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Destination Lyon Study in France

Publication date september 2010

Member of “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”


International students

welcome! ESDES School of Management has hosted international students from the very beginning, either as members of our exchange programs or as free movers. ESDES is built on values and qualities we consider as essential to management education: commitment to economic performance with full respect for human values, creativity, international outreach and involvement in the community. During your stay at ESDES, you will have the opportunity to: Learn in a modern educational environment Widen your experience beyond your own frontiers Learn about French and European cultures from the inside And get to know students from many other countries Do please read this brochure for a foretaste of the quality of our programs. For further information please contact us. See you soon at ESDES, Lyon, France! Christian BĂŠrard Director


The business school at the Université Catholique de Lyon ESDES Ecole de management ESDES is an international business school founded in 1987. Highly reputed in France as a leading institution of higher education, ESDES has also won international recognition for the quality of its teaching and research. ESDES has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the French Ministry Education. This means that out of a total of 230 business schools in France, ESDES is one of the 89 whose degree carries the ministry’s ‘visa’ of approval. Of these only 42 are able to add the ministry’s quality label of ‘grade de master’ to the degrees they award. ESDES is also one of only 37 business schools who are members of the prestigious association of business and engineering schools known as the ‘Conférence des Grandes Ecoles’ (CGE). Not all business schools in France accept students directly after high school. ESDES belongs to a highly select group of only five business schools in the whole of France which do so, which use the ‘grade de master’ label and which are members of the CGE.

The school places great emphasis on the students’ development and it gives them access to academics who are experts in their field, whilst providing an integrative environment that is extremely conducive to learning. Throughout the five years of the “Programme Grande École”, students will be faced with academic and practical challenges to develop their knowledge and the competencies necessary for their professional live. Through our career development program, all students are assisted by ESDES’ excellent academic staff who help them construct and fulfill their professional objectives. ESDES places great importance on the acquisition of relevant professional experience throughout the curriculum and students benefit from 14 months of internships during their studies, thanks to the strong business links that ESDES has developed across a wide range of industries.

Facts and figures for ESDES


1 150 students About 20% foreign students 110 university partnerships around the world More than 2 000 graduates

The Université Catholique de Lyon The Université Catholique de Lyon (UCLy) was founded in 1875 and today welcomes 7400 students of every nationality. Since its creation it has constantly developed new courses and areas of research to respond to the changing needs of business and society. Each course prepares the students for a career in their field of study. Two city-centre campuses provide excellent learning conditions complemented with a lively student life supported by an active student association, a student office and social and cultural associations. The Université Catholique de Lyon is a member of the Lyon Research and Higher Education cluster known as the University of Lyon which is France’s largest university outside of Paris and nourishes the ambition of becoming one of the best university centers in Europe and the world.

Through its partnerships with over 150 universities in 5 continents Université Catholique de Lyon encourages students and lecturers from all discipline to spend time abroad. Additionally every year the Université Catholique de Lyon hosts more than 1300 international students with a personal welcome enabling a full integration and development of each student for the duration of their studies.

Université catholique de Lyon at a glance: Five faculties: Theology and Religious Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Language, Literature and Science Five professional schools including ESDES 15 academic and research units

ESDES Université Catholique de Lyon

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Language and Literature and Science

Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities

Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Facts and figures for the UCLy 7,400 students and auditors, including 1,300 international students 320 permanent lecturers

130 administrative and technical staff


ESDES teams and programs ESDES Faculty Members

French Higher Education System

ESDES boasts a strong academic team of 45 permanent staff with degree qualifications from French and international academic institutions and over 130 highly skilled professionals with varied career orientations, who provide an invaluable source of experience to students through their own business knowledge. This combined academic team is organized into 8 departments at ESDES: Finance/Auditing and Management Control Marketing, Communication and Sales Management Strategy International Business IT and Quantitative Methods Humanities and Social Sciences Human Resources Management Languages The teaching staff is responsible for developing course content and appropriate teaching methods whilst the relevant research team enriches the academic experience with its chosen areas of research. ESDES researchers have developed particular expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility, Intangible Capital and Business Ethics.

Following recent reforms in the French higher education system, there are now three distinct parts or L-M-D (licencemaster's-doctorate) as the system is popularly called. To be awarded a Licence (Bachelor’s degree), a student must earn 180 credits in six semesters, and for a Master's degree the students must earn 120 credits in four semesters after the Licence.

Doctorat D3 D2 D1

Bac +8 years

Master M2 M1

Bac +5 years

Licence - Bachelor L3 L2 L1

Bac +3 years

BaccalaurĂŠat More details :

Facts and figures for ESDES : Eight academic departments Finance/Auditing and management control 6I

IT and Quantitative Methods

Marketing and Sales

Humanities and Social Sciences

ESDES International Development

International Business Program Team

ESDES opens its doors to international students through a reputed exchange program that has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and offers a wide variety of subjects to students from across the world. The purpose of these programs is to enable international students to benefit from ESDES’ core competencies and experience in business and management.

The IBP team provides a full range of support services to international students including an intensive and comprehensive orientation program to help students blend into the local student life; an opportunity to meet key administrators; advice on housing, internships, external scholarships, employment requests, foreign exchange issues, social security issues and cultural adjustment.

International students are attracted to ESDES for its diverse and flexible programs that can be easily integrated into their current undergraduate programs. The ESDES experience is an extremely affordable educational opportunity proposing high quality academic programs and opportunities, with a great location and state of the art facilities.

International Exchange Team ESDES provides comprehensive support for its students who spend a semester in a partner university. The International Exchange team manages the students’ applications and departures to their university of choice and ensures continued communication and support for the students throughout the semester.

Academic Programs Programme Grande École Cours de Management en français

Management Strategy

International Business Program Summer School

International Business

Human Resources Management



Bellecour Square - Festival of lights

Lyon, a great city to live in

© Philippe Bastié

Saône river banks

Bellecour square and Fourvière basilica

Lyon: business center Lyon gathers many International Headquarters: Atari, Bayer CropScience, BioMérieux, Plastic Omnium, Rhodia, Sanofi Pasteur and also renowned international organizations: Interpol (international criminal police organization), Euronews (Europe's #1 non-stop television news channel), Handicap International (NGO), International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC (WHO), European Center for Humanitarian Health (CESH), European Center for Virology and Immunology (CERVI).

Rhône river banks

Lyon: facts and figures With more than 1.3 million inhabitants, Lyon is the biggest French metropolitan area after Paris. Its rich archaeological and cultural heritage combined with its quality of living make Lyon a unique place to live in. Rhône-Alpes: 6th highest GDP in Europe, out of 204 regions ranked (Source: Eurostat 2005) First region in France for: 900 foreign capital companies (more than 50 employees) employing about 165,000 people. Major education area: around 150,000 students.


The Alps

Lyon: a global player in life sciences During the last few years, Lyon has set-up five competitive industry clusters. Two of these clusters are global players of international importance, Lyon Biopole (health) and Axelera (chemicals and environment).

Lyon: a great location

Carnot “Université Catholique” building

2nd largest urban site on the UNESCO World Heritage list, after Prague. 2,000 years of history: its Gallo-Roman heritage, its Italian architecture and cosmopolitan population testify to the city's openness to multiple influences. A multitude of landscapes, and leisure activities: Lyon RhôneAlpes is among the top 5 tourist destinations in Europe. The cuisine is a source of great pride: Lyon is home to 22 of the best restaurants in France, according to the Michelin Guide. Excellent travel connections to other major European business centers and destinations. Lyon is less than two hours away by car from the French Alps, and three-hour from the Mediterranean Sea. London, Barcelona, Milan, Zurich... can be easily reached, within an hour flight from Lyon. Lyon is also 2 hours by train from Paris.

© Marie Perrin / Office du Tourisme de Lyon

Les Terreaux Square - Lyon city hall

Vieux Lyon


Support for students ESDES facilities


ESDES offers students a wide range of state of the art facilities to accompany their studies including WIFI access, five fully equipped amphitheatres, a comprehensive multi-media library and an onsite refectory.

Lyon has an excellent public transport system both within the city centre and to and from neighboring regions. Its two main train stations also provide TGV access from across France and neighboring European capitals. Within the city centre students can make use of the subway system, the tram, the public bus service and the ‘Velo’V’ public bike service, which students have access to through their transportation cards.

Accommodation There are various accommodation options available to international students, including living with a French family, sharing an apartment with French students, or staying in a student Residence Hall which is situated in close proximity to the ESDES buildings. Students who are studying at ESDES for at least one semester can benefit from government housing subsidies to off-set the cost of housing.

Activities Many activities are on offer during your stay: a city tour, ski week, international dinners, wine and cheese tasting, trips to Paris, the Loire Valley, Museum visits, Festivals, Sports, but the list is endless.

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Eating out and about ESDES is located in the 2nd district and the heart Lyon which has a wide range of bistros and restaurants proposing world ever wide gastronomy at reasonable prices to students. The school is on the Place Carnot and next to the Rue Victor Hugo, a pedestrian shopping street which has many cafés in addition to shops. Students can also benefit from the school’s cafeteria which offers a wide selection of hot and cold meals and take-away snacks, as well as a pleasant seating area in the school’s atrium.

Septembre 2010 - Crédits photos : Bruno Amsellem, Eric Frey, ESDES, Only Lyon / MADE IN LONG.ISLAND

ESDES 23 place Carnot 69286 Lyon cedex 02 France Tél. +33 (0)4 72 32 50 48


Apply online before th 5 June 1

Master of International Business Administration

MIBA / Master of Internatio The ESDES MIBA prepares its graduates to be future international business leaders.

Program structure


The first two semesters concern core study areas covering international business functions and strategies. The third semester is dedicated to the dissertation which has to be written entirely in English. Students can choose their own dissertation topic. Professors may also suggest topics which are in their domain of expertise.

The program is taught in English. Students can choose a French language course as an elective module. Non native speakers must provide evidence of English language proficiency, for example TOEFL scores or a letter of recommendation from an English teacher.


Program outline

In the European system, a fulltime student takes 30 credit hours (ECTS) per semester. The overall program is thus worth 90 ECTS. All MIBA students have to take all of the compulsory core courses plus two elective courses each semester. The elective courses bring a high value-added format to the core

courses by helping students to put into perspective the business skills and knowledge gained in the program.

Fees Program fees are: 7,850 euros payable in 2 installments. Living expenses are not included in these fees.

MIBA academic staff Qualified and experienced academic staff of ESDES School of Management, along with professors from North American and European universities and also business professionals will bring their experience and knowledge to this Master.

The program is a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences provided by academics and professionals. It aims to give students the capability of evaluating the complexity of the international business arena by providing them with analytical tools for key decision-making processes. Students will also develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Interactive learning methods are used in the program such as business simulation, conferences on international business issues or storytelling by corporate leaders about their successful export or internationalization projects. ESDES School of Management, member of the Catholic University of Lyon is one of the top ranking business schools in France.

nal Business Administration MIBA Program ECTS Credits

Core courses 1st Semester International Business Strategy International Marketing International Supply Chain Management International Human Resource Management Financial Analysis

5 5 5 5 5

Core courses 2nd Semester International Financial Management International Taxation International Business Law Global Challenge 速 Business Game Export/Import Management

5 5 5 5 5

Electives 2 electives to be selected each semester : 5 credits per semester Corporate Governance Business Ethics Cross Cultural Management French Language International Business Negotiation

2 3 3 3 2

Dissertation 3rd Semester A research-based project leading to the production of a dissertation to be submitted to a committee of professors for final assessment.


MIBA Total ECTS Credits


For more information about courses and the MIBA Program:

MIBA Procedures Application procedures Apply online: Send application file before June 15th deadline

Visa / Health assurance After being accepted, start visa procedures (for non European students) Take out full health insurance coverage or plan to get French social security on arrival

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Academic calendar Semester 1: From mid September, to mid December Semester 2: From January, to mid May Semester 3: From mid May to mid September

Contact information Program director: Pr Lamine BODIAN Head of International Business Department For any further details or information, contact: MIBA information Officer: VĂŠronique SAPIN

ESDES 23 place Carnot 69286 Lyon cedex 02 - France +33 (0) 4 72 32 50 48

International Business Program 1 or 2 semesters Classes in English Transfer of credits to home institution

International Business Program Length of program Students have the possibility of studying in the International Business Program for one or two semesters.

Candidate profile Students from our partner institutions should: have completed at least one year of university studies at their home institutions, be in good academic standing, have at least a B2 or C1 level of English. Students from other institutions may apply to study as freemovers.

Class credit Each class is worth a certain number of ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System), enabling students to obtain both credits and grades in order to satisfy the require-

ments of their home institutions. In general, in the European system, a full-time student takes 30 credit hours (ECTS) per semester. It is possible to take a few extra credits but students usually find that they need time to adjust and explore their new environment.

Fees The program is free of charge to students who are studying under an exchange agreement with their home institutions. Students wishing to study in the IBP exchange program, but whose home institutions do not have an exchange agreement with ESDES, may apply to study at ESDES as fee-paying students.

French social security It is mandatory for non-European students to purchase the French social security which is a French health-care coverage, provided under the social se-

curity system. Students will be expected to pay 207* for the French Social Security before arrival.

Diploma Students receive transfer credits at their home institutions for coursework which is successfully completed at ESDES. A certificate of studies is awarded attesting to the student’s participation in the IBP program.

Student life In addition to the challenging academic courses which students take, there is also a wide range of social activities and trips that students can partake in. While there are many things to do both at the University and in Lyon, ski weekends in the Alps, dinner with a French family and wine tasting in the Beaujolais are very popular. Students can also enjoy a wide range of social events which are organized by the IBP Club.

Program outline

* Price for academic year 2012-2013 and is subject to change

The International Business Program is an exchange program designed for students who are enrolled at ESDES partner institutions in their home countries. Classes are offered primarily in business in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Law and Strategy. Classes are available at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Additional courses are offered in non-business areas such as the European Union, Geopolitics and Art & Architecture. The language of instruction is in English, although students have the option of taking some business classes in French every semester if their French is good enough. Students are strongly encouraged to take a French Language class, although it is not mandatory. There are classes in French for students at every level, including for those students who have never had French before or for those students who are already bilingual.

Undergraduate level Examples of courses offered:

Master’s level Examples of courses offered:

In English

In English

Art & Architecture

Business Strategy

B2B Marketing

European Business Law

Banking & Finance

Financial Investments

Cross Cultural Management

International Economics

European Union: Foundations, Institutions & Perspectives

International Contract Law

Financial Analysis

Marketing Strategy

France in the 21st Century: the French Business Context

Portfolio Analysis

French Geopolitics

International Marketing

Supply Chain Management Corporate Finance

International Business Law International Finance Introduction to Finance International Marketing International Strategy Integrated Marketing Communications: Advertising & Promotion Marketing Strategy Negotiation Service Marketing

In French Français des Affaires, Le Cinéma Français, Management Interculturel, Gestion des Ressources Humaines, Français, Management des Ressources Humaines

See website for more detailed information about courses and the International Business Program:

International Business Program

Important Dates Applications due:

Fall semester (September-December): May 15th Spring semester (January - May): October 31st

Semester dates:

Fall semester : beginning September - mid December Spring semester : beginning January - mid May

Registration Registration occurs several days prior to Orientation. During this time, students will meet with an advisor to finalize their class choices, take a French placement test, obtain their student ID card and other important details. Registration is open several days prior to Orientation and is done on an individual basis. Students are asked to send the required documents prior to arrival, so that the Registration process is speedy. Both Registration and Orientation are mandatory.


Housing Check-in Students who have been assigned housing by the UniversitÊ Catholique’s Service Logement (housing desk) may go directly to their residence halls or families in Lyon in order to obtain the keys and settle in. In most cases housing check-in is between 9:00 - 4:00 on weekdays. Students who arrive on weekends will generally not be admitted to their residences until Monday. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students arrive during the week unless they prefer to stay in a hotel.

ESDES 23 place Carnot 69286 Lyon cedex 02 - France +33 (0) 4 72 32 50 48

Photos : Bruno Amsellem / Signatures / MADE IN LONG.ISLAND / Edition 12/2010

Students receive their final schedules at Orientation. They also have the opportunity to tour the campus, sign up for trips and other activities, and learn about important administrative areas such as preparing for their appointment at the Immigration Office, setting up a bank account, using public transportation, applying for Housing subsidies, etc...

Business Courses in French

Programme de Commerce et Management en français

Length of program: 1 or 2 semesters

Durée du programme : 1 ou 2 semestres

Courses in french

Cours en français

Transfer of credits to home institution

Crédits transférés dans l’université d’origine

Business Courses In French Length of program Students have the possibility of studying for one or two semesters.

Each class is worth a certain number of ECTS credits and a full-time student in general takes 30 ECTS per semester.


Candidate profile Students from our partner institutions should: • have completed at least one year of university studies at their home institution • be in good academic standing, • provide evidence of their level of French

The program is free of charge for students who are studying under an exchange agreement. Students wishing to study in Business Courses in French program, but whose home institutions do not have an exchange agreement with ESDES, may apply as feepaying students.

Students from other institutions may apply to study as free-movers.

Accommodation Students can be helped in finding an accommodation in Lyon by the Accommodation Office of Université Catholique de lyon:

Language Classes are in French.

Credits Students receive transfer credits at their home institution.

Program outline

Student life Students have the possibility of participating to school clubs and societies.

Business Courses in French Program offers students the possibility of studying for one or two semesters at the University. Students may choose classes which are taught in French, available at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level. Classes are offered primarily in business in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Law, Strategy and Human resources.

Examples of courses offered Undergraduate level

Master level

Marketing Communication & Sales

Financial Analysis

Finance & Management

International Business

Humanities and Sociology

Tax Law

Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Social Psychology

Human Resources Management For more information:

Programme de Commerce et Management en français Durée du programme Les étudiants ont la possibilité de venir étudier un ou deux semestres.

Profil des candidats Les étudiants venant d’universités partenaires doivent : • Avoir déjà effectué 1 année d’études supérieures post-bac • Avoir de bons résultats académiques • Fournir une preuve de leur niveau de français Les étudiants venant d’autres universités doivent s’inscrire comme étudiants “hors-échange”.


Chaque cours correspond à un certain nombre de crédits, et un étudiant à temps complet peut obtenir 30 ECTS par semestre.

Frais d’inscription Le programme est gratuit pour les étudiants qui viennent en échange avec leur université. Les étudiants “hors échange” doivent s’inscrire comme étudiants payants.

Logement Les étudiants peuvent être aidés dans leur recherche par le service logement de l’Université Catholique de Lyon :

Les cours sont en français.

Vie étudiante


Les étudiants peuvent participer à la vie associative de l’école.

Les étudiants reçoivent des crédits transférables dans leur université de provenance.


Le Programme de Commerce et Management en français offre aux étudiants la possibilité d’étudier 1 ou 2 semestres à l’ESDES, à l’Université Catholique de Lyon. Les étudiants peuvent choisir des cours qui sont enseignés en français, de niveau Licence ou de niveau Master. Les enseignements sont principalement tournés vers le Commerce, dans les domaines de la Finance, du Marketing, du Droit, de la Stratégie et des Ressources Humaines.

Exemples de cours Niveau Licence

Niveau Master

Marketing, Communication, Vente

Analyse financière

Finance et Gestion

Commerce international

Sciences humaines et sociales

Droit fiscal

Stratégie & Entrepreneuriat

Psychologie sociale

Gestion des ressources humaines Pour plus d’informations sur les cours :


Programme de Commerce et Management en français


Download application form: For exchange students For non-exchange students on,

Télécharger le dossier d’inscription Pour les étudiants en échange Pour les étudiants hors échange sur,

Send application form before deadline Fall semester: May 31st Spring semester: October 31st

Envoyer le dossier avant la date limite 1er semestre : 31 Mai 2ème semestre : 31 Octobre

Send application by email:

Envoyer votre inscription par email :

Visa / Health assurance

Visa / Assurance santé

After accept, start visa procedures (for non European students)

Après acceptation, démarrer la procédure de visa (pour les étudiants non-européens)

Take out full health insurance coverage or plan to get French social security on arrival

Prévoir une assurance santé ou souscrire la sécurité sociale française à votre arrivée

Housing Apply for housing assistance: before May 31st and November 15th

Academic calendar Consult:

Logement S’inscrire auprès du service logement : avant le 31 mai ou le 15 novembre

Calendrier académique Consulter :

ESDES 23 place Carnot 69286 Lyon cedex 02 - France +33 (0) 4 72 32 50 48

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Business Courses In French


Apply online before th 0 April 3

Summer School in Lyon, France 4th Edition: June 12th to July 10th, 2013 4 weeks Classes in English Transfer of credits to home institution

Summer School at ESDES School of Management Candidate profile


Student life

“Doing Business in and with the E.U” Summer School program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in business, management, economics, finance or marketing coming from ESDES partner and non partner universities.

Students must do all three modules of Finance or Marketing, and choose elective modules.

This program will also offer many social and cultural activities. This will be a great opportunity for international students to get to know each other, as well as to discover the life and culture of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Activities such as city bus tour, visit of the Lumière museum, the inventors of the cinema or the tasting of the French cuisine will be organized and coordinated by the ESDES School of Management.


Program outline

The program is taught in English. Students can chose a French language course as an elective module. Non native speakers must provide evidence of English language proficiency, for example TOEFL scores or a letter of recommendation from an English teacher.

Accommodation and Fees The Summer School costs 1,900 euros per student. It includes tuition, accommodation and cultural activities. The student residence is situated in the old town, a few minutes walking distance from the business school.

Credit transfer (ECTS : European Credit Transfer System)

Participants must study either three modules in finance or three modules in marketing (6 ECTS credits), together with electives (3 ECTS). The overall program is thus worth 9 ECTS, which is equivalent to about 4 credits in the American system.

An Ideal Mix of Management Studies, French Culture and Leisure Activities This is a four-week program for undergraduate students in finance or marketing. It is a great way to give a real international dimension to your studies. You will join a group of students from all over the world who have come to the ESDES School of Management to enjoy an ideal mix of studies, culture and leisure. Professors of different nationalities will set out their business experience of the E.U. ESDES School of Management, member of the Catholic University of Lyon is one of the top ranking business schools in France.

Doing business in and with the E.U Classes offered Hours

ECTS Credits

12 12 12

2 2 2

12 12 12

2 2 2

10 10 10 10 12

1 1 1 2 2

Finance Program Credit and Crises Key topics in Understanding Finance Crisis Investment Analysis

Marketing Program Marketing Communication in Europe Marketing Foundations and Principles Strategic Planning in Advertising

Elective Modules Cross Cultural Management Human Resources Management Art and Architecture Wine French language

Cultural activities Grand Tour of Lyon : a great way to discover Lyon on board of an open top deck bus Institute Lumière Cinema Museum : a visit of the Lumière brothers' villa where cinema was invented in 1895

Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered market : a tour of the famous gastronomic market in Lyon International Dinner : a unique opportunity to cook for classmates and share your favorite national dishes

For more information about courses and the Summer School Program:

French Dinner : a discovery of the French gastronomy, wine tasting and table manners Wine tasting : discover the business of wine in Europe

Summer School Procedure Application Apply online, taking care to submit application before April 30th, 2013 final deadline: After being accepted, start visa process if necessary See your advisor about course selection Select courses online before April 30th

Before arriving

Photos : Bruno Amsellem / Signatures / MADE IN LONG.ISLAND / Edition 03/2011

Take out full health insurance coverage Print out addresses in France and directions to ESDES Pay fees

Check in at ESDES Bring: Copies of passport (or ID card) and visa Proof of insurance coverage

ESDES 23 place Carnot 69286 Lyon cedex 02 - France +33 (0) 4 72 32 50 48

International program for foreign students  

Master of International Business Administration, International Business Program, Business Courses in French and Summer School.