Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur (ESCE)

ESCE International Business School is a private business school founded in 1968,  situated in the heart of Paris, steps away from the Eiffel Tower.

It offers high quality international business programmes and it's Master’s degree accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and of Research, placing itself in the top five amongst the post-baccalaureate business schools in France.

ESCE is member of Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and recognized as Grande Ecole in France. In 2015 ESCE was EPAS accredited.

ESCE shares the building and facilities with another Regent's Partner University - EBS Paris.


Campus facilities


Wireless connection is available on campus and students can connect your laptops or your smartphones.

Students have access to the learning centre which offers an access to many resources on line:


ESCE students have access to various libraries in Paris:

BNF, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 75013.

Annual card : 20€ per student

- BPI Beaubourg, 75004

One of the biggest library in Paris with free access to students. Open from 12PM to 10PM except Tuesdays.

- Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, 75005

Library encyclopaedic and intervarsity. Free access after mandatory subscription.

- Le Centre de Documentation de la Documentation Française, 75007

Free access

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

There are a number of student associations like Buddy, Café des Langues, International Clubs Discovery or Event in which you are inviting to join and participate to make your integration with local students easier Cost per semester: 70€ (prices are subject to change).

It is a part of Business School tradition in France that the student associations organise all the social functions and extra-curriculum activities to bring the student population together and the Student Council called the “Bureau des élèves (BDE)” plays a vital role in the planning of these activities. 

The Student Council is elected each year by the students and represents the different school associations such as sports, International or Erasmus, Music, …etc.

There are a number of student associations in which you are able to join, including a number of sports associations at ESCE and at the Pôle Universitaire. Please consult with the BDE (Student Union Office).

You have different options around campus.

Forest Hill Aquaboulevard,4 rue Louis Armand

01 53 78 10 90

Front de Seine, 44 Rue Emeriau

01 45 78 88 00

Squash Front de Seine, 22 Rue du Théâtre

01 45 78 88 00

Salle de fitness Neoness (gym), 18 Rue Juge

01 80 48 02 88

Piscine Keller (swimming pool), 14 Rue de l'Ingénieur Robert Keller

01 45 71 81 00

There is an on-campus cafeteria and students have access to 15 “Restaurants Universitaires” around Paris:

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: Late August - Mid December

Spring Semester: End of January - Mid June


Compulsory induction week : Your attendance is required for the Introduction days held prior to class start dates for each semester.

Academic life

The minimum language requirement for French SPA at ESCE is B2.

Despite the small size of the university, students are expected to be independent

The teaching method in France is predominantly done through lectures. However at private universities teaching methods also include smaller groups such as seminars.

In general the academic year runs from September to June.

The Grading System in France ranges from 0 to 20 with 0 being the lowest and 20 being the highest. 10 - 12 is considered to be a pass mark with further details outlined below:

10-12 Passable, 12-14 Assez-Bien, 14-16 Bien, 16-20 Très Bien. Highest : 20, Pass : 10, Lowest : 0.

Please note: Attendance is mandatory for all classes. All students in the program must be present in class at all times and at all assessments. Attendance is checked and may have an impact on the overall grades of the students. Absences must be justified with the medical evidence.

Each course will include a final examination either in the form of written examination or in the form of an oral presentation. Students must successfully complete the final examination in order to complete the course.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at ESCE.


Located at La Défense, near the CNIT (National Center for Industry and Technology) and the Grande Arche, the university complex is close to the head offices of the largest French and international business firms. The Department of the Hauts-de-Seine, an economically vibrant area, is also home to 27,000 small and medium sized businesses, hence recognised as one of the largest business centres in Europe.

Through its business partnerships, ESCE benefits from favourable conditions apt to reinforce its ties with the corporate environment to achieve its goal of providing its graduates with the best internships and employment possibilities.

La Defense itself is a huge business and economic area - a city itself - composed of office buildings, a big shopping center, restaurants, snack bars, cinemas, etc…, providing everything a student may require.

Living in Paris
Students must be aware that Paris is an expensive city and should allow approximately at least £700 a month for general living costs and accommodation.


ESCE can help you find a room in the halls of residence if you fill in the relevant application forms. Please note however that they cannot guarantee you a place. You can find more information on the ESCE web site, in La Vie étudiante; Sevices section or on the web site of the periodical Particulier a particulier for private flats adverts:

As a student you can receive the Caisse d'Allocation Familiale (CAF) subsidies for your rent provided you have a French current account. ESCE will help you open a current account on your first day of arrival.

ESCE has a special relationship with one of the student residences near the school building. To simplify requests of studios at Pythagore, ESCE decided to be the financial guarantor of all international students staying there. If you choose to stay at this residence building, you are required to complete the accommodation request form  provided to you by ESCE International Office before the deadline.

Name of the Residence: Pythagore Grande Arche
54 Avenue Puvis de Chavannes
92400 Courbevoie
Telephone: +33 (0)1 49 97 07 07
Fax: +33 (0)1 46 67 70 20

About Pythagore Residence
The building is where most young professionals on internships or regular students stay during their work placements or study programs in La Défense or the area. It is a residential building and not a hotel.It is located about 7 minutes walk from the ESCE school building. There are a few Banks,a grocery store, a pharmacy, some traditional French bakeries, some restaurants,movie theatres and a large shopping centre located near the residence. The Metro,RER and train stations are also located within walking distance from the Residence.

Internet Access/WIFI Wireless connection
The Residence rooms do have high speed internet connection free of charge but does not have wireless connection. You will need your own laptop, Ethernet card and a cable equivalent to RJ45 to connect onto the system. Please note that there is only one internet outlet hence, each roommate will have to use the connection one at a time.

Phone connection (land/fixed line)
A phone connection is available inside your Residence studio. You will need to open the phone line at the Residence reception for a charge of 1€. After opening the phone line, all incoming calls are free but for all outgoing calls, you must make a minimum of 5 euros.

International Phone cards
You are able to buy international phone cards at the nearby grocery store (store called Monoprix) for about 7.50€ to call home from your Residence room. You will still need to make a minimum deposit of 5€ to use the Residence phone line.

Host families option

ATOME: Atome is the society offering housing in families.
Away from home, you wish to enhance the value of a linguistic stay while living in a warm and familiar environment. A trustful link between students and families, ATOME will set up your accommodation with a host family in Paris. A quality service and a strict selection of host families are provided according to rigorous standards. Please, read carefully the agreement charter. Should you wish to choose this type of accommodation, please contact Marta Vazquez ( ) at the international relations office. She will guide you through the different steps of the registration.

Information regarding accomodation in Paris can also be found on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.

Cost of living

ESCE suggests the following estimated costs for a typical student in Paris:

Housing: Minimum 700 €/ per month + utilities (varies on location & size of housing)

Entertainment: (movies, clubbing, restaurants, etc…) 100 €/ per month (will vary on your personal spending habits)

Food: (groceries) 200 €/per month (will vary)

Transportation: 60 € - 68 €/ per month (within Paris only)

Miscellaneous: 100 €/per month (varies on your personal spending habits)

Social Security for Non-EU Students: 200€


Students who have been nominated to study at ESCE will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a visa to study in France. All other nationalities need a visa and should contract the French consulate, 21 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EN, Tel: 020 7073 1200, Fax: 020 7073 1201, Website:

A resident permit “carte de séjour” is required for anyone planning to stay in France for more than three months. When foreign students (outside the European Economic Area) arrive in France, they must be in possession of a D "Etudiant" visa (extended studies visa) with the written indication "carte de séjour à solliciter dès l'arrivée en France" (residence permit to be requested immediately on arrival in France) which is issued by the French Embassy in their home country. Any other visas (e.g. tourist short stay visa ) do not allow foreigners to stay in France for more than 3 months.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: France
Language of tuition: English,French
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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