École supérieure des sciences commerciales d'Angers

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École supérieure des sciences commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA)
Logo Essca.jpg
Motto La Grande École directement.
Established 1909
Type Grandes écoles
Dean Catherine Leblanc
Academic staff 64
Students 1,650
Location France Angers, France
Campus Angers, Paris, Budapest, Shanghai
Nickname ESSCA
Website www.essca.fr

École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is one of the top twenty business schools in France.[1][2] Created in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West on the model of French Grandes Écoles, it was to become, over the course of the twentieth century, a highly selective graduate school in France and Europe.

The ESSCA Group conducts its activities by dividing its competencies into fields of excellence: logistics and trading strategy, finance/banks, social economics, automotive management, entrepreneurship and European integration. A variety of Masters programmes, continued education programmes, research projects and advisory programmes contribute to the breadth of ESSCA’s scope of activities. In order to deliver these fields in the most open-minded, multicultural and international manner, ESSCA has four campuses: ESSCA Angers, ESSCA Paris, ESSCA Budapest and ESSCA Shanghai.


Its competitive entrance exam (French: concours) takes place after the Baccalauréat, in contrast to some French graduate schools that recruit their students after two years of preparatory classes. The graduate school relies on this exam to keep its admission rate at no more than 500 students per year.[3]


Founded in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West, ESSCA was preceded by other business schools such as HEC Paris created in 1881 and ESCP Europe, which was the first business school in the world when it was created in 1819.

The school began by offering a two-year degree, which was extended to three years in 1954. In parallel with its change of location in Angers with the campus move to Belle-Beille, ESSCA's programs were extended in 1969 to four years. With its admission to the Conférence des Grandes Écoles in 1977, the school reached the level of older French business schools. It was further validated by the French State's approval of its masters degree in 1980. In 1993, the school opened its Paris and Budapest campuses. Since 1999 the school's masters programs have been completed in five years, aligning the MSc in Management with comparable business schools in France and Europe.[4]

The global expansion of the school started in the 1980s was consolidated by the opening of its Shanghai campus in 2006. At its 100th anniversary in 2009, ESSCA had campuses in Angers, Paris, Budapest and Shanghai.

Accreditations and Memberships[edit]

ESSCA received EPAS[5] accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development on 24 April 2006, becoming the first French graduate school to be awarded this international label.[6] ESSCA is a member of AACSB [7] and will undergo an accreditation review visit in late January 2014 who will assess the school’s ability to provide quality programs.

The school grants a Grande École Masters degree (MSc in Management), including several options for double-degree arrangements with French and foreign business schools and universities in Economics, International Business and other subjects.

ESSCA's Mission[edit]

ESSCA equips students and managers for a successful and sustainable career while taking fully into account the human and social dimensions of a globalized world. This is achieved through high level academic and professional management programs, developed by research-active faculty, a strong student mentoring system and respect for the traditional humanist values on which the school was founded.

ESSCA's 4 Campuses[edit]

Thanks to the spread of its activities, networks and presence amongst several national and international bodies, ESSCA has created environments which nurture its mission.


Set in the heart of the Loire Valley in ((Angers)), ESSCA enjoys a typically French location. As the 16th largest city in France, Angers is abundant with art, culture, history and an excellent student life. Just 90 minutes from Paris and 4 hours from Lille and Lyon by direct TGV, at the intersection of the Nantes-Paris and Nantes-Tours-Lyon autoroutes, Angers has opened its doors to Europe.

Anjou-Loire’s green cluster, with its worldwide focus, brings together the region’s traditional industries in the fields of horticulture, arboriculture, viticulture, and seeds. In addition, Angers is home to one of the world's most famous liqueurs, Cointreau.

ESSCA’s 17,200 m² building is located on the Belle Beille campus in the centre of a park, and boasts 18 amphitheatres (including one that seats 350), 40 classrooms, one multimedia room, three computer rooms, one 900 m² media library, one meeting area, and offices for students’ associations, professors and tenured academics, as well as meeting rooms.


Located in France's capital, ESSCA Paris is based in the Hauts-de-Seine "department" which considered a major economic centre in the Paris region. It is part of the Grand Paris Communauté Seine Ouest, which employs 100,000 individuals and is home to many corporate head offices.

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

Thanks to these new infrastructures, students may now complete the full undergraduate programme (three years) and then continue their specialisation through the Master programme in Paris.


ESSCA has had a base in Budapest since 1993 and is the only French Business School in Hungary granting a degree accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. ESSCA Budapest has welcomed and educated close to 1,000 students from Hungary and Central Europe, along with students from around the world. Most of them now hold senior positions in commercial and management fields

With more than 2 million inhabitants and 10,000 companies, Hungary’s capital is influential throughout Central Europe, a region of significant economic growth. The seven storey building built in 2007 in the heart of the city, along the Danube: the "Studium". ESSCA Grande Ecole Students may spend one or two semesters at ESSCA Budapest.


ESSCA is particularly invested in its relation with China. After having signed various cooperation agreements with such prestigious universities as Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, Tong Ji University in Shanghai, Hong Kong Baptist University, Macau University and Macau University of Science and Technology, ESSCA opened an office in Shanghai in 2006 together with its associate partner ESAI.

The centre has two objectives:

- To inform and recruit degree-seeking students from China into ESSCA various programmes

- To offer students from ESSCA and partner universities in Southeast Asia, more particularly, classes in English in economics and trade in China, as well as Chinese language classes

International Relations[edit]

The school has partnerships with 168 universities and business schools in almost 50 countries, such as McGill University, Sophia University, Boston University and Saint Mary's University. It currently has eight double-degree programs which offer students the opportunity to obtain the degree of the partner university.[8]

ESSCA orgainises specific welcome activities and weekends for all international students at each of the four campuses. Before arrival, staff and tutors are in contact via email and at the beginning of a new semester, orientations days are organized to help the international students get to know the school, settle into their accommodation and into student life. Throughout the year, staff are on-hand to help with all kind of issues and student associations organise activities specifically for the international students to help them integrate with the local students, and to get to know the city and the local environment.

Degree-Seeking Students[edit]

Incoming international students may study as either a degree-seeking student or as an exchange student. Degree-seeking students can choose to study in either French or English. Applicants in their final year of secondary school can apply for entry in the first year of the ESSCA "Grande Ecole Master programme" taught in French. Applicants with a first degree of Bachelor level can apply for entry into the last two years of the ESSCA "Grande École Master programme". Accredited both by the French Education Ministry and by EPAS, the EFMD programme accreditation programme, it offers a broad range of specialisations, for example, Banking and Finance, Management Accounting, Customer Relationship Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management of Automotive Networks and several others.

Those wishing to study in English can choose one of the following programmes

- Master programme – Major in International Business

- Master of China-Europe Business Studies

- Master programme – Major in Consumer Goods Marketing

- Master programme – Major in Entrepreneurship

Exchange Students[edit]

Exchange students have a wide choice of courses in Angers, Paris, Budapest and Shanghai both in the Fall and Spring semesters and Summer programmes in English. Students wishing to study in French should come to Angers.


Undergraduate Business programmes

- 1st and 2nd Years in French (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- 3rd Year core curriculum in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Graduate Business programmes

- Master in Management in French (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Master in International Business in English (Fall Semester)

- Master in Consumer Goods Marketing (Fall Semester)

- Master in Entrepreneurship (Fall Semester)

- Angers Summer Programme in English (mid-June to mid-July)


- Undergraduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Graduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Budapest Summer Programme in English (May)

- Budapest Summer Programme in English (June)


- Undergraduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Graduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Shanghai Summer programme

NB: A limited number of places for exchange students is offered.


- Summer programme

Summer Programmes[edit]

ESSCA aims to offer short programmes for students looking to widen their horizons and gain academic credit. The summer programmes on each of campus last for four or five weeks.

Angers Summer Programme[edit]

The 4-week Angers Summer Programme is open to all ESSCA’s exchange partners. It begins with three weeks in the Loire valley city of Angers, then moves to Brussels for several days, with the final week in Paris. The programme offers an opportunity to be part of a multi-cultural student group, learn about Europe and gain credit.

The programme is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It is specially designed for students of business and management, political sciences and international relations but applications submitted by students from other disciplines may also be considered. The programme is taught entirely in English, non-native-speaker applicants should therefore be sure to communicate in English without problems.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Programme dates: 11 June to 10 July 2014

Paris Summer Programme[edit]

The four-week Paris Summer Programme offers two course pairings:

International Business and International Marketing or Economic Intelligence & Strategy and International Finance in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Combining course instruction, corporate visits and cultural activities, the course is open to undergraduate students from anywhere in the world and successful participants are awarded ECTS credits. Teaching is carried out by the regular ESSCA research staff and adjunct professors with the possibility of guest speakers and outings.

Cultural events will also be offered during the 4 weeks. Instruction is in English and participants will be expected to speak and write in English on an academic level.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Programme dates: 23 June to 19 July, 2014

Budapest Summer Programme[edit]

Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, the biggest enlargement ever of the Union since the creation of the European Economic Community in 1957. The Summer Programme in Budapest allows participants to come and discover the changes happening in one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.

This intensive 4 week programme takes place the last week of June to the third week of July. The programme is open to graduate students only. Company visits are associated with specific courses.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Shanghai Summer Programme[edit]

The programme comprises 5 weeks in June and July to discover and understand China with ESAI, ESSCA’s Graduate School of Management associate School in Shanghai. Taught entirely in English, the programme offers an excellent introduction to contemporary China and to the essential aspects of doing business there. It also provides a first-hand initiation into the essential aspects of doing business in China and its interaction with other important regions in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to gain academic credit and experience of Chinese culture through a variety of courses and activities. A limited number of places for exchange students is offered.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

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Coordinates: 47°28′38″N 0°36′2″W / 47.47722°N 0.60056°W / 47.47722; -0.60056