Educating students for careers in a globalized world is central to ESSCA’s mission. Thanks to a mandatory international semester – study or internship – during the 3rd year and the possibility of further study or internships abroad at master level, all ESSCA students are given the opportunity to develop their language and intercultural skills, while gaining credits for transfer to their ESSCA degree.
ESSCA’s 206 plus partner network is crucial to this objective. All student mobility with partner universities is on an exchange basis and incoming international students in France have the choice of studying in French or in English. ESSCA also runs programs in Budapest and Shanghai, both for ESSCA and international students and here teaching is in English. Each year some 500 ESSCA students participate in the exchange programmes with these partners, studying either for one semester or a year. In turn, ESSCA welcomes a similar number in its programmes in Angers, Paris, Budapest or Shanghai.
DOUBLE-DEGREE: ESSCA students have the opportunity to obtain the degree of the partner university at the following universities
The implementation of ESSCA’s international strategy is largely the responsibility of ESSCA’s International Relations Office, a team of 8 in Angers and 1 in Paris, who work in close collaboration with the Associate Dean for China and colleagues in Shanghai and Budapest. The main areas of responsibility are:
- Development of the partner university network
- Organization of student exchanges within the partner network
- Development of double degree agreements
- Coordination with colleagues in Budapest and Shanghai for student and faculty mobility
- In cooperation with the dean and academic departments, promotion and organization of faculty and administrative staff mobility and research cooperation
- International student recruitment
- International student support
- Organization of tailored programs for partners
- Organization of summer programmes
Teaching staff exchanges with partner universities and a growing number of full-time international Faculty are also important to the development of the international dimension of the ESSCA programs and its international research. Both short and long-term visiting faculty positions are offered with, as a result, over 50 foreign lecturers teaching in the programs in France each year and international and ESSCA permanent faculty teaching in Budapest and Shanghai.