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Paris, France (Exchange Program)
Ecole Supérieure Du Commerce Extérieur (ESCE)
ESCE's location and strong academic program offer a first-rate study abroad experience. Founded in 1968, ESCE is a university that has developed a focus on diverse business courses and marked internationalization. This combination of challenging business courses and the emphasis on internationalization provides a perfect opportunity for College of Business majors at Loyola looking to study abroad.
To view the listing of classes that are available at ESCE, please, follow this link to the ESCE 2014_2015 courses catalogue.pdf Exchange students at this university must be enrolled full-time and, typically, will enroll in at least six courses at ESCE. To be considered full-time, students must take 30 ECTS credits, which typically transfer to Loyola as 15 credits.
The exchange program with ESCE is only open to Loyola students enrolled in the Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business. Courses of study include:
Students who study at ESCE for a full academic year may participate in the school's internship program during the second semester. Internship participants are placed at a business in Paris. The internship is an integral part of the ESCE curriculum and is subject to evaluation. The internship is reflected on students' transcripts.
Internships take the place of a student's full course load for the semester. The internship class consists in a practical work placement with approximately 35-40 hours per week. The internships are paid, and the exact amount of the compensation varies according to the placement. The minimum amount a student will receive is 300 Euros per month.
The LocationESCE is ideally located in La Défense, a major business district just west of Paris. As a result, the campus is close to the head offices of large French and international business firms. Located in the immediate surroundings of the Paris city limits, this economically vibrant area is recognized as the largest business center in Europe.
All of central Paris is easily accessible from La Défense by means of the Paris public transportation system (RATP, including Métro, RER, and bus system). This prime location allows students to take advantage of the abundance of cultural events and historical sights that Paris has to offer.
Over 30 nationalities of students are represented at ESCE providing Loyola students with a truly international and culturally enriching experience.
ESCE has partnerships with residences located less than five minutes from campus. Most of the rooms offered are one-person studios with individual washrooms and kitchenettes. There are banks, a grocery store, a pharmacy, some traditional French bakeries, restaurants, movie theatres and a large shopping center located near the residences. The Métro and train stations are also located within walking distance from residences. Reservations for housing must be submitted to the ESCE International Relations Department and the contracts offered are for fixed durations.
There are a number of student associations which Loyola exchange students may join, including a number of sports clubs and social organizations.
The ESCE campus has two cafeterias, a coffee shop, a university sports facility, and a library in addition to several other amenities. For more information, please visit the ESCE website.
To ApplyFor more information and to begin the application process for the semester or yearlong exchange program, please make an appointment for advising with the Center for International Education.