École supérieure des sciences commerciales d'Angers

École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA)
Motto Créateurs d'avenirs
Future makers
Type Grandes écoles
Established 1909
Affiliation AACSB, EPAS, EQUIS, CGE, FESIC, UNAM (Université Nantes Angers Le Mans)
Dean Catherine Leblanc
Academic staff
116 full-time faculty and 370 adjunct and part-time faculty or international experts
Students 3500 full and part-time students
Location France Angers, Paris, Aix en Provence, Bordeaux, Cholet, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Hungary Budapest, China Shanghai, France
Nickname ESSCA
Website www.essca.fr/en/

École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is one of the top Business Schools in France.

Created in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West on the model of French Grandes Écoles, it was to become, over the course of the twentieth century, a highly selective graduate school in France and Europe. It has been awarded by three international accreditations : EQUIS, AACSB and EPAS, making it one of the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

ESSCA School of Management is considered as one of top fifteenth business schools in France.[1] In 2016 ESSCA has also been ranked #49 in the Master in Management programs worldwide by the Financial Times.

The ESSCA Group conducts its activities by dividing its competencies into fields: logistics and trading strategy, finance/banks, social economics, automotive management, entrepreneurship and European integration. ESSCA has four campuses: ESSCA Angers, ESSCA Paris, ESSCA Budapest and ESSCA Shanghai.


It's a very competitive entrance exam (French: concours) takes place after the Baccalauréat, in contrast to some French graduate schools that recruit their students after two years of preparatory classes. The graduate school relies on this exam to keep its admission rate at no more than 600 students per year.[2]


Founded in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West, ESSCA was preceded by other business schools such as HEC Paris created in 1881 and ESCP Europe, which was the first business school in the world when it was created in 1819.

The school began by offering a two-year degree, which was extended to three years in 1954. In parallel with its change of location in Angers with the campus move to Belle-Beille, ESSCA's programs were extended in 1969 to four years. With its admission to the Conférence des Grandes Écoles in 1977, the school reached the level of older French business schools. It was further validated by the French State's approval of its master's degree in 1980. In 1993, the school opened its Paris and Budapest campuses. Since 1999 the school's masters programs have been completed in five years, aligning the MSc in Management with comparable business schools in France and Europe.[3]

The global expansion of the school started in the 1980s was consolidated by the opening of its Shanghai campus in 2006. At its 100th anniversary in 2009, ESSCA had campuses in Angers, Paris, Budapest and Shanghai.

Accreditations and Memberships

ESSCA received EPAS[4] accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development on 24 April 2006, becoming the first French graduate school to be awarded this international label.[5] In Mai 2014, ESSCA also received AACSB-accreditation[6] and was awarded the EQUIS accreditation in June 2016.[7]

The school grants a Grande École master's degree (MSc in Management), including several options for double-degree arrangements with French and foreign business schools and universities in Economics, International Business and other subjects. ESSCA is also a member "La Conférence des Grandes Ecoles" with all best French business schools.

ESSCA's 4 Campuses


ESSCA’s 17,200 m² building is located on the Belle Beille campus in the centre of a park, and boasts 18 amphitheatres (including one that seats 350), 40 classrooms, one multimedia room, three computer rooms, one 900 m² media library, one meeting area, and offices for students’ associations, professors and tenured academics, as well as meeting rooms.


This campus is located in Boulogne-Billancourt, a city in the Hauts-de-Seine “department” considered a major economic centre in the Paris region. It is part of the Grand Paris Communauté Seine Ouest, which employs 100,000 individuals and is home to many corporate head offices.

Surrounded by gardens and greenery, the building (7,500 m² over eight storeys) is located on the riverbanks of the Seine close to the Pont de Saint-Cloud subway station.

The new premises in Paris intend to promote research and specific study projects, allow for the continued development of the School’s international profile by significantly increasing its capacity to accommodate students from around the world, and add to its educational programmes, in particular in the field of continued education.

Thanks to these new infrastructures, students may now complete the full undergraduate programme (three years) and then continue their specialisation through the Master programme in Paris.

ESSCA has recently opened a business incubator to provide even greater support to its young entrepreneurs. In addition, the “La Maison de l’ESSCA” foundation will welcome all of its preferred partners (businesses, institutions, graduates, etc.).


ESSCA has had a base in Budapest since 1993 and is the only French Business School in Hungary granting a degree accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. ESSCA Budapest has welcomed and educated close to 1,000 students from Hungary and Central Europe, along with students from around the world. Most of them now hold senior positions in commercial and management fields

The seven storey building built in 2007 in the heart of the city, along the Danube: the "Studium". ESSCA Grande Ecole Students may spend one or two semesters at ESSCA Budapest.


ESSCA is particularly invested in its relation with China. After having signed various cooperation agreements with such prestigious universities as Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, Tong Ji University in Shanghai, Hong Kong Baptist University, Macau University and Macau University of Science and Technology, ESSCA opened an office in Shanghai in 2006 together with its associate partner ESAI.

The centre has two objectives:

- To inform and recruit degree-seeking students from China into ESSCA various programmes

- To offer students from ESSCA and partner universities in Southeast Asia, more particularly, classes in English in economics and trade in China, as well as Chinese language classes

International Relations

The school has partnerships with 198 universities and business schools in more than 50 countries, such as McGill University, Australian National University, Sophia University, Boston University and Saint Mary's University . It currently has 19 double-degree programs which offer students the opportunity to obtain the degree of the partner university.[8]

ESSCA organises specific welcome activities and weekends for all international students at each of the four campuses. Before arrival, staff and tutors are in contact via email and at the beginning of a new semester, orientations days are organized to help the international students get to know the school, settle into their accommodation and into student life. Throughout the year, staff are on-hand to help with all kind of issues and student associations organise activities specifically for the international students to help them integrate with the local students, and to get to know the city and the local environment.

Degree-Seeking Students

Incoming international students may study as either a degree-seeking student or as an exchange student. Degree-seeking students can choose to study in either French or English. Applicants in their final year of secondary school can apply for entry in the first year of the ESSCA "Grande Ecole Master programme" taught in French. Applicants with a first degree of Bachelor level can apply for entry into the last two years of the ESSCA "Grande École Master programme". Accredited both by the French Education Ministry and by EPAS, the EFMD programme accreditation programme, it offers a broad range of specialisations, for example, Banking and Finance, Management Accounting, Customer Relationship Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management of Automotive Networks and several others.

Those wishing to study in English can choose one of the following programmes

- Master programme – Major in International Business

- Master of China-Europe Business Studies

- Master programme – Major in Consumer Goods Marketing

- Master programme – Major in Entrepreneurship

Exchange Students

Exchange students have a wide choice of courses in Angers, Paris, Budapest and Shanghai both in the Fall and Spring semesters and Summer programmes in English. Students wishing to study in French should come to Angers.


Undergraduate Business programmes

- 1st and 2nd Years in French (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- 3rd Year core curriculum in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Graduate Business programmes

- Master in Management in French (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Master in International Business in English (Fall Semester)

- Master in Consumer Goods Marketing (Fall Semester)

- Master in Entrepreneurship (Fall Semester)

- Angers Summer Programme in English (mid-June to mid-July)


Undergraduate Business programmes

- 3rd Year core curriculum in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Graduate Business programmes

- Master’s in Finance in English (Spring Semester)

- Paris Summer programme in English


- Undergraduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Graduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Budapest Summer Programme in English (May)

- Budapest Summer Programme in English (June)


- Undergraduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Graduate Business programme in English (Fall/Spring Semesters)

- Shanghai Summer programme

NB: A limited number of places for exchange students is offered.

Summer Programmes

ESSCA aims to offer short programmes for students looking to widen their horizons and gain academic credit. The summer programmes on each of campus last for four or five weeks.

Angers Summer Programme

The 4-week Angers Summer Programme is open to all ESSCA’s exchange partners. It begins with three weeks in the Loire valley city of Angers, then moves to Brussels for several days, with the final week in Paris. The programme offers an opportunity to be part of a multi-cultural student group, learn about Europe and gain credit.

The programme is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It is specially designed for students of business and management, political sciences and international relations but applications submitted by students from other disciplines may also be considered. The programme is taught entirely in English, non-native-speaker applicants should therefore be sure to communicate in English without problems.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Programme dates: 11 June to 10 July 2014

Paris Summer Programme

The four-week Paris Summer Programme offers two course pairings:

Teaching is carried out by the regular ESSCA research staff and adjunct professors with the possibility of guest speakers and outings.

Cultural events will also be offered during the 4 weeks. Instruction is in English and participants will be expected to speak and write in English on an academic level.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Programme dates: 23 June to 19 July 2014

Budapest Summer Programme

This intensive 4 week programme takes place the last week of June to the third week of July. The programme is open to graduate students only. Company visits are associated with specific courses.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Shanghai Summer Programme

The programme comprises 5 weeks in June and July to discover and understand China with ESAI, ESSCA’s Graduate School of Management associate School in Shanghai. Taught entirely in English.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

See also


Coordinates: 47°28′38″N 0°36′2″W / 47.47722°N 0.60056°W / 47.47722; -0.60056

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