Paris, France

Undergraduate Global Immersion in France

Jouy-en-Josas, France: HEC School of Management

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or French) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

Twenty kilometers south of Paris on a wooded campus, HEC School of Management is located in Jouy-en-Josas at the heart of the European business community. The town provides a welcome retreat from the busier French capital without limiting access to Paris and other parts of France. The community is also home to the Centre for Managerial Research & Studies and is connected to Versailles by railway. Jouy-en-Josas is an ideal place for students to experience the many facets of French culture in both a quaint French town and a major international business and travel hub.

Recognized among the top world's business schools, HEC School of Management offers a unique lifetime experience to those who seek to be accomplished business leaders. With more than 80% of students coming from outside of France, representing over 100 nationalities in classes and teams, the collective quality of ideas, projects, and creative business solutions generated in the program are relevant to the modern world of global business. A full-time student population of over 4500 occupy one of Europe's largest college campuses.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: early September to late December

Spring semester: late January to late May

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 16 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for their semester at HEC and take a total of 26 ECTS credits at HEC to meet the minimum requirements.

Maximum class size is typically around 40 students and taught by highly qualified professors and feature lectures from international business professionals. French language courses are offered for intermediate & advanced level students. A placement test upon arrival is a requirement for participation in language courses and/or for students interested in taking business courses in French.


HEC will assist students with finding accommodations on campus if preferred. The HEC campus has 10 student halls with a total of 813 furnished rooms available, and international students are given priority. However, housing can be limited and students should strictly adhere to all applications deadlines. Students wishing to live off-campus or in Paris may also arrange housing on their own.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,100
Documentation** (passport, visa) $573
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $5,500
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $18,903

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Global Immersion
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CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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