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ESSEC Business School

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris is a trendy and fast-paced city, enjoyed by people from all over the world. The capital of France is both romantic and cosmopolitan. We have all seen images of the "City of Lights" on television and in the movies but nothing compares to actually being there. You can make your own memories as you walk along the Seine River, enjoy an afternoon at an outside café, or climbing the top of the Eiffel Tower. Explore Paris! Your experience will be enhanced as you visit local museums, attend plays and concerts, sample French cuisine, and try having a conversation in French. Of course, don't forget to visit the Louvre and Notre Dame! You can enjoy the surrounding areas of Versailles, Giverny, and Fontainbleau. 

About ESSEC Business School

ESSEC Business School is located in Cergy, France, a suburb about 30 minutes by train from Paris. ESSEC currently maintains over 160 university partnerships in over 40 different countries and receives more than 400 exchange students every year. Incoming exchange students work with 3rd and 4th year ESSEC undergraduates and have a choice of business courses taught in French and/or English. It is possible to take a study program taught entirely in English. As an internationally focused institution, ESSEC values the cultural diversity which exchange students bring to its program No French language background is required.



3 avenue Bernard Hirsch - CS 50105

95021 Cergy- Pontoise Cedex - France

+33 (0) 1 34 43 3000


Global Education Office

ESSEC Application Process

Step 1:

Submit the following items directly to the Coggin Study Abroad Office (Building 10, Room 2125) not to the exchange partner or other UNF offices:

DEADLINE: March 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester

Step 2:

Your study abroad advisor will sent your nomination to ESSEC. Soon after, ESSEC will send an email with instructions to apply online. Students must submit the following documents to their online application for ESSEC:

  • UNF transcripts
  • A document or letter stating the student has a minimum of B2 level if the student is wanting to take courses taught in French

DEADLINE: May 31 for fall semester and November 30 for spring semester

ESSEC Academics

Academic Calendar

The fall semester runs from early September to mid December. The spring semester runs from early March to mid June. View ESSEC's academic calendar.


Credit & Grade Conversions

ESSEC Housing & Cost


Alegessec* (The ESSEC Business School student housing association) offers 1,095 studios among four residences in Cergy only 35 minutes from Paris. Discover a student life rich in cultural exchanges and the pleasure of living near your campus and classmates. Live in the type of studio that best suits you: in a single studio just for you, a double studio for living with a roommate or a shared living unit at the Parc residence for 6 to 11 students. Each residence offers its own unique atmosphere from the rich cultural diversity of the Hauts-de-Cergy residence to the modern design and style of the Port residence going through the community living experience of the Parc. One of our four residences will be just right for you! Click here: ALEGESSEC PDF for more information.


Note: students are responsible for finding their own housing if they choose not to find housing through Alegessec.


UNF students participating in a Coggin semester exchange program will pay UNF tuition. Students will be responsible for all other expenses (i.e. flight, meals, housing, etc.). To see an estimated cost for one semester at ESSEC, please see the estimated cost documents below.

Note: We recommend using Oanda as a currency converter when determining your budget.


Please view our Study Abroad Funding page for information about scholarships other funding opportunities.