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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Dyson School, Global Learning


IESEG Exchange


Opportunity Description

Study Finance, Marketing, or even Fashion Management in one of France's "Grandes Ecoles" for Business in the heart of Paris' business district

What is unique about this program?

IÉSEG School of Management, or Institut d'Économie Scientifique et de Gestion, is one of the top Business Schools in France, ranked 6th in France and 17th world-wide in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2016 ranking. As a French Grande École and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is part of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. Established in 1964 in Lille, the school has a second campus in Paris at La Défense, Europe's biggest business hub. The mission of IÉSEG is to prepare students to become complete and international managers who initiate change, and contribute to the development of responsible, innovative and enlightened organizations. IESEG currently hosts 4800 students on both campuses, with over 2000 international students.  84% of  faculty members are international. Over 900 exchange students from partner universities come to study at IESEG every year.

What is unique about the location?

IÉSEG is part of the Université Catholique de Lille. The historic campus is located in the city of Lille, the third-biggest student city in France after Paris and Lyon.  In 2008, IÉSEG opened a second campus in the Grande Arche de La Défense, Paris. The Paris campus has 20 amphitheaters, 20 classrooms, 3 multimedia centers, 1 library and rooms for school associations. Paris is the capital, largest city of France and its administrative, business, and cultural center. Paris is a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is also home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.