France is not only a prolific country to pursue higher education due to its cultural and culinary delights but is actually one of the best places to do business.
Thanks to the Bologna process agreement, French universities offer a variety of programs and courses that meet the needs of each student, whether it is a bachelor’s program, a master’s or a doctorate. Although France is a hub for artisans, more and more students are now choosing to study business.
There are now 11 triple-accredited business schools in France. Recently, the prestigious Financial Times European Business School Ranking revealed 22 top business schools located in France. In the QS World University Rankings, more than 40 French universities are listed, of which 11 universities are ranked in the top 250.
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1. HEC Paris
HEC Paris was founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since then, the school has established locations around the world, including Montreal in Canada and Lausanne in Switzerland. HEC is considered one of the best business schools in the world.
HEC Paris focuses exclusively on Management Studies,
which offers a Master’s degree as well as an MBA and eleven specialized MSc programs in the field
which is taught entirely in English. The school is also highly regarded for its executive programs of study. A highly international learning environment, HEC Paris also holds the prestigious ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS).
2. INSEAD Business School
Consistently ranked as one of the top French business schools in the world , INSEAD Business School is located in Fontainebleau near Paris. The school offers programs of study for graduates only.
INSEAD campuses can also be found in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Surprisingly, the school’s students and staff are from around the world.
In fact, INSEAD was one of the first business schools to use a multi-campus model for optimized education. INSEAD graduates tend to be pioneers because of their education. Master’s programs, executive programs and PhD courses are available in this prestigious institute.
3. EDHEC Business School
Another ‘Triple Crown’ accredited business school, EDHEC Business School is located in the French cities of Lille (its headquarters), Paris and Nice. It also operates campuses across the globe. The school was established more than a century ago in 1906 by a group of entrepreneurs.
The school offers BBAs, MBAs and MScs taught through English. Areas of study are Business and Management.
EDHEC students range from undergraduates to experienced professionals. EDHEC produces graduates who are internationally renowned qualified leaders to their name.
4. Montpellier Business School
Founded in 1897 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier, France, Montpellier Business School tops the list. A university-level school is one of the “Grands Ecoles”.
And it is one of the oldest business schools in France. They offer a variety of degree programs: Bachelor’s, Grande Ecole Program, Masters of Science, and Executive MBA. The aim of this school is to train students with skills that are sought after by the workforce locally and globally.
70% of students are recruited before they graduate. The employment rate among graduates is very high – 97% find a management position within 3 months of receiving their diploma.
5. American Business School of Paris
The American Business School of Paris offers an international study experience in France. It was established in 1985.
Since then, the institution welcomes students who want to study through American academic methods and at the same time experience the French way of life. The school offers BBA, MBA, DBA and many more. It is part of the IGS Group
and accredited by IACBE. Courses are taught entirely in English. In addition to receiving an American degree at the end of their studies, students receive a French degree certified by the government.
A multicultural campus that trains students in a cross-cultural environment is another advantage of studying at the American Business School of Paris.
6. ESCP Business School
ESCP Business School was established in 1819. The school chooses to teach responsible leadership, is open to the world and is based on European multiculturalism.
The six campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw are the stepping stones that allow students to experience this European approach to management.
Every year, ESCP welcomes 7100 students and 5000 administrators from 120 different nationalities. Its strength lies in its many professional training programs, general and specialized (Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education), all of which include a multi-campus experience.
7. Grenoble Ecole de Management
Founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grenoble, the Grenoble School of Management – also known as the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM)
– It is a leading business school in France. Established in 1984, it offers undergraduate as well as doctorate level programs.
Grenoble School of Management is one of the few institutions with triple accreditation that distinguishes leading international business schools .
They have an ambitious international vision and offer 15 international programs in Grenoble, Paris and around the world.
8. SKEMA Business School
SKEMA Business School is a higher education institution in France, the result of a merger between two French schools: CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille, which took place in 2009. It is a private organization with non-profit organization. SKEMA is a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles.
SKEMA also offers BBA, Masters Degree, MBA and Doctoral programs. Since 2016, the school has triple accreditation by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
To provide its students with a fully international outlook, SKEMA Business School has 6 campuses worldwide and ties with over 100 foreign universities, most of which are AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS/EPAS accredited.
The school was ranked 26th in the Financial Times Master in Management ranking.
9. KEDGE Business School
KEDGE Business School is one of the “Grandes Écoles” of France.
KEDGE’s locations in France are Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulon and Paris. It is the largest business school in France and is consistently ranked among the top 10 business schools in the country by the “Financial Times” and is one of the best 30 business schools in Europe.
The undergraduate and graduate programs offered in Marseille are International BBA and Master in Management. A postgraduate program is offered in Paris.
The university also presents international students with the opportunity to attend one of their international summer schools in Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulon.
10. ESC PAu Business School
ESC Pau BS is a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles (composed of 40 leading French business schools) and offers diplomas from A-levels to 5-year higher education diplomas, all recognized by the state.
Today, 3,000 students pursue their studies at ESC Pau BS, of which 30% are international students.
Since 2017, ESC Pau BS has been developing an original pedagogical concept called For Tomorrowers®, based on experiments and coach learning.
ESC Pau is located next to BS’s campus (close to restaurants and university residences), shopping center, hospital and 10 minutes by bus from the city center.
11. EM Strasbourg Business School
EM Strasbourg distinguishes itself by being the only business school in France that is part of the academic center of excellence, the University of Strasbourg.
Its identity is defined by a forward-looking and innovative vision of the socio-economic world and its environment.
The school advocates the development of critical thinking skills, which allow students to think freely, discern, examine and act better, no matter what their future holds. EM Strasbourg actively participates in uncovering and amplifying what makes each student unique.
The school is proud to have achieved 5 nationally and internationally recognized accreditations, quality labels and certifications such as AACSB, EPAS and AMBA accreditation.
12. TBS Education
It is a fairly new university with a history of a little over 100 years.
Due to its international presence, TBS Education can offer its students the opportunity to study abroad in three different countries: Spain, France and England. The education system at the university is highly individualized with a great commitment to professionalism and an international environment.
TBS Le Parisien is ranked first in administration studies in the Étudent ranking and L’Etudiant is ranked first in the business school ranking.
13. ICD Business School
Established in 1975, ICD Business School values humanism, entrepreneurship and professionalism.
They hope to ensure successful professional integration and sustainable employment for each of their students.
They have many courses that students can choose from. From management and human resource development to management of health industries. Studies are personalized and help students discover a whole new world.
89% of companies are willing to rehire IGS Group graduates. They have 6 campuses: Paris, Toulouse, Dublin and Shanghai.