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NOTE: Study abroad applications for spring 2019 semester and calendar year 2019 abroad will be available the first week in August 2018. (For the list of affected programs, click here.)

  • Locations: Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
About the program Accommodations
About the city Dates and costs
Eligibility Immigration requirements




  • Prestigious 4-year undergraduate international business school
  • ESSEC is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB.
  • First business school outside of the United States and Canada to be accredited by the International Association for Management Education
  • About 90-100 international students each year
  • Campus surrounded by institutions of higher learning, businesses, and banks
  • Click ESSEC Fact Sheet 2016 2017.pdf for more information on the institution
  • Click here for insight on student life at ESSEC

About the city

Cergy-Pontoise is a modern city (pop. 185,000) about 35 minutes north west of Paris.
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  • Must be a business major or minor
  • Overall GPA of 3.00
  • French GPA of 3.00
  • Course in business French recommended but not required
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.


Classes available
  • ESSEC offers courses in accounting, marketing, information technology, international business, area studies and foreign languages.
  • Most courses are taught in French, but students can take certain courses in English as well.
  • Consult this link to get an idea of the courses that are likely to be offered next year.
Course load
  • You are required to take 24 to 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Converting ESSEC's credits to UR units

ESSEC uses the European Union's ECTS (European Credit Transfer system) for assigning credit to its classes.  Most classes there are valued at 6 ECTS credits.

UR's Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to convert from ECTS to UR Units:

Divide ECTS by 7, then round up to nearest tenth of a Unit.

Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.

Grade scale

ESSEC uses the French grading scale of 0 - 20, in which 10 is the minimum passing mark.  UR converts ESSEC grades as follows.

ESSEC grade
UR equivalent
16 - 20 A+
14 - 15.99 A
12 - 13.99 B+
11 - 11.99 B
10 - 10.99 C
7 - 9.99 D (no UR credit)
0 - 7 F (no UR credit)

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  • Residence halls operated by ALEGESSEC, the student housing association, located off-campus, but owned and run by Groupe ESSEC
  • All halls self-catering (students prepare own meals in shared kitchen facilities); on-campus cafeteria also available
  • Many restaurants in Cergy-Pontoise, catering to wide range of tastes and budgets
  • Click here for ESSEC’s accommodations site

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Dates and Costs

Click here for Dates and Costs for ESSEC.

Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Students going to France who are pursuing a major or minor in French (this includes double majors) should consider applying for the French Embassy’s Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant.

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Immigration requirements

US citizens must obtain a student visa from the government of France to study abroad in that country. 

The first step is online registration with an organization called “Campus France”. 

Then you complete the visa application forms found online at the website of the appropriate Consulate General of France

Next, you make an appointment (several weeks in advance) at the appropriate French embassy or consulate to submit your visa application and supporting materials (including your passport) in person. 

Once in France, you will apply for a residency permit, the final validation of your permission to study there.
Please note: The Office of International Education recommends against traveling internationally in the three or four months prior to a semester in France.  If you and/or your passport are not dedicated to obtaining your French visa during this critical time, your visa application process can be expensive, stressful or unsuccessful. 
  • We recommend against traveling abroad in the summer before a fall semester in France. 
  • We recommend against traveling abroad in the fall before a spring semester in France.  Also, spring participants should pay for expedited Campus France processing. The Office of International Education can reimburse students for the normal Campus France fee, but not the extra cost for expedited service.


Before application, students who are interested in this program should see

• Dr. Tom Cossé in the Robins School regarding classes available, likely transfer credit and their chances of acceptance. 
• Chris Klein, the Office of International Education's advisor for France, regarding the application process, housing, costs, immigration requirements, or questions about language proficiency and cultural differences.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

Updated 19 Dec 2016

This program is currently not accepting applications.