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  • Locations: Jouy-en-Josas (Greater Paris), France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2022 02/15/2022 03/01/2022 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English & Foreign Language, English Only Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: No Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.80
Eligible Populations: Second Year MBA Housing Options: Independent Living
Maximum Credits Offered: 14 Academic Highlights: Business
Program Scholarship: No Program Advisor: Kaela Conroy
Program Description:

Program Snapshot: HEC MBA


  • Review the HEC Fact Sheet
  • Immerse yourself in French culture while taking coursework in English during the elective phase of HEC's MBA program.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall: Early September through late December
  • Spring: Mid-April through mid-July

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • It is highly recommended for exchange participants to have at least 2 years work experience.

Academics at HEC MBA

Studying at HEC MBA
The HEC MBA Program is a 16-month generalist program, with a Core Phase and a Personalized Phase. Exchange students enter the program in the Personalized Phase, and take electives in this period with full-time students.

What You’ll Learn
Course offerings at HEC generally include electives in the following areas:

- Entrepreneurship
- Finance
- Marketing
- Management
- Strategy

Career Services
Exchange participants are welcome to benefit from Career Services that are almost identical to those provided to full-time students. Career Services offerings for Exchange participants include the following:

- CV help desk
- Cover letter workshop
- Recruitment Presentations
- On-campus interviews
- Informational events
- Skills workshops
- Access to Alumni network on payment of membership fee
- Campus forums
- Access to Careers intranet containing advice, company information and job
- Access to career staff for counseling on appointment

English is the primary language of the MBA program, and 90 percent of the courses are offered in English. Management electives are also offered in French for students with a mastery of the language.  No French is required to attend the program. However, students will gain more from the exchange experience with at least an intermediate level of French before joining the program.

Academic Culture
Class format: Case studies, discussions, management simulation, student projects, lectures.

Attendance is strongly expected from all participants. This rule applies to all fundamental courses, electives, seminars, conferences, and CMC events. Attendance is also important for career presentations and lectures given by guest speakers as participants represent the professional reputation of the HEC MBA in these events.

Course Information

Fall Term
You can follow one among the 5 Specializations offered:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Leadership in Global Organization
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

Study Load
Each Specialization includes 7 compulsory courses (including a “backbone course”)
144 contact hours/24 ECTS = 12 Babson Credits

Course Enrollment
Participants will have to fill in an application form with their 2 top choices of Specializations with an updated CV by the end of May.  The selection will be held by the track managers, and the final results will be announced by mid-June.  Then participants will be automatically enrolled into the 7 compulsory courses of the Specialization.

Spring Term

Study Load
8 electives equivalent to 144 contact hours/24 ECTS = 12 Babson credits
Elective courses are worth 3 credits = 18 contact hours.

Course Enrollment
MBA elective course choices are published approximately two months prior to the period start.


HEC MBA Grading Scale (ECTS norm):
A: Excellent (4)
B: Very Good (3.5)
C: Good (3)
D: Satisfactory (2.5)
FX: Unsatisfactory
F: Very Unsatisfactory or Incomplete
Notes: FX and F are failing grades. There is no + or –. In the case of a re-take, E (2) is the only passing grade that can be awarded.


Life at HEC MBA

Student Life
HEC MBA students share facilities with the HEC-wide campus. These facilities include:
• Library includes 60 000 books and 736 journals, CDs, PCs, etc
• Trading room
• 7 open-access computer rooms, 1200 networked PCs throughout the campus
• 3 language laboratories and a linguistic resource center
• 1600 m² sports hall (tennis, basketball, hand-ball, volleyball, badminton and climbing wall)
• 8000 m² of outdoor fields with 2 soccer pitches (1 hard surface and 1 turf) and 1 rugby pitch
• Athletic track
• 2 business bookshops

Living Arrangements
Fall term/Winter term:
due to the high demand for a limited number of rooms on campus, graduate exchange participants will not be housed on campus. Help will be provided to assist participants in finding rooms before arrival. Information about off-campus housing options and costs is available on request.

Spring term: a limited number of rooms could be available on campus to the MBA residence “Expansiel”. Please contact our Admission Office at

It is recommended that all incoming exchange students consult with former exchange students to sufficiently evaluate means of transportation and determine a preferred location of residence before arrival.

Living in Jouy-en-Josas
The HEC Paris MBA Program is located on 300-acre wooded campus in Jouy-en-Josas, approximately 12 miles (20 kms) southwest of Paris, where the culture, history, and charm of the French capital are easily accessible. There is regular public bus and train transportation to Paris for students who wish to commute to the city.

Cost of Attendance