Studying Business in Paris
Are you good with numbers? Are you a neat and organised person? Are you ambitious, straightforward, and wish to study a degree that will provide you with good opportunities for the future? Then perhaps a business-oriented degree may be a great choice for you – and even better – in Paris. In this article, we will present the 5 best Business Schools in Paris.
Want to study Business in Paris? Find which Business Schools are the right ones for you.
The 5 TOP Business Schools in Paris
The École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (usually abbreviated as HEC Paris) is a prestigious international business school, considered as one of the best French “Grandes Écoles” with students from more than 95 different countries. This school was founded in 1881 and is located in the commune of Jouy-en-Josas, in the southwestern suburbs of Paris.
The HEC Paris also offers a wide range of Masters’ degrees (Management, International Finances, Financial Economics, Marketing, etc.), Doctorates, special executive education courses for enterprise managers, as well as many more. It also conducts a summer school that offers several interesting courses, such as Business and Geopolitics, Energy and Finance, and Fashion Management.
About my programme I would say it is very international and flexible: we have the opportunity to choose exactly the courses we want. But at the same time, the frame of the campus is crucial in students’ life and enable us to create friendships.
INSEAD Business School
Ranked as the best business school in all of France, this prestigious institution has a campus located in the Parisian metropolitan city of Fontainebleau (the other two are in Singapore and Abu Dhabi). INSEAD Business School was founded originally in Fontainebleau in 1957 by Georges Doriot, Claude Janssen, and Olivier Giscard d’Estaing, the brother of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
Even though none of its campuses is located in America, the school follows the traditional business school education system of the United States. Currently, the school offers several Masters’ degrees (specialising in areas such as Consulting, Coaching, and Finance), Business Foundation Certificates, open programmes in Executive Education and several PhDs; and is attended by approximately 1,300 students from all over the world every year.
I like a lot the case method and was very interesting the real cases we study. I like the teachers a lot, with a lot of professional experience. It was a successful experience for me, I did it while I was working, and I can introduce my knowledge immediately.
EDHEC Business School
EDHEC Business School has been offering, for more than 100 years, studies in Business and Management. The school was founded by entrepreneurs from France and is considered one of the best Business Schools in Europe.
EDHEC is spread out over multiple campuses in different parts of the world. The main campus is located in Lille, France. EDHEC has campuses in Nice, Paris, London, and Singapore as well.
School’s programmes include BBAs, MBAs, and MScs in the field of Business and Management. EDHEC Business School has a strong focus on research and was pointed out as one of the best schools in France for financial and risk management research.
EDHEC has one of the best career centre teams globally. They have a curriculum based on real-life case studies rather than just books. The Master’s in Management program is a really exciting program since it offers you the opportunity to apply the skills you learn by doing two internships of 6 months each during the gap year. I would certainly recommend this school for someone who’s looking for top-quality education and a totally international experience.
ESCP Business School
ESCP Business School was founded in 1819, thus making it the oldest business school in the world, by a group of influential scholars and businessmen, including Jean-Baptiste Say and Vital Roux. The ESCP Europe Business School is also one of the most important French “Grandes Écoles.” Just like the ESSEC Business School, it has also received triple accreditation by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA and has several campuses distributed in the cities of Paris, Madrid, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and Turin.
As for academic programmes, this school has the advantage of offering Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s, and PhDs both on a full and part-time basis.
Regarding the Parisian campus of the school, this student has commented on the students’ diversity and the facilities.
One of my favourite things about the program is how diverse the people are. While studying in different countries thanks to their international course, you get the chance to socialise with people that have lived across the globe and develop meaningful friendships with them. The facilities are great as well as the staff in general.
One thing that could be improved is the fact that half of our classes are online, making me feel like I do not spend enough time on campus.
ESSEC Business School
This school has got several campuses distributed in the countries of France (one in Cergy-Pontoise and the other in the Parisian area of La Défense), Morocco, and Singapore. The ESSEC Business School was first established in 1907 as the Economic Institute by Ferdinand Le Pelletier and currently, it has approximately 52,000 students.
Specifically, the ESSEC Business School offers postgraduate students the possibility of studying Masters’ Degrees specialising in diverse areas of the economy, both in English and French languages; and has received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA), thus making it one of the most selective and prestigious business schools worldwide.
Furthermore, according to this student’s review, the school may offer its students a lot of studying flexibility as well as internship opportunities:
The Master in Management program at the ESSEC Business School allows the students to choose their courses accordingly to their preferences and their professional targets. We can also go through international exchange and take part in internships with companies that are also partners with the school. The school is also next to the city of Paris.
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Editor’s note: This article was first published on the 27th of August 2018. We’ve updated it for current readers.
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