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  • Locations: Jouy-en-Josas (Greater Paris), France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English & Foreign Language, English Only, French Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Eligible Populations: UG Junior, UG Second Semester Sophomore, UG Senior Housing Options: Independent Living, Residence Hall
Academic Highlights: Business Internship Available: No
Program Scholarship: No Service Learning Available: No
Program Advisor: Lauren Chow
Program Description:

Program Snapshot


Direct Enroll for a semester in the Master of Science program at HEC School of Management in Jouy-en-Josas, France!

Study Accounting, Finance, Financial Economics, International Business, French language and Culture, and Sustainable Development in English or French alongside 4,000 French and International students. 

While attending HEC Paris, exchange students have the opportunity to participate in career workshops and recruitment events throughout the academic year. 

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September - December

Spring semester: February - June

Orientation: The International Office at HEC Paris offers a two-day mandatory orientation program for incoming international students prior to the start of the academic program.  During this week exchange students will have an opportunity to meet internatinoal and exchange students through on-campus activities, learn about the HEC Paris campus, receive practical information relating to course and housing registration, and enjoy a welcome lunch with professors, staff, and the Associate Dean of HEC Grande Ecole.


Additional Eligibility Requirements

Completion of foundation business courses.

If you intend on taking your courses in French, you must be fluent in both spoken and written French.


Academics at HEC

Where You'll Study

Exchange students will study in the Masters of Science in Management Program at the HEC School of Mangement in Jouy-en-Josas, France. 

Speaking French is not a prerequisite to participate in the HEC exchange program.  Students can take core or elective courses and skills courses that are taught in English and French. 

Over the course of a semester, students can complete courses within the Core Curriculum, the Skills Curriculum, and the Elective Curriculum.   The Academic year is divided into 4 terms, B1, B2, B3, and B4.  The fall semester is divided in two terms: B1 and B2, and the spring semester is divided into 2 terms B4 and B5.  Students can also participate in Skills Seminars (Behavioral Seminars) or weekend courses, which meet sporadically over a short period of time or for the duration of two consecutive weekends.  This schedule provides students with a range of options and flexibility in creating a plan of study for their semseter abroad at HEC.  It is imperative, however, that students set up their schedules with their Babson curriculum in mind to effectively utilize HEC's multi-term semester and weekend course options.

What You'll Learn

Students will have the opportunity to study a variety of disciplines like Fiscality and Law, Finance and Economics, Strategy and Management, Marketing, Accounting and Management Control, Operations Mangaement and Information Technology, Decision Science and Information System, management and Human Resources, and French Language and Culture. 

HEC offers students the opportunity to take courses that will fulfill Upper Management elective requirements as well as concentration requirements.  Please check with your concentration coordinator to ensure that the courses you intend on taking abroad will be accepted toward your concentration. 

The above stated disciplines are taught most semesters at HEC Paris.  Depending on the semester and year of attendance, the course list may vary.  A few Advanced Liberal Arts Courses have been offered for exchange students, but it is not guarenteed that Advanced Liberal Arts courses will be offered the semester you attend HEC School of Management.  If a student must complete their Intermediate or Advanced LIberal Arts courses during the semester they plan to be abroad, it is not advised to attend HEC School of Management.


Academic Culture

Classes are generally given through lectures with focus on individual participation and group work in the form of case-studies and projects.  Typically, classes range in size from 40 - 55 students.

Students who attend the HEC Paris program will have the opportunity to learn inside the classroom as well as outside of the classroom.  40% of the student body at HEC Paris are international.  Each year the exchange program at HEC welcomes around 300 students from 80 partner univerisities and business schools in 38 countries on all 5 continents.  Learning from your faculty members, your peers, and visiting executives will keep you engaged for the duration of your studies at HEC Paris.


Course Load

Students will take between 25 ECTS credits and 30 ECTS credits per semester, which typically translates into 8 - 10 courses per semester.  Students typically take courses in the Core curriculum, in the Elective curriculum, and in the Skills curriculum.

The Add/Drop policy at HEC Paris allows students to switch courses between the first lecture and the second lecture only.  Students must notify the Exchange Coordinator of an intended switch in courses before the 2nd lecture, as it is not permitted to drop a course after the beginning of the second lecture.



Students are graded based on class participation, oral presentations, written exams/essays/projects or group reports.  A mid term exam and a final exam are given for each course.  Failure to attend a mid-term or final exam will result in default, which means that the credits will not be awarded for the course regarless of grades in other evaluation methods.  Class attendance is mandatory.  Any absense must be justified to the professor and the exchange coordinator.


Life at HEC 

Living Arrangements

Students live in single rooms in one of 10 Residence Halls on campus.  Students share shower and sink  facitlities with one other person.  Toilet facilities are shared by all members of the hall.  Rent for the Residence Hall includes breakfast and weekly housekeeping.    

It is possible for students to live off campus, however, it is not advised.   


Student Life

Exchange students can participate in associations and sports activities on campus.  The International Student Association is a student-run association whose purpose is to bring French and internatinoal students together through events such as Welcome week, Discover France weekends, and various on and off campus activities.

Students pay a minimal fee to participate in sports activities on campus. 


Living in Jouy-en-Josas

Jouy-en-Josas is situated four kilometres to the south east of Versailles, and 19 kilometres to the south west of Paris, right in the middle of the valley of the Bievre river.  A small town with nearly eight thousand inhabitants, half of Jouy-en-Josas is covered by forest.

Jouy-en-Josas is served by two stations on Paris RER line C.  While travel to the city of Paris is accessible, travel times can vary from 60 to 90 minutes door to door depending on time of day and day of the week.

Cost of Attendance