Location: Paris, France, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: Late August to Late December
Spring Semester: Mid-January - Late May

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements This program is open to juniors and seniors with a business major/minor. Students should have taken many core business courses prior to their term abroad.

Subject Available:

  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing 
  • Economics 
  • Political Science 

The University: ESSCA, one of UMSL's partner universities in France, organizes a campus in Paris, France. The facilities available to those studying at ESSCA’s Boulogne campus are exceptional. For student associations, there are offices and student areas assigned specifically for their use. Students also have access to the municipal library (151,000 documents covering every field) and all of the city’s sport facilities. ESSCA’s Sports association has signed an agreement with Boulogne-Billancourt’s ‘omnisport’ club.

Academics: The new premises in Paris intend to promote research and specific study projects,allow for the continued development of the School’s international profile by significantly increasing its capacity to accommodate students from around the world, and add to its educational programmes, in particular in the field of continued education.

Housing: ESSCA will do its best to help students find housing in private residence halls. As ESSCA’s Paris campus will be open to exchange students for the first time in September 2013, detailed information is not yet available but will be sent to partner universities very soon. However, we are moving on setting up contracts with private residences. In the meanwhile, ESSCA will be contactable should you need some advice or tips.

Activities and Programs: There is a mandatory orienation upon arrival.

Location: Surrounded by gardens and greenery, the building (4,400 m² over eight storeys) is located on the riverbanks of the Seine close to the Pont de Saint-Cloud subway station.

International Office Website:  http://www.essca.fr/en/about-us/the-essca-world/our-campuses/essca-paris/ 

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Books and Course Materials $80.00
Accommodations  $4700.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $2000.00
Airfare $1500.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Other $700.00
Total $13159.60*

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other expenses includes estimate for French Social Security Insurance. should also be prepared to pay for French liability insurance immediately upon arrival.
* Please note that the French government requires students to apply in person for the student visa. This means you must go to the French Consulate in Chicago approximately 1-2 months before departure. 


 Some text and photos courtesy of ESSCA.