Note: While this program is open to CSOM majors, it is very difficult to get courses approved for a Finance concentration. Applicants should have flexibility with what they are taking abroad and should plan to not take courses fulfilling Finance requirements.
Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world. Its mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity. With its six urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, ESCP Europe's true European Identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a Global Perspective on international management issues. Triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), ESCP Europe welcomes 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 different nations every year.
The Paris campus is conveniently located in the centre of the city. It is the largest of ESCP Europe's five locations, hosting the greatest number of faculty and students as well as one of the most prestigious Grandes Ecoles in the country. With extensive on-campus facilities and several student clubs and associations, a strong sense of school spirit and community prevails.
Students can enroll in a wide variety of business courses conducted in English, including International Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing.
The Boston College in Paris program consists of approximately 30 students across six schools. Academic and cultural support are provided by the BC resident director and the exchange coordinator at the university abroad.
BC Resident Director - BC in Paris
ESCP Europe Pris Campus
79, avenue de la Repubique
75543 PARIS Cedex 11
Academics & Support
ESCP offers a co-curriculum taught in English and French. Exchange students are integrated into the Master in Management Program taking elective courses alongside French and international students, most of whom are between the ages of 21-24. Some courses may have pre-requisites. Students interested in taking Finance courses should already have a strong background in finance. More information about the Exchange program is available at this link
Credit and Course Requirements
30 ECTS credits total per semester:
Art History from mid-19th century to mid-20th century”, the BC Art History course taught by the BC resident director, offered on Wednesdays 2-5pm for students on the English Track and Thursdays 2-5pm for students on the French Track. This course is pre-approved for the Fine Arts Core. (6 ECTS)
Semester-long Friday morning French language course at ESCP (2.5 ECTS)
ESCP mandatory seminar for exchange students, Transcultural Adaptation and learning skills (6 ECTS)
This seminar meets for one week during orientation and once a week on Monday evening for the rest of the semester.
Early start intensive French course (2ECTS)
(1 week long offered at Elfe)
ESCP elective courses, courses are offered as either 15 hours per semester for 2 ECTS or 30 hours per semester for 4 ECTS
**BC Students in the French track must take at least two classes in French, the semester long ESCP French language class plus one class in French in a regular department. Students in the English track also take ESCP’s French language course plus a language course once per week at the Elfe language school.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
Students are required to live with a French host family during their first semester in Paris. Students studying in Paris for the full academic year may choose to live in an apartment during their second semester, if students choose this option they will be responsible for finding an apartment.
Housing is arranged by a housing agency in Paris. The housing agency reviews students’ housing questionnaires and notifies students of their host family placements approximately one month prior to departure for Paris. Each host family lives close to public transportation. It is very common for students to walk 10-15 minutes from their homestay to the closest Metro stop and then take the Metro 30-40 minutes to the host university.
A one month security deposit is required immediately after students submit the housing questionnaire and full payment will be due prior to the start of the semester, all housing payments are made directly to the housing agency not to Boston College. Cost estimates are available here. Cost varies depending on the number of dinners students have each week with their host family. Students are provided breakfast every morning and may choose to have from 1-5 dinners per week with their family. Students purchase their own lunch each day.
In addition, tenant Insurance is required under French law, students will make this payment directly to the housing agency, the cost is approximately 110 Euros.
The French government requires foreign students to enroll in social security regardless of any health insurance they already have. This regulation means that while studying in France, BC students are required to maintain their domestic insurance, the GeoBlue insurance purchased through BC and to enroll in French social security. This coverage is required as each individual insurance covers different things. For example, French social security only covers you while you are in France, which means that if you travel outside of France you would not be covered. GeoBlue covers you worldwide for existing conditions as well as repatriation, two things most domestic insurance does not cover. The cost to enroll in French Social Security is 200-220 Euros.
In addition to university-sponsored events, clubs, and sports, you may participate in some activities organized by the
BC resident director. Activities may include museum visits, dance, theater, opera and weekend excursions to the country side. The BC resident director will inform you of your option upon arrival.
To encourage interaction between international students and French students there are educational and social activities planned by this on-campus association