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Why study an MBA in France?

In the vast majority of cases, MBA teaching in France takes the practical route. Courses are linked closely to industry - universities are usually sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, meaning students will attend presentations with company managers and work closely with business.

International MBA programs in France have plenty of advantages. Intakes of students are usually smaller than other universities, and programs are focused on high quality learning. They also take in the international and multicultural aspects of business management –many institutions have developed exchange programs with partner universities, sometimes in other areas of Europe, but increasingly in Asia.

It is becoming the norm for MBA courses in France to be conducted in English, so most institutions will require successful applicants to have good Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores.

What international MBA programs are offered in France?

France is one of the major players in MBA programs in Europe, home to some of the world’s most popular and sought after business schools.
The elite MBA providers in France offer programs taught in English, with ten business schools achieving triple-accreditation from the three major accreditation agencies – AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

You can study a full range of specialisms in France, from finance to marketing and even wine and spirits.

One of the major draws of an international MBA program in France is the fact that a full-time program takes just a single year to complete.

Immigration and visas in France

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in France providing they fulfil the following:
 

  • Are studying in France for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
     

Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):
 

  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area).
     

You can find out more about visas at Campus France.

What are the costs of studying for an MBA in France?

Every MBA provider in France will have different tuition fees, so it pays to shop around if cost is a consideration. As a guide, you should expect to pay between €15,000 and €45,000 depending on the institution you choose.

Working in France

EU passport holders are entitled to work in France without need for a visa under the terms of the EU. France has a thriving economy and international business presence, particularly within Europe and North Africa.

Taking an international MBA program in France will improve your business contacts across Europe as a whole. Most MBA programs feature close links with industry, with guest lectures and case studies provided by local businesses.

What to do next

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