Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) is a business exchange program open to majors and minors of the LeBow College of Business as well as students wishing to focus their study abroad on business coursework. Students study in Paris, taking courses at ESCE, one of the top French business schools. This program immerses Drexel students completely into French education and culture as they take classes with local French and international students. Many courses at ESCE are offered in English.
The ESCE Exchange also allows students to find a co-op position while in Paris. Students must have already completed one co-op to qualify. As normal, co-ops in France are not guaranteed.
Drexel students can choose from a wide range of business subjects and classes offered in French and in English. Students should consider advancing their French skills by taking additional language classes prior to studying abroad.
* All students are required by ESCE to take a French language course based on a pre-departure online placement test. The French languages courses are worth 4 ECTS credits and can be found in the ESCE course catelog.
ESCE Course EquivalentsThis is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at ESCE before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Course Approvals: Courses in the catelog that have not been pre-approved will need approval by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a marketing course for Drexel credit, the Marketing Department must pre-approve the course and its equivalent.
Credits and Grading: Students are taught and graded by local faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above. Students must take a course load that fits within the full time credit range of both their host university (varies) and Drexel (12 – 20 credits). Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.
Arrival: Early September
Departure: Late December
ESCE campus is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, just a few metres away from the Bir Hakeim and Dupleix metro stops. It is situated in the heart of Paris, within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, in a living quarter comprising more than 22,000 companies. The campus is an international meeting point and ideal setting to pursue ESCE's mission of training young adults in international business.
Housing: ESCE has partnerships with residences located in the surrounding areas, which sometimes require a short commute on the metro or bus system. Most of the rooms are one person studios with individual bathrooms and kitchenettes. Reservations must be made with the International Relations Department and the contracts offered are for fixed durations.
Students can take advantage of sports facilities thanks to a partnership with Forest Hill Aqua boulevard, the largest water park in Europe and sports center. It also includes a fitness center with modern and sophisticated equipment, offering fitness and dance classes.
Visa: All student are required to obtain a visa for study in France. Visit the CampusFrance website to create an account and begin the visa application process.
Cost & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. For additional program cost and budget information, please review the Budget Sheet linked above. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.