my enrolment at HEC? ” All students

Your local University’s Coordinator, whom is the person who nominated you, will received 2 copies of your Acceptance letter via DHL (non E.U) or regular mail (others).

“ When can I select my courses? ” Exchange Only!

You will be contacted by email. Your HEC Coordinator will invite you to download the latest Course Catalogue and the Course Schedule sheet located on HEC’s International Student Intranet page. FYI: Fall semester: Catalog delivered around end of May Spring semester: Catalog delivered from mid November of previous year.

“ How can I select my courses? ” Exchange Only!

You will be contacted by email. You will receive your definite HEC User ID, allowing you to join the on-line course selection period. For a few weeks, you will be able to: Start building up your course list with your local University Coordinator’s help. Select your courses on-line. Once the selection period ends, only your HEC Coordinator will be able to modify your list.

“ How many ECTS do I need? ” Exchange Only!

Minimum 24 for 1 semester is required by HEC. Even though your University only considers a certain amount of transferrable ECTS, you still have to comply with HEC Minimum ECTS requirement. Otherwise, HEC will NOT validate your exchange. Maximum 30 (Maximum can be extended according to availability and schedule) FYI: Yearly students are requested to take at least 55 ECTS

“ Can I add or/and drop a class at anytime during the semester? ” Exchange Only!

Courses maybe only be added and dropped before class starts and no later than after the first lecture. If you decide not to continue to attend a course, you must inform your HEC Coordinator straight after the end of the first lecture, by visiting the International Office, or by email.

“ Can I leave before semester is over? ” Exchange Only!

The last week of each semester is dedicated to Final exams. In the event that you have taken all tests before official semester ends, you may leave the Campus. Remember to give notice to the Residence Office, in writing (email), at least 10 days prior to departure.


“ When will I receive my official transcript from HEC? ”

Transcripts edition can start as soon as all grades have been received from Professors. Two copies of your transcripts will be sent to your University’s Coordinator, approximately 2 months after you depart from HEC

“ Is it compulsory to register to the French language course? ” All students

Unless required by your home University, no. Nevertheless, HEC strongly encourage foreign students in learning the language from the country they have chosen as exchange destination, this, for any country visited.

“ Does HEC provide visa and immigration issues support? ” All students

Yes, a representative in contact with the OFII department is centralizing all demands at HEC’s International Office


“ Does my student visa for France allow me to travel in other country? ”

HEC is happy to welcome an average of 140 exchange students each semester.

“ Do I have to open a Bank account even if I only stay in France for one academic semester? ”

It is preferable to have a French bank account, in order to avoid transfer problems, fees due to foreign currency exchange and delays in security deposit (housing) refund.

“ How can I open a French bank account for the duration of my stay? ”

During the first week of each semester, a selection of banks is coming on Campus to offer. Banking services such as current account openings, housing insurance (compulsory).

“ How many students are host each semester in your institution? ”

HEC is happy to welcome an average of 140 exchange students each semester.

“ Does HEC offer on campus accommodation? ”

HEC provides on campus accommodations and will provide a list of off campus solutions. Priority is given to international students and places will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

“ If I am selected, how do I apply for housing on campus? ”

After online registration process is complete, the International Office in relation with HEC Residence Office will produce the Accommodation application form. It will either be sent via email to each student or available to download from the International students Intranet page. Students will return it completed to the Residence Office by fax, email, or post. The Residence Office will edit confirmation letters and send them to you via email.

“ How much does it cost to live on campus? RESIDENCE HEC: (If available during your semester) ”

a) Rooms with shared bathroom (between 2 rooms): from 4501/month (2013) b) Apartments shared by two students: 6601/month per apartment (2013). Apartments are NOT guaranteed. You may obtain a single room. Also on campus, rooms with private bathroom and toilets: 5961/month (2012-2013). FYI: Campus Accommodation is guaranteed to all International students Not the type of accommodation

“ Is the orientation session compulsory? ”

Yes, this is the opportunity to have a first contact with your coordinator and the International Office. This is generally called “The International Office Welcome Meeting”. A presentation will be given to you on very important info regarding your stay, rules, regulations, and policies, courses, various events, sports, etc… It is, therefore strongly recommended that you attend this meeting.


Extracurricular Activities France is the largest country in Western Europe. The country's impressive modern transport infrastructure, notably the high-speed train links, has created many possibilities for visiting French regions: Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, South West, Riviera….

Examples of Events for International Students


Welcome week


“Gear yourself up” at IKEA


Paris guided tour


Theater evening in Paris


Parc Asterix


Week-end in Strasbourg


Night visit to the Louvre


Disneyland Paris



Weekends in French towns: Rouen, Honfleur, Reims, Houlgate, Cancale, St-Malo, Mont St-Michel, Lyon, Blois.


Castle visits in the Loire valley


Goodbye week.

In addition to the activities offered on and off campus to all students, International Office and the student associations HEC IS organize special events for international and exchange students throughout the year.


Destination Paris The City of Lights Paris is not only the financial and political centre of France. With a 6,500-year history, it is also a city of art and culture:

197 theatres and café-theatres 150 concert halls 3 opera halls 1,800 national monuments 137 museums 467 parks and gardens 12,000 cafés and restaurants 10 three-star restaurants in the Michelin Guide The St Christopher's Inn youth hostel, opened in July 2008 in the industrial buildings of the former Magasins Généraux along the Bassin de la Villette, offers 275 beds, most of these available in four to eight bed dormitories. The rates are from 17€ to 30€ a night.

A Business Destination Its history, renown, heritage and tourism offer make Paris the capital of business tourism and the destination of choice for organisers of any kind of event, be it a trade show, congress, seminar or business meeting. Ile-de-France is the number one region in Europe in various areas: in terms of the number of Fortune 500 companies it is home to, education, and R&D. The Paris Stock Exchange is the second biggest in Europe after London.

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With its image as the most romantic city in the World, Paris is in the enviable position of being the world's most visited city with 80 million visitors per year.

A dream City In a study titled "the European megalopolis" in May 2009, Paris was in first place thanks to its "picture postcard image" (91%), its most emblematic monument, the Eiffel Tower (96,2%), the Champs-Elysées, "a legendary meeting place" (59%) and its incomparable "cultural site", the Louvre (60,3%). The city's "romantic appeal" places it second (79,5%), after Barcelona, the "capital of fun" (87,1%). Montmartre placed third for its atmosphere, after Soho in London and Barcelona's Gothic disctrict. Thanks to Fashion Week, Paris is 10th in the "events" category.

Paris at the heart of Europe Situated at the heart of Europe, Paris is a transport hub with 3 airports: Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget 178 cities with low cost connections to Paris. 7 rail stations: several high-speed trains connecting the French capital to London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Franckfurt, Stuttgart, Zurich, Basle, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Turin, and night trains for Italy or Spain… Everything about Paris: events, addresses, exhibitions, cultural life… on, Paris Tourism Office website.


A place where leaders speak

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1- Bill GATES, Chairman, Microsoft 2- Mikhaïl GORBATCHEV, Former President of Russia 3- José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission 4- Jeffrey IMMELT, CEO, General Electric 5- Muhammad YUNUS, Economist and founder of the Grameen Bank 6- Helmut KOHL, Former Chancellor of Germany 7- Samuel J. PALMISANO, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM 8- Romano PRODI, Former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission 9- Theodore ZELDIN, Philosopher, Sociologist, Historian 10- Helmut SCHMIDT, Former Chancellor of Germany 11- Michael E. PORTER, Professor at Harvard Business School. Picture Credits: HEC photography: Jean-Marc Biais Tour Eiffel – Illuminations – Pierre Bideau Catalogue Coordinator: Jean Christophe Doguet, HEC International Office © Paris Tourism Office – Amélie Dupont – David Lefranc – Alain Potignon - Fabian Charaffi - Jacques Lebar


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