Studying an MBA in France

Thinking of studying for an MBA abroad? Considering France as a possible location? You are about to make a very good choice.

In the vast majority of cases, MBA teaching in France takes the practical route. Courses are linked well to industry - universities are usually sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, meaning students will attend meetings with company managers. Company visits are also organised on a regular basis.

French MBA courses have plenty of advantages. Intakes of students are usually smaller than in US universities, and programmes are focused on high quality learning. They also take in the international and multicultural aspects of business management –many institutions have developed exchange programmes with partner universities, sometimes in other areas of Europe, but increasingly in Asia.

It is becoming the norm for MBA courses in France to be conducted in English, so most institutions will require successful applicants to have good Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores.

Where should I study?

HEC School of Management (Paris) frequently comes top in management and business school rankings. Three years after graduation most HEC alumni are earning in excess of £44,000.  

ESCP-EAP School of Management (Paris) also has campuses in Madrid, London, Berlin and Torino, and places just behind HEC School of Management in most league tables. ESCP-EAP students can study at two or three of the five campuses, and can expect to be earning in the region of £41,500 three years after graduation.

Grenoble Graduate School of Business (Grenoble) offers courses in both French and English, has over 4000 students enrolled in study either on campus or on its distance learning programmes. Alumni earn around £40,000 three years after graduation.

Essec Business School (in Cergy, just north of Paris) regularly comes well within the top 10 in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking. It has campuses in Cergy and Singapore, with the majority of courses being taught in French. Alumni earn around £37,700 three years after graduation.

EM LYON Business School (Lyon) can boast that 98% of its graduates are in employment three months after graduation. Its Masters in Management programmes also ranks close to the top in the Financial Times listings, and graduates can expect to earn around $53,000 after three years. A second campus can be found in Shanghai.

EDHEC Business School (Paris, Lille and Nice) has around 5000 students spread across 10 international programmes. Students are taught in either English or French and can expect to earn in excess of £33,200 three years after graduation.

INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) has campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi as well as in France, and prides itself on the diversity of its student population. Its alumni connections mean that students have a large network of contacts to assist them in their entrepreneurial endeavours post-graduation. Graduates receive an average of 2.4 job offers after their studies.

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