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Grande Ecole Program Study in English at one of the Top Business Schools in France



Key Facts

Where Life and Learning Begin “Our historically renowned and traditional 5-year Grande Ecole program prepares students to the challenges of the business world. Through a well-rounded curriculum, students acquire an extensive knowledge base continually updated and enriched over the course of five years, develop a diverse set of skills via internships and participate in international exchange programs. By joining IÉSEG you choose to study at an internationally oriented institution impregnated with a multicultural atmosphere, awarded with two international accreditations and committed to academic and research excellence. For 50 years now, we pursue the mission to turn our students into talented, dynamic, successful individuals and to ensure that our graduates are top class international business leaders. Get ready to live and learn at IÉSEG: we look forward to welcoming you!”

Pascal Bied, Director of Bachelors’ Programs

Etienne Grimonprez, Director of Grande Ecole Master Program

CONTENTS Key facts 3 8 reasons to choose IÉSEG 4-5 An effective program over 5 years 6 Bachelor Program 7 Master Program 8-9 Coming to IÉSEG as an international student 10 How to apply to the Grande Ecole program 11


international accreditations After receiving EQUIS Accreditation in early 2012, IÉSEG has been awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation in 2013.

215 partner universities in more than 50 countries IÉSEG benefits from an extensive international network of highly ranked quality institutions worldwide, which enables a large variety of choice for exchange possibilities and a variety of dual-degree programs.


international faculty

IÉSEG’s academic staff reflects the high standards and international focus of the School with the majority of the permanent professors having an international background.


of the permanent academic staff holds a PhD Our professors conduct award-winning research and publish in the best international scientific journals. They constantly develop innovative teaching methods and ensure that courses are updated to meet with the needs of the real, ever-changing business world.


Corporate connections with companies IÉSEG closely cooperates with a broad array of organizations worldwide and students benefit from interacting with highly knowledgeable faculty and other leading representatives from the business world.

3400 STUDENTS 1000 international

Around students

IÉSEG has welcomed international students for many years and these figures are constantly increasing thanks to our strong commitment to the internationalization of the School.



8 reasons to choose IÉSEG


International Recognition IÉSEG is part of the 1% of elite business schools worldwide that achieved a double accreditation. The School is listed for the first time in the 2013 Financial Times’ best management programs ranking directly as #24 overall and #7 among French Business Schools.


Academic and Research excellence The entire institution is committed to the quality of the academic experience and to providing students with the support that they need to succeed. IÉSEG Research Center enjoys a unique association with CNRS, Europe’s largest research organization, and the rankings confirm again that IÉSEG is among the best institutions. The School is ranked 6th in academic excellence and recognized as the 2nd Business School in France for Research (EducPro / L’Etudiant).


Live in France, Study in English! International students joining IÉSEG appreciate the opportunity of balancing rigorous academic studies with the pleasures of the French way of life. All our programs are offered in English and French language lessons are included at all levels.


One School, two Campuses Students will be either studying at our Paris campus in the vibrant and bustling business hub of La Défense (1,500 businesses, including 14 of the top 20 French national companies and 15 out of the Top 50 world companies) or at our original campus in the center of the picturesque city of Lille, a lively student city in the heart of Europe, conveniently located with five European capitals within a 300 km radius.


International Experience We may have a French location, but once you step into IÉSEG you enter a global melting pot that’s represented by more than 70 nationalities. Each year, we welcome approximately 1000 exchange and international degree-seeking students, and more than 80% of IÉSEG students spend at least a semester abroad, adding an extra international dimension to their studies.

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Excellent services for International Students Our administrative staff and dedicated international services team both in Lille and Paris campuses provide international students with comprehensive support services in every aspect of their academic and personal life before and after their arrival at IÉSEG.

Professional network opportunities IÉSEG has established excellent relationships with local and international companies and organizations for many years. Various different events are organized throughout the year so that students have the opportunity to meet and exchange with company executives (e.g.: corporate talks, company meetings, career fairs, industry visits, etc)


Top Business School in France

14 Schools and French Universities awarded by EQUIS and AACSB accreditations


Business Schools belonging to the Conférence des Grandes Écoles


Business Schools award a degree approved by the French Ministry of Education and recognized has “Grade de Master”


Business Schools in France



An effective program over 5 years This prestigious five-year program takes students from the beginning of their higher education studies through a master’s degree. The three-year BBA provides students with a solid foundation in business and management while the two-year MSc program offers an excellent launch pad for anyone who would like to specialize in a particular business field.



Semester 1

Semester 2

Labour internship 1 month minimum


Semester 3

Semester 4

Sales internship 1 month minimum

Bachelor of Business Administration

Management fundamentals

Law Economics Accounting General Culture Mathematics Foreign Languages Personal Development

Economics Information Technology Introduction to Management Mathematics Foreign Languages Personal Development

Finance Business Law Introduction to Information Systems Mathematics Sales Techniques Foreign Languages Personal Development

Marketing Economics Accounting Organizational Behaviour Quantitative methods Foreign Languages Personal Development

Bachelor Program: A solid foundation in Business and Management Program objectives The first three years of the program provide students with a high level general management education. Students gain substantial knowledge in each management discipline, including accounting, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing, and operations management.

Advantages of the program + International exchange and internship experience + Option to study the 2 first years in French or in English + Compatibility with international standards

*** parallel admission process *** YEAR 3

Semester 5

Semester 6

Management Control Information Systems Marketing Research Cost Accounting Data Analysis Optimization Methods Electives Foreign Languages

Finance Operations Management Human Resources Management Strategy Introduction to Negotiation Labour Law Electives Foreign Languages

Junior management internship 2 to 3 months

Curriculum The BBA courses include intellectually fundamental subjects such as economics, quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics and econometrics), social sciences and law. A significant part of the program is also dedicated to the development of an outward-looking attitude, general culture, and personal development. Tutors dedicate significant attention to students’ personal growth, helping them develop an analytical mind-set, cultural sophistication and sound decision-making skills. Students also get professional experience through internships and develop international competencies by optionally spending their entire second or third year at one of IÉSEG’s partner universities abroad.

*** parallel admission process *** MASTER PROGRAM


MSc in Management

Specialization in a particular field


Semester 1

Semester 2 or 3

Strategic Analysis Change Management Research Methodology 8 electives Foreign Languages

Strategic seminar in a Major Research seminar in a Major Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Management 7 electives Foreign Languages

Semester 2,3 or 4

Semester 3 or 4

Management internship 6 months

Abroad exchange program or internship opportunity

All graduates automatically continue into the MSc in Management which can also be completed individually (for students who have already completed a business program).

Dissertation or Consulting Project

Entirely taught in English

Duration: 3 years Language: English & French (first two years only) Starting: September Campus: Lille & Paris



Master Program: The perfect springboard to specialize in a particular business field Program objectives The purpose of the last two years of the program is to shape students into operational managers with a strategic perspective, the ability to adapt to international and multicultural environments and to contribute to changing management processes. The two-year Master of Science in Management offers an excellent launch pad for anyone who would like to specialize in a particular business field.

IÉSEG delivers two certificates “Business Ethics and Sustainable Organization” and “Entrepreneurship” to students who follow some specific courses and choose related field for their internship and dissertation.

Multiple job opportunities in France and abroad

Advantages of the program + Fully recognized by the French Ministry of Education + “à la carte” curriculum - customization of each student’s course plan + 8 fields of specialization available

Duration: 2 years Language: English Starting: September Campus: Lille & Paris



Example of electives

Students have a high level of flexibility to customize and organize the program: participants undertake two semesters of coursework, one semester-long internship with a company in France or abroad and subsequently complete a Master’s thesis or consulting project. A list of more than 200 courses is available to choose the electives from.

> Audit and Control > Finance > Strategy, Organization and Human Resource Management > Information Systems Management > International Negotiation and Sales Management > Marketing > Operations Management > International Business Economics and Strategy

> Business Sustainable Development > Industry Change and Innovation Management > Doing Business in Latin America > Interpersonal Communication Applied to Negotiation

IÉSEG has a dedicated team to advise students all along their studies on their professional project and to accompany them with their job search. Our approach is personalized according to every student’s needs to ensure they successfully advance their professional career. It will also help you tap into IÉSEG’s relationships with companies, recruiters, executives, and alumni.

We firmly believe that companies should be an integral part in the education and training of our students and we have developed strong and long lasting partnerships with local and international companies over the years.

Our graduates are highly sought-after by major international businesses and corporations. About two thirds of our students already have a job lined up by the time they finish their studies, and nearly all are employed within six months of graduation, mostly in positions as managers, directors, and department heads.

Audit 20%

Sales 20,5%


Fields of activity for IÉSEG graduates

Other service or department

Administration (Organizational Management, Finance, Accountancy)


Sustainable development



2% 11,5%

4% 4%

Purchasing, Supply Chain

8% 6%



General Management

Communication Human Ressources

Consultancy, Strategy



Coming to IÉSEG as an international student IÉSEG hosts an ever-growing number of international students who enrich the classroom and personal experience for all members of our community. We offer a wide range of guidance and support resources to help international students before and after their arrival, including an immersive orientation program and comprehensive support services to help them settle in, carry out essential tasks and meet with other students.

Student Services & Housing Our administrative staff and international relations office provide IÉSEG students with support in every aspect of their academic and personal lives. Services include French language lessons, a Buddy System, advising on study and internship and career planning. While IÉSEG does offer a limited amount of student housing, many students live in private residence halls or choose to find an apartment on their own. The international services team provides full support to every student in finding comfortable accommodation on or close to the campuses.

Student Life Association life offers students the opportunity to undertake team projects and sporting activities, take-on responsibilities and approach the professional world. It constitutes an essential component to the School life. Therefore, IÉSEG is committed to ensuring that students enjoy a wide range of enriching extracurricular opportunities on campus, including a variety of student clubs, sports groups, cultural activities, guest lecturer, and more.

How to apply to the Grande Ecole program at IÉSEG? Admission requirements Bachelor - Graduation from Secondary School with highest level of Maths course available. IB Diploma 3Mathematics: SL or HL (a minimum grade of 5 at SL or 4 at HL recommended) UK General Certificate of Secondary Education with minimum 2 A-Levels 3Mathematics: A-Level (a minimum grade of C recommended) US High School Diploma with AP courses 3Mathematics: AP Calculus AB/BC (a minimum grade of 3 recommended) Master - Open to candidates with an undergraduate degree in business management (or related field) from a recognized university. A good command of English is required for all (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 85 IBT, TOEIC 800). Native English speakers or students with English taught degrees are exempted.

Application process Admission is based on students’ online application available at and the close examination of the required documents. Ministerial Jury decision release dates: December 18th 2013 and May 14th 2014

Application deadlines September 2014 intake: • First admisssion round: December 10th 2013 • Second admission round: April 24th 2014


Focus on International Club The International Club is run by IÉSEG students on both campuses and hosts the international students. It eases their integration while providing assistance in the administrative process, organizes events, etc.

Same for domestic and international students (subject to change) Bachelor: €8950 per year / Master: €8033 per year. International merit-based scholarships are available.

For more information visit or email Mrs Noemie GONZALEZ at

IÉSEG channel


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Crédits photo : Barbara Grossmann, Karin Crona - September 2013

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IÉSEG Grande Ecole Program  
IÉSEG Grande Ecole Program