France: American Business School
Program type: Tuition/Room
The American Business School was established in 1985 and is one of the first English-speaking business schools in France modeled on American undergraduate business education and has established links with several renowned American universities. Today, the American Business School has over 700 alumni working in over 22 countries in marketing, finance, import/export and sales positions. Since its inception, the American Business School has attracted students from all around the world and has evolved from a uniquely Franco-American vision to a completely global approach to business education. In 1995, the American Business School joined IGS (Institut de Gestion Sociale), one of France’s most dynamic private non-profit universities, an innovator in the field of practical business education.
With 48% French students and 52% non French students representing 65 different nationalities, the American Business School Paris offers real diversity in the classroom. Typical feedback from study abroad students when they finish at the school is that they actually get to really meet people of different cultures and nationalities. At the American Business School Paris, small class sizes, diversity, readiness to challenge assumptions creates a real environment for cross cultural exchange and understanding. What can best be called an ignorance of what is politically correct conjugated with values such as tolerance for all forms of diversity; humanism and entrepreneurship foster a strong, challenging, broadening and self developing learning environment.
The City of Paris
The American Business School is based in one of the most famous cities in the world : Paris. In Paris, the American Business School is on the centrally located Parodi Campus of IGS (Institut de Gestion Sociale) near the picturesque Canal St. Martin. This modern campus comprises several buildings that house 10 different schools and over 3000 students. To satisfy both collective and individual student needs, the Campus provides: a reading room, cafeteria, amphitheaters, computer laboratories and Internet facilities.
Paris and its region is one of the major business centers in Europe and the headquarters for many multinational companies are located there. The American Business School students benefit from the proximity of these firms for internships, company visits and corporate presentations.
A U.S. accredited Bachelor of Business Administration curriculum taught entirely in English by professors who are American, or have trained in America, but who all have their own unique international experience and career paths that they bring into the classroom thus adding further experienced diversity.
Course offerings include but are not limited to: Accounting, Business, Economics Finance, Mathematics, and Marketing. French Language courses are also taught in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Students take between four and five classes at ABS.
Pre-departure orientation information and a comprehensive orientation program on arrival.
The American Business School takes particular care in ensuring that the students are adequately prepared and informed so as to be able to minimize the difficulties in adjusting to living in a foreign country, be it a country as attractive as France.
Prior to departure, students receive a information booklet that details all aspects of adjusting to living in France. On arrival, students benefit from an 8-day orientation program led by a faculty member. Topics are numerous, based on what difficulties students have experienced in the past and range from using a launderette, getting a cell phone, taking the metro to eating in a French restaurant or dealing with French bureaucracy. American nationals are taken to be registered at the Consulate of the United States of America during the program.
Student life is rich and varied at the American Business School Paris and punctuated by numerous academic, sports and social activities organised by the Student Government Association. But above all, what you will experience from your first day at the school is an extraordinary diverse environment with fellow students from close to 80 countries.
All French students commute so the French campuses don’t have dorms but The American Business School can organize the housing for the students. Besides living outside the campus is a good way to make the most of Parisian life.
If you are not a European citizen and you are planning on spending more than 3 months in Europe you must apply for a VISA . Check out the requirements on the nearest French consulate website: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/consulates.asp
- GPA 2.75 or above
- Business or Economics majors (other majors may be considered)
- One or two semesters of French are helpful
- Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation
- Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment
- Fall Semester: Beginning of September-Dec. just prior to Christmas
- Spring Semester: mid-Jan-mid May