ESSEC Global BBA - Applying with an International High School Diploma

A word from our Academic Director

Years 1 and 2

You can choose whether to start the program at our ESSEC France campus or the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus (Singapore).



In France
In English

In Singapore
In English

IBEA Track

1st year


ESSEC Cergy Campus

ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus

ESSEC Cergy or
Asia-Pacific Campus


Professional experience

3 months internship "operational experience"

2nd year


Campus of your choice for 1 semester 
(ESSEC Cergy, ESSEC Africa or ESSEC Asia-Pacific) + Campus of origin

Campus of origin


University of Mannheim, Germany

Professional experience

1 month "social internship"


Courses are taught entirely in English on the Asia-Pacific campus, in French on the ESSEC Africa campus, and in English or in French on the France campus. They cover the same subject matter with a strong focus on the geographical environment.

  • Acquire knowledge in all the fundamentals of management such as Financial accounting, microeconomics for business, principles of marketing, mathematics applied to economics & finance, excel, productive behaviour, costs & budgets: introduction & practices, introduction to entrepreneurship, financial management, E-business, competition policy & project management. 
  • Open up your international horizons with courses on geopolitics, international trade, international business law, international economics, people & organisations & international marketing. 
  • Become truly multilingual by learning 3 languages: French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese. (English and French are compulsory foreign languages for non-native speakers). 

Professional experience

Carry out summer internships anywhere in the world and gain varied and valuable experience for both your personal and career development.

  • a 3-month internship gives you a real first taste of company life and an operational experience in a junior-level position
  • a 1-month humanitarian or social work project gives you hands-on field experience and opens you up to new challenges and way of thinking

IBEA Track

The International Business Education Alliance "IBEA" is an academic program in joint cooperation between ESSEC and 3 prestigious partner universities:

  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Fundacao Getulio Vargas - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University of South Carolina, USA

At the end of the 1st year, students from each school can apply to be part of the program and only ten students from each are selected. Students admitted in the IBEA-track that started in Singapore or Morocco can choose to do their first semester of the second year in both France and Singapore. The second semester of the second year will be back at the campus where they started. At the end of the 2nd year, admitted students will spend one semester at each of our partner schools. 

This is the perfect opportunity to spend time at some of the most prestigious business schools around the world, meet and interact with people from all different backgrounds and nationalities, study in several environments and by the time you obtain your degree, you will have the truly international profile sought after by employers.

Years 3 and 4

Whichever campus you choose to begin your studies, all students now, except in the IBEA track come together to choose to continue the program in one of the following four tracks, all of which focus on providing you with opportunities for more international exposure and professional experience.



Choose your Track

IBEA Track




International double degree or one year exchange


French double degree

3rd year


Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

International exchange

Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

USC exchange, Columbia - USA


International exchange

Period in a company


ESSEC Singapore

4th year




International exchange

IFP Panthéon Assas

EBAPE-FGV exchange, Rio - Brazil


Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

Period in a company

Campus of origin or intercampus mobility






Campus of origin or intercampus mobility

IFP Panthéon Assas







IFP Panthéon Assas


Apprenticeship Track: Students outside of the European Union will have to spend at least a 12-months period in France to be able to apply for an apprenticeship. Example: if you are coming from India, US or China,  you will have to start your studies in France in order to apply.  


You have hundreds of electives to choose from so whether you wish to stay an all-rounder and test and try many different fields or whether you may prefer to specialise in one chosen area, you will be able to do so.

Examples of courses and seminars include:
Management, Marketing Accounting, Economics, Human Resources, Information Systems, Financial Mathematics, Business Law, Operations, Entrepreneurship, Statistics, etc.


Whatever track you choose to follow, you will do a university exchange abroad. This will not only open you up culturally to a new country, way of life, way of thinking etc. but will improve your linguistic skills as the choice is often linked to the foreign languages you learnt in the  first two years.

This unforgettable experience will contribute to making you a more open and flexible manager, able to work in multicultural and multilingual teams and companies.

The good news is that you are not limited to 1 or 2 possibilities for your exchange but potentially have to choose from the 160+ Global BBA partners. Whatever your personal interests and links, whatever your future career goals, you are sure to find the right exchange for you!

Professional Experience

Complete your first longer internship or apprenticeship to really have an advantage in the workplace as a young graduate.

  • the final 6-month decision-making internship will see you take on a position with greater responsibilities where you can dedicate yourself to concrete projects
  • a 2-year apprenticeship contract means that you will be employed by a company and alternate between study and work

In addition to acting as a powerful career booster, it is an attractive financing solution as interns and apprentices are paid a salary and with apprenticeships, the company also covers the 2 years’ tuition.

The Global BBA program is the equivalent of a Master's Degree (M1) in Management (240 ECTS - European Credits) recognized by the French Ministry of  Higher Education and worldwide and allows you to pursue your studies by an M2 (Master's Degree, equivalent to a one-year degree before postgraduate studies). 

iMagination Week

A transition from the first to the second half of your studies.

Formerly known as iXperience week, the iMagination week welcomes students from Singapore, Morocco and Mauritius to the Cergy campus at the beginning of the third year. In this introduction week, our international students learn about our campus in France and are encouraged to blend in, to develop, and to think outside the box.


The Global BBA program is the equivalent of a Master's Degree (M1) in Management (240 ECTS - European Credits) recognized by the French Ministry of  Higher Education and worldwide and allows you to pursue your studies by an M2 (Master's Degree, equivalent to a one-year degree before postgraduate studies). 

ESSEC Business School has been recognized by Campus France and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of its international students' welcome. The school received the highest level that can be obtained from the "Bienvenue en France" certification, which is the third level. This certification recognizes the quality of ESSEC's reception in all the criteria provided:

  • The quality and accessibility of information 
  • The welcoming of new international students 
  • The Academic offer
  • Accommodations 
  • Campus life
  • The quality of post-graduate follow-up



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